Ask the Child Therapist Episode 37: Helping Kids Who Have a Fear of Germs

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 37: Helping Kids Who Have a Fear of Germs

Your child is paralyzed. She stares at the bathroom door unable to go through. She grabs the door handle with her shirt, fumbling to get it open. You’ve watched her wash her hands until they are raw. It seems like most questions that come out of her mouth are about germs. What is going on with her? This new fear of germs is taking over her life. How can you help?

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PSP 024: How We Teach Our Kids to Not Trust Their Gut Feeling

PSP 024: How We Teach Our Kids to Not Trust Their Gut Feeling

The hair on the back of her neck is standing up. Her stomach feels weird. She doesn’t like how he is staring at her. She has a weird gut feeling, but she doesn’t know what it is. “Go hug your Uncle Victor,” her mom says. She nervously shakes her head no. “Don’t be rude! Go hug him!” her mom demands.

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PSP 016: Fear of Pooping and Toilet Phobia. Yeah, It’s a Thing.

PSP 016: Fear of Pooping and Toilet Phobia. Yeah, It’s a Thing.

Many children with anxiety have issues that lead to a toilet phobia. This is not just a toddler issue! Learn the common issues and how to help!

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3 Ways to Stop Whining and Baby Talk Dead in Its Tracks. Wouldn’t That be Nice?

3 Ways to Stop Whining and Baby Talk Dead in Its Tracks. Wouldn’t That be Nice?

“But mama I no want to go…” your child pleads with you, his bottom lip puffed out for effect.
“You have to go,” you firmly state.
“Noooo. I don’t wannnnt toooo!” Your child whines.
You know what will happen next. You’ve done this dance before. And frankly, you are tired of dancing. You want your child to stop whining. You want your child to talk like he isn’t still in diapers. You can’t stomach anymore baby talk and the whining is slowly crushing your soul. “Make it stop!” You scream silently in your head.

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PSP 010: Parenting and Sleep Problems | Addressing bedtime fears

PSP 010: Parenting and Sleep Problems | Addressing bedtime fears

One of the biggest parenting issues I see in my therapy practice is sleep problems. Children are often afraid at bedtime. Learn what works and what doesn’t!

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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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PSP 001: Beyond Stranger Danger | 6 Wacky Tips That Can Save Your Kid’s Life

PSP 001: Beyond Stranger Danger | 6 Wacky Tips That Can Save Your Kid’s Life

In this episode of PSP we go beyond stranger danger to talk about six wacky tips that can save your kid’s 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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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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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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5 Common Mistakes People Make When Parenting a Toddler

5 Common Mistakes People Make When Parenting a Toddler

Are you parenting a toddler? I’m sorry. As cute as toddlers are, they put parents to the ultimate test. The combination is all wrong. A strong desire to flee parents, but no clue about where they are going. A strong desire to do everything for themselves, but no coordination to make that happen. Welcome to Frustrationville, population – you.

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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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25 of the Best Family Christmas Traditions Your Family Will Remember

25 of the Best Family Christmas Traditions Your Family Will Remember

Looking for unique family traditions? Here are the best family Christmas traditions to jump start Christmas! Find family traditions your kids will remember!

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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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The Ultimate Children’s Bean Bag Chair for Kids: Brentwood Review and Giveaway

The Ultimate Children’s Bean Bag Chair for Kids: Brentwood Review and Giveaway

Is your child a wiggle worm? We’ve had no luck finding a bean bag chair that was hypoallergenic, comfortable and can stand the test of time, until now. Read my review and enter to win one of your own!

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