How Do Parents Manage Separation Anxiety?

Learning to cope with the separation from a loved one is a natural growth and developmental process for children. Children cry when a parent leaves them alone, even for an hour or sometimes even when there are other caring adults present. A natural attachment to primary caregivers develops from infancy, and separation can be stressful […]

How to Best Support Someone Who Is Experiencing a Loss

Loss is a certainty of life at some point[s] in our lives. It can be experienced through a divorce, life-threatening illness, job retirement, or addiction. Loss is very personally experienced, yet it is a common phenomenon with centrally shared feelings. Support can make the difference in whether we summon the courage to fight our way […]

Supporting or Enabling: How to Tell What’s Helping or Hurting your Child

We love our children and want them to be able to meet life’s challenges successfully, with positive outcomes, right? Certainly. But how will parents know whether they are supporting or enabling their child when they step in and lend a helping hand? We must first define what support means. When feeding a baby, we will […]

GRIEF, LOSS and SEXUAL ASSAULT: The Agony of An Untold Story

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. —Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on the Road, 1969 Sexual assault survivors are among the most disenfranchised populations, coping with narratives of multiple losses, uncertainty, and grief that frequently go unacknowledged. An alleged perpetrator gleefully walks across the stage at a college graduation, […]