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A Better Way to Divorce

by on September 12, 2018 | Posted in Blog

By:  Andrew McConaghie, LCSW Divorce happens. We know that around half of marriages end in divorce, which means about half of husbands and wives will personally experience the divorce process at some point in their lives. Divorce is not fun; …

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By: Tracy McConaghie, LCSW, RPT/S 1. Specific, sincere positive acknowledgment is far more effective than punishment strategies. Negative reinforcement or punishment works short term at best, but does not teach the child what to do or how to improve the …

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Empathy: The Forgotten Discipline Tool

by on November 29, 2016 | Posted in Blog

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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Talking To Children About Divorce: Part 2

by on April 13, 2016 | Posted in Blog

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 on March 30, 2016 | Posted in Blog

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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Let’s Praise Children Less

by on September 1, 2016 | Posted in Blog

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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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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The What’s and Why’s of Play Therapy

by on August 18, 2016 | Posted in Blog

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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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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