Do yuou want to calm down instantly? Are you stressed out, anxious, and irritated looking for some quick ways to effectively calm yourself down? Here are a few suggestions that I’ve repeatedly discovered help my patients as their psychotherapist: SMILE! Smiling actually releases endorphins and lifts your spirits and relaxes you. Look outside of yourself.…

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What is Teen Self-Esteem? Self-esteem is the value teens place on their self-worth. Adolescents need to develop a healthy sense of self-love. They often ask themselves how they measure up compared to others. The crux of the matter is what they value such as their grades, the number of friends they have, their appearance, their…

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Welcome to the July 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Vacation This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared their family-travel tips, challenges, and delights. Please read to the end to find a list of links…

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UNDERSTANDING FOUR-YEAR-OLDS There is a big shift in three- to four-years-olds in their ability to understand beliefs that are different from their own. As we have seen in previous posts, during their third year, children develop a strong sense of themselves. The word “I” is central in their vocabulary. But they still believe that everyone…

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UNHEARD CHILD SERIES: Unheard Pre-Schooler   The best parenting style for preschoolers is one that builds self-confidence. Using parental intelligence always helps. Three and four-year-olds are very focused on being heard. “I” is a central word in their vocabulary. They are proud to announce: “I am Claire!”  “I am Eddie!”  They want you to listen.…

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 It’s natural to want others to listen to you. Children are no exception. From infancy to adolescence voices, gestures, facial expressions, postures and behaviors speak. What happens to expressions that go unheard?   THE UNHEARD BABY: Part 2 QUIET AND ACTIVE MOTHERS AND BABIES Why do some parents respond quickly to their babies and others…

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