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Wit and Whining: A Parenting Blog

How to Get Your Family Back on Track

Jul 26, 2016

We get so busy-we hardly have any down time in today's family. And when we do, we may be so exhausted that we just check out. How to get clear on getting our family on track, and I don't mean how to get everyone to soccer practice, gets lost. 

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Gift Giving Guide from a Play Therapist

Dec 09, 2015

The holidays are in full swing and many of us are on the hunt for the perfect gifts for our loved ones, which may include the children in our lives.  Kids are so often in the present moment, we don’t want to give them something they play with for five minutes and then we watch it become forgotten and dusty. We also want kids to feel happy and loved, that’s the whole motive behind giving gifts at the holidays, at least it used to be. I’d like to introduce some ideas, as well as some gifts, that are great for your child.  

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How do I know my child needs counseling?

Oct 13, 2015

I get this question a lot, whether I’m chatting with friends or talking on the phone with a parent interested in services. I hope you keep these tips in the back of your mind in case the need ever arises. Below are some questions to ask yourself or talk to a professional about. 

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Am I Screwing Up My Kids?

Sep 22, 2015

One of our blog readers recently requested a post on “How do I know I’m not screwing up my kids?”

I first want to acknowledge this as part of the human parent condition. I cannot imagine there is a parent out there that thinks or is 100% of the time being a fabulous parent (call me if you are, we really need to talk). It takes so much love, courage, patience and energy to raise a child, the amount of which we often cannot imagine pre-parenting. 

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Why I Just Read The Highly Sensitive Person

Sep 10, 2015

The Highly Sensitive Person, by Dr. Elaine Aron, is an older book and may or may not be news to you as concept. However, I have heard the term “highly sensitive” tossed around lately and thought I wanted to check this out. 

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A Play Therapist's Review of Inside Out

Jun 17, 2015

I was so fortunate to get the chance to see Inside Out a week before it was released. I am not one to endorse movies, but what a great teaching tool! I will not give the movie away entirely, but you may want to come back and read after you’ve seen it if you want to be 100% surprised.

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Sexual Abuse-Healing is Possible!

Jun 02, 2015

According to the Crimes Against Children Research Center, 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse.  3 out of 4 adolescents report that those who have sexually assaulted them were someone they knew well.   I wanted to start with those statistics because this is a wake-up call. It happens. 

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The Debate and Media Frenzy of the Free Range Parenting Case

Apr 20, 2015

My guess is most parents do not have their finger on the pulse of their state’s laws on child neglect and abuse. I even have to look up specifics as a clinical social worker. Let’s review these now so we have our ducks in a row. In Virginia, my home state, there is no set age, only recommended guidelines. There are also notes on various Child Protective Services (CPS) websites that state “Parents should use good judgement.”  

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My Top Tips for Parents

Apr 14, 2015

Today I've included some of the tried and trued that I keep returned to in my work with improving the lives of children and parents. Enjoy!

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Nine Ways to Noncommittal Mindfulness

Mar 10, 2015

Mindfulness is a hot term and the now thing we are all supposed to be doing. It makes everything better, including parenting! It easily gets to being something on our “I’ll start that next week” list. I get it, life gets in the way and it sounds intimidating to get started. Here are nine noncommittal and easy ways to get a little mindfulness in our lives.Any of these can be done individually or as a family! 

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