Great article on teaching social-emotional intelligence

15learning-ss-slide-DRJ0-articleLargeOne day last spring, James Wade sat cross-legged on the carpet and called his kindergarten class to order. Lanky and soft-spoken, Wade has a gentle charisma well suited to his role as a teacher of small children: steady, rather than exuberant. When a child performs a requested task, like closing the door after recess, he will often acknowledge the moment by murmuring, “Thank you, sweet pea,” in a mild Texas drawl.

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The Birthing Experience & Postpartum

Birth Story

Date/Time: EVERY Wednesday 11:30am *STARTING SEPTEMBER 4th

Come join a meet-up about the birthing experience. Relate, relax, emote and explore your experience.

– What’s your story?

– Did your birth go the way you had “imagined” it would?

– Anything you’d want to do differently?

– Wish you could change something that happened?

Join others in navigating through the experience of becoming a mother.

This group is led by Elizabeth Seckler, LCSW, Psychotherapy & Wellness

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Helpful read on relationships and our individual attachment style

Our style of attachment affects everything from our partner selection to how well our relationships progress to, sadly, how they end. That is why recognizing our attachment pattern can help us understand our strengths and vulnerabilities in a relationship. An attachment pattern is established in early childhood attachments and continues to function as a working model for relationships in adulthood. Continue here for more…

“Mommy Perfect?”

Motherhood can bring out the perfectionist in all of us. Over the years, I have reflected in many conversations with my mother, my three sisters and numerous friends about how we raised our respective children. The recurring theme of our discussions was that we wished we had been less uptight and more spontaneous – another way of saying we were scared stiff and worried too much about the wrong things.

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Beautiful article on the importance of showing our infants we hear them

Last month I received a query from a distinguished professor of neuroscience asking whether there is any literature linking mentalization to self-control. This was a reminder of how segregated different fields of psychology sometimes are; theories and concepts fundamental to one research area may be invisible to those working in other areas. For this reason, I thought it worthwhile addressing this question for the broad readership of Psychology Today, accepting that the concepts will be familiar to many readers already.

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Teens and Technology: Making it Safe (by Elizabeth Seckler)

It’s no surprise that the virtual world and social media have changed the way our children relate to and spend time with each other. The exponential growth in technology and access to social media has influenced children to spend less time at the park and more time “hanging” out on their phones and computers. This development has changed the way children interact, at times allowing for dangerous and inappropriate social interactions within schools, in the community and at home.

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Mental health, Children and Divorce

Divorcing families who participated in a prevention program markedly reduced the likelihood of their children developing mental disorders as adolescents, say NIMH-funded scientists. Structured group sessions for mothers and children later halved rates of mental disorders in the teen years, among other benefits, in the first study to document long-term effects of such preventive interventions using a randomized experimental trial.

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