Accept the Struggle that is Life

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Last month, I wrote about narcissism: how as parents, we have the mistaken idea that we need to focus on making our children happy.  By keeping them always at the center of our attention, we are raising potential narcissists.  Instead, if we focus on helping them build the following traits, … Continue reading

Lena Derhally’s Washington Post article on parental anxiety

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Anxiety is a daily challenge for many people. A special kind of anxiety can creep up when one becomes a parent. This article in the Washington Post by Lena Derhally discusses how becoming a parent can heighten anxieties when bad things happen but overcoming these fears takes precedence in order … Continue reading

Stop Contributing to Narcissism

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Are there more narcissists in America these days?  We see entitled children with iPads whose parents hire Uber to take them to their friend’s house, and to training with their private coach. Are we afraid to disappoint, or hold back on our children when we agree to pay for and … Continue reading

In Appreciation of Attachment Parenting

Attachment parenting is a term coined by pediatrician and father William Sears. A number of attachment parenting bloggers like this wiki definition of attachment parenting, and so do I: Attachment parenting is a parenting philosophy based on the principles of attachment theory in developmental psychology.  According to attachment theory, the … Continue reading

WashingtonPost.com's 'On Parenting' Asks About Holiday Stress

This week I was lucky to be quoted in the WashingtonPost.com “On Parenting” blog, written and curated by Janice D’Arcy. We spoke about the challenges new parents face when trying to make thoughtful decisions about long-held family traditions. It was fun to have the chance to really think through the … Continue reading

Playgroup as Peer Group

Counseling Today just published an article I wrote about how some therapist moms and dads balance their work with busy home lives. As a part of the DCTherapistMoms group locally, I was expecting to find similar support networks for therapists around the country. While I certainly found a lot of people expressing … Continue reading

Hollywood’s Marriage Fantasies

I read this interesting article today about how Hollywood’s preoccupation with reconciliation stories may be impacting kids’ expectations about separation/divorce. My favorite line might be this one: “…Hollywood has always been interested in extreme and unlikely tales. Happy marriages are almost as uncommon in movies as rational divorces.” I was … Continue reading

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