Playing After Vacation

Playing After Vacation Mary Ruth Cross, MS, MFT, NCC, RPT-S CEO/Owner Treehouse Family Counseling Services.   Several years ago, my brother returned from a wonderful trip he’d taken and had just finished his first day back at work when he said “There’s nothing like going back to work to ruin a perfectly good vacation.”  As adults, we know this to … Read More

Fostering Independence In Young Children

Fostering Independence In Young Children Marta A. Gea Franca, LMFT     As children start having a better understanding of themselves as separate individuals from their parents, they are eager to explore the world around them. Toddlers experience a sense of independence and begin exploring the world around them with wonder. They learn the power of using the word “No” … Read More

Growth Mindset For Success

wth Mindset for Success Jennifer Hector, MA, LMFT   As children grow into adulthood, what underlies their capacity to successfully navigate their daily lives with all the ups and downs? What traits allow them to bounce back from adversity and carry on with continued belief in themselves and the world around them?   One trait that stands out is having … Read More


DAD AND ME Mary Ruth Cross, MS, MFT, NCC, RPT-S   10 Tips How To Be A Happy Dad My fondest memories of my own father is the amazing way he had of fixing any problem, even when it wasn’t a problem he needed to fix.  When Dad retired he even became a handyman.  He could fix anything.  He often … Read More

4 Steps for Reducing Tantrums

4 Steps For Reducing Tantrums By Jennifer Hector, LMFT     Our first response to getting our kids to calm down is often aimed at stamping out their large reactions, to insist that they stop crying, to tell them they are being ridiculous and to ask them why they would behave in such a way.  When asked about the effectiveness … Read More

10 Steps To Improving Your Relationship With Your Child

10 Steps To Improving Your Relationship With Your Child By Mary Ruth Cross Being a mother is probably one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs a woman can have.  The very act of giving birth is a miracle of creation.   To be a successful parent you don’t have to have a big huge house, fancy cars or take expensive … Read More

Celebrate Mother’s Day –Challenges and Rewards

Celebrate Mother’s Day –Challenges and Rewards By Marta A. Gea Franca, LMFT May is the month we celebration mother’s day. Some people may say that mother’s day is every day due to the amount of responsibility it takes to be a mother and raise children. There are many expectations in society about the role of women regarding motherhood. Being a … Read More

Declare Yourself “Good Enough!”

Declare Yourself “Good Enough!” Jennifer Hector, MA, LMFT It’s May and Mother’s Day is just around the corner. The giving of cards, flowers and special outings for mom are the focus of the day in celebration of mom’s efforts. On this day I also see an opportunity for moms to annually affirm that “good enough” mothering is enough and to … Read More

Spring Parenting Tips

Spring Parenting Tips By Marta  Franca The month of April brings the beginning of spring. It’s time to say goodbye to cold and darker days and welcome sunny and warmer days. Spring is the season of hope, rebirth, renewal and reflection. As the season changes we become encouraged by the increase of light and warmth. We find energy to take … Read More

3 Tips to Care for Yourself

3 Tips to Care for Yourself By Minjun Wang The last few decades had witnessed tremendous changes in life styles in our human society. Advances in science and technologies, economy development, emigration, and social-political transformation all have done their fair shares of contribution on macro and micro levels worldwide. Good or bad? Today I think we can just leave this … Read More