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Category Archive for: ‘Parenting’

13 Reasons Why Forum

AFBHS Live Stream Regarding “13 Reasons Why” Adolescent & Family Behavioral Health Services did a live streaming  discussion with our panel of therapists on the issues presented in 13 Reasons Why. The forum is for all parents, mental health providers, and educations.  WOOD TV8 also held a panel discussion on May 17. AFBHS Recorded on Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00PM – 8:30PM EST …

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From School to Summer: How to Help Your Child Transition

Before the end of each school year, my son always counts down the days until summer. He gets so excited for the days filled with fun in the sun and no homework! For some kids the transition to summer break means leaving behind their teachers and friends, which can create feelings of anxiety and sadness. Here are some tips to …

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“I hope you have a daughter just like you someday!”

“I hope you have a daughter just like you someday!”  I’m not sure how many times I heard those words over the course of my childhood and teen years. Fast forward a lot of years. I now have that daughter; but she is nothing like me. And it’s hard. My daughter is shy, uninterested in sports, has difficulty speaking up for herself, …

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Try Validation For a Change

Even the best parents struggle with trying to figure out what to do when their children or adolescents have intense emotions and are out of control about something that seems small.  The one skill I teach and promote over and over to help is VALIDATION. Why? Because it is an agent of change. Frequently, the mention of validating evokes feelings …

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“Dear Dad”

“Dear Dad” A letter no parent ever wants to receive.   A sour feeling came over John’s stomach when he got the call. He wanted to put it off as illness. Bad Chinese take-out at lunch. Maybe someone at work had a bug. Something, anything but the truth. The conversation played through his head again and again, scratching and repeating. …

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Cutting to Cope: Follow up Q & A

March is Self Injury Awareness Month Last November Fox 17 aired a segment on Self Injury.  I am following up on that interview by trying to increase awareness and education about self injury by answering some common questions.  Later this month I will share a more detailed interview with the young woman. Please be aware, some of the content of the …

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Not Bullied Anymore

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Some months ago I was at the hairdresser when a childhood classmate came in for an appointment; let’s just call her Chana.  I had not seen Chana in many years.  She recognized me and began to talk and share with the beautician how we had been friends and played together when we were young.  …

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Fathers Parenting After Divorce

 What contributes to the decline in relationship between fathers and their children after divorce? Factors that Influence the Relationships Between Divorced Fathers and Their Children · · · father role confusion legal system relationship between the former spouse and the divorced father children have busy schedules and other activities geographical distance How can one be expected to easily go from …

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What Is Going On Inside That Head of Yours?

Do your wonder if your teen’s behavior is normal, or if maybe you are going crazy? Blame it on the brain. Normal brain development in teens can leave parents confused, daze, and downright frustrated. Patience. Help is on the way… you only have to wait until mid 20’s.

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