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How to raise happy and resilient children
Erin Leonard Ph.D.
Being emotionally invested while maintaining a logical perspective is key to both healthy relationships and good decision making. Here's how to do it.
The holiday season can be full of joy and family dysfunction. However, there is a way to nip family drama in the bud before it escalates.
Often a person is decimated by a break-up even when the relationship was painful and unsatisfying. Why does losing something—even something bad—hurt?
Knowing how to help a child when they are in crisis is critical. How a parent handles the situation can heal their child and strengthen the parent/child bond or drive them away.
Dealing with a narcissist induces anxiety, dread, and hopelessness. Yet, there are three keys to unlocking your power in the relationship. Bypass and surpass the narcissist.
Does a conflict with your partner leave you feeling like you are in the twilight zone? Is their version of reality completely different from yours? There may be a reason.
When I'm with a client who is beating themselves up for a mistake and wonders how to make it right or do things differently, I consider them to be insecure in a healthy way.
Learning to handle toxic individuals is an essential skill. Identifying toxicity and acquiring emotional space protects you and allows you to thrive.
When a parent helps a child make sense of what they're feeling, the child gains the ability to trust how they feel and understand themselves and the world.
It's true that intense anxiety and self-doubt can make you feel like you're losing your mind. But that doesn't mean you have—here's why.
Hate is like a fire, given the right conditions, the fire rages and spreads uncontrollably. Yet, understanding the psychology behind hate is the most effective way to stop it.
Imagine, for a moment, that a person's identity or sense of self has a structure inside of their chest. One is a wooden box and the other is glass.
It's not just men. Your partner, of any gender, may be a good person, but terrible at relationships. Here are 3 ways to assess their ability to maintain a healthy relationship.
Feeling other people's emotional pain is a gift and a curse. Protecting the gift and using it to heal others is a rare and underutilized power.
Life is often about the ability to fight through anxiety and stick with something long enough to find a comfortable stride or niche.
Almost fifty percent of teens in the US have cut or engaged in some sort self harm. Understanding why kids cut is critical in stopping it. Parents have the power to protect kids.
Three quarters of workers have experienced or witnessed workplace bullying. You may be the target but not realize it because you've been convinced that you're the problem.
Conflict can drive people apart or bring them together. We can move on if conflict is resolved productively. Yet sometimes this isn't possible. Here's help.
The daily responsibilities of running a family often leave parents feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and like they're barely holding things together. Six simple things can help.
Do you spend a lot of time beating yourself up? The ability to let yourself off the hook effectively is relieving and freeing. Take two steps towards self-empathy and find peace.
Back to school anxieties are normal. Helping your child quiet these worries allows them to start the school year confidently. Three simple techniques help with this process.
Raise a child with a solid work ethic and a tendency to appreciate. It's a simple switch in mind set, but it guarantees a lifetime of closeness and peace with your child.
Are you profoundly devastated after a break-up or rejection? There is a reason for it, and understanding it is critical.
Has your child suddenly lost confidence? Are statements like "I'm a terrible person" and "I can't do anything right" cropping up? If so, they may be in an unhealthy friendship.
A child's worries do not usually go away on their own. Often they intensify and become generalized. These 6 steps help a parent minimize their child's anxiety.
A narcissist can manipulate you into believing you are the problem. It is painful, especially when kids are involved. Here are 5 tips to help.
A personal account of adoption and the unconventional philosophy born from it.
If it is not handled correctly, disappointment can jeopardize a child's self-esteem. A list of dos and don'ts guarantees that a parent cultivates resilience in their child.
A common complaint of parents is, “He just won’t talk to me.” Achieving a close parent/child relationship is possible with the right approach.
Erin Leonard, Ph.D. is a practicing psychotherapist and the author of three books about relationships and parenting.