Category Archives: Feelings

Tips to Help Kids Overcome Fears: Kids Songs to the Rescue!

An increasing number of children these days need professional help for any of a number of anxiety disorders. It’s important for parents to remember, though, that almost all kids ages three to ten have fears and phobias related to the dark, monsters, and nightmares, etc. Although these fears are considered “normal” and are typically outgrown, […]

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Top 10 Tips for Going Back to School

Now that summer’s almost over, it’s time to close down the lemonade stands, start weaning away from the electronics and dust off the old backpacks. Did you know that twenty percent of American families move to a new home each year? Half of these moves happen during the summer. When you add to this the […]

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How to Forgive and Forget

A stepfamily came in for help after the parents had a screaming fight that ended badly. The mother’s teenage son stepped in to protect his mom, leading to a shouting and shoving match with his step-dad. The fight didn’t result in any scratches or bruises, but everyone’s feelings were pretty raw. Fortunately, this family had […]

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Top 10 Tools for Surviving Family Vacations

Now that school’s out, everyone wants to play and go on vacation. Having a flashlight and flares for a car trip is a great idea. So is a travel bag of games and fun songs to sing. But what about a repair kit for family feelings? Or a road map to harmony? Even a dream […]

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In the Same Boat

An overwhelmed mom and dad arrived in my therapy office last week seeking help for their seven-year-old daughter. Madison’s teacher had referred the family because of her mean behavior with other girls on the playground. After meeting briefly with all three together, I excused Madison to the waiting room to speak alone with her parents. […]

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Putting the Cart Before the Horse

I got called into the principal’s office the other day. I wasn’t in trouble like decades ago when I used to throw spitballs and got busted by Mrs. Applegate. This time I was called in as a psychologist to provide consultation to a local school. Seven-year-old Natalie, the worst challenge they’d seen in years, had […]

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For Crying Out Loud

A couple that I was seeing in therapy came in last week. They were beaming at each other in the waiting room. I couldn’t wait to find out what had shifted. After the wife’s discovery of breast cancer and subsequent surgery six months ago, they had become quite distant from one another—more like roommates than […]

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How to Bully-Proof Your Child

Bullying takes the fun out of school. As a child psychologist, I’ve seen the impact of bullying and teasing on hundreds of kids. One school contacted me this week about a kid who was drawing pictures of himself jumping off a cliff. He’d been the victim, for years, of being teased about his weight. Kids […]

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Families & Feelings

  Once upon a time, a young girl named Goldilocks went food tasting. She tried Papa Bear’s porridge but it was too hot, and Mama Bear’s which was too cold. When she tasted a spoonful from Baby Bear’s tiny little bowl she cried “YUMMY!” “THIS IS JUST RIGHT!” And so it is with families. The […]

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