Category Archives: Parenting/Adolescents

Teens and Anxiety: Spotting it and Addressing it

By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC Modern adolescence looks nothing like what it looked for you when you were a teen. Music, hair, catch phrases, technology – those change through each generation I suppose. But we’re talking about differences in values … Continue reading

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Back to School Bullying: Preparation for Parents – part 3: Cyber Bullying

By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC Here we are in part 3 of a 5 part series covering the significant and impactful aspects of bullying in today’s culture, and how parents can identify and address the type of bullying and help … Continue reading

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Back to School Bullying: A 5 Part Series on Parental Guidelines For Dealing with Bullying – Part 2

By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC Part one of this series discussed looking for warning signs, ways to show wisdom and how to provide guidance for bullying that is physical and also verbal in nature. In this edition, I’ll offer some … Continue reading

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Back to School Bullying: A 5 Part Series on Parental Guidelines For Dealing with Bullying

By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC You’re all excited for the new school year – the kids and so are the parents. They’re looking forward to friends, events and who knows, maybe even learning something cool. Parents are looking forward to … Continue reading

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Preschoolers and the Meaning of Freedom

By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC How do my kids think and view their world? First of all, they are completely unconcerned about what I believe are the important things – such as time, orderliness, schedules, priorities, or expectations. They are … Continue reading

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Guilt in Parenting

By Matt W Sandford, LMHC Let’s face it; if you have been striving to be a good parent, then you’ve felt guilt. Then again, if you’ve not been striving too much, it may also be from guilt. Either way, guilt … Continue reading

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5 Strategies for Combating Shyness And Social Anxiety Disorder, Too: How to Build Social Skills, Part 2

By Matt Sandford, LMHC This two part series on how to increase one’s social skills and confidence in social interaction is a companion piece to my article on Shyness, Social Phobia and Introversion. Part one proposed the need for trying … Continue reading

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5 Strategies for Combating Shyness And Social Anxiety Disorder, Too: How to Build Social Skills – Part 1

By Matt Sandford In a previous article I provided some helps for sorting out the differences between Shyness, Introversion and Social Anxiety Disorder. This is a companion piece meant to offer suggestions for addressing the skills of the person struggling … Continue reading

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