August 7, 2019

If you are struggling with understanding or managing your child's mis-behavior, I am going to offer the suggestion to incorporate 30 minutes of child directed play time into your family routine, at a regularly scheduled time, three times per week. 

You ask: "Are you C-R...

July 17, 2019

Come visit Families Thrive and join in the community fun at Summerville, August 3, 2019. I will be hosting a booth with kid tatoos and information just outside Blue Kangaroo on SE 13th and Lexington. This is a lively, all-inclusive family event with activities and trea...

June 26, 2019

A child's anxiety, run amok, challenges everyone in the family . . . parents, siblings, family friends and relatives . . . and, of course, your beloved child. Due to the nature of anxiety, which represents a system on over-arousal and hyper-alert, everyone becomes stre...

June 4, 2018

Those challenging behaviors that are knotty and difficult to positively change can be very vexing as a parent, especially when they escalate for no apparent reason. Here are some suggestions about what to do to begin to unravel some of these behavioral knots.

1. Make su...

February 1, 2018

There is lots of research to support the idea that dedicated and regular parent/child play time (on the child's terms) supports positive attachment, self-regulation, self-esteem, and creativity. It's also a lot of fun once you get into the swing of it.

In my experience...

January 20, 2018

Consider applying these five principles offered by Jen A. Miller in the NYTimes when setting goals for your or your child's behavior. The article relates to New Year resolutions but can be applied to all those things we wish to target for change in ourselves or our chi...

January 17, 2018

Helping your family thrive is a big job. It's a mix of increasing resources and decreasing adversity while building resiliency that promotes confidence, competence, and the ability for you and your children to "land on your feet" in challenging and overwhelming circums...

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