Posts made in September, 2013

Fall is Here! New Starts, New Expectations, New Rules

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Fall is Here! New Starts, New Expectations, New Rules

Fall is Here! New Starts, New Expectations, New Rules

With fall and back to school, everything changes. New schedules, new routines. This is a great time to look at what you expect of your child and how to work together to make family life run smoothly. Now is a great time to make changes in rules and limits. Mornings are now busy, and we have to get up and out! Some kids are great at this; others need more help.  No television in the morning is very important if you have kids who do not get ready easily (TV can be a show stopper)! Some kids get sucked in and everything stops…not a good idea in the morning, when they need to be moving and...

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Anxiety and Summer

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Anxiety and Summer

Anxiety and Summer

Long Days of Summer Summer is here and if your child is on the anxious side you may find that they easily turn into “homebodies.” They just want to stay home. “I don’t want to do that! I hate going there. Why do I have to?” Gone are the days for most kids where there is a large group of neighborhood kids up bright and early and running outside to play. Some suburban neighborhoods look like ghost towns in the summer because parents are working and kids are in camps. If your child is home for the summer months, the big attraction, especially for boys, is often the computer. Playing games until...

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The Birds and the Bees for Kids on the Spectrum

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on The Birds and the Bees for Kids on the Spectrum

The Birds and the Bees for Kids on the Spectrum

Recently, a 13-year old patient of mine did not understand why her mother would not give her nail clippers in the middle of a church mass. Her mother looked at me and said, “It was a teachable moment.”  This mom clearly gets it. Her daughter is on the autism spectrum and did not know mass is not a time to cut your nails.  She now knows. No clipping nails in church. It is a rule, she gets it. Kids on the autism spectrum usually get the “puberty talk” at school and parents have the “sex talk” at home. The problem is, like everything else, they learn the facts, but facts alone do...

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The Good Enough Parent

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on The Good Enough Parent

The Good Enough Parent

When I first read Donald Winnicott’s phrase ” the good enough mother” years ago, my first reaction was, “I don’t want to be just good enough!  I want to be a great mother!” Through years of experience as a mother and child therapist, I now appreciate how important the concept of “good enough” parenting is. With so many books, courses, television shows and yes, even blogs, about how best to parent your children, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  Listening to other parents can be very supportive unless the conversation turns to what is “best” for children. Then it can feel intimidating, at...

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