Children & Teens

Strategies for Building Resilience in Children

  The American Psychological Association describes resilience as “the process and outcome of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging experiences, especially through mental, emotional, and behavioral flexibility and adjustment to external and internal demands.”  We all want this for our children. Building resilience helps children maintain a positive view of themselves, others, and the world …

Don’t yell…ACT! Managing Your Child’s Inappropriate Behaviors with the ACT Method. 

When children have emotional outbursts, aren’t listening, show defiance or display other troublesome behaviors, it’s easy to become frustrated as a parent. What do you do and how can you foster emotional growth in your child while further nurturing their self-control and personal responsibility?  The ACT method is a child-centered therapeutic approach that provides an …

Navigating the Challenges of Emerging Adults

Navigating the Challenges of Emerging Adulthood Emerging adulthood is a season of life marked by self-focus, instability, identity explorations, feeling in-between, and a sense of possibilities.1 This stage occurs from age 18 to 29, when you’re finishing grade school and transitioning into a more ambiguous season.   Experiencing a new level of freedom and choosing what …

Understanding Anger in Children and Teens

Is your child or teen angry? If you have ever dealt with the angry outbursts of a child or had screaming matches with an adolescent, then you know how difficult it can be to respond positively to anger. Even the most patient parents may find themselves reacting emotionally and regretting what they have said. Ultimately, …