While driving in the car the past few weeks, several parenting themes have come across the radio stations that I’ve listened to. Topics such as Entitled Children, Trophy Child and the many ways parents have failed miserably were definite rating winners with endless calls of listeners. I’m not sure why such themes seemed to run so close together, but by the end of the week, I was left scratching my head asking the question: Aren’t these just characteristic of childhood and adolescence? Do [...]
We get it backwards. The significance and power of New Year Resolutions never lie in the stress and perception of beginnings, but rather in the final endings they can bring.
As Moms, our hearts ache for their unimaginable grief and loss of families of Newtown, Connecticut. In times of disaster we can become consumed with anxiety from unanswered questions, the need to do something to fix it or just trying to figure out why this horrible thing happened – especially at this time of year. And then we are faced with how to help our kids deal with this tragedy. There are several well written articles on how to deal with this issue [...]
Does your teenager play any organized sports? If so, I wanted to share an article our local paper wrote about concussions and teenagers. Like you, when I was young if I hit my head, I went to school. However, new research is coming out about the significance of concussions. In fact, neurologists are now referring to them as “brain injuries” in order to help parents understand the impact they can have on their children’s health, especially when they question the need to restrict their children’s activities. I [...]
Uncertainty: the condition of living without constant guarantees. Or in other words: Parenting. From the moment we bring our kids home, we begin to dream about all the potentials of their future. Their worlds are endless possibilities and our hearts are filled with countless opportunities. And then the journey begins and things happen that quickly show us that our original conceptions may have been misunderstood or even just plain wrong. Parenting is never what we thought it would be.
As a counselor, I have come [...]
What a school year it has been! Between sports, academics stress, testing and perhaps some rough patches with friendships, there is one thing this therapist is recommending: a relaxing and fun summer. One filled with commitments that will bring only joy and refreshment for your family. Every parent I have the privilege of chatting with shares the stresses that come with the school year. And as a Mom, I can sympathize with its hurried schedule and extra commitments.
In summers past, I have taken the initiative [...]