4 Ways Our Pasts Affect Our Current Relationships

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Kent, a retired army commander, often discussed his marital struggles in therapy: “Doc, get this:  Marianne said she needed to take a business trip to Chicago with a male coworker. I did just like you would have told me to do- I calmly asked her not … Continue reading

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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

Dealing with your child’s anxiety: The support and accountability balance.

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In a recent blog post, I mentioned that anxiety is currently over-catastrophized and over-diagnosed.  I went on to explain that in years past, a child who feared giving an oral presentation would basically be told to “suck it up and deal,” whereas … Continue reading

Reader Asks: My kid says she hates herself! What do I do?

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Question: The other day my six year old fell riding her bike.  When I went over to her to comfort her, she was crying because she skinned her knee, but she was also saying she hates herself.  I didn’t know … Continue reading

Jimmy’s Secret: Why the Red, Yellow, Green Behavioral System Doesn’t Work.

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Dear Diary, So I’m back to school for the year. The thought of school makes me want to squish my sweaty palm into my sweaty armpit over and over. I’ve been practicing that sound all summer. On the first day … Continue reading

Practical Tips for Parents of Kids with ADHD.

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D I’m going to make this quick and dirty, since you parents with ADHD kids don’t exactly have the time or luxury of sitting around with your feet up, enjoying quiet and leisurely reading. But the school … Continue reading