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Getting divorced? When it comes to helping your children adjust appropriately: Anticipate problems and Minimize their effects [Part 1], by Susannah Gersten, M.S.W., LCSW, Psychotherapist

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There is no perfect divorce. Many parents come to me for psychotherapy asking for advice about how to minimize the negative effects of the impending separation on their children and on their family as a whole. While this is no substitute for ongoing family therapy, this and future blogs will outline the most common concerns that parents bring to me. What follows are the first two issues to address. My advice is to anticipate these issues and minimize their influence as much as possible.

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MINDFUL PARENTING, Part 2: “In One Ear and Out the Other” Parenting the Adolescent by Fara Jones, M.A., LCSW, Psychotherapist

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?I used to know what to do to make her feel better?now everything I say or do is wrong. It?s like I?m the enemy.?
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?It?s as if I don?t even know him anymore?like he?s a stranger to me?.?
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These are just a few of the comments I have heard from parents of the most wonderful, complex, dynamic (and utterly maddening) patients I have the pleasure of working with: Teenagers.

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MINDFUL PARENTING, Part 1: “Revenge of the Princesses” When Your Child’s Social Drama Becomes Your Own, by Fara Jones, M.A., LCSW, Psychotherapist

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?Mommy, the princesses won?t let me play with them.?
I pulled over and got into the back seat of the car with my 4-year old daughter.
?What do you mean?? I desperately asked her, trying to conceal the panic in my voice . . .
My poor girl, a fan of the Star Wars films, found herself in the nether-region of such ?gender play? and was effectively banished by both Han Solo and Sleeping Beauty.

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