Addressing Anxiety in Children

By Lavinia Ball-Marian, MA, LPC Anxiety in children is an increasingly common concern. But what, exactly, is anxiety? According to the Raising Children Network, “Anxiety is an inherent response to a perceived threat and normal levels of anxiety can assist people to be more focused and motivated, and to solve problems more efficiently.” Here are some facts about anxiety: Anxiety is normal. Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in time. It is normal for a child to be nervous when ...
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Parenting With Love

By Lavinia Ball-Marian, MA, LPC Parenting is a wonderful job and it can be equally pleasant and hard. When we become parents, nobody hands us a manual that will teach us what to do for the next 18 years. Nobody has written instructions for the way we have to spend our days being parents, seven days a week, many hours a day. We figure it out one day at a time, we make mistakes, we sometimes learn from them, other times we repeat them. Sometimes we make a phone call to our parents and ask for t...
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The Good Enough Family

By Lesley Cunningham, MA, LPC Most all of us came from a “good enough” family. We got our basic needs met most of the time; that is, we had adequate food, shelter, and clothing. We were mostly supported through difficulties, whether they were school, first jobs, or difficult relationships. This magical chemistry happens through “good enough” parenting and resources. Parenting can come in the form of birth parents, adoptive parents, grandparents, important near relatives, or family friends – ...
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