Tag Archives: parenting

How to Reduce Anxiety in Kids after a School Shooting

by on May 29, 2018

Sammy refused to go to school after hearing about the death of several students at a neighboring school. Even though he didn’t’ know the details of the event, he was adamant about not going to school. His mother tried everything, including bribing him. But the more she talked the more anxious he got until Sammy… (more…)

Parenting Tips for Difficult Kids

by on October 12, 2017

You have read the parenting books, implemented the ideas, and tried new techniques but nothing seems to work. The siblings of the difficult child benefited from intentional parenting, but not the one it was intended to help. In fact, that child is getting worse and the parent’s exhaustion level is through the roof. The child… (more…)

Impact of a Narcissist Parent on a Child

by on October 12, 2017

The child and the narcissist seem like polar opposites. The narcissistic parent is typically insensitive and uncaring towards the needs of others. By contrast, their child seems overly compassionate, caring, and highly attuned (almost to the point of compulsion) to needs of others. The child fails to see anything wrong with their narcissistic parent and… (more…)

How To Know If A Teen Is In Trouble

by on October 12, 2017

From a developmental point of view, teenagers should act differently from their child-like selves. This is the time to try on new roles, explore various passions, be adventurous and expand their critical thinking skills. They naturally move away from parental influence and begin to value peer opinions in an effort to form their own perspective…. (more…)

Three Ways Parents Create Anger in Kids

by on October 12, 2017

The best way to understand this concept is through a story. Ulla complained about her 6-year-old son’s angry behavior so she brought him in for an appointment. At first he seemed fine but then threw a temper tantrum when he did not get his way. “You make me so angry,” he said in direct reference… (more…)

#1 Worst Parenting Mistake

by on October 12, 2017

Whether the child is 2 or 17 years old, the worst parenting mistake a parent can make is not listening. This presents in a variety of formats. Not listening to their boundaries. When the child has said they don’t want to talk anymore, listen and give them a break. They might need time to process… (more…)

Lessons Learned from Jumping Out of a Plane at 15,000 Feet

by on October 12, 2017

Ten years ago, our 8 year old son watched a movie about skydiving and immediately wanted to do it. A quick internet search revealed he needed to be 18 years old before he could jump, providing me with much relief. Thinking there was a lot of time for him to change his mind I agreed… (more…)

The Difference between Obstinate Teenagers vs. Budding Narcissists

by on October 12, 2017

It can be difficult to discern the difference between obstinate teenage behavior and a budding narcissist. After all, narcissism cannot be officially diagnosed until a person reaches the age of eighteen. However, the person needs to have demonstrated narcissistic behavior for a period of five year prior to the actual diagnosis. So how can a… (more…)

The Forgotten: Children of Narcissistic Parents

by on October 8, 2017

Paul reluctantly began therapy after a poor review at work. His office did a 360 approach which involved getting input from other team members, clients, and superiors prior to the formal evaluation. The process revealed that Paul lacked effective communication skills, procrastinated unnecessarily, didn’t cooperate well in group settings, and seemed either anxious or angry… (more…)

How a Child Becomes a Narcissist

by on July 8, 2017

Last week, a father sent an email to me about his teenage daughter. After reading the characteristics of narcissism, he was concerned that she had a narcissistic personality disorder. She would appear to others to be the ideal teenager but at home she acted entitled, superior, and refused to apologize or express any empathy. With… (more…)

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