Ideas for how to connect with your family while you are running from one place to another!
Leaves falling, soccer balls, pumpkins, football jerseys, sweatshirts, crisp air...all indicators of autumn in full swing.While parents are busy driving from activity to activity and kids are getting back into the rhythm of school, we often forget how to connect with each other in the midst of all the busy. Here are some ideas:
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:26pm — No Comments
Millions of children are sexually abused every year. Follow these 6 tips to keep your kids safe.
have read two powerful articles about child sexual abuse this week. Evolutionary Parenting published an article written by Anonymous about the power of our words and the effects they have when we find out that someone is sexually abusing our child ... you should check it out. The words are…Continue
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:24pm — No Comments
Five tips to be better parents as a married couple.
When our daughter was two hours old, I looked at my husband and stated matter-of-factly, "You better have a good relationship with her for her entire life because there will come a time that you may be all we have." He just stared at me like I had horns coming out of my head and said, "She's two hours old, how could you possibly be thinking about her future?"
My reply, "Girls are tough to raise. They need strong men…Continue
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:20pm — No Comments
How your pooch can teach you to be a better parent.
Our dog Duke has been so depressed this week. He's a lovable yellow lab who is always willing to run with the kids, chase a ball or go for a long walk by the river. Not this week. He lays on the couch, mopes to his bowl for his breakfast and then returns to the couch.
So, why is this week different? School has started and he is missing our daughter. He misses her so much that he sleeps in her room every night and jumps…Continue
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:18pm — No Comments
Why you should learn to speak your child's language, and not the other way around.
I find myself constantly talking about communication in my office. I always ask, "what is your tone of voice?" "What is your body language saying?" "How are you delivering your message?" "What is your child trying to say through his behavior?" "What are you trying to say through your behavior?" There is a constant discussion about communication.
Yet in my own life, I continue to make some…Continue
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:15pm — No Comments
In light of the Bumbo Baby Seat recall, I am reminded of how much we worry as parents.
When our first-born child, Stella was only 2 hours old, I said to my husband, "You better
have a darn good relationship with her for her entire life. You may be the only
connection we have to her in her teen years." He just looked at me like I was crazy. In
his defense, I probably was a little crazy. I had just gone through labor. That said, I
clarified my statement to him…
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments
Back-to-school time is a busy time. These tips will help ensure a successful transition!
This back-to-school time is a special one for me. Our oldest child is starting Kindergarten. While I have spent years talking to parents about how to help them get their children ready for school, this year, I am living it right along with millions of other parents.
I find myself feeling excited, sad, scared, worried, eager, and confused. Can you relate to any of that? I am…Continue
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:11pm — No Comments
Do you know the impact that you have on the children in your life?
Today is a day of blessings and thankfulness. I get to spend Mother's Day with my very own mother and my fabulous kids, as well as my hubby. As I observe my little family and notice all that I am thankful for, I can't help but think about the many people who walk into my office and lack their own mother to celebrate with.
Yes, we are all born to a "mom." However, there are some…Continue
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:09pm — No Comments
As we get ready for the return of school, it's important to remember the role that teachers play.
I have the wonderful opportunity of having many educators in my life. Several of my dearest friends are educators. Many of my colleagues work in the school setting. I knew at an early age that education would be important in my own life and pursued an education undergraduate degree. Although, I have never been a “teacher” in a classroom filled with kids, I have been an…Continue
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:06pm — No Comments
Children who have internal scars are often misunderstood.
Today was a bit of a tough day at work. I sat with a family who has weathered one of the worst storms that a person could ever imagine…childhood sexual abuse. Children, under the age of 5, traded for sex and video taped for porn. Now, a decade later, these children have to deal with their inner demons. No, they are no longer living with the people who did this to them. No, they have no contact at all with anyone from…Continue
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 2:58pm — No Comments
These very words set the tone for how we treat people. What are we teaching our children?
WARNING: I will be ranting today! I have some major energy in the above topic. So, if you are easily offended or sensitive, please stop reading now and return for a later blog!
That said, let’s chat about tolerance versus acceptance. I see the word “tolerance” everywhere…teach kids tolerance, we need to tolerate others, human resources departments that have tolerance…
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 2:57pm — No Comments
When you get mad at your kids, just remember this "no kill policy."
Then, I go on to explain: "Sometimes, especially in our families, we have really strong emotions that make us angry and want to attack the ones we love. Strong emotions can often times…Continue
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 2:54pm — No Comments
Many teens are considering dropping out of school. This article addresses this dilemma.
As a therapist who sees teenagers, I get this questioned posed to me often…Stacy, I don’t want my child to drop out of school, but they refuse to go and I don’t know what to do. What should I do? I often approach this topic from “what is your child communicating to the rest of us that we aren’t hearing?”
Have you been to high school lately? It can definitely be a bit…
Added by Stacy York on August 7, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments