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Raising Kids: Wisdom from The Dog Whisperer

Being the dog lover that I am, one of my favorite shows is The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. Lately, as I have been watching that show for insight into my own dogs (Toby and Daisy, two beagles), I have been amazed at the similarities of raising children well and training dogs well. (more…)

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Your Children and Your Television

Many families struggle with finding time to spend together amidst all of the obligations and activities of life. Sports, homework, dinner, baths, clubs and projects leave little opportunity to sit and chat about the day. Now throw in the television set and the hours each day that it is on “spending time” with your children. […]

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Play Therapy Toys

I often encourage parents to play with their children in their homes and discuss the potential benefits of doing so. I have had several parents ask me if any toys are okay, or should there be specific toys chosen for the play times. In answer to those questions, here is a detailed explanation of which […]

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YMCA Healthy Kids Day Event

The Kid Counselor was invited on Sat. Apr. 14th to host a table at the annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day event. The Palm Harbor branch was very gracious to let us inform the community about our services and about Play Therapy in general. We want to thank the Suncoast YMCA organization for their help in […]

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Learning Styles of Children

Many parents struggle with feeling that their children do not listen to them, or “must learn the hard way”. It seems no matter how many times you try to teach them something, they don’t get it. Sometimes, it can be even more frustrating that kids don’t put what they learn into practice. Something to consider […]

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Communicating with and Understanding Your Child

Communicating with your child can sometimes be difficult and frustrating. Children often do not verbally share what they are thinking and feeling, which makes understanding their moods and emotions a challenge. But, there is good news- you know more about what your child is communicating to you than you think! (more…)

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Healthy Interactions with Children- Tone of Voice

One of the earliest forms of communication for children is the ability to pick up on cues given by adults. Some of these are nonverbal cues, such as a smile, touch, furrowed brow, etc. Others are verbal, and come from reading subtle changes during an interaction, such as inflection and tone of voice. Tone of […]

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Parenting Tip: 30 Second Burst of Attention

One of the most common reasons children act out inappropriately is to get attention. Children recognize that when they choose to make poor choices, it usually creates a string of reactions that put them at the center of the issue. After all, negative attention is still attention. (more…)

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