Parenting

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What To Do If You Suffered Parentification (AKA Mothering Your Mother)

By: Colleen Andre, LMHC At this point of your life it has finally dawned on you that you did not have a childhood. Instead, you suffered parentification (a process of a role reversal where a child plays the parent to themselves or to their parent.) Having fun and feeling carefree as a kid was not an option for you. The question

4 Relaxation Techniques to Try With Your Child

By: Allison Petro, LMHC Is your child going through a difficult time?  Perhaps you are concerned that your child is anxious or maybe your child has experienced an upsetting and confusing event also known as a trauma.  When children are anxious or have experienced or witnessed an upsetting event, it can manifest itself in many ways including: trouble sleeping, behavioral

7 Ways To Help Your Kids Post School Shootings

By: Janie Lacy How can anyone explain tragedies like the relatively recent killings in Parkland, Florida to kids? There are a few things that parents can do to address any questions or any fears that may come up in children after being exposed to news reports or conversations from classmates.  1) Be Flexible It is important that you realize there is

What To Do If Your Teen Is Self-Harming

You just found out your teen is self-harming. Your heart drops to the pit of your stomach. You feel shocked, confused, and utterly lost. What now? You are not alone. About 17% of teenagers have engaged in self-harm at least once according to the American Psychological Association.  Often times, self-harm occurs as a way to cope with distressing feelings or

Fighting the Holiday Blues | Life Counseling Solutions

Fighting the Holiday Blues It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Is it really? For many, the holiday season is a somber time where we remember loved ones lost or the scarcity and pain in our lives. Here are some ways to combat the holiday blues. Reach out! As human beings we need to be with people. Making new

This is Us: How To Help Your Child When Facing Cultural Differences

By: Colleen Andre I recently got sucked into a new fall show called This is Us. I am loving it so far as the tear-jerking moments tug at my heartstrings. But, the show is not just about creating sappy moments and making viewers cry. The show really hones in on topics real people struggle with, anywhere from body-image to abandonment

  • anxiety, stress, depression, affairs, betrayal, cutting, abuse, self-esteem, blended family, divorce, anger

Preventing Parentification | Children After A Separation or Divorce

If you read my earlier article Parenting my parent, “I thought I was the child?” | Understanding Parentification, you are familiar with the dangers of parentification. Parentification is when a role reversal occurs when a child is forced into the role of a parent for themselves or their parent. Many consequences occur when a child is forced into an unnatural

Parenting My Parent | Understanding Parentification

We all play different roles at various points in our lives. As a child or teen, the role is to play, focus on school, have minor responsibilities, and to make mistakes while learning from them. But, everyone is not given that right to be a kid. Some are robbed of a childhood through parentification. What is parentification? Parentification is the

How to Set Boundaries For Your Parents

Do’s and Don’ts For Parents and Children Going Through Separation or Divorce No. You didn't misread the title. Unfortunately, in today’s day and age, more and more children and teens have to be the ones that take on the responsible role of setting boundaries in the family. This is the most common when parents are going through a separation or

  • anxiety, stress, depression, affairs, betrayal, cutting, abuse, self-esteem, blended family, divorce, anger

5 Ways To Better Self-Care

By: Mike Martinez I have often heard that we are our own worst critics. I’ve also heard that we talk to ourselves worse than we would talk to own worst enemy! Maybe it’s time to show yourself a little bit more love and respect. Here are 5 simple things you can do to improve your self-care, to enable a healthier