5 Ways to Take the Pressure Off so Joy Can Flow

Self-care is talked about so frequently that it almost feels cliché to even utter the words at this point. That’s a shame though, because self-care is … [Continue reading...]

5 Phrases (And 1 Question) to Help Your Tween Daughter Through the Hard Stuff

  I've worked with a lot of tween girls over the past 18 years. They end up in my office for various reasons (I specialize in anxiety, stress, … [Continue reading...]

Dads, Your Tween Girls Need You

A nine-year-old girl sits in my office, spinning on my desk chair. She’s avoiding a question that hangs in the air, hoping to find a distraction. It … [Continue reading...]

5 Ways to Help Girls Feel Self-Confident

Image credit: Pexels “I don’t get it. She’s smart. She’s kind. She’s athletic. She has a ton of friends… but she doesn’t see it.” A mom of an … [Continue reading...]

How Heavy is Your Backpack? An Exercise in Empathy For School Age Kids

The end of the school year can be tough. As parents, we feel like we're crawling to the finish line. We're so close, but there's still so much to be … [Continue reading...]

Studies Show Harsh Discipline and Spanking Are All Harm and No Good – Try This, Instead

Breaking news from Science Daily: The more children are spanked, the more likely they are to act out, defy their parents, engage in aggressive and … [Continue reading...]

How to Deal With Explosive Temper Tantrums

Josh* was seven-years-old when his mom reached out to me. I will never forget the phone call. Two minutes into her description of her son’s temper … [Continue reading...]

10 Strategies to Help Your Anxious Child in the Moment

  Childhood anxiety is tricky business. There are a lot of misconceptions, and often times it either goes unchecked or becomes a blame game. … [Continue reading...]

How to Help Your Quiet Child Connect

Ask my son about his day at school and you will get a play-by-play of his two recess periods. You'll find out what they played, who said something … [Continue reading...]

10 Things Your Anxious Child Wants You to Know

I work with a lot of kids with anxiety. Not all of them meet the diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder (some do, some don't), but they do have … [Continue reading...]