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Separation Anxiety in Children: What is Normal?

Separation Anxiety in Children: What is Normal?

One of the common questions I get about young children is how much separation anxiety is normal? Many children go through periods of separation anxiety. It’s a typical part of development. As babies, this often happens around 8-9 months or so. Babies are learning...

Why Do I Yell at My Kid?

Why Do I Yell at My Kid?

Most parents don’t want to yell at their children. And yet, ALL parents find themselves yelling at some point. I experience shame around yelling at my son because I TEACH positive discipline classes! Who am I to tell people to calmly set limits with their children...

Raising Feminist Boys in a Rape Culture

Raising Feminist Boys in a Rape Culture

“Me Too” has been popping up on my news feed all day for the last couple days. I shared my own “Me Too” post, and I believe every woman I know has one, whether they chose to post publicly or not. One of the wonderful things about parenting is our ability to shape the...

What Are Logical Consequences?

What Are Logical Consequences?

“Logical consequences” is a phrase I hear used a lot. It is often used inaccurately to describe a punishment disguised as a “consequence”. It is also often confused with “natural consequences”, which are the consequences that naturally occur with no intervention from...

Find Your Inner Parenting Compass (Part 2)

Find Your Inner Parenting Compass (Part 2)

In Part 1 of “Find Your Inner Parenting Compass”, I talked about how difficult it is today as parents to figure out the right way to raise our children with all the contradicting advice out there. Today, I’m writing about how to find your own voice. How to look within...

How To Be Honest With Your Kids (Even When It’s Hard)

How To Be Honest With Your Kids (Even When It’s Hard)

I have been spending much of the day today thinking about honesty and why it’s so important in relationships. I saw Glennon Doyle (author of Love Warrior, which if you have not read yet, you really really should) speak at Together Live last night in Portland and was...

Find Your Inner Parenting Compass

Find Your Inner Parenting Compass

Parenting is truly challenging these days. In addition to the exhaustion, tantrums, diaper changes, and multitude of tasks facing parents each day, we are also bombarded with an unrelenting onslaught of contradicting advice and opinions. A brief glance through...

Back to School: Helping Kindergartners with School Anxiety

Back to School: Helping Kindergartners with School Anxiety

It’s that time of year again – back to school! The start of a new school year can be overwhelming for teachers, parents, and children alike. For new kindergarten students, school can be especially anxiety-producing. New teachers, new peers, a new classroom, new...

Recognizing Anxiety in Children

Recognizing Anxiety in Children

I see a lot of anxious children in my practice. Often their parents did not immediately recognize their children’s anxiety or did not realize how much it was affecting them. Here are a few early signs of anxiety in children that may be cause for further evaluation or...

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