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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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The Stigma That Needs to Go

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on The Stigma That Needs to Go

The Stigma That Needs to Go

One in four Americans have a psychiatric diagnosis, most often an anxiety disorder. In most cases their symptoms started in childhood or adolescence. Yet psychiatric illnesses continue to be a shameful secret for far too many people. The stigma against mental illness in our highly advanced society is alive and well. Most parents who struggle with a child suffering from any form of psychiatric illness continue to feel blamed. They often feel they want to keep it private to protect their child. No other illness, in this day and age, is treated this way, except, perhaps, sexually transmitted...

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