When your kid is defiant (The golden rule beats a golden shower.)

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We’ve all been asked to do things  we feel are ridiculous.  Maybe the store-owner asks you to use the restroom stall to breastfeed your kid.  Maybe your mother, forgetting what it’s like to be a parent, tells you that you really should prioritize wiping … Continue reading

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10 things your therapist knows about you (that you wish your spouse knew).

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Therapists.  Admittedly, we tend to be a hippy dippy bunch.  Trained to pull from our vast understandings of neurology and human nature, we spend years developing virtually bottomless capacities for empathy.  Just kidding.  I mean, yes there is a little of that, but it also helps … Continue reading

An important way your own childhood affects your parenting

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Imagine this scene:  Your third-grader, standing before you with hands on hips, indignantly whines, “Mo-om!  You didn’t remember to add money to my lunch account!!  The lunch lady had to give me a special note today, and it was SO-OH EMBARASSING!  How FLAKY can you … Continue reading

“My Teen Uses Depression and Self Injury to Manipulate

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From time-to-time, I hear some variation of, “My child is so manipulative.  She’s only cutting herself and saying she is depressed for attention.  She’s not really that depressed.” When manipulation is suggested, there are several points I typically make to parents: 1) … Continue reading

Radical Acceptance (explained in one simple crappy drawing.)

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. Oh, what’s that?  You’ve always wondered, “What exactly is radical acceptance, and does anyone have any amateur drawings depicting its every-day application?” ??  Today is your lucky day: And, incidentally, I just also had to radically accept that … Continue reading