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Keep Them Young…At Least For a Minute

When my son was in kindergarten at a local Catholic school, a reading teacher of his stopped me in the hallways to let me know that she thought that I ought to let him watch “older kid shows” on the Disney channel and Nickelodeon, instead of letting him watch The Backyardigans or Power Rangers, as […]

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anxious child

Pressure and the Anxious Child: A General Guide for Emotional Support

Enter the mind of an anxious child, and you step into a storm. Thoughts are a constant swirl that instantaneously run through a thousand catastrophic scenarios as they rapidly assess situations and determine their safety level, at the same time gauging an internal barometer for available energy and the motivation to deal with those selfsame situations. And […]

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mindful meditation with children is not an oxymoron

Mindful Meditation with Children is Not an Oxymoron

In November 2016, CNN, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, Upworthy, and a smattering of local news outlets reported on the success of an urban school in West Baltimore called Robert W. Coleman Elementary that had been piloting a program replacing detention with meditation practices in specially designated “Mindful Moment” calming rooms. In collaboration with trained adult […]

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Quieting the inner turmoil of parent guilt

Quieting the Inner Turmoil of Parent Guilt

Even though I’ve been a practicing psychotherapist for nearly 17 years (11 of those spent exclusively with children and families), I am still subject to crazy parenting guilt. It creeps up on me in my weakest, most exhausted or chaotic moments, whispering that something I’ve done has irreparably damaged my child. It’s a wildly irrational […]

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