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When My Toddler Makes Me Angry

I’ve been slowly figuring out how to navigate this intense and, sometimes scary, emotion. This is what works for me.

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Unpacking Back-to-School Feelings

You can be both nervous and excited at the thought of your child walking into a classroom with their peers, and so can your child. Here’s how to navigate those big emotions.

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Dear Teachers

“I know it hasn’t been easy over the last year but thank you!”

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11 Ways to Build Resiliency in Children

“Resilience is the foundation of a child’s mental health, confidence, self-regulation, stress management and response to difficult events—like the pandemic.”

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Blaming versus Giving the Benefit of the Doubt

What does attribution style have to do with parenting? A lot more than you realize.

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Study Shows Streaming Services Help Improve Mental Health

Those surveyed said these services help with looking after their mental wellbeing. 

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Splash, Ride & Play: 10 Can’t-Miss Things to Do at Point Ruston

With a brand-new 40-acre park, paved bike paths, a state-of-the-art sprayground and a host of family eateries, now is the perfect time to plan a day at Tacoma’s premier waterfront destination.

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COVID-19 Advice from a Family Therapist

“It’s important to be aware of how anxiety is impacting our children and our families. Knowing how to respond to anxious feelings will help keep our families and loved ones calm and safe.”

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Quarantining with Teenagers

“I’m constantly implementing positive parenting techniques more now than ever. Here are a few tips that you can also do yourself!”

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Tackling Toddler Tantrums

Toddler tantrums can be a hard stage for parents but life can be a little easier (for you both) by following these parenting tips.

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6 Mindful Parenting Tips for the New School Year

Whether it’s your child’s first day of preschool or the first day of middle school, a new school year brings with it a whole host of emotions. These tips can help bring a sense of calm and control over a potentially stressful situation.

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How to Rock Being a Sports Mom Like the Boss You Already Are

As the mom of four athletes, I’ve experienced the highs and lows associated with youth sports.

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Dear Moms “Oversharing” On Social Media: I See You

“Motherhood is just ‘too much’ sometimes—and I see you.”

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Guiding Your Child to Find Their Self-Identity

“Always be yourself. Be an original. Embrace your unique qualities.”
We parents love telling our kids this. While these nuggets of wisdom are true (and make us sound cool and wise) many of us rarely pause to think of what…

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Now Open: Museum of Failure

A poignant exhibit of reality, the Museum of Failure celebrates all the wonderful products that failed to succeed.

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Sesame Place Is Now the World’s First Certified Autism Center Theme Park

Now every family can have the most enjoyable and memorable visit.

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Is Your Child or Teen a Perfectionist? Here’s What Parents Can Do

As a child and adolescent psychotherapist, I see this all the time in my work.

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My Secret to Success Has Taught Me This about Parenting

A lot of people take themselves very seriously. I get it; there exists within us from the very beginning a need to feel important, that our lives are necessary and that we validate our being. Without feeling like we are…

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My 10 Commandments for Being a Badass Mom

Being a better mom is NOT trying harder.

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We are generally taught that more is better. But, when you want to be a better mom, or human, actually LESS is more. Doing less, trying less,…

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Why Today is My Lucky Day

Today is my lucky day. That is the mantra I’ve adopted and routinely share with my family. It doesn’t mean that today stands out above all others, nor is it implying a spontaneous eruption of good fortune is coming my…

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Why I Let My Kids Feel Every Feeling

All parents say “I want to raise happy and confident children.”  But what does that really mean? And…how do we raise happy and confident children?

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A Tribute To All Of The Moms In My Life

Just when you thought the Mother’s Day posts had to be done, here’s yet another…
What started as a Facebook post ended in a realization…there are soooooo many mothers who have impacted my life, who have taught me how to be a…

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Hey Warrior Tips to Helping Your Anxious Child

Photo: Norville Dovidonyte
I have received numerous emails and messages over the years from parents concerned about their child’s anxious behavior. This is a tough topic, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Karen Young from Hey…

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How to Raise Caring & Kind Children

Photo: Merete L. Kropp
“That’s not fair!” Whether it is meant as a whine, an accusation or a protest, most parents hear this phrase more often than they might wish. To some, it may elicit pangs of regret and guilt…

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