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July 23, 2018

I don’t know about you, but when my child gets upset I just want him to stop. Obviously, I don’t like that he is mad for him, because I care for him.  But, more than that, I want him to stop for me.  I don’t like how I feel when someone around me is mad, especially if...

July 11, 2018

Above is a picture of a sink I just met, but already love.  Why does this sink excite me so?  It is being installed in my soon-to-be-open customized play therapy room.   With a sink in the room, children will be able to engage in sensory and art activities more easily....

July 5, 2018

In my last blog, I shared how one sleepless night I made the disturbing realization that cartoons might send young children unintended and anxiety-provoking messages.  Specifically, cartoons might be sending the message to young children that they have to take charge a...

July 2, 2018

Have you heard the stories of various children who drove off in the family car headed to McDonald’s or grandma’s?  Or have you experienced your child telling you what to do, as if she is the boss of you?  How can a young child honestly come to believe they are the same...

December 13, 2017

Does your child ever have major tantrums?  When I say ‘major,’ I mean thrashing about, knocking furniture over or even trying to attack you? 

Sometimes a child can become majorly dysregulated; only using the more primitive survival-focused parts of the brain.  Chil...

November 28, 2017

I don’t know about you, but whenever I made a mistake growing up I usually heard “I told you so.”  While that certainly might have been true, it didn’t help lessen the pain or sadness I experienced from the mistake.  When we make a mistake, we all learn naturally from...

November 21, 2017

I’m not going to lie and claim I am the expert at advocating for my children.  The truth is, I tend to tread lightly with others because I personally believe I can’t make anyone do what I want.  Change can only happen when a person feels ready, willing and able to make...

November 15, 2017

I truly believe that the words we say to ourselves is what we come to believe.  Therefore we want children develop positive self-talk.  But how do we do that?  It would be easy if we could simply tell our children what to believe, but that isn’t possible.  Instead each...

November 7, 2017

I don’t know about you, but life in my home is pretty hectic each day.  With the Barnum & Bailey Circus closing a few months ago, I found myself thinking about where all those circus animals would go.  Those animals probably went to zoos, and I wondered what that feels...

October 25, 2017

     My three year old recently proclaimed he is no longer afraid of the dark.  How did that happen?  Well, for one thing we didn’t make him get over his fear.  Rather we empathized with how he was still getting used to the dark.  Then one day, I’ll be honest I didn’t...

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