Behavioral & Emotional Problems

Roasted Yukon Potatoes

The Voices in My Head Should Just Shut Up and Eat

I love Christmas. I really do. I enjoy almost everything about it. But it’s around this time every year that I begin to have panic attacks. These attacks usually take the form of one of two voices in my head. During the day the voice sounds kind of like a Jewish mother: “You’ll never lose weight if you eat as much as the whole city of Minsk.” “What? Your parents are such a black hole of doom that you have to move […]
Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry by experienced counselor Anita Broomberg

Anita Broomberg is a qualified counselor, with over 25 years of experience in dealing with parents and children, and in running parenting skills training groups, covering topics such as discipline, sibling rivalry, etc. She conducts a six-week parenting group at £20 per two-hour session. Editor’s introduction I first came across Anita through my dear friend, Nicki. Nicki was attending one of Anita’s courses on Sibling rivalry and was raving about it – how much insight it gave her into what was happening […]
Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo

Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo: Civilization and its Discontented Babies

by Laura Bassi Zaff, Ph. D. Parenting is a huge responsibility and a wonderful part of life. Of course, most parents want to do what is best for their families. Sometimes, in our culture, the way we were parented or the way that others tell us we should parent our children is inconsistent with what comes if we parent from the heart. When this happens, people sometimes begin to question their instincts, and instead of going with what is in their hearts, […]

(FREE) Challenging Negative Thoughts Worksheet ~ ANT

If you have had issues with anxiety and children, you know how challenging it can be. As the parent of a daughter with a tendency towards anxiety, I have been so grateful for the work of Dr. Daniel Amen. His powerful ANTS concept has helped me to teach my daughter how to ward off those anxious thoughts that, if left unchecked, can lead to full-blown anxiety disorder. Dr. Amen Dr. Amen is a psychiatrist and physician, who has numerous popular books on […]
Catching Behavior Problems Early

Catching Behavior Problems Early

In this series of tips on parenting, I have to add one that I see very commonly, with sometimes tragic consequences. As a parenting coach and educator, I always feel sad when a parent approaches me whose kids are already in major trouble. These parents care about their kids, but for whatever reason, they didn’t address issues when they were smaller. Now they are faced with much tougher issues that require much tougher choices. I blame this situation on three things: denial, […]
How To Handle Your Child Lying

How To Handle Your Child Lying

Most parents will tell you that they have children that lie from time to time. So why do kids lie and what should you do about it?  As a parent, how do you know which lies are ‘okay’ and which lies are actually signs of more serious problems? First of all, it’s important to understand that lying is actually a normal part of a child’s development. Children lie for a lot of reasons.  Some of them are even acceptable, or at the […]
Toddlers And Tantrums

Toddlers And Tantrums

Toddlers and tantrums – they just seem to go together,  If you have a Toddler, you will undoubtedly have temper tantrums from time to time.   Tantrums can be infuriating, frustrating and embarrassing for parents.   What should you do when your child throws a temper tantrum?  First, it helps to know what’s causing the tantrum.  Then you can act accordingly. There are many different reasons for tantrums in young children, but they usually fall into one of 3 categories : The […]
3 Year Old Meltdowns - Toddler Temper Tantrums

3 Year Old Meltdowns – Toddler Temper Tantrums

Is it really “The Terrible Two’s”?  Or could it be that this is the first time that parents really have to step up to ‘parent’ their child and they just don’t know what to do?  Up until about the age of 18 months, parents have been mostly caregivers.  They’ve kept their children safe, protected them from harm, fed them, clothed and nurtured them.  They’ve met their most basic needs – not something that most people need to be taught to do.  But […]