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Posted by Admin on December 31, 2012

Facing Painful Truths

Parenting Skills

As a mother and a mental health professional, I have been shaken to the core by the events in Newtown.  I imagine you have as well.  How do we cope with such an uncertain world? One place to start is to highlight the goodness that has transpired at a horribly dark time. The late Fred Rogers, of the iconic program Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, said it beautifully:   “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To… Continue Reading

Posted by Mimi Ezray on December 24, 2012

What Can We Learn From the SFGiants to Help Make Our Children More Resilient?

Parenting Skills

In 2010, the San Francisco Giants were 6 ½ games back in their division in August. This year, they were neck and neck with the Dodgers mid-season, when the Dodgers made multiple blockbuster trades.  Next thing you know, one of the Giants’ best players gets suspended for the remainder of the season.  Somehow, some way, both reasons, ended in champagne celebrations and ticker-tape parades.  How were the Giants able to overcome such adversity, stay united, and ultimately attain success?   The Giants did what any group of people does when they encounter a crisis, they looked at their leader.  Bruce… Continue Reading

Posted by Tom Limbert on December 17, 2012

Talking to Children About National Tragedies

Parenting Skills

Parents often struggle when trying to respond to children’s questions about tragedies. It is difficult to provide reassurance when we ourselves are uncertain about how to respond. The questions children ask and the explanations parents provide vary according to age, temperament, and level of development.   Here are some guidelines for children of all ages Monitor your own reactions, as children learn most from those in their immediate environment.Maintaining a calm attitude reassures children that parents are in control and making sure their children are safe. Before answering questions, find out what the child has seen, read, or heard.Some children… Continue Reading

Posted by Karen Friedland-Brown on December 14, 2012

Communication Skills Girls Need: Being Direct

Preteens & Teens
Raising Girls

At a recent workshop I did with 7th grade students, I was struck by how difficult it is for girls to communicate directly with each other about hurt and angry feelings, and how often this indirectness contributes to the problems that erupt between them.  The girls in the workshop relayed story after story about how when angry at or hurt by another girl, rather than express these feelings directly, they would exclude her from their next party, start a rumor about her, or talk to other friends about the problem.   When asked why they didn’t just say to the girl “I… Continue Reading

Posted by Holly Pedersen on December 10, 2012

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