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You cannot not communicate! People are constantly speaking with their mouths (verbal communication) and are communicating nonverbally with their faces and bodies. In a family, it is important to think about how family members communicate with each...

April 1, 2016




"The Right Fit”


When I was a young mom I read a book by Phil Quinn entitled "The Well-Adjusted Child".

The Well-Adjusted Child.  Dr. Quinn had a less than ideal childhood, as he was subjected to severe physical and emotional abuse.  His description of “The Right Fit”...


A Different Way to Understand “Behavior”: Executive Functions and the Mind’s Eye


Once upon a time, scientists thought that children’s brains were adult-like—that they could reason, but that children’s emotions would develop over time.  Now scientists know that the rev...

 Six Stressbusters for the Season


Almost everyone loves “the holidays” and looks forward to this time of year as a very special one for families.  I often think with empathy about people who are experiencing loss; loss of a loved one, loss of a job or some other revers...


Protest and Repair


Even though this is the month of “Thanksgiving”, I always think of “the holidays” as a two-month period of time connected by anticipation, excitement and expectation.


I enjoy buying gifts at this time of year and I have a ritual of buying little thi...


(Especially helpful with Toddlers, but works for most school-age children.)


 Most of the time, your child is an easy kiddo--adorable and loving! But for those challenging times when your child is moody, tired, sick or hungry and...

 “You Cannot Be Too Loving”


The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting, by Laurence Steinberg, is a somewhat traditional “how-to” parenting book, based on most current research. I really liked this chapter and Dr. Steinberg’s opening words. His no-nonsense approach reso...

Back to School for Elementary Age Children (5 years to 9 years old)


As you begin another (or the first) school year with your child, emotions may run high.  Children are excited and worried about navigating the school and meeting their teachers and new friends.  I feel...

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