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Three women laughingUnderstanding Why Tweens and Teens Steal And How to Make it Stop

From the time children are as young as 3 or 4 years old, they learn the difference between mine and yours. They learn what items belong to them and what does not. As they learn the difference, they also learn not to take something that does not belong to them without consent.

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family of 4 walking and holding hands. mother, daughter, father, and sonEncouraging Kids to Do Chores: Are Allowances Helpful?

Chores are often a routine part of family life. Parents and children work together to keep their home in order. However, parents also often face the struggle of convincing their children to do chores. Some may offer allowances, whereas other may simply demand that their children complete chores “or else.”

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African American couple arguingHow to Communicate Your Feelings More Effectively

Often times, the reason for failed relationships between friends, family, and couples is a lack of effective communication. As human beings, we are hardwired to to express our feelings. Unfortunately, if we express our feeling through improper communication, it can lead to discord. Fortunately, there are ways you can communicate your feelings more effectively.

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Upset couple in therapy sessionTeen Dating Violence: Signs Parents Need to Watch Out For

When it comes to domestic violence and abuse among dating couples, you may automatically call to mind an image of an adult couple. However, teens are just as susceptible to the issue. In fact, teen dating violence is a prevalent issue that can lead to a wealth of problems. Teens subjected to dating violence may suffer from depression and anxiety, and may even abuse drugs or alcohol to cope.

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Women meditatingThe Importance of Self-Care: Giving to Yourself So You Can Give to Others

If you have ever been on a plane, you have likely heard the flight attendant's instructions in case of an emergency. In the event of an emergency, oxygen masks will drop in front of every passenger. Adults are instructed to place an oxygen mask on themselves before assisting children. 

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tree with many branches in a forestMindfulness Techniques You Need to Know

indfulness has a way of improving your life in many ways. For instance, mindfulness enhances your mind and body by reducing stress, improving your ability to fight off illnesses, decreasing recovery times, minimizing symptoms of depression, and improving your overall health.

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Understanding the Effects of Marijuana on Developing Brains: Not an Innocuous Drug

Lately, there has been a lot of support surrounding the legalization of marijuana. As such, you may have seen media coverage claiming that marijuana is beneficial rather than harmful. Unfortunately, that sends the wrong image to certain populations, such as teenagers. There are more teens that smoke pot than there are teens who consume alcohol. 

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Child hugging stuffed animalImportance of a Better Night's Sleep and How to Achieve It

Many people suffer from sleep deprivation or insomnia. In fact, it is reported than over a third of adults in the United States do not get enough sleep regularly. Considering that a lack of sleep can contribute to a range of physical and mental health issues, it is considered an epidemic. Fortunately, a better night's sleep is not hard to achieve.

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Woman therapy sessionThe Anxious Parent: Understanding Your Role in Your Child's Anxiety

Anxiety is a common disorder suffered by many individuals throughout the United States. In fact, it is estimated that roughly 40 million adults suffer from anxiety. If you are among those 40 million people, you are not alone. 

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Young adult woman and teen smilingAre You a Perfectionist? 10 Point Quiz to Find Out and Tips to Help You

Do you refuse to stand for anything that is short of perfection? If so, you might be a perfectionist. While there is nothing wrong with seeking perfection, spending too much time perfecting every aspect of your life can have a negative impact. Fortunately, the 10-point quiz below will help you determine if perfectionism is a problem for you.

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Young girl laughingWhy Are You Lying to Me? Understanding Why Your Kids Lie and How to Encourage Honesty

Have you ever asked your child to clean his or her room only to have them tell you a short while later that it is done? Have you gone to look only to discover the room hasn’t been touched? By that point you likely feel frustrated that your child has flat out lied to your face.

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Young adult woman and teen smilingTeaching Your Children Emotional Intelligence and Resilience

You may or may not have heard the phrase, "emotional intelligence and resilience." If you are not familiar with the phrase, it is important for you to learn what it means. Developing both emotional intelligence and a sense of resiliency in your child can make a world of difference.

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Young boy smilingChildren with ADHD - How to Identify it and Manage the Symptoms

Children with ADHD may often prove challenging for parents. Part of what makes these children so challenging to raise is that they lack the ability to pay attention, which makes it hard for them to understand or follow directions.

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Setting an Electronics Limit: A Guide for Parents

Technology often proves how useful it can be to our daily lives. As a bonus, technology is great for people of all ages, both young and old. Of course, too much technology and electronics usage can also be harmful for family dynamics. That is why it is important to set an electronics limit on children. Although video games, television, and portable devices can keep children quiet, it can also prove harmful.

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feet walking along a dirth pathBeating Back Depression and Anxiety - 7 Simple Exercises You Can Do Right Now to Feel Better

Battling depression and anxiety is no easy task. Most often the treatment provided for both mental ailments is to take medication. Of course, even with medication, you may still experience feelings of sadness of anxiety. In truth, feeling of depression of mental anxiety can strike at any time of the day or night. When that happens, you need to find a way to relieve yourself of the feelings and symptoms.

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Woman and girl smiling Bonding Exercises - Tips to Help Parents with Successful Teen Bonding

As the parent of a teenager, you are not immune to feeling shut out of your child's life. You may feel a heightened sense of anxiety as your teen brushes past you on the way in the door only to shut themselves in their room. Perhaps you feel hurt or concern over your teen's refusal to answer questions, or their lack of attention when you try to learn more about where they are going or their daily activities.

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mother and teen daughter smilingBonding Exercises for Parents of Young Children

Close your eyes and imagine propelling yourself 20 years into the future. What does that future look like? Can you envision your family, kids and all, happily getting ready to gather for the holidays? Is everyone happy and talking about the good old days, or is everyone arguing and anxious to get away from one another?

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Woman organizing papersHomework Tips

No child likes to do homework. Your life will be far easier when you learn to accept this fact. Homework is the bane of almost every child's existence. That does not mean you should excuse your child from doing homework. Instead, it means working through the issue to make your life and the life of your child simpler with easy-to-apply homework tips.
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Forgiveness After Betrayal: Forgiveness Exercises for You and Your Partner

Every relationship will have its ups and downs. You should never enter a relationship expecting perfection. However, betrayal tends to be a huge issue in any relationship. When your partner or spouse betrays you, it can leave you with feelings of mistrust, conflict, and immense hurt.
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Young boy and girl smilingIdeal Chores for Children of All Ages and Why it is Important

For some children, chores can feel more like a punishment than a responsibility. Since children are often so reluctant to do chores, parents opt not to give them chores. It is easier to avoid the struggle than it is to enforce a set list of chores. However, children can benefit from doing chores around the house. 
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Life After Death: How to Help Your Child Cope After the Death of a Loved One

When a loved one passes away, children often have trouble processing their feelings and emotions. The way they show their grief is often far different compared to the way adults show grief. For that reason, it is sometimes hard for parents to know how to react or to understand what their child is feeling. Helping kids cope after death differs depending on how old the child is, what kind of support system they have available, and how close they were to the person that died.
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Children readingSetting an Electronics Limit: A Guide for Parents

Technology often proves how useful it can be to our daily lives. As a bonus, technology is great for people of all ages, both young and old. Of course, too much technology and electronics usage can also be harmful for family dynamics. That is why it is important to set an electronics limit on children. Although video games, television, and portable devices can keep children quiet, it can also prove harmful.
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Tips for Parents: How to Find Time for Self-Nurturing When You are Nurturing Your Child

Parenting is not an easy task, particularly when you are the parent of a young child. Almost every waking second is consumed by your child's needs. Private potty time has become a thing of the past. You see fingers wiggling under the door, or perhaps your child demands to be in the bathroom with you. A hot meal has also become a distant memory. You feel the need to feed your screaming, cranky toddler before you ever take your first bite.

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Overprotective Parenting: What it Means, What it Does, and How to Overcome It

Believe it or not, overprotective parenting is a bad habit. While it may seem like a good way to keep your children safe and healthy, it can create more harm than good. Typically, the overprotective parent has the best intentions of the child in mind. The goal of the overprotective parent is to keep their children safe from failure, rejection, pain, disappointment, and unhappiness. However, children must experience since things so they understand the world around them.

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What Goes On Inside the Mind of a Teenager?

Adolescence can be a very challenging phase, not just for your child but for you as well. Most parents make the mistake of thinking that they know what is going on inside the teenage mind because they themselves have been through this. But you have to realize that times change and so do the situations your children face.

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From Young Adult to Adulthood: Tips for Parents of Soon-to-Be College Students

Watching your child transition from a young adult into adulthood all while packing them up to send them to college can have an emotional impact. The event often impacts parents and their children. On one hand, your child feels the excitement of freedom and the opportunity to finally branch out on their own. On the other hand, you and your child might be sharing feeling of anxiety, doubt, and worry. Fortunately, there are ways that you and your child can both deal with the situation so you can better assist your child during the transition phase.

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Forgiveness: Ways to Let Go and Move on

You've been wronged, the pain feels so real that every time you think about it, you feel as if it just happened. You hold this pain close to you as if it were a close friend, and you nurture it and feed it, by recalling how it happened, and how you will never forgive the person who wronged you. You feel justified with your anger. However, this grudge keeps you stuck and retriggers feelings of anger, sadness, and abandonment every time you think about it.

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The Difficult Child

Joyce always expects the unexpected when it comes to her 8-year old son Milo. Within seconds, he can go from sweet-tempered and happy into a vicious tantrum. She's grown overwhelmed by phone calls from teachers, relaying how Milo hit another child in class or got into a fight on the playground.

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The Upside of Anger: Finding Ways to Honor the Fire Within

Anger is one of the most misunderstood emotions and one that is often suppressed. People often view anger negatively. However, it is an emotion that holds an important place in our emotional life, which is why it needs to be honored. It is better to understand the purpose of anger and find ways to manage it.

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Managing Childhood Anxiety

Although anxiety is often a word associated with adolescents and adults, it can also occur in children. Children who display chronic anxiety can often cause many parents to develop negative behaviors and cycles. It is only natural that parents would want to help their children to keep them from suffering. Unfortunately, managing childhood anxiety in the wrong way can exacerbate the problem.

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Girl Bullying: How Relational Aggression Affects Our Daughters

At one point or another, you may have experienced your daughter coming home from school feeling both confused and upset. It is not uncommon for a girl to experience a good friend who has suddenly decided to ignore her and talk behind her back. Sometimes those so-called friends will act nice to the victim but suddenly shift gears when around other peers. As a result, your daughter is the target of jokes made at her expense.

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Fears That Ruin Relationships

Loving someone is risky business, so it's natural that fear is present in relationships. But when fear operates in our life in a way that hurts us or hurts others - through aggression or withdrawal - it becomes a problem. Recognizing these fears and how they affect our life can help us make the necessary changes to get the love we want.

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Depression and the Benefits of Counseling

You or one of your family members, may be , and learning the telltale signs and getting treatment early, can make a big difference in the outcome for you or your loved ones. Depression affects one in 10 Americans and is one of the most common mental health issues. Fortunately, it is also one of the most treatable. Depression left untreated can affect, thoughts, feelings, behaviors and impact one's health. Getting help is critical and working with a therapist trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is considered one of the most effective therapy treatments for depression.

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Parenting Support: Understanding Why Doing Less Allows Children to Learn More

American parents tend to obsess over their children, and while it is good to take notice of a child's presence, hovering over them could have a deleterious impact. Hovering parents do more than risk their sanity. They also risk the threat of raising a child that is prone to fit throwing, attention grabbing, and a demanding attitude. With just a few tears or a pout, children know their parents will come running without a second thought.

By the same notion, American moms and dads who visit France will often find that while their toddler is busy trying to run amuck, French toddlers are quietly playing by themselves while their parents laugh and talk without interruption. Such a scene may cause some head-scratching wonder and curiosity. Fortunately, the reality is that there is no big secret involved. All it takes is proper parenting support to teach parents why doing less enables children to learn more and adapt. Read More

How to Cope with Teen Anxiety: Tips for Parents

Parenting a teenager is often challenging considering the emotional and cognitive changes many teens experience. When you add anxiety into the already tumultuous teen years, you have a situation that might seem harrowing, and yet anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders suffered by teenagers.

Fortunately, there are ways you and your teenager can overcome mental health obstacles for a healthier, happier way of living. For instance, I can provide you with a wide range of services geared toward helping you learn how to cope with teen anxiety. Aside from therapy based treatments, there are other ways you can assist your teen, such as learning the signs and symptoms of anxiety and figuring out the best ways to tackle anxiety problems when they arise. Read More

Self-Harm – Signs, Symptoms, and Triggers You Need to Know

Roughly 2 million Americans commit acts of self-harm. Self-harm is defined as an injury that a person inflicts upon their self. The most commonly used method of self-harm is cutting. Although self-harm is not typically a suicide attempt, a person who commits an act of self-harm may attempt suicide or have the desire to end their life.

Although self-harm is a common behavior among adolescents, adults are also at risk. If you or someone you know has committed acts of self-harm, it is important to identify the signs, symptoms, and triggers so you can seek the best possible solutions. Read More

Bounce Back: Developing Emotional Resilience

Major disruptions are a "gotcha" we all experience at one time or another in our lives. We get fired, laid off or passed over; a loved one dies, leaves or gets in trouble; a project stalls or gets canceled. The list, unfortunately, is endless.

For some, the impact of these hard times is overwhelming. Recovery, if it comes at all, can be painfully slow. Others show resilience and are admirably able to glide through these times fairly easily, bouncing back to a normal life again quickly. Resilience, the strength required to adapt to change, acts as our internal compass so we can resourcefully navigate an upset. Read More

Blended Families

As an online family therapist, I support and involve parents in the therapeutic process. I work with parents in utilizing more effective parenting skills, supporting not just the child, but the whole family. In working with children, I utilize play therapy techniques, in addition to teaching specific skills that children can utilize.

All relationships have their complications, but step families create a web of relationships and inter-relationships that make the average spider's overnight spinning look simple in comparison. Read More

Tips For Helping Your Child With Divorce

Going through a divorce, while challenging and upsetting for adults, can be equally as confusing and stressful for children of all ages. Typical responses in the early stages of divorce include, sadness, anxiety, anger, guilt, confusion, and loyalty conflicts.

How parents handle the conflict between one another, and their ability to minimize the children's exposure to the conflict, significantly decrease the negative effects of divorce on children. Also, there are other factors which mitigate the negative effect of divorce on children, and which can have a positive impact on children's adjustment to divorce. Read More

Tips For Divorcing Parents

  1. Your children need simple explanations about the separation or divorce to help them understand that they were not the cause of it. Tell them in advance when it will happen, why it is happening, and what sort of visitation schedule is being set.
  2. Expect children to show signs of grief following the separation or divorce, and let them know you understand. Though at first they may pretend not to care or believe what is happening, soon they will show emotions. Being upset is part of what they must go through.
  3. Preschoolers generally feel guilty for causing the problems. Young elementary-age children usually experience sadness. Children over the age of eight or nine most often feel angry.

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Children With Anxiety

Parenting Tips: How to Handle Children with Anxiety

Parenting is tough enough without any additional stresses added to the mix. As a parent, you constantly worry about your child's health and wellbeing. When you have a child that suffers from anxiety, it can add to your constant worry. You may find yourself feeling overwhelmed when having to deal with your child's anxiety attacks. Aside from seeking therapy for children with anxiety, there are various ways you can handle the situation to ease the stress for both you and your child.
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Inspirational Quotes

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
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