Leaving loneliness behind!

Leaving loneliness behind!

Life happens! And along the way, we experience minor psychological bumps and bruises that hurt more than we expect them to. These are not major problems that require therapy, but they hurt enough for us to feel out of sorts for days. What can we do to get ourselves...
When being right is wrong

When being right is wrong

During one of my recent Targeted Parenting classes for mothers of socially awkward children, “Miriam” was venting about her daughter ‘’Sarah’s’’ challenges. ‘’They don’t want to play with her! Some girl at the grand old age nine has decided that my daughter is not...
Relationships and Temperament

Relationships and Temperament

“You’re so lazy! You can’t finish anything you start!” Sue shouts at her best friend, Melissa. “Well, you’re a total killjoy!” Melissa retorts heatedly. “That was my cousin from Chicago calling; I just wanted to hear about her soccer game. It doesn’t hurt to take a...
Parenting Skills: Confronting Bullying Behavior

Parenting Skills: Confronting Bullying Behavior

An initial plan for parents who want  to protect their children. If you are told that your child is verbally or physically bullying other children, now is not the time to jump to your child’s defense.  Children can be mean; it doesn’t mean they are bad. If you protect...
Understanding Yourself, Understanding Others

Understanding Yourself, Understanding Others

Are we born with our personalities, or does life make us who we are? I remember my tenth-grade teacher posing this question, and the passionate debate among my classmates that ensued. Are people mostly a result of “nature” their inborn qualities, or “nurture,” how...