What is trauma? When most people think of trauma, they think of things like natural disasters, witnessing or experiencing violence, or the experiences of soldiers in combat, and they would certainly be right. However, trauma can also occur from less obvious experiences, such as … [Read more...] about 3 Signs of Unresolved Trauma: Is This You?
Have you ever wondered, “What is going on in my teenager’s head?” I know I have, and while it is impossible to know everything that is going on in the brain of a teenager, I can share with you some of the common things teens share when they go to counseling. I am afraid to … [Read more...] about 5 Things Your Teen May Feel, But Never Say
Does this sound familiar? STOP YELLING AT YOUR BROTHER!!!!! For me, it is these and other parenting moments that I wish I could erase. I mean, how can my children learn to stop yelling by me yelling at them, right? Children learn emotional regulation and communication … [Read more...] about 5 Tips for Teaching Emotional Regulation to Children
I think we all have experienced that feeling of helplessness when trying to comfort someone who has experienced a devastating loss. We always seem to try and find the “right words” to convey our sadness, and our desire to comfort and help the hurting individual. Unfortunately, … [Read more...] about “What Not to Say” to Someone Grieving a Loss
Self-care is not a new concept. I am aware that I need to take care of myself in order to take care of others. So, why is it that the things I need to do to accomplish this always get put on the back burner? Think about it, if you have a million things to do in a day, what … [Read more...] about We Cannot Pour from an Empty Pitcher: The Practice of Self-Care
This is Part 2 of a blog series about cultivating your child's inner voice. So, recently my first-grade son comes up to me one evening and says, “Mom, I am terrible at spelling, and I just want to quit doing it!” I was actually a bit surprised by this revelation because I … [Read more...] about Cultivating Your Child’s Inner Voice Part 2: Value Effort Over Outcome