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We are all aware of the increase in incidents of excessively angry behavior in recent years. Road rage (a term that didn't exist 30 years ago); nasty interpersonal disputes; adult temper tantrums in public; increased rudeness and impatience toward service people; and ...By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Family Focus
If you are a family with a child with special needs, most likely you experience intense physical and emotional demands. You need as much help and understanding from family, friends, community and school services as possible. In addition, your other children will often ...By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Family Focus
"Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree." -Marian Wright Edelman
Traveling to different countries can broaden our horizons in so ...
By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Family Focus
As adults we try to learn as much as we can about our computers, smartphones, tablets, televisions and sound systems in order to be able to use them effectively. Many of us attempt to learn a new language, or a skill such as carpentry, golf or bridge. These learning ...By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Family Focus
Happy New Year! Although the holidays are over, there are still gifts we can give to our children all year long. One is the gift of emotional protection - shielding them as much as possible emotionally, as well as physically, from the turbulence and violence that exist ...By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Family Focus
There's an expression, "If Momma ain't happy ain't no one happy," and we can certainly include "Poppa" in this too. Children are highly susceptible to parents' stress levels. It is rare to see highly anxious parents with a very placid child. Children are shaped by ...By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Family Focus
Getting our children to cooperate with us is one of the biggest challenges for all parents. It starts as early as the diaper-changing stage where a baby resists our efforts by twisting and turning and trying to get away. We want the best for our children, but ...By Margie Ryerson

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Family Focus
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." ~Alex Haley
Families are fortunate if they have ...
By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Family Focus
There's an old Far Side cartoon by Gary Larson that shows a man giving verbal commands to his dog. The next panel shows what the dog actually hears: "Blah blah Ginger, blah blah blah Ginger . . ."
By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Family Focus Are Your Children Helping Enough at Home?
Our children are busier than ever these days. There seems to be more homework, longer and more frequent sports practices and games or meets, more pressure to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, and of course more pressure to succeed. Many parents ...By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Wednesday, October 09, 2013
When Your Teen Doesn't Make the Team
When your child experiences an upsetting event, like not making the cut for a high school sports team, he or she needs your simple compassion and understanding, not preaching, rationalization or a philosophical perspective. Instead of, "We all have disappointments in ...By Margie Ryerson

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Family Focus Helping Your Child Age Six and Older Manage Anger - Part Two
Prior to age six, parents must do the work of providing the structure to contain their child's anger. There needs to be a system of positive reinforcement, rewards, consequences, and restrictions administered by parents in a calm and reasonable manner.
By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Helping Your Child Age Six and Older Manage Anger - Part One
People express anger all around us. All we need to do is listen to political commentary, drive in rush hour traffic, or work in a customer service job to see or hear expressions of anger. Anger is a normal human emotion, and handling it effectively is crucial to ...By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Family Focus Balanced Parenting
Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance. - Epicurus
As parents, we need to ask ourselves continually whether any of our approaches or methods is too extreme. Unlike ...
By Margie Ryerson, MFT

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