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Parenting the Anxious Child
Author: Charles Sender, LCSW
January 10th, 2017

Many people who struggle with elevated anxiety often want to rid themselves of anxiety. The assumption their brain makes is that anxiety causes pain; therefore, anxiety is bad. In reality, anxiety is the way that the body works together with the brain to inform the person that there is danger. It tells the body, "It is now time to worry; I sense danger." Anxiety's job is to ensure that you are safe at all times: it instills fear when walking at t …
Tags: Parenting, Anxiety, Anxious
Pandemic Parenting
Author: Charles Sender, LCSW
April 12th, 2020

I felt a bit uneasy when my daughter asked for us to the board game Pandemic.  We usually buy some new games for the children for the Holiday. Yet, this seemed to be an awkward time to introduce this game into our home.  Well, it arrived and the family sat together to play it last night.  Turns out that Pandemic is;
  A good learning experience on the type of teamwork it takes to fight a pandemic, and, A cooperative …
Leave Them Kids Alone
Author: Charles Sender, LCSW
April 25th, 2016

"Do this." "Don't do that." "Eat your chicken" "If you don't eat your meat you can't have any pudding" (ok, I have been borrowing from Pink Floyd) Rules.  Rules.  Rules. Lecture. Lecture. Lecture. Yet, does it work?  Does it help to consistently remind children of the rules and how we expect them to act and talk?  Does putting in more work and effort into teaching children produce the dividends it is meant to create? Do you re …
The Parent's Guide to Healthy Gifting
Author: Charles Sender, LCSW
November 25th, 2019

With the gift giving season coming up, we are all looking for the best gift for our children and other loved ones.  In reality, the best present you can ever give to a child, is yourself.  You are their best toy.  Here is a list of some ways to give a part of yourself to a child. Within these suggestions are some great items that Play Therapists use in connecting with children. Learn to Play an Instrument: Setting up a time to lear …
Tags: Parenting, toys, present, presents, kids, connecting, play, Gifts