Children

Protecting the Innocence of Children: Teaching Resiliency

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By Janet Siry, LCSW, LCC Counselor People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.  Mark 10: 13-15 NIV Every Sunday, when I watch the children come forward for children’s sermon, I cannot help but smile. As I look at their faces, I see curiosity, innocence, eagerness and...

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Tripping Over Treasures

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  By Danita Wright, LCSWR, LCC Psychotherapist Recently I sat in a church conference as our Bishop spoke about our youth, admonishing us not to “trip over our treasures.”  This statement resonated with me because I have always been drawn to and loved working with young people, who are truly ‘our treasures’.   When do we take the time to look into the eyes of and listen to the hearts of ‘our treasures’?  As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am seeing more and more children with anxiety and depression, often because they are isolated and lack the ability to utilize critical social...

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Internet Safety for Children

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Preventing Cyberbullying , Ages 7 to 11 By Mrs. Elizabeth Geiling, MSED, LMHC, LCC Psychotherapist  Being a Savvy Parent September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Children’s and teen’s suicide statistics have almost doubled in the last decade. There are many reasons for this increase but one predominant theory is cyberbullying and other predatory internet actions, considered especially dangerous because of the potential for anonymity. Be a savvy parent by using these guidelines: If you are technologically limited, make an effort to learn and continue learning. Most communities offer...

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Bullying by Proxy

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By Chris Abatelli, LMHC In my practice as a therapist and as a youth leader, I have many times seen youth being targeted and bullied by parents, teachers and others unknowingly.  Jamie (name changed), a 10-year-old girl, was known to have some issues in school, but was able to get along well with others in her class.  A mother of another child in the class became involved when her own child, the ‘real bully’, told her that Jamie was a “bad kid”.  Based on what her child told her, this mother started organizing friendships away from Jamie.  Therefore, Jamie was excluded from birthday parties,...

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Stress, Routines, and the Holidays

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Minimizing the Time for Argument and Fuss As their world is structured for them, younger children learn to trust that their caregivers are in control and therefore will keep them safe. This sense of safety empowers them to freely explore their world, which is necessary for development and autonomy. During more challenging times of the day, like getting ready in the morning, or during meals, baths and bedtime, it can be particularly helpful to establish a routine so that expected activities leave less room for argument and fuss.  Also, since toddlers and younger children do not yet fully have...

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Empathy

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EMPATHY Empathy is different than Sympathy Empathy is the cornerstone of human relationships. It is often used interchangeably with “sympathy” but is actually broader in scope. Empathy extends to feeling with another person’s experiences and concomitant emotions about any life situation. Sympathy is “feeling for” another; empathy is “feeling with” another. The German word for empathy, “einfulung” translates as “feeling into” and comes even closer to its essence. It has a Central Role Empathy is the foundation for any successful therapy. In his book, “American Therapy”, Jonathan Engel...

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