Introducing: Parenting Consultations

Do you feel in over your head as a parent? Are your child’s behaviors or emotional needs overwhelming? Have you gone through a stressful life transition and are unsure how to manage your child’s response as well as your own stress? Do you simply need more options in your parent toolbox? I’m here for you.Continue reading “Introducing: Parenting Consultations”

Armani Doesn’t Feel Well

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve met Armani. I wrote a story about Armani to help kids who might have to take medicine they don’t like. Armani is a cat who came to live with me the week before I started graduate school. His mother was a stray, and he and all his brothersContinue reading “Armani Doesn’t Feel Well”

Psychological Evaluation 101: Psych Assessments and Kids

Like adults, children get referred for psychological evaluations for many different reasons. Usually, the kids I evaluate are sent in from one of three places: The teacher noticed behavioral problems and suggested that the parents talk to someone. The pediatrician noticed something (either the child’s behavior in office or a comment from the parent) thatContinue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: Psych Assessments and Kids”

Why Do Kids Like Creepy Things?

We might not realize this when we are young, but a lot of kids’ shows and films have some dark and creepy themes. I remember being obsessed with the animated Anastasia movie, which contains an intense musical number about killing the main character and a pretty horrifying attempted murder scene. I’ve heard adults commenting onContinue reading “Why Do Kids Like Creepy Things?”

The Three Conversations

Image text:“Every time you communicate with someone, three conversations happen:1. What you said2. What you meant3. What they heardFigure out how 2 and 3 diverge to fix a lot of miscommunication.” I say this a lot, and I wanted to talk a bit today about what this means for parents. A lot of “disobedience” byContinue reading “The Three Conversations”

Why Do Kids Lie?

An issue that a lot of parents bring up, either in the initial intake or at some point in their child’s treatment, is lying. “Why is my child lying to me?” “They know I will catch them in the lie!” “I’ve told them it’s important to tell the truth!” In my book, I talk aboutContinue reading “Why Do Kids Lie?”