What all Children Wish Their Parents Knew

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We humans have a need to feel that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves.  We need to belong, to be with people who want us.  We need to know that we are lovable even when we do not such lovable things, that nobody will ever be so upset with us that they will no longer love us … Read More

Teaching Your Child to just say “Please”, “Thank You” and “Sorry” is a mistake. Here’s why

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As far back as most of us can remember, it was considered a part of good breeding and manners to teach children to say “please”, “thank you” and “sorry”.  The problem is that most of the time, children just learned to recognize when it was time to say these things or were reminded by their parents, and then they just … Read More

The Anxious Brain

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Ten year old Josh is having meltdowns every day now that his sister’s wedding is getting closer.  He’s miserable, and his parents and sister don’t know what to do.  The entire household seems to be falling apart.   Josh has only been to one other wedding two years ago, his cousin’s, and that was enough.  The thought of going through all … Read More

On Feeling Stupid

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About a week ago, I received a post from the photography school where I studied a few years ago. They were offering new and different classes, was I interested?  Many years ago I took photography courses, even learning how to develop pictures in a dark room.  But that was in the dark ages, literally, before digital cameras and computers. So … Read More

When your Child says, “I HATE YOU!”

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  There are few statements from a child that can grip a parent’s heart more than this one- “I hate you!”  Very seldom is there an immediate, helpful response.  The reason is obvious.  Parents want to think that they are doing well by their children.  Besides instilling good traits, parents today usually also provide their children with after school activities … Read More