Sunday, June 4, 2017

Who's Ready for Summer Break?

This mama! Welcome to my page! If this is your first time stopping by, I hope you enjoy my posts.

It's been a long, challenging year and sometimes I think the parents enjoy a break from the school year as much as the kids do! I know my kids are ready! How about yours? What will you do to get some rest, relaxation and rejuvenation this summer? I plan to work on some projects that I cannot fit in during the school year. I've created a partial new vision board (post on that soon!). I'm in the process of re-organizing my work places (I have a home office as well as a therapy office).

"Every Child is an Artist" - Pabalo Picasso 
What do you think of this new art wall for my therapy office? I work mostly with children and their families and the mediums I use with children are art and play therapy. I wanted the children to be able to display their creative work in my therapy office.

I also plan on having some down time and visiting the beach a few times this year. Last summer I made one trip there and quite frankly, that was not enough! Here's to spending more time in the places I find comfort in: the beach and rivers of my home Florida. Here are a few places I recommend! I have not been to south FL beaches in several years but I plan on stopping at my old home town of Hollywood/Pembroke Pines. It's been at least 18 years since I went to Hollywood Beach! This should be a fun memory for my son.

Ichetucknee River in Fort White, FL
A fun place to go tubing!
Jacksonville/St. Augustine Beaches, FL 
Clearwater Beach, FL
My new favorite beach location in FL!
Hollywood Beach, FL
I hope you enjoy whatever fun or family time you can this summer!
Choose joy and gratitude always. 


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Anger in Children

Most of the parents I counsel come to me with many problems and issues surrounding:   anger in children. My biggest suggestion:  to help them understand that anger should not be "stuffed" or "ignored" and to never tell the child how they should feel (ie: "You should not be angry at ....."). Stuffing a child's feelings does nothing to help them learn empathic skills needed in life. Most parenting books focus on trying to help folks rid their child's bad behavior. This is not my approach.

In fact, you must catch children doing positive things and focus on those behaviors instead. The negative behaviors then become few and far between.  In study after study, the research shows us that empathy for other people is the number one quality we look for in humans having successful relationships: work, home, school, romantic, and friendships. We must model what we want to see in the children. We must show children how to be empathetic. We must help children become empathic. It is a skill that most definitely can be learned.  Children need to be able to "think" about how their own feelings and what they do affects others (though energy). The child who implements empathy well will keep the child from hurting others, both physically and emotionally. Practice peace, by showing peaceful actions and words.

Here is another blog article from a colleague Dr. Laura Markham, at Aha! that discusses this exact topic in even more detail.

Happy Spring, folks!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

What are you thankful for?
I'd like to share a few of mine for this year...

1. Being trusted to take on new challenges at work.
2. Watching my kiddos grow big and stronger this year.
3. Being able to make significant connections with new friends and colleagues.
4. Watching the kids enjoy Disney.
5. Love & encouragement from my family while I started new projects at work this year.
6. Watching my son grow intellectually in PreK
7. Watching my parents & sister enjoy time with the kids/us
8. Spending time at the theatre with my man (The Arts - not movie)!
9. Spending time with my old college roomy (At Disney with our Kids!)
10. Watching my step-daughter fall in LOVE with middle school!
11. Having my in-laws stay with us for vacation time and watching them enjoy time with the grandkids.
12. Purchasing my new SUV.
13. Hosting parties and preparing for the holiday seasons (I LOVE IT!)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

How can you become a peaceful parent?

I would like to share one of my favorite places to send parents for advice. Dr. Laura Markham, clinical psychologist and founder of Aha! Parenting. Read here on how to incorporate a more peaceful way of parenting.