Why Must They Rebel?

Why Must They Rebel? What our children are telling us and why rebelling is important at every age Caitlyn Valle, LMFT You’ve read the books, you talk to your friends, you get advice from the teacher. For the most part, you feel like you’re doing the best you can. So why do the children still feel the need to rebel? … Read More

Considering Your Child’s Development in A Busy World

Considering Your Child’s Development in A Busy World By: Dilini Dharmawardana, LMFT These days we are all busy whether it be from work or trying to schedule in time for self-care. But, it is important to take into account your child’s developmental needs and how to foster them. It is important to remember that children do not always develop at … Read More

What is Your Family Culture?

What Is Your Family Culture? By: Janet Plankenhorn, LMFT Every family has a unique culture. Think about how your family functions together. Does your family enjoy sports? Maybe you watch local games together either in person or on television. This can also mean going outside and playing touch football or basketball. Does your family like movies, bike riding or reading … Read More

Living In Two Worlds

Living In Two Worlds: Finding Yourself In A World of Many Cultures By: Dilini Dharmawardana, AMFT Nowadays, most people live straddling the line between two or more worlds. A lot of people are from two cultures and sometimes that is where a conflict comes in. When you’re parents are from a different culture than the one you live in, figuring … Read More

5 Tips for Talking to Your Children about Diversity

5 Tips for Talking to Your Children about Diversity How to bring a curious heart and mind to important conversations Caitlyn Valle, LMFT Culture, diversity, race, identity, privilege, faith, sexism, orientation, disability, ageism. When it comes to these important topics and having sensitive conversations with our children, where do we begin? When is the right time to talk with them … Read More

How to Help a Child Who Experienced Emotional Abuse

How to Help a Child Who Experienced Emotional Abuse By: Dilini Dharmawardana, AMFT According to Prevent Child Abuse America, Emotional abuse of a child “may be the most damaging form(s) of maltreatment” (Prevent child abuse America, 2018). Children want to be seen and heard. Emotional abuse can involve ignoring a child, verbally criticizing them, calling them names, and pressuring them. … Read More

Talking to your Child about Sexual Abuse

Talking to your Child about Sexual Abuse By Janet Plankenhorn, LMFT April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and with that said I would like to take a few minutes of your time to help you make talking about sexual abuse comfortable for you and your children. Of course none of us want to think about the subject so it … Read More

The Spanking Debate Is Over

The Spanking Debate Is Over What the research is saying about spanking and what you can do instead   You’re at home on a Monday night after a long day at work. Your child, whom you know is overtired and hungry, starts throwing an absolute fit because you said he couldn’t have three scoops of ice cream before dinner. After … Read More

3 Ideas to Help Nurture Your Family’s Growth

3 Ideas to Help Nurture Your Family’s Growth By Janet Plankenhorn, LMFT We all want our children to grow and bloom, but how do we do this in an effective manner? Spending time together, paying attention to one another and helping our children learn something new are three ways that will help facilitate a happy, healthy growing family. Play Together … Read More

3 Ways to Nurture Growth in Your Child

3 Ways to Nurture Growth in Your Child By: Dilini Dharmawardana, M.A., AMFT Children need to be nurtured and treasured for as long as possible. You don’t want to look back and think to yourself: “I missed out on my child’s childhood.” I believe that nurturance is about cherishing every moment of your child’s childhood. Tip #1: Set Aside Time … Read More