Parenting, Children and the Classroom

Failure or Opportunity? The Benefits of Shifting Our Views on the Meaning of School

Posted by on 04/10/2015 at 10:44 am

Learn /lərn/: to gain or acquire knowledge of or skill in (something) by study, experience, or being taught. School is supposed be about learning. Unfortunately, it often seems our society is forgetting what learning is all about. In my practice, I’ve worked with increasing numbers of bright, talented and eager-to-learn youth who are unable to […]

The Power of Parental Acceptance

Posted by on 03/18/2015 at 12:00 pm

I recently re-read the award-winning book The Help. While the book carries many important messages, there is one message in particular that really stood out for me. It was the message about the importance of acceptance. I was struck by just how determined the main character Aibileen is to make sure the child she nannies […]

The Loss of a Child

Posted by on 10/07/2014 at 12:55 pm

“To lose a child is to lose a piece of yourself.”  ~ Dr. Burton Grebin There is no greater grief, than when a parent losses a child. As a person, I had never truly experienced such a gut-wrenching heartache, until the day that my wife and I lost a child. As a therapist, some may […]

Spare the Rod

Posted by on 09/26/2014 at 8:24 am

“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi The argument for corporal punishment has been the longstanding acceptance by those […]

A Father’s Love

Posted by on 09/12/2014 at 4:00 pm

“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.”    ~ Antoine François Prévost The word “father” may conjure varying images and degrees of reference. A father is not a perfect vessel sailing alone on the seas, but is rather a small dinghy dependent upon larger vessels to cross the larger bodies of water. Fatherhood […]

Protective Factors Around Child Sexual Abuse

Posted by on 07/08/2014 at 4:01 pm

“The very first part in healing is shattering the silence.”~ Erin Merryn While the awareness around Child Sexual Abuse, CSA has increased over the past decade; the prevalence of CSA continues to be a problem throughout our society.  CSA has no economic, political, religious, cultural, or racial preference.  CSA has, and does, occur in all […]

The Beauty of Children

Posted by on 06/17/2014 at 12:00 pm

“The soul is healed by being with children.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky I was completely unaware of the absolute beauty of life until I became a father.  Fatherhood has opened my eyes beyond my own imagination.  As a father, I have learned more about myself, life, and the meaning of life; simply by viewing the physical […]

Father Attachment Predicts Adolescent Girls’ Social and Emotional Development

Posted by on 04/01/2014 at 3:48 pm

The principle focus of research on parental attachment and involvement has been about mothers and their young children, with the role of fathers relatively neglected. In addition, the study of father–child relational processes during the adolescent period has been meager, compared to mother–child influences during adolescence. The few studies on father–adolescent relationships rarely focus on […]

Fatherhood – Being the Best Father You Can Be

Posted by on 02/07/2014 at 4:13 pm

“Fatherhood is a very natural thing; it’s not something that shakes up my life but rather enriches it.” ~ Andrea Bocelli Today’s culture is making it easier and easier to be a “father.”  While children continue to be neglected, research is showing that there is an incline in the number of fathers who are actively […]

The Effects of Eating Disorders

Posted by on 12/06/2013 at 12:02 pm

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” ~ A. A. Milne Eating is a natural and an essential part of life.  The function of food is to nourish the body, but was created to be enjoyed by human beings, as well.  For many, few thoughts are more exaggerated or […]