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Life Lessons Learned from Zip-Lining

Once in a while, I share a story about my family rather than a story from my work as a child psychologist. Today’s post is one of those personal stories. In early July, my family traveled to the tiny little … Continue reading

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Sticks and Stones

Kids listen to what their parents say. Really, they do. They don’t always acknowledge that they are listening. They certainly don’t always agree with what they hear. And of course, they are not always compliant. But trust me; they listen. … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Grow on Trees

It’s that time again, the start of a new year when people all over the world are making vows to exercise more, to eat healthier, to call friends and family regularly, and to spend money wisely. These are, of course, … Continue reading

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Top 9 Reasons Why Kids Misbehave

When I am with parents of child and adolescent clients, I often find myself bristling at the language parents use to describe misbehavior. A particular pet peeve of mine is the word manipulative. It’s not that I disagree that children’s behavior … Continue reading

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Sorry Really May Be the Hardest Word

This post was inspired by three families that I have been seeing in therapy recently. In each of the families, there are significant ruptures in the parent-child relationships. In one family, a prepubescent child self-identifies as transgender, and the mother … Continue reading

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When Parents Are at War

I am not sure where this post is going. I don’t know if there is anything I can write that will make a difference. Still, I feel led to share some insights about the impact on children of warring parents. … Continue reading

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The Biggest Parenting Question

Sometimes I write about the “trees” of parenting, like homework (The Homework Tree) and messy bedrooms (The Real Reason Bedrooms Have Doors). Other times I write about the “forests” such as autonomy (What If Your Parents Controlled Your Life), values … Continue reading

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Bike Helmets and Values

I am vacationing on a tiny island off the coast of North Carolina. It is where my parents retired, so my family is very blessed to spend a week here every summer. I promised in my last post, which was … Continue reading

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Swooping

Parents love to tell me how messy their children are. Occasionally, they bring in photos of their children’s rooms or playrooms for fear I won’t believe their descriptions of floors covered with dirty clothes and wet towels, desks covered with … Continue reading

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Dealing with a Difficult Teacher

Anticipating a lot of free time while I hunker down with my family and wait out Hurricane Sandy’s slow trek through the mid-Atlantic states, I put out a request on Facebook for topic ideas. One of my 9th grade daughter’s … Continue reading

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