Parenting During Times of Stress

By Sara Firestone, M.A., AMFT With more schools and offices closing each day due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most parents are finding themselves at home with their kids around the clock. And while it is necessary for our physical health to practice social distancing or sheltering in place during this strange time, it is likely to take a toll on our mental health. No matter how much you love your children, being stuck at home with them indefinitely would be challenging even for the most patient and grounded parent. That being…

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Taking A Time Out

By Carlene Lehmann, LMFT The acronym HALTS is very useful to help us recognize when when we aren't at our best physically, mentally, and emotionally. HALTS stands for hungry, angry, lonely, tired, and stressed. When we are feeling these ways we are more likely to react and get defensive. It is not the best time to try to talk about a challenging issue with our loved one. It is also important to notice if any of these feelings come up during an interaction. When we notice that we aren't resourced…

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8 Ways to Improve Parent Child Relationship How do you have a better relationship with your parents? How as parents can you have a better relationship with your child? In this video by Psych2Go, they cover some tips and tricks to help strength the relationship between a parent and a child. You might relate or find these helpful!

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Raising Resilient Kids

by American Psychological Association We all can develop resilience, and we can help our children develop it as well. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned over time. Following are tips to building resilience. Make connections Teach your child how to make friends, including the skill of empathy, or feeling another's pain. Encourage your child to be a friend in order to get friends. Build a strong family network to support your child through his or her inevitable disappointments and hurts. At school, watch to make sure…

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Parenting Teens

by Carlene Lehmann, M.A., LMFT It is no secret that the teen years can be challenging Raging hormones, the drive towards independence, restrictions, misunderstandings, and raised voices are common. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Keep in mind that the word discipline means to lead. Successful discipline can be achieved by concentrating less on punishment and more on leading our teens in the right direction. Following is a list of ways you can provide discipline for your teen without destroying your relationship- Consistency:One of the most important parenting…

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Co-Parenting through Divorce

by Carlene Lehmann, M.A., LMFT Divorce is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. It is even more difficult if you have children. Your relationship with your partner does not cease to exist because you still have children that need you to both. Learning how to co-parent after divorce can be challenging if there are high levels of emotion or abuse present. I am presenting strategies that will help families who wish to work together for the good of their children. Different Ways to Co-Parent There are…

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