These last few weeks, I’ve seen kid and teen clients’ stress skyrocket as a result of mandatory statewide testing. It reminds me of my own days as a student in DeKalb County schools taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills way back in the 1980s. You may have a similar memory of using #2 pencils toRead more about Testing, Testing – Tips for Parents[…]
It’s become clear to me that it’s time to say a bit about anticipatory grief, that sort of pain we feel when someone we love is dying. This is different from grief we feel when someone is already gone; rather anticipatory grief is what we experience when we’re fully aware that a loved one is mortal, andRead more about Grief Before They’re Gone[…]
Sexual desire or its absence. Religious beliefs or the belief that the here-and-now is all we’ve got. The thoughts or experiences that make us feel weird, or embarrassed, or alone. One reason I’m such a fan of counseling is that it’s a space to talk freely about aspects of our lives that sometimes go unspoken toRead more about When the Political Gets Especially Personal[…]
Last week, my email dinged with a message from a magazine writer asking for an interview. Hurrah! I thought. I love talking about therapy! But then I read closely. The writer wanted my expert tips on how parents should design their children’s rooms for optimal development, including the “right” kinds of toys. I felt my heart slowly sink back to it’sRead more about Why You Won’t See Me Quoted In A Magazine Next Month[…]
My mom warned me before she sent me this article called “Should I Make My Daughter Clean Her Room?” As a kid in my family, I was the messy sort and drove my parents crazy. “And you turned out just fine,” my mom says now. Thanks, mom.
“If you think you’re enlightened go spend a week with your family.” -Ram Dass It’s that busy few weeks right now between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when many of us have barely had time to recover from one family gathering before the next one looms. We don’t need to have deep, dark family histories inRead more about Surviving Our Families Over the Holidays[…]