Category: Parenting

My Parenting Philosophy

My Parenting Philosophy

I always thought my parenting was simply informed by my background in psychology. To a large degree, that’s true. But, one afternoon, I was out to lunch with my family, watching my husband and I interact with our kids while the book I was currently […]

Looking Forward to Having Both Kids Home All Summer

Looking Forward to Having Both Kids Home All Summer

Many parents, my own included, look forward to sending their kids back to school as soon as summer vacation starts. Actually, I liked sending myself back to school, too. But I know my mom, and many other parents, look forward to having some child-free time […]

Two Peas in a Pod

Two Peas in a Pod

My siblings and I were three peas in a pod, at least until I got older and wanted my own time away from them. That was closer to my pre-teen years. My kids are two peas in a pod. They’re a couple of months short […]

The Funny Shorts Story

The Funny Shorts Story

My son threw his shorts up onto the hall light. I know he didn’t mean to, but it happened, and I couldn’t help but laugh. My kids enjoy their baths together. For now, at least. After all, I do have one boy and one girl. […]

What I Could Have Used After My Miscarriage

What I Could Have Used After My Miscarriage

For 26 years I lived a very happy, very stable life. I excelled at everything I wanted to, and even did well at the things I didn’t care about. I had, and still have, wonderful friendships. I never had a bad romantic relationship or devastating […]

Parenting with Psychology: Therapeutic Alliance and Ruptures

Parenting with Psychology: Therapeutic Alliance and Ruptures

In psychodynamic therapy, the therapeutic alliance is what allows the psychologist and client get the therapeutic work done. What is the therapeutic alliance? Another term for it is working alliance and yet another is rapport. It’s the relationship the therapist and client have formed that […]

It’s Because I Love You That I Clean

It’s Because I Love You That I Clean

I think it’s common knowledge that moms often feel guilty they’re not spending every waking moment caring for their kids. Many even pass on cleaning because it takes time away from the kids. My own mom has said she wishes she had spent more time […]

Becoming the Put Together Stay-At-Home Mom

Becoming the Put Together Stay-At-Home Mom

Stay at home moms get a bad rap. The laundry is never done. We live in leggings. Dinner gets slapped together because the kids won’t stop screaming. The house is a war zone. Annoying children’s songs invade our sleep for an hour before the baby […]

Parenting with Psychology: Erik Erikson’s Stages of Development

Parenting with Psychology: Erik Erikson’s Stages of Development

I spent a lot of time in psychology classes. I guess that’s what happens when you decide you want to be a psychology major and then get a higher degree in it. Though my focus was on clinical psychology with the goal of working with […]

The Devices Stay Home

The Devices Stay Home

My kids have free access to tablets and sometimes their dad’s smart phone (I still proudly use a flip phone, so it’s not as much fun). When we’re home. With the exception of my husband’s phone (of course), all devices stay home as a rule. […]

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