parenting

Attachment in Adulthood

In a recent post, I wrote about the attachment journey that young parents naturally embark on as they have children. With parenthood, attachment becomes a focal point. But attachment needs aren’t just for babies! It’s important for all adults – married people, single people, adult siblings, adult children or parents of adult children – to

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The Elements of Attachment

Parents of young children are often preoccupied with how best to establish strong bonds with their little ones. We long for meaningful interactions. We hope that our children will both initiate and positively receive these interactions, which we also hope will be a source of strength for both parties. The mental health world uses the

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Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sshh…don’t tell my husband I’ve finished this book because I want to go back and review some things before he snatches it away. I keep catching him sneaking a

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Book Review: Becoming Attached, by Robert Karen

Becoming Attached: First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love by Robert KarenMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I really want to say something that inspires everyone that reads this review go out and buy the book. Particularly parents. But since it is a little academic so if I write a rave review

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Toy Room List

A friend asked me for gift ideas for her 2 year-old boy and I told her cars and trucks…and that I also have a good list of toys that every child should have. I used to do play therapy.  I would bring children into a play room and play and talk in certain way to develop a

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Book Review: Raising Your Spirited Child

I have heard great things about this book, but hadn’t read it until recently. Mostly because I didn’t think my child was “spirited.” I was a little relieved by that fact, but I can’t deny I relished moments with his “spirited” friends. Well, he turned 4 and things changed. What do you know? According to

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Allowance

An interesting article on the WSJ about paying your children allowance. I’ve been a little hung up on the idea of paying my children to do chores. I agree with Dr. Weinstein that children “should do chores as a member of a household.” Additionally, I’d have a problem keeping track of the work done. In

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