Helping Children Learn to Regulate the Emotion of Excitement

Kids need help regulating their emotions, even excitement. Parents can help regulate exposure to violent and fast-paced video games and movies, which amplify and extend excitement past what is healthy for children. Parents should model excitement regulation and educate children on how to down-regulate their feelings of excitement.

The Harmful Impacts of the Gamification of Learning

I confess that I am old enough to remember when there were no video games. I remember when Pong, Space Invaders and early Mario Brothers arrived, but I never played them because I found them tedious, predictable and annoying in their pinging and zapping. Conversing...

Developing a Mindfulness Practice

Meditation is an active training of the mind to increase focus, awareness and insight. In meditation, you will watch the functioning of your mind in a calm, non-judgmental and detached manner so you can gain insight into your thoughts, emotions and behavior.

Toledo Blade Article on Yawning

Sharing an article that quoted me on the psychological implications of yawning, of all things! We yawn for many reasons, not all of them known, but many people don't know that it can be in response to the anxiety of others and as a signal to try to get them to feel...

7 Ways Parents Create Childhood Emotional Neglect

I often recommend Dr. Jonice Webb’s books and blogs, because she writes about the important topic of Childhood Emotional Neglect and its impact on emotional development. I thought I’d highlight and expand on the subject of a recent video blog she posted on “4 Subtle...

How Narcissistic Siblings are Created and How they Harm Their Siblings

How the interactions within a family, especially between siblings, can create or exacerbate shame intolerance patterns. How parents discipline or fail to discipline children and how they protect or fail to protect abused siblings impacts all of the children in the family and may lead children to develop shame intolerance patterns that can affect them throughout their lives.