By Maryellen Mullin | March 8, 2017
As a family therapist, I often hear parents complain of a child who cannot move beyond an interaction, incident or situation, even when it has been addressed. In fact, the parent may have already listened, empathized with the emotion, and talked the issue out.
An apology happened.
Reassurance was provided.
However, the child just cannot let it go, looping round and round, like a hula-hoop stuck in motion. This is a typical situation for children as they navigate how to manage anxiety in relationships and situations.
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Convey Hope for Children in Challenging Political Times by Maryellen Mullin published by Psyched Magazine
By Maryellen Mullin | March 1, 2017
As parents and those who work with or care for children, we can agree that children should not be exposed to all adult conversations. Most adults try not to swear in front of kids or discuss parenting topics that could alarm or cause misunderstanding. The developing brain is not cognitively mature. Therefore, kids cannot understand and comprehend certain experiences and information the way adults do, with mature brains. Having “developmentally appropriate” conversations with kids is very important, especially when it comes to scary events.
To read more: http://www.psychedinsanfrancisco.com/convey-hope-children-challenging-political-times/