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Halloween EQ:  Helpful tips on being sensitive to others on Halloween

Halloween EQ: Sensitivity Training for kids AND ADULTS

Since Halloween is just a couple days away, I thought it was the PERFECT time to discuss the importance of being mindful about children’s feelings.  Actually, ANYTIME is good to discuss this .. but I have a couple of points to
protective armor against bullies

Protective Armor Against BULLIES

Bullies.  They are out there.  Young and old.  People who tear down others … maybe to feel stronger, in more control, (falsely) better.  They may do it verbally … picking on someone’s faults or differences, making “jokes” or slanderous comments.  They
real.super.mom

Behind the Scenes: Real. Super. Mom.

Real. Super. Mom.  For some reason people in general have the tendency to assume that what we see in photos or read about in the media is the whole story.  It is NEVER the whole story.  We only get mere glimpses
The Wonderland of Motherhood

How Motherhood is like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Ever noticed how much Motherhood is like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?  Every time Alice thinks she has things figured out … everything changes.  She needs to be small to fit through the door … only to find out she needs to
love-ly books to share with your kids

LOVE-ly Books for Parents to Read with their Kids

One of my favorite things to do as a mom is read to my kids.  And some of my favorite books to read to them are special stories that talk about the special bond between kids and parents.  Here are some
Landreth's Tenets for Relating to Children

A View of Children

What’s your view of children?  Precious?  Obnoxious? A mystery? Incomplete? Frustrating? Incapable? Our personal views about children are bound to vary throughout our own life … and, at times, even throughout the day (or hour!).  But it is important from time
play differences - adjusted vs maladjusted children

Play of Adjusted and Maladjusted Children

As I was reviewing the required text, Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship (3rd Ed)“, by Garry Landreth, for the Psychotherapy with Children course I am teaching this trimester, I was reminded of the basic differences between the play of adjusted
Chazan's Principles of play

Principles of Play: from Chazan

This image summarizes 2 pages of Chazan’s book on play therapy where she outlines the principles of play.  I wanted to share it with you because it encompasses many reasons why play is SO important for children. In case you’d like
PlayDrMom shares Landreth's Principles for Relationships with Children

Principles for Relationships with Children

In preparing for the start of the Psychotherapy with Children course that I’m teaching at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, I decided to make a visual of Garry Landreth’s Principles for Relationships with Children.   While creating the image in PicMonkey
First Day Worries: Ways to Cope

First Day Worries: Tips to help children starting (or returning) to school

The start of the school year is harder for some children. Maybe because it’s the very first time to attend school … maybe because it’s a new school due to a move or other life event … or maybe because the
PlayDrMom shares ways to cope with sibling rivalry

Sibling Rivalry: Tips, Books, & Helpful Links

Relationships between brothers and sisters are some of the most important and potentially longest lasting relationships in our lives.  As parents helping to foster these relationships is important, but despite our very best efforts, rivalry between siblings is BOUND to happen.
I have Depression.  PlayDrMom  shares her story in hopes to help END THE STIGMA of mental illness.

My Depression Story … end the stigma

This post was written as a contribution to the Perfectly Imperfect: Parenting with Mental Illness Blog Carnival.  The participating bloggers are sharing their experiences, thoughts, and opinions on how living with mental illness affects their daily lives and parenting practices. My