4 Myths About Parenting No One Wants to Talk About

4 Myths About Parenting No One Wants to Talk About

They sit on the therapy couch pouring out their deepest, darkest parenting secrets. They look away. They don’t make eye contact. They wait for my judgment. They wait for the lecture they are sure will come.

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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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How to Help an Anxious Child Who Obsesses About Time

How to Help an Anxious Child Who Obsesses About Time

I watch my seven-year-old son wring his hands. “But I am not going to have enough time!” He cries. He just got home from school. “Time for what?” I ask. “Time to play outside. Time to play on my tablet. Time to eat a snack…” He rambles on. He has four hours until bedtime. He has nowhere to be and a five-minute worksheet to complete. His worry is irrational. He constantly obsesses about time. And he is not alone, anxious kids pour into my office week after week complaining about the same thing – time.

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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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Why YouTube is Causing Young Kids to Go into Therapy: And Why Parents Need to Discover Kids YouTube

Why YouTube is Causing Young Kids to Go into Therapy: And Why Parents Need to Discover Kids YouTube

Ask most kids nowadays what their favorite TV show is and most will tell you their favorite YouTube channel. Kids aren’t watching TV like we did growing up, they are watching YouTube. Now I am not going to be an old fuddy-duddy and tell you how back in my day we swung from trees and didn’t have our head down staring at a screen. But what I am going to tell you is why I am talking about YouTube in my therapy practice way more often than I would like and why it is a conversation I need to have with all of you. I am also going to tell you why you need to discover Kid YouTube and you need to discover it fast!

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3 Ways to Be a Good Parent and Still Get Things Done!

3 Ways to Be a Good Parent and Still Get Things Done!

As parents, we have a zillion responsibilities. We have to work, cook, clean, pay bills, chauffeur, volunteer, help with homework – and that is just the tip of the iceberg! Add a child into the mix and we are lucky to get anything done. So how are we supposed to be a good parent who get things done, while giving our children the attention they need?

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Do Your Kids Hate the Sound of People Eating? Take This Misophonia Quiz

Do Your Kids Hate the Sound of People Eating? Take This Misophonia Quiz

What do a bag of chips and loud crunching do to your kids? If you said throw them into a rage, we should talk. Did you know that some of us are triggered by noises? I am not talking about being slightly annoyed, I am talking about an urge to go completely ballistic when hearing these sounds. Let me introduce you to the world of sound rage, better known as Misophonia. Don’t know what that is? Take the Misophonia quiz below to see if it sounds familiar.

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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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What All Good Parents Have in Common

What All Good Parents Have in Common

Why do so many of us walk around doubting our parenting skills? Second guessing our every move? We are bombarded with other people’s opinions and criticisms. Opinions and judgment that makes good parents feel bad. I have had the privilege of meeting wonderful families in my practice. Good parents who are rocking their parenting skills. What’s their magic? Probably not what you think.

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4 Fun Ways to Get Your Kids to Listen to You

4 Fun Ways to Get Your Kids to Listen to You

I hear this complaint every day in my practice. “My kids don’t listen to me!” “All I do is yell all day because no one does what I say!” Do you feel like your kids are parent-deaf? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Wouldn’t it be great if you could come up with some creative listening exercises for kids that would improve listening and bring peace to your home?

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 9: Is Permissive Parenting Bad?

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 9: Is Permissive Parenting Bad?

In this week’s episode of Ask the Child Therapist, I am answering the question, “Is permissive parenting bad?” I talk about what constitutes a permissive parenting style and what impact it has on children. Is permissive parenting style just uninvolved parenting or does it go deeper than that? Are you a permissive parent? I give you permissive parenting examples so you can assess your own parenting style.

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Things to Do in Seattle with Kids: Seattle Kids Tour is a Must!

Things to Do in Seattle with Kids: Seattle Kids Tour is a Must!

It started with a Southwest Airlines sale. We could pack our kids and head out to Seattle for under $800. We were sold. But with three kids, what would keep their attention and be entertaining for all of us? Being a major planner, I scoured the internet for fun things to do in Seattle with children.

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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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5 Ways to Prevent Kids from Having Holiday Meltdowns

5 Ways to Prevent Kids from Having Holiday Meltdowns

It is that time of year again – frenzied shopping, experimental baking and party after party. Holidays are many people’s favorite time of year. I love everything about the holidays – except the over stimulation and pace that turns my otherwise well-behaved little children – into gremlins, causing holiday meltdowns.

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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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