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Four Ways to Demonstrate Parental Acceptance to Your Kids

12/04/2015 16:32:37 PM

So, as many of you know, I just finished up my PhD. The final requirement is a research project and paper, which I studied an online format of the Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) parent training. The results were amazing! Interestingly, ...

Play Therapy Quote of the Day – December 3, 2015

12/03/2015 19:58:00 PM

“When you’re free, you can play and when you’re playing, you become free” – Heidi Kaudson The post Play Therapy Quote of the Day – December 3, 2015 appeared first on The Kid Counselor™.

Play Therapy Quote of the Day – 11/6/2015

11/05/2015 20:03:33 PM

“Enter into children’s play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet.” – Virginia Axline The post Play Therapy Quote of the Day – 11/6/2015 appeared first on The Kid Counselor™.

Interpreting the ‘Why’ in Your Kids’ Messages

11/05/2015 20:01:13 PM

I often get parents who are having a hard time understanding something related to their children who email me asking if I can help. I had a mom write to me a while back and ask what she should do about the picture that her daughter gave to her. ...

Play Therapy and “Lighthouse Parenting”: The Longstanding Connection

11/03/2015 13:07:16 PM

I recently heard about a new parenting approach called “Lighthouse Parenting.” This comes on the heels of “Tiger” and “Helicopter” parenting, so I was a little wary of another catchy name to take the media by storm

How to Help Kids Understand and Process a Cancer Diagnosis

10/12/2015 13:33:42 PM

I will never forget how I felt when I got the call that the mass on my grandmother’s ovary was cancerous. Even as an adult, it is hard to process how you feel, what it means for your family, how to help, and what to say. As cancer becomes ...

Five (More) Things Not to Say to Your Kids

10/09/2015 09:09:18 AM

Wow, I can’t believe it has been almost five years since I wrote the first list of what not to say to your kids. It really is amazing the reaction to that article. Some completely agreed, some were convicted to change behaviors, some thought ...

Play Therapy Principles and a Rope Swing

09/11/2015 12:36:20 PM

I don’t know if you faced the same dilemma, but on a rainy Labor Day this week, my husband and I struggled to figure out what to do as a family. We threw out a few ideas, but finally settled on a three-story indoor gym at a local center. Our ...

Speaking Positively About Your Kids: A T-Ball Story

09/03/2015 09:10:33 AM

I don’t know if this holds true for you as well, but I am learning that little league opens up all kinds of insights about parents and kids. Our son started in T-Ball this year and it has been very interesting to observe the dynamics on the ...

Helping Kids Handle Change Well

08/27/2015 12:27:05 PM

Do you have those moments where you hear something and it it so interesting that you think about it for days? I hope I am not the only one!  I was driving somewhere the other day, and heard the most amazing study data discussed on the radio. ...

What a busy summer for The Kid Counselor!

08/27/2015 10:27:45 AM

Oh my, what a busy but amazing summer it has been at The Kid Counselor! My 10 week Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) online parent training finished up this month and the results have been amazing!! Twenty-two parents qualified for the ...

Finding What Motivates Your Child

01/26/2015 11:42:09 AM

View image | gettyimages.com It has been so interesting to witness the power of finding the right motivation for my son. I have even seen it in my friend’s children. You can try and finagle and offer lots of different things that you think ...

Finding What Motivates Your Child

01/26/2015 11:42:09 AM

View image | gettyimages.com It has been so interesting to witness the power of finding the right motivation for my son. I have even seen it in my friend’s children. You can try and finagle and offer lots of different things that you think ...

How to Avoid Power Struggles with Kids and Schedules

01/23/2015 06:56:43 AM

View image | gettyimages.com It is interesting to consider things from the eyes of a child. While adults enjoy the freedom to choose activities, schedules, and preferences, children are often expected to comply with requests whether they feel ...

How to Avoid Power Struggles with Kids and Schedules

01/23/2015 06:56:43 AM

View image | gettyimages.com It is interesting to consider things from the eyes of a child. While adults enjoy the freedom to choose activities, schedules, and preferences, children are often expected to comply with requests whether they feel ...

Getting Your Kids to Talk to You

01/20/2015 12:33:48 PM

View image | gettyimages.com Our son started VPK in August, and it is our daily ritual to talk about his day at school. Last week, the three of us were driving to dinner and my husband wanted our son to tell him what happened at school. The ...

Getting Your Kids to Talk to You

01/20/2015 12:33:48 PM

View image | gettyimages.com Our son started VPK in August, and it is our daily ritual to talk about his day at school. Last week, the three of us were driving to dinner and my husband wanted our son to tell him what happened at school. The ...

September Activities for Fun and Family Time: 5 Ideas

09/07/2014 22:09:27 PM

There are so many ways to make memories with our kids during the course of each month. From special theme days, to little known holidays, to create-your-own reason to celebrate, there are always ways to incorporate meaningful play and fun into ...

September Activities for Fun and Family Time: 5 Ideas

09/07/2014 22:09:27 PM

There are so many ways to make memories with our kids during the course of each month. From special theme days, to little known holidays, to create-your-own reason to celebrate, there are always ways to incorporate meaningful play and fun into ...

August Fun with Your Kids – Six Ideas!

08/11/2014 23:05:58 PM

The summer is winding down, and kids are preparing to go back to school. (In my case, starting VPK for the first time!!) However, there are still a few precious weeks left to spend making memories and having fun playing together. Here are six ideas ...

August Fun with Your Kids – Six Ideas!

08/11/2014 23:05:58 PM

The summer is winding down, and kids are preparing to go back to school. (In my case, starting VPK for the first time!!) However, there are still a few precious weeks left to spend making memories and having fun playing together. Here are six ideas ...

20 Easiest Keep Kids Occupied Tips

07/19/2014 19:50:17 PM

As the summer continues, and Florida heat is forcing me to stay inside as much as possible, I am on the hunt for activities to keep my four year old occupied while we are anywhere indoors. A few years ago, I started collecting amazing parenting ...

20 Easiest Keep Kids Occupied Tips

07/19/2014 19:50:17 PM

As the summer continues, and Florida heat is forcing me to stay inside as much as possible, I am on the hunt for activities to keep my four year old occupied while we are anywhere indoors. A few years ago, I started collecting amazing parenting ...

Play Therapy Quote of the Day – 7/19/2014

07/19/2014 03:19:00 AM

“Play is basic to all normal and healthy children. It provides pleasure and learning and a minimum of risks and penalties for mistakes.” – Frank Caplan The post Play Therapy Quote of the Day – 7/19/2014 appeared first on The Kid C

Play Therapy Quote of the Day – 7/19/2014

07/19/2014 03:19:00 AM

“Play is basic to all normal and healthy children. It provides pleasure and learning and a minimum of risks and penalties for mistakes.” – Frank Caplan The post Play Therapy Quote of the Day – 7/19/2014 appeared first on The Kid C

Being There for Your Kids

05/20/2014 20:14:51 PM

I find that the longer I am a mom, the more I frame everything that I read, hear, and see in terms of parenting. Further, as a play therapist, I look for the connection to my training and support for what I practice. Recently, I was able to ...

Being There for Your Kids

05/20/2014 20:14:51 PM

I find that the longer I am a mom, the more I frame everything that I read, hear, and see in terms of parenting. Further, as a play therapist, I look for the connection to my training and support for what I practice. Recently, I was able to ...

Five Play-Based Activities to Do with Your Kids in May

05/01/2014 16:40:08 PM

May is the first full month of Spring, and is full of sunshine and flowers and birds. It is also host to five events that can make for a lot of fun for your kids! Here are five things to mark on your calendars to inspire and create a play-based ...

Five Play-Based Activities to Do with Your Kids in May

05/01/2014 16:40:08 PM

May is the first full month of Spring, and is full of sunshine and flowers and birds. It is also host to five events that can make for a lot of fun for your kids! Here are five things to mark on your calendars to inspire and create a play-based ...

Technology and Kids: Helpful or Harmful?

04/06/2014 22:54:49 PM

In the last decade, our society has become even more reliant on electronics and technology than ever before in history. We have phones, ipads, laptops, computers, video games, and televisions that have been integrated into every day life. As ...

Technology and Kids: Helpful or Harmful?

04/06/2014 22:54:49 PM

In the last decade, our society has become even more reliant on electronics and technology than ever before in history. We have phones, ipads, laptops, computers, video games, and televisions that have been integrated into every day life. As ...

Exciting Things Happening at The Kid Counselor

03/12/2014 23:15:18 PM

I just wanted to take a few minutes to share with all of you some of the really exciting opportunities that have come up recently. It is always so encouraging and rewarding when I am able to serve new populations and offer expertise in new arenas. ...

A Lesson Learned at the Dinner Table

01/20/2014 20:56:18 PM

One of the things that I love about being a parent is that I discover ways to be more effective and to help my son succeed; sometimes through trial an error and sometimes through insight. In this case, I think it was a little bit of both. Eating ...

28 Ways to Make the Most of the Holiday Season with Your Kids

12/06/2013 15:22:59 PM

As we approach the end of the year (again!) and are officially into December with Christmas fast approaching, I thought it would be helpful to do a recap of previous articles with ideas for how to make memorable holidays with your family. We ...

Setting Examples for Your Kids: More From the Bowling Alley

10/16/2013 22:15:30 PM

In an earlier article that was very popular among my readers, I wrote about my observations from a bowling alley after spending so much time there with my son. We, as a family, have since joined a weekly league mixed with adults and children. ...

5 Tips to Build Confidence and Self-Esteem in Kids

08/25/2013 12:58:22 PM

I often wonder what my son thinks about what I tell him about himself. In other words, he develops an understanding of who he is and what he is capable of through what others communicate to him. In the course I teach at the University of South ...

There is Nothing WRONG with Your Kid

07/17/2013 22:26:58 PM

I received an email this week from Dr. Jon Cowan about achievement and attention in kids. Although he was promoting his program and marketing his system, several sections of his email caught my attention. While it can be easy to assume that ...

Four Reasons Why You Must Stop Saying Negative Things about Your Kids

05/18/2013 16:50:18 PM

The power of the spoken word is incredible. That is why motivational speakers and self-help books encourage positive self-talk and speaking what you want into your life. With this understanding in mind, I try to be very purposeful in my language ...

Play Therapy Quote of the Day – 3/26/2013

03/26/2013 14:30:59 PM

“Play is a child’s work and this is not a trivial pursuit” – Alfred AdlerThe post Play Therapy Quote of the Day – 3/26/2013 appeared first on The Kid Counselor ™.

The Kid Counselor interviews Christiana Moseley with Bricks4Kidz about STEM Education

03/19/2013 13:37:06 PM

STEM topics are becoming more important, as we realize the future for our kids will require technology, math and science. Brenna Skype interviewed Christiana Moseley, director of Bricks4Kidz, about the importance of STEM education and how parents ...

Play Therapy Techniques with a (Formerly!) Defiant Child

03/11/2013 22:38:04 PM

We had a family move in down the street from us a while back and my interaction with the six year old boy was such a success that I felt it necessary to share it with you. For you to fully understand the significance of what happened, let me ...

Trusting Your Kids to Make Appropriate Choices

02/01/2013 20:50:58 PM

I had an experience this week that reminded me of a helpful tip to remember when interacting with kids. It is easy to feel compelled to direct children’s behavior before it is necessary or prompt their actions in an attempt to be proactive, ...

How To Set Limits with Kids: A Limit Setting Example from My Home

01/06/2013 22:22:56 PM

I try to be aware that although I raise my three year old based on Play Therapy principles, most kids are not used to the language and techniques that are commonly heard in my house. My son’s closest friends are our next door neighbors, who ...