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The Paradox of Life During Coronavirus
Is it the grouch monster?
It’s Time for a Hero Story
The Mad Monster Made Me Do It!
Read More »Negative Feelings, Essential Signals on the Road of Life: Supporting our Children on their Path
Read More »What’s Up with Boredom? 
Read More »Innovations and Conveniences: Ups and Downs of Parenting in the 21st Century
Read More »6 Suggestions for Parents in the Digital Age 
Read More »If a tree falls in a forest, should I get out of the way?
Read More »The New World Order: have we gone too far with technology? 
Read More »“I don’t know”, “I don’t remember”, “I didn’t do it” – Opportunities to Teach Responsibility 
Read More »It isn’t whether you win or lose, it is how you play the game, or is it? The law of unintended consequences 
Read More »Thoughts About a Massacre
Read More »A Horrific Event – What Can We Learn From the Sandy Hook Shooting 
Read More »Teaching Right From Wrong 
Read More »“If All You Have is a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail” 
Read More »Siblings: Retaliation or Sadistic Pleasure
Read More »How to Approach Learning Challenges with your Child 
Read More »Should our goal for our kids be for them to be happy? 
Read More »“Stuck” A life lesson on parenting
Read More »Nerf Guns – What Are We Afraid of? 
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“Most of us have genes that make us as hardy as dandelions: able to take root and survive almost anywhere. A few of us, however, are more like the orchid: fragile and fickle, but capable of blooming spectacularly given greenhouse care.” David Dobbs
“As each plant grows from a seed
and becomes in the end an oak tree,
so man becomes what he’s meant to be.”
C.G. Jung
David Dobbs

Fostering Resilience and Making Sense of Separation and Loss

Why Do Kids Get Stuck on Certain Tasks?

When we focus on our kids’ learning process over their final product, we can take steps to help them overcome hurdles. In our daily lives, there is a premium on product or getting things done. Whether it is chores, homework, or getting to places on time, executing tasks is highly prized. In the immediate, there… Continue Reading

3 Essential Steps to Take Before Getting Angry at Your Kids

For parents, there is a better way to handle your own anger before you act. Many moments in parenting prompt us to move into action. We act urgently when there is clear danger: a child running into the street or one child hitting another.  However, we often come to regret reactions motivated by an urge to… Continue Reading

Moving Beyond “Whack-a-Mole”

If you are reading this you are likely struggling with repeated conflicts. One moment it is about getting homework done and the next it is about picking up clothes off the floor or getting off the computer. While the subject changes, the struggles are the same.  Simply put, the topic has changed, but the process… Continue Reading

Rudeness and Disrespect: What to Do and How to Manage

I often hear aggravation from parents about their child’s “disrespect,” “rudeness,” or “cussing” when describing challenges at home. They retell stories of conflicts over technology, homework, or limits, and as their child becomes upset, the “unacceptable” behavior emerges. At the point when the interaction shifts from conversation to argument, parents often get heated and escalate… Continue Reading

From Struggles to Super-Powers: Helping Your Child Grow

From Struggles to Super-Powers: Helping Your Child Grow

As parents, we have many goals for our child. Overall, these goals are about managing the challenges in their lives, so they can ultimately be happy and successful. These can sound like: “I want him to turn in his homework.” I want her to clean up her room.” “I want her to have friends.” “I want him… Continue Reading

Creating Order in an Upside-Down World

In the past, staying at home was a privilege, a day off, a stay-cation or just an opportunity to relax. However, we are now in a truly strange time. It is mandatory that we stay home and it doesn’t take long for the novelty to wear off. Kids who have complained about getting up in… Continue Reading

Facing onto the Rough Winds of a Challenging Time

Debra Kessler, R.N., M.N., Psy.D   For a sapling to emerge as a stable and sturdy tree, it establishes a deep root system and a thick trunk. From there, growth takes time and support. It must withstand environmental stressors, competition for water, nutrients, winds and other adversities. In the forest, a canopy provided by the… Continue Reading

Is Your History Pulling Your Strings?

How often have you asked yourself “Why am I acting this way?” It is not uncommon to notice that, as we look around at others in the same circumstance that we respond differently; whether it is to a joke, movie or social interaction. At times we can understand and accept that we don’t share the… Continue Reading

Skiing – a Metaphor for Emotional Regulation

When we enter the world, we transition from an insulated environment to one that is full of challenges. We must learn how to navigate around both expected and unexpected events. It is a journey that is easier for some and more difficult for others. As adults it can be easy to overlook the process our… Continue Reading

Why Validate?

Validation is a way of letting someone know we understand him or her.  Being understood is the essential ingredient to feeling connected and supported.  When someone important to us understands us, their hearing us helps us to tune into ourselves, accept our emotions as real and meaningful.  This ultimately supports the growth of self-compassion and… Continue Reading