Fostering a Healthy Self Esteem in your Child


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With August in full swing, the summer is coming to an end – meaning back to school is just around the corner! While you may be ready and eager for your children and teens to go back, it’s important to remember that back to school season is always a big transition for them. The new school year often brings feelings of both excitability and anxiety. We typically think about starting school for the first time or transitioning to a new […]

How to Handle Bedtime Battles


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We all know how sleep can greatly impact how we feel, but what do we do when our children continue to find ways to avoid going to bed? The National Institute of Health (2012) explains that sleep deprivation in children may cause them to have trouble getting along with peers, mood swings, irritability, difficulties paying attention, decreased grades, and increased stress.  Some of the reasons children may avoid going to bed can be a fear of the dark or nightmares, […]

Guest Blog on 13 Reasons Why


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13 Reasons Why: Guest Blog Post with Dr. Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza Posted on May 3, 2017Dr. Adam PletterPosted in Digital Parenting, Elementary Age, high school age, Middle School Age, Parenting, Screenagers, Teens & Screens   I speak and write a lot about the pros and cons of living and parenting in the digital world. Through this work, I often connect with amazing professionals and their work. As a child psychologist, the Netflix original series, 13 Reasons Why, has become a major, albeit controversial, topic in my office, home-life and Facebook wall. Controversial […]

Celebrating Counselors!


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   https://youtu.be/0mKHauD0pFk Professional counselors offer non-judgmental, compassionate therapeutic relationships in the context of which people of all ages can safely explore their concerns.  Professional counselors empower diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals. Things You Should Know about Professional Counselors….  They have earned a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling    They participate in ongoing education, training & certification to meet the needs of clients      They emphasize multicultural competence & respect for […]

Social Workers Stand Up!


Social workers stand up for millions of people every day and that is why the month of March has been designated Social Workers Month. Social workers stand up for people experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, veterans, children, families and communities. Yet many people still misunderstand who social workers are and the invaluable contributions they make to society. When I initially thought about becoming a social worker, I quickly dismissed it.  I thought social workers work for public agencies […]

12 Hugs a Day!


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 We need four hugs a day for survival.  We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth. –Virginia Satir, pioneer in Family Therapy February is the month when we spend a lot of time inside with our children and families.  It’s also a month to celebrate your love for them and others in your life on Valentine’s Day. But sometimes it’s hard to have those loving feelings when you’ve been stuck inside due […]

Make Time to Play in 2017!


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It’s that time of year again when we traditionally make our New Year’s resolutions. What if this year your resolution was to play? You could spend just 15 minutes a day playing with your children or pick a day and time of the week that you dedicate to technology-free play. Now that would be a resolution worth keeping! Play is the natural language of children. It is their form of communication and their toys are their words. Play Therapy expert […]

Teaching Your Child About Giving


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During the holiday season, we put our dollar bills in the Salvation Army’s red kettle as we go into the grocery store or give a one-time check to one of the many organizations whose appeals stuff our mailboxes. Giving these gifts around the holidays are wonderful expressions of caring. But what about the rest of the year? If our children see us do this once a year, what message does that convey to them? There are so many ways to […]

What to Tell the Children? Ways to Help Your Child During This Post-Election Season


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  This election season was a particularly divisive one for our country. The airwaves, Internet, and media outlets were filled with political attacks against one candidate or another and their supporters.  Adults were not the only ones listening, reading, and watching. Our children were, too, and if many adults have been feeling anxious and having a hard time sleeping these last months, just think what our children must be feeling as they’ve been watching us. While the election is over, […]

Positive Praise and Encouragement of Children


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Providing praise and encouragement is one of the most important everyday interactions parents can have with their children to improve behavior. As simple as this may seem, sometimes it is easier to focus on the negative and the behavior we dislike. But research shows that the behavior we pay more attention to will be the behavior that is likely to be repeated. A simple smile, encouraging phrase, or hug goes a long way in decreasing negative behaviors and improving a […]