Category Archives: Parenting

Fostering a Healthy Self in Children

Parenting:  Feeding the Healthy Ego       We’ve all known folks who seem have too much ego.  They appear to feel entitled to do and have anything they want and lack the capacity for self-criticism.  They can be pretty obnoxious.  In … Continue reading

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Immature Parents Produce an Impaired Child

THE OVERSTIMULATED CHILD       There are several types of child abuse that never make the headlines or draw the attention of authorities.  Parents have the right to raise their children any way they please as long as they don’t break … Continue reading

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Parenting Teens Challenges Adults

ADOLESCENCE HARD ON PARENTS, TOO   When I was a kid we were very aware of the generation gap.  We called ourselves “freaks” because we thought we were different.  We thought we were having a revolution. Our parents looked on, … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Adolescence

TEENAGE PERILS       For the past century or so, it seems that every generation of parents have been concerned, sometimes terrified, about the behavior and attitudes of their teenaged children.  There have always been teenagers but adolescence is a fairly … Continue reading

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Discipline to Teach Self-Discipline

Discipline vs. Punishment: How and Why   It’s useful for parents to understand the difference between punishment and discipline. Punishment is a penalty imposed in retribution for a wrong action.  The goal of punishment is often unclear and may have … Continue reading

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Don’t Fight with Your Teenager

POWER STRUGGLE DANGEROUS WITH TEENS   If you have a rebellious adolescent in your family then you know how frustrating parenthood can be.  If this is your first teenager, I feel for you.  You’re in for a rough ride. Holding … Continue reading

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Lying to Kids Causes Self-Doubt

CHILDREN DESERVE THE TRUTH   To learn to cope effectively with the world as it is we need information.  We have various ways of gaining this information but the most direct is our own perception. Another way is through what … Continue reading

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Healthy Self-Centeredness

HEALTHY SELF-CENTEREDNESS   Once we thought the universe revolved around the earth. It does appear that way to a person standing on it.  Then came Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo to put things in their places.  We are not really the … Continue reading

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Growing up with Violence

GROWING UP WITH VIOLENCE Living in a violent family affects children in characteristic ways.  In my therapy practice I have worked with many individuals and couples who have grown up with violent parents.  I have learned that family violence, even … Continue reading

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The Power of the Positive Word

  THE POWER OF THE POSITIVE WORD   We hear plenty about child abuse in the modern media.  Often unacknowledged by anyone, verbal abuse is the most common of all forms and has a devastating impact on the self-concept.  Just so … Continue reading

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