Posts filed under: Family and Children

Family Ties: The Benefits of Prioritizing Meal Time Together

“What’s for dinner?” can be the most depressing and difficult question for busy parents to answer. After all, dinner is relentless. Night after night, whether you’re hitting the fast food drive-thru on the way to your kid’s lacrosse practice or......
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When December isn’t Merry and Bright

The holidays are a time for celebration and happy gatherings with family and friends. Some people, however, find that celebrating the holidays in the traditional sense brings anything but peace and joy. Rather than looking forward to it, this time......
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Why do we ‘set the stage’ around the holidays?

Have you ever noticed that most commercials around the holidays depict charming scenes of happy, well-dressed families and immaculate homes decorated to perfection, but most holiday movies center on something (or everything) going wrong?  The reality we strive for takes......
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Parenthood: What’s Normal?

“Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone Although parenting is one of the most common human experiences, for......
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Teens and Adolescent Behavior: What’s normal?

Adolescence, those unmistakable years between childhood and adulthood, is famous for being one of the most challenging times of life – for the teens themselves, for their parents, and for all the other adults they interact with. This is the......
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Back to School 101: Parents, Class is in Session

Tips for Navigating the Back-To-School Transition Heading back to school brings a range of emotions for both kids and parents.  On one hand, we hate to say goodbye to summer and the increased family time.  On the other hand, we’re......
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Caregivers: Mom, Dad, your 23yo stay-at-home son…You take care of everyone. Who takes care of you?

The term “sandwich generation” was coined by social worker Dorothy Miller in 1981 to describe a new generation of women who were taking care of both their own children and one or both aging parents.  Since then, the definition has......
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Parenting with Purpose

Purposeful Parenting: Summer Playtime Carving out meaningful time with each of your children every day can simultaneously sound like a no-brainer and — in the midst of all the scheduled activities and day-to-day responsibilities — a daunting task.  As parents,......
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Reignite the Fireworks (Not the 4th of July kind)

Keep the Fireworks in Your Marriage – And Be a Good Parent New parents, as well as those who have been at it for a while, can find themselves  drifting apart as they put more and more effort into caring......
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Fatherhood: A Love Story

Kirk always knew that he wanted to be a father.  As a single gay man in his late 20s, however, he wasn’t sure how fatherhood would become a reality. “I started putting feelers out about how to do it.  I......
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Perfectionism…The PERFECT Way to Teach Your Kids Self-Abuse

Perfectionism As parents, we want to help our children succeed, yet that can be a difficult challenge.  The stakes seem to get higher and higher and we think about how to set them up for success earlier and earlier. Getting......
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Sharing the Sacrifice: Military Couples

September 11, 2001, changed the way we view the world. A rise in enlistment numbers following 9/11 reflect that many men and women felt compelled to answer the call to serve their country. For military couples or families, the aftermath......
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Coping with Infertility: You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

Having a baby is one of the most natural and universal experiences human beings have – unless you are struggling with infertility. For millions of people, the inability to have this most common experience can lead to a heightened sense......
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This Mother’s Day: Think Outside the Hallmark Card

In popular culture, mothers are often revered as both the backbone of our families and vilified as the source of all our problems. For better or worse, mothers shape who we are. And this Sunday, we honor them. It’s been said that motherhood......
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With Us in Spirit: Honoring Lost Loved Ones

Honoring lost loved ones can help ease grief Despite the wealth of books and blogs on the topic, the experience of grieving is, in many ways, uncharted territory. Grief is personal and variable. You may think you know how you......
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Give More, Spend Less: Not All Holiday Gifts Have to be Bought

Honor the Spirit of Giving The holiday gift-giving season is in full swing and got us thinking about ways to honor the true meaning of “giving.” (Hint: It has little to do with buying stuff that most people don’t really......
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The Family You Make For Yourself

More than any other time of the year, the holiday season emphasizes family. Images of happy families gathered around a Thanksgiving feast are all over television commercials and magazines. Everyone seems to be making plans to be somewhere with family.......
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Learning That Your Child May be a Bully: “My kid did WHAT?!”

  How did my kid become a bully and what can I do about it? So, it turns out your sweet bundle of joy is not so sweet to everyone. Perhaps you’ve suspected this, but have chosen to chalk it......
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Couples Integrating Lives for Better Communication

Joel Silverman, MA LPC discusses couples and the importance of integrating the values and expectations that originated from their families of origin to improve communication and understanding.   Joel Silverman, MA LPC  works with people who have experienced trauma and......
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Refeathering Your Nest: Rethinking “The Empty Nest Syndrome”

By Michele Battle, MA, NCC I never liked the term “Empty Nest”. To me, it sounded like a bleak, hollow place where youth and laughter once reverberated. Then suddenly, the children leave, and only silence and the prospect of aging......
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“Once Upon a Time…”- A few words on the function of fairy tales in learning about the world

by Marta Oko-Riebau, MA “Fairy tales to me are never happy, sweet stories. They’re moral stories about overcoming the dark side and the bad.” – Joe Wright As a young child I used to love to hear dark stories. Happy,......
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Co-Parenting Alone: How To Co-Parent Well Even If Your Ex Won’t Cooperate

by Chris Lewis, Ed.S., LPC You have read all the co-parenting how-to books. You’ve got your co-parenting plan written in detail and your weekly update phone call with your ex scripted, even with a Plan B just in case he......
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Co-Parenting Threat Assessment 101: Or How To Stop Living On Red Alert

by Chris Lewis, Ed.S., LPC I never thought I would be making a comparison between my dogs and Homeland Security, but here I am. Never say never. This is just my opinion, and granted the U.S. has just abandoned its......
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“I Didn’t Ask To Be Born, You Know!”

by Chris Lewis, Ed.S., LPC How many of you parents heard a little voice something like this somewhere in the vicinity of 9 1/2 to 10 months before you had your child: Voice: Hey! Hey you! You! Up there! Pssssst.......
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Strategies for Parenting an Emerging Adult: They did WHAT? (Part Three)

by Elizabeth M. Klaers, MSW, LSW In part one, we considered traits that are common during emerging adulthood. In part two, I gave 6 tips that can help parents navigate this transition. You just found out your emerging young adult......
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Strategies for Parenting Emerging Adults: 6 Parenting Tips that will Change Everything (Part Two)

by Elizabeth M. Klaers, MSW, LSW In part one, we considered traits that are common during emerging adulthood. Today, I want to give 6 tips that will help parents navigate this transition. The term, “Emerging Adulthood”, coined by researcher Jeffery......
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Strategies for Parenting Emerging Adults: What is Happening?! (Part One)

by Elizabeth Klaers, MSW, LSW If you have a son or daughter that is between the ages of 18 years old and twenty-something this question may feel familiar: What is happening…? Although the specifics vary from family to family, the......
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Stressed Parenting? Maybe it’s a good time to press PAUSE.

Elizabeth M. Klaers, MSW, LSW Summer is winding down and kids are heading back to school. Supplies, clothing, and coordinating all the activities that comes with this time of year throw many parents into a mode of doing, doing, doing.......
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The Enmeshed Family: What It Is and How to “Unmesh”

by Chris Lewis, Ed.S., LPC It’s a word most of us have heard before, often when describing families that are extremely close and tightly wound. But what does it mean? Aren’t families supposed to be close? Aren’t we supposed to......
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Plea to Parents: Do Just this One Thing

by Chris Lewis, Ed.S., LPC It happened again. I say again because it seems like I can’t make a trip to the grocery store or walk in a park or sit in a restaurant without it happening. This time my......
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