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Empathy: The Forgotten Discipline Tool

By: Tracy McConaghie, LCSW, RPT/S In my parenting classes, I often use this disclaimer when sharing a new parenting tool: “this is not a magic trick.” I say this to remind parents that children are not robots; we can not …

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Can what you eat affect your mental health?

New research links diet and the mind. More studies are being done that show the connection between what we eat and how we feel. What particularly got my attention in this article was discoveries about bacteria in the gut producing …

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6 Tips To Use When Your Child Is Driving You Crazy

By: Cristiane Uchida, APC, NCC There is no doubt that raising children is one of the most challenging jobs. There are times parents might feel tired, overwhelmed and discouraged when dealing with young children and the amount of patience that …

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Let’s Praise Children Less

By Cristiane Uchida, LAPC The way we talk to children certainly impacts the development of self-esteem. Parents have a tendency to praise rather than encourage children, and there is a difference. Praise Praise has these characteristics: It is External: Comes …

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The What’s and Why’s of Play Therapy

By  Tracy McConaghie, LCSW, RPT/S What is Play Therapy? Play therapy is the systematic process of using play and play materials to work with and help children with emotional and behavioral concerns. It is the ideal therapeutic model for children …

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Sand Tray Therapy Facilitates Healing, and Solves Problems with Children Adolescents and Adults

By Tracy McConaghie, LCSW, RPT/S Most of us have had the experience of playing in sand, whether it is in a childhood sandbox, on a beach vacation, or lounging by a lake. When in the presence of sand, we often feel …

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Tips to Help Parents Comfort Children with Anxiety

I have practiced child and family psychotherapy for 20 years. Of all the problems I help clients with, anxiety is one of the most common, and I have seen a significant increase in children with anxiety in my practice. Childhood …

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Talking To Children About Divorce: Part 2

By Tracy McConaghie, LCSW In Part 1 of this series, we shared some tips on how to handle the initial conversation about divorce with children, emphasizing the importance of telling the truth and telling children at the right time. Once …

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Talking to Children About Divorce: Part 1

By Tracy McConaghie, LCSW Many parents dread the moment they tell their children they are getting a divorce. They fear their own emotions and the reactions they imagine their children will have. However, this conversation can be held in a …

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