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This Child Is Bullying – How Can I Help?

When a child is bullying, the way to help is to apply consequences and limits, right? Yes . . . and no.  Yes, you need to apply consequences and limits when a child is bullying.  No, because that's an incomplete solution. In addition to consequences and limits, it's important to get to the root of the bullying behavior. Here's how you can help.   First of all, stay in the solution, not the problem.  Next, it is important to … [Read more...]

A Story of a Sex Addict’s Daughter

*Permission was granted by the following individual to share her story. Her name has been changed to protect her identity.  For Jo, her father's absence in her life was profound. He wasn't physically absent. But, he was not present. He was an empty shell and Jo felt a wide divide separating them with no way to cross. No physical affection, no emotional support, no interest in her day or her life. Jo felt invisible to her father. Except … [Read more...]

Help for Building Stronger Families

Triangle Psychological Services psychologists, Nancy Driscoll and myself, attended the annual Ignited By Truth conference in March of this year and introduced noogie™ at our exhibit table.  We had so much fun meeting new people and old friends. The most fun, however, was introducing our noogie™ products designed to help build stronger families.  I knew I was excited about the Marital Retreats in a Box™ and our noogie Family Card Decks, but I … [Read more...]

Loving Others on St. Valentine’s Day

IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT! Please join me today in a St. Valentine's Day Challenge 2014.  Choose to be loving toward everyone you come in contact with today.  It may not be easy, but it is simple! Here's how to do the St. Valentine's Day Challenge 2014 Challenge: Step 1: Make your commitment public by sharing something like this "I'm joining drpattiz in the St. Valentine's Day Challenge 2014 today" on any of your favorite social media … [Read more...]

Parenting SOS! – A Few of My Favorite Books

Not another parenting book!  As a family therapist who likes to empower parents to be confident and I often recommend one of the following parenting books.  I'm very picky about parenting books.  Many of them don't make it to my recommendations list mostly because they have what I call a "cookie-cutter" approach to parenting and to children. Each child is unique, created by God with a special combination of temperamental traits and gifts that … [Read more...]