The One Magic Word That Turns Negative Self-Talk Around

Parents instinctively know that calling a child “stupid” can have a negative influence on that child. As it turns out, a child calling him/herself “stupid” can have the same effect. When kids engage in negative self-talk, it may sound like: I’m no good at this. I can’t do it, it’s too hard. I’ll never learn. Because we love our […]

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Why you shouldn’t give your phone/iPad to your child when they are in distress

We are sharing this article By: Brooke Sellhorn, MA, LMFT Clinical Director of Crosswinds In-Home Family Counseling from crosswinds.org Brooke is a practicing marriage and family therapist, clinical supervisor, and mom of four young children who are learning distress tolerance skills without technology pacifiers every day. A millennial mom posed the question to a baby boomer mom: […]

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Parent Guide to the Mysterious Teenager

The teenage years can be mystifying for parents.  New research offers explanations for some of these mysteries. Once seen as a time for parents to step back, adolescence is increasingly viewed as an opportunity to be tuned in and emotionally connected. Research makes it possible to identify four important phases in the development of intellectual, […]

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The Journey of The Heroic Parent

A couple of months ago, James Mason Centers for Recovery hosted an evening with Dr. Brad Reedy, author of “The Journey of The Heroic Parent: Your Child’s Struggle & The Road Home.” Our families enjoyed a catered dinner and shared the evening with other parents in the community. Dr. Reedy brilliantly shared his philosophies, tools […]

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Happy Birthday James!

Happy Birthday Sweet James… Twenty four years ago today, you entered my life, a beautiful baby boy that would teach me a new definition of love. James, there was something about your pure innocence that caused me to spend many years experiencing what I came to know as an ache in my heart every time […]

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Am I Making It Worse? – How our punishments are creating our problems

How well are your current discipline techniques working? Do you find yourself using the same ‘tried and tested’ methods time and time again, expecting different results? Believe it or not, there is a reason those outdated punishments, consequences and restrictions aren’t getting you the results you think they should. Ross Greene is introducing a new […]

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Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

When working with Adolescents, it is so important to remember that the behavior is only a symptom of the problem. Teens, like adults, yearn for connection. When they are making healthy connections, they are thriving…conversely, when they are cut off from community and bonding, they reach out in unhealthy and destructive ways. Johann makes a […]

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6 Easy steps to better communication with your teen

Healthy communication is a worthy goal to aspire to in any relationship. Whether it is between friends, colleagues, spouses, or parents, we all strive to understand and to be understood. It isn’t until we have a breakdown in communication that we come to realize just how vital clear connections are to our sense of well-being. […]

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