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In Appreciation of Attachment Parenting

Attachment parenting is a term coined by pediatrician and father William Sears. A number of attachment parenting bloggers like this wiki definition of attachment parenting, and so do I:  Read more »

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WashingtonPost.com's 'On Parenting' Asks About Holiday Stress

This week I was lucky to be quoted in the WashingtonPost.com "On Parenting" blog, written and curated by Janice D'Arcy. We spoke about the challenges new parents face when trying to make thoughtful decisions about long-held family traditions. It was fun to have the chance to really think through the ways that therapy - Imago therapy, in particular - can help conceptualize the unconscious patterns reignited by family events.  Read more »

Playgroup as Peer Group

Counseling Today just published an article I wrote about how some therapist moms and dads balance their work with busy home lives. As a part of the DCTherapistMoms group locally, I was expecting to find similar support networks for therapists around the country.  Read more »

Hollywood's Marriage Fantasies

I read this interesting article today about how Hollywood's preoccupation with reconciliation stories may be impacting kids' expectations about separation/divorce. My favorite line might be this one:

"...Hollywood has always been interested in extreme and unlikely tales. Happy marriages are almost as uncommon in movies as rational divorces."  Read more »

Connecting with Kids

 As summer chugs into August, many parents may be counting the days until September! But wait, these last few weeks with the kids home remains an invaluable opportunity to get smarter about what is going on in the emotional dynamics between you and your children. A few blogs back I recommended Roberta Gilbert as a great writer on the topic of relationships. Another of her titles clearly explains how parents can become better resources to their kids rather than the alternative, which is being part of the problem.  Read more »

Cooped-up, Cop out, Co-op?

Okay, obviously I like word play (I’ll get to my title in a minute).  But I like play play, too, and that's what's on my mind today. Now that I'm old enough to be observing my kids raising their own children, I'm acutely aware of how important it is for parents to get away and have fun separate from the kids.  Read more »

The Magic Years

I first became a parent in 1969, and it's hard to believe that my oldest child now has two of his own. Being involved in my grandchildren's lives (six total!) cements for me the truth that we are never done learning about life and love.  Read more »

SAHM Longs to Travel, Couple Negotiates for Baby #2

My latest Georgetowner column features questions about couples in the throes of parenting, and the impact it can have on a marriage. One stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) finds herself resentful of her husband's travel opportunities, while another couple is looking for signs as to whether they're supposed to try for baby #2.  Read more »

Imago Parenting Helps Us Be in the Moment

I recently completed the training to become a presenter for the "Connected Parents, Thriving Kids" Imago-based parenting program. Much to my initial disappointment, I didn't leave the intensive training bursting with confidence about my skills as a parent! Much like those who attend the parenting program across the country, I had to shift my expectations about how real change happens.  Read more »