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Play Skills for Parents

When teaching a class on play therapy, I teach and quiz my students on basic skills of being a child-centered play therapist.  I also discuss using these same skills with the parents of my children clients to help decrease problematic behaviors

Preparing for a Move

So, we are at the tail end of moving houses right now … hence the lack of blogging.  Up to our eyeballs in boxes … to the point where organization has no meaning (even though I thought I really tried!) and

Balancing Being a Therapist & a New Mom: Questions from a Therapist Mom-To-Be

I’m doing a little bit of freaking out about all I have to do and plan before the baby comes.  How long would you recommend taking off for maternity leave? I can’t afford to take any time off but since that

Celebrating A New Life: The Twelve Gifts of Birth “Sprinkle”

Nothing is more magical than life … creating life, nurturing life, bringing a new life into the world.  I think it is essential to celebrate these moments and the women involved. Last weekend I threw a small shower (we called it
Sunrise over Lake Huron

54321 Relaxation Technique

For most of us, it is the start of a brand new year.  School is starting and bringing lots changes for many of us.  New schools, new grades, new teachers, new friends, new schedules, new expectations. New and change = increased

Favorite Childhood Memories of Summer

One of my all-time favorite childhood memories of summer is going to get soft serve ice cream after we were already in our pjs.  I’m not sure if we did it every summer, but the memory certainly sticks out in my

iPhone Apps: For Moms to Love

I … am an iPhone lover.  My husband gave me one for Christmas 2010 … and I’ve been attached to it ever since.  I have found it to be extremely helpful tool in keeping many things in my life organized and

A Day at the Beach

So, how does one mom lug 2 young kids … and all the stuff they need/want … for a day at the beach? Well, this is how I do it … I found that my double stroller (Baby Trend, Sit-N-Stand Plus)

Simple Ways to Improve Your Relationship with your Child: Keeping the P.E.A.C.E.

I wrote this article over a year ago and it was published in a local newspaper.  It outlines many of the basic principles I believe are important about parenting … so since I’m starting this blog, I thought I’d share it

Why Play?

Well … there’s many reasons.  And I hope this blog helps to share why it’s so important. For my first post, I want to share a bit about my foundation of belief in the power of play.  To do so, I