This article has good information on disruptive behavior in children. Here is the link.
Are we going on a date? Or just hanging out? Who decides and what does each type involve? It turns out the vocabulary and expectations vary greatly. See article link below
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This article from the Tennessean newspaper has a great idea. A Grandparents Press Conference where the family can ask the questions they have always wondered about. It is good to have the information and it's good to get rid of secrets.
Good suggestions for parents of middle school students.
Pay as much attention to the things that are working positively in your life as you do to those things that are giving you trouble.
- H. Jackson Brown Jr
Marriage and Family Therapist Dr. John Stathas recommends fun as an essential ingredient for a happy marriage.
In fact, he will give his couples a homework assignment.
"Fun is an important variable in keeping a marriage alive and vibrant. In marriage counseling I sometimes assign this task. Each person has the responsibility to find out fun things that might be available. S/he is to present them to the other and they discuss which one they will do that week. The next week it is the responsibility of the other person to find some fun things to do. They then alternate weeks finding pleasurable opportunities to share together. "
I've never assigned "fun" as a task during couples therapy, although I have suggested it during family counseling. Hmmm, I'll have to consider adding it in where appropriate.
An article detailing recommendations from a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist.
These are the eleven signs that indicate immediate attention is needed:
I am not sure why this picture makes me smile. But I like it. Perhaps it is the symmetry of the cats' poses. And the question -- was the pillow there all the time or did the photographer put it there? Of course, there's always the chance that these are professional modelling cats...
In my counseling room I don't have a blue plaid loveseat. In fact, I don't have a loveseat at all. I have two brown fuzzy comfortable chairs for my clients to sit in. They are lightweight and easily moved.
Occasionally I will have a client couple turn their chairs toward each other. I will then ask them to repeat something important they just said... or to say something specific to calm their partner's fears... or to promise something that need to be said aloud... or... well, I could go on and on.
You can see a photo of my chairs on the Office Location or Appointment Info page.
I intend this blog to be a place for interesting articles, news items, and quotes related to marriage, parenting, mental health, etc. Occasionally I will throw in something funny. It's important to be able to laugh!