Unconditional Love

How Can I Show My Child Unconditional Love?

When children display challenging behaviors, like drug use, drinking, cutting, running away, or other actions, parents might struggle to show their kids love and affection. Some parents might withhold affection to avoid “reinforcing” destructive behaviors. However, when our children appear to deserve our love the least is when they need it the most.  Parents might […]

Autism

How Can I Connect with My Child with ASD?

April is “Autism Awareness Month,” intended to dedicate time to sharing stories and experiences of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their loved ones. ASD is considered a spectral disorder, meaning that those with ASD experience symptoms that can “range from gifted to severely challenged.” ASD is characterized by challenges in socialization, communication, and […]

Teen

How to Remain Calm to Make the Best Decisions

When making decisions, we need to remember that our mindset plays a crucial role in decision-making. Decision-making is one of our “higher-order” thought processes taking place within the frontal lobes of our brains. During times of conflict, we might react with the emotional parts of our brains rather than the more rational frontal lobe. When […]

Manipulate

Why Is My Kid Manipulating Me?

When our kids manipulate us, we can feel frustrated or angry that our kids seem to be resorting to such means. They might use yelling, tantrums, lying, name-calling, or making us feel bad to get what they want. In more extreme cases, kids might call child protective services on us, make threats, run away, or […]

Child

What Do My Kids Need From Me?

Kids in recovery from addiction and other problematic issues might need parents more than they would like to admit. Often, oppositional behaviors can go hand-in-hand with other challenging behaviors. Kids, especially teens, go through a rebellious stage to assert their identities as they begin growing into adults. When addiction or other issues are present, opposition […]