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I am a parent of two, but also I'm a social worker with over 15 year experience working with children and families. I can provide many tips and techniques to help with child behavior, interventions for specific behavioral issues, ideas to help children through difficult times such as divorce or grief, hints on keeping the family running smoothly, and tips for developing confident, happy children.

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I have a master's in social work and over 15 years experience working with children and families. I have worked in schools, public health, mental health and adoption agencies providing parent education courses and children's groups.


BA in Psychology and MSW.

What do you like about this subject?

I believe that by understanding children's behavior, it becomes easier to manage. I also believe that raising well-behaved and happy children doesn't happen in the moments of discipline, but in all the other moments parents spend with them. So I enjoy helping parents understand and truly celebrate their children.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The terrible two's resurface again in the teen years. The goal of the two year and the teenage are the same, seperate from parents into an individual being.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Spanking, like religion and politics is a topic most people avoid, but here is my two cents. Physical punishment for adults, except in extreme cases (ie murder) is inconceivible. You don't get a spanking for speeding even though you know better. The US was appalled when the young man got whipped for vandalism in the Philippines, but how many children have been spanked for coloring on the walls?

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2016-07-26 Troubled 6 year old:

Hi Shirley,  Based on what you've described, I'm not surprised by your great-grandson's behavior. Nor that it's getting worse even though he's in a more stable home (behavior often gets worse before it

2016-06-06 Can you teach a three year old child learn to reed/write English?:

The child can learn to speak English, which is really all she needs to start Kindergarten. Although, sending her to an English speaking pre-school will teach her English letters and start the foundation

2016-06-06 Can you teach a three year old child learn to reed/write English?:

Hello,  Most children at three years of age will have difficulty learning to read or write any language. They can learn to recognize letters, but expecting them to read and write is a lot to ask. They're

2016-04-06 New Baby:

Hi Maria,  There are a variety of reasons she may seem neutral, the most probable is that she doesn't really know what it will mean for her. Even though you tell her they'll be babies who need attention

2015-09-27 Siblings lying:

Hi Alison,    Ultimately, there are a few things to think about with lying:    1) Don't get overwrought about it. The bigger the reaction from, the more likely the kids will try to lie better. Instead


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