Setting Realistic Expectations for Your Child

By Lavinia Ball-Marian, MA, LPC In my work with children and their parents, I frequently learn that the parent’s expectations of their children are unrealistic. And not having their expectations met brings parents a lot of disappointment, which translates into consequences for children, turmoil, and breaks in the child/parent relationship. To help you navigate this tricky terrain, I would like to share some thoughts about how to set realistic expectations for your child. I grew up in Roma...
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Expectations: Malware in the Brain

By Lesley S. Cunningham, MA, LPC From the time we take our first breath, we are exposed directly or vicariously to opinions, beliefs, and ideas that form the way we see the world. They attach to our knowledge base like malware or viruses to our mental hard drive. Some are benign and cause no harm, some are loaded with hate and bigotry, some are lenses of beauty and love through which we see the world, but all involve some measure of molding our view of life and the people who populate it. The ...
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