Ask the Child Therapist Episode 20: Teaching Feelings to Kids Who Struggle to Express Emotions

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 20:  Teaching Feelings to Kids Who Struggle to Express Emotions

Do your kids shutdown when they’re upset? Teaching feelings and emotional intelligence to kids isn’t always a nice thing to do, for some it is a necessity.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 19: We Fight Over Parenting! How are We Going to Survive?

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 19: We Fight Over Parenting! How are We Going to Survive?

Do you wonder how to get on the same page, or at least look like you do in front of your kids? Couples need to learn how to disagree over parenting in a more productive fashion. They need to learn how to put away their claws and fight over parenting out of ear shot of their kids. When couples can’t come together on how to parent there is only one person who suffers… the child. Put down your daggers and agree to a temporary peace offering while you watch this video.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 18: How to Help Kids Survive When Changing Schools!

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 18: How to Help Kids Survive When Changing Schools!

There were three words in my childhood that could make my heart stop. You’re – Changing – Schools! “Not again!” I would plead. I used to think that changing schools was as close to death as one could get. It was an unwelcomed restart in a life that would prefer to be uninterrupted. My parents were as cavalier about moving as they were about taking the trash out. It needed to happen and happen often.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 17: Are You Dealing with a Screaming Toddler? A Child Therapist’s Approach to Toddler Tantrums.

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 17: Are You Dealing with a Screaming Toddler? A Child Therapist’s Approach to Toddler Tantrums.

A screaming toddler is not fun, but it is a normal part of development. Here are some child therapist tips on how to deal with toddler tantrums.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 16: What to Do When Your Child Can Tell a Lie Too Easily

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 16: What to Do When Your Child Can Tell a Lie Too Easily

I brushed my teeth! I did my homework! I didn’t hit her! Does your child tell a lie too easily? Do lies just pour out of your child’s mouth? It is not uncommon for children to lie to get out of trouble, but some kids get way too comfortable telling lies.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 15: What to Do When Your Kids Fight

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 15: What to Do When Your Kids Fight

What are you supposed to do if your kids fight? Are you destined to listen to that bickering forever or can you do do something to help their relationship? There are some things that we as parents can do to decrease the frequency of how often our kids fight. We can take some subtle steps to improve their bond. Here are a few.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 14: Why We Need to Stop Rescuing Our Kids: A Child Therapist Weighs In

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 14:  Why We Need to Stop Rescuing Our Kids: A Child Therapist Weighs In

When your kids forget their homework, are you quick to rush home and hand deliver it? When your kids have an argument with their best friend are you immediately on the phone with their mom trying to reach a resolution? How often are you rescuing your kids? As parents, we don’t want to see our children fail. We don’t want them to experience the pain we had to go through. We want to rescue them from the mistakes we made. But what if our well-intentioned behaviors have the opposite effect? What if it actually has the power to harm our children and make them ill-prepared for life?

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 13: Do’s and Don’ts When Parenting Your Anxious Toddler

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 13:  Do’s and Don’ts When Parenting Your Anxious Toddler

Some kids are anxious right out of the womb. Anxious toddlers can be difficult to parent because they don’t have the language yet to express how they feel. They are more sensitive. They are pickier. They are more overwhelmed. And all of those emotions are wrapped up in a 3-foot tall little person with newly developed language and no self-regulation. Yikes! That is a recipe for disaster.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 12: 4 Truths About Toddlerhood You Have to Accept

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 12: 4 Truths About Toddlerhood You Have to Accept

Toddlers are my favorite little people. I can say that because my last child has finally moved out of that stage and I am now [sniffle, sniffle] toddler-less. A funny thing happens when you are no longer in the throes of toddlerhood – you see toddlers in a whole new light.
When you are knee deep in toddlerhood, you often miss the cute innocence of toddlers. You might miss the hysterical way they try to exert their independence. You probably see no humor when they fall to the ground and forget how to walk or how they have no filter when they talk to strangers.

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Ask The Child Therapist Episode 11: Raising Kids Who Don’t Talk Back

Ask The Child Therapist Episode 11: Raising Kids Who Don’t Talk Back

If I had a penny for every time a parent asked this I would have, well – a lot of pennies! Who doesn’t want to know how to raise kids who won’t talk back? When kids talk back it can send us into a tailspin. Not only is it disrespectful, but it can make us feel like we are failing as a parent. And that is never a good thing, right? So, what is the magic secret sauce to raise respectful, polite children? If you are wondering how to discipline kids who won’t talk back, you are missing the bigger picture.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 10: How to Help Your Kids with a Large Sibling Age Gap

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 10: How to Help Your Kids with a Large Sibling Age Gap

Many of us are having kids spread far apart. Some of us are just taking a big break in between kids and some of us are starting a new chapter, with a new relationship. Regardless of the reason, more and more of us are dealing with toddlers and teens [gulp] at the same time. So how do you help your kids deal with a large sibling age gap?

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 8: How Can I Help My Child with Perfectionism?

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 8: How Can I Help My Child with Perfectionism?

In this week’s episode of Ask the Child Therapist, I am answering the question, “How can I help my child with perfectionism?” From perfectionist toddlers to perfectionist teens – children who strive to be perfect are over stressed. Child perfectionism causes tantrums, meltdowns and late nights full of worries. Does your child show signs of perfectionism? Here are some quick tips on how to help.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 7: How Do I Help My Shy Child?

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 7: How Do I Help My Shy Child?

Do you have a shy child? Do you struggle to know how to help your child succeed socially? In this week’s episode of Ask the Child Therapist, I delve into the topic of helping our introverted children.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 6: How Do I Keep My Kids Safe? The Best Lifesaving Tips.

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 6: How Do I Keep My Kids Safe? The Best Lifesaving Tips.

We all want to keep out kids safe, but how do you do that effectively. Here are the best tips to follow.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 5: How Do I Help My Frightened Child?

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 5: How Do I Help My Frightened Child?

Do you walk on eggshells trying to help your anxious child? Do you ask yourself, how do I help my anxious kid? There are some simple things you can do to help your child beat anxiety. Here are a few.

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