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How To Help Kids Deal With Bullying

Bullying continues to be a major factor in schools and child environments.  While policy makers, schools, and parents have increased efforts to prevent bullying and respond quickly, the increase in technology and the ever present power dynamics and hierarchies that…

When Should Parents Get Involved With School?

0Being a parent is a constant tight rope balance between support and enabling.  The goal is to eventually launch children into the world as productive and independent as they possibly can be – with all of the help and scaffolding…

Raising Girls

In our last post, we discussed the differences that male identified children have as compared to female identified children.  We reviewed some of the structural brain changes, as well as some of the societal and cultural norms and expectations that…

Parenting In The Era of Screen Time

You may have heard some of the alarming news related to research that links screen time and media usage with anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.  This analysis was done as a part of a larger, longitudinal study that…

How To React When Someone Comes Out

Coming out – the process of revealing your sexual or gender identity to others around you – can be terrifying.  Yet in an effort to live authentically, congruently, and freely, it is necessary to divulge certain very personal pieces of…

Talking To Teenagers

Parents often feel that they’ve entered a new planet, or at least a foreign country, when their sweet innocent children become teenagers. Adolescence is a developmental period where identity, responsibility, maturity, and hormones can bring about changes, heightened emotions, and…

Belonging: The Barriers, and the Benefits

To know that we are not alone, that we are indeed a part of something larger, is a psychological need that occurs as early as childhood.  Studies have shown that to be a part of a group or to have…

Teaching Consent to Children

As it often occurs, national events and headlines make their way to your living rooms and kitchen tables, and into our therapy offices, as well.  Lately, questions about consent, boundaries, and healthy sexual expression have been occurring, as well as…

Support for Gender Non-Conforming, Trans, and Non-Binary Individuals

Few topics generate such passion, and it can be hard to speak about the experience of gender non-conforming individuals without generating strong opinions from all sides of the political and moral spectrum.  Yet despite all of the strong emotions, for…

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