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A+ Pressure – Parents, Kids and Grades

by on February 11, 2019 | Posted in Blog

By Tracy McConaghie, LCSW, RPT/S Many of the adolescents in my practice are experiencing tremendous pressure to keep their grades to a near-perfect level.  The sources of this pressure are both internal (their own thoughts and fears) and external (messages …

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The Benefits of Chores

by on January 15, 2019 | Posted in Blog, Videos

Youtube Video by Tracy McConaghie

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Parenting without Rewards and Punishments

by on December 12, 2018 | Posted in Blog

Tracy was interviewed by Atlanta Parent Magazine, giving you a better way to motivate your child! Follow the link to read the article.https://www.atlantaparent.com/parenting-without-rewards-an…/

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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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