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Re-opening my private practice in Wayne, NJ

I’m announcing the grand re-opening of my private psychotherapy practice.

I’ll be returning to my former location at:
1581 Route 23 South in Wayne, New Jersey

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Myths About Infant Bonding and Attachment

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Being a new parent was one of the most confusing times in my life. Everything changes: the way that you feel about yourself, the way your marriage functions, and the way that you care for your child(ren) can turn your world upside down. To make it worse, everyone (loads of parenting experts, doctors, friends, relatives, etc.) believe that their advice will make your parenting experience easier.

Almost all of this parenting advice is well-intended, but more often than not you’ll hear confusing and contradictory claims about parenting that can make your job even more difficult than nature made it to begin with!

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Candlemas: The growing season begins

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Candlemas: The growing season begins

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Top Apps for 5 to 8 Year Old Children

If you are looking for the best apps for kids 5-8 years old who are kindergartners and young elementary kids, you need such apps that balance education, creativity, and fun. In choosing apps for kids, you need more than just the regular arcade games to find the best outlet for the kids’ creativity and emotions.

Here is a list of good apps for kids who are 5 to 8 years old. Read the rest of this entry »

Fun Summertime Activities for Kids

KidPlay6Please welcome guest blogger Holly Easterby to BirthTouch! Holly is committed to promote the welfare of children. She understands that children need proper guidance and education to be the best that they can be. Her love for children shows in her education and child-oriented websites, which discuss healthy snacks, motivation, and children’s fashion. She writes regularly for Bonza Brats and other similar blogs. In this blog, she discusses the things you should do to prepare your kids for summertime activities. She also gives several examples of outdoor activities you can do with the kids.

Kids love summer, not only because school is on break, but also because it’s time for fun under the sun. It’s fun to take advantage of the hot weather to finally find the time to move about and just be active. For kids, activities outdoors is always fun, since they get to spend time with other kids their age. You can be creative in coming up with exciting activities for kids during summer. You can choose to use your own backyard or take time to travel. Wherever you are, activities for summer will always be a fun way to bond with the kids. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Activities for Family Bonding Time

Today I have a guest post from my  friend, Shirley Parker, an experienced mom! Parenting is a developmental right of passage and requires commitment, patience and personal growth!  But it’s also alot of fun! being outdoors and exploring family fun activities is a great way to relax and bond with your children as well as offer ways to get away from all the electronic devices!  Please welcome Shirley Parker to BirthTouch!

 

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Reasons Behind Giving A Child Up For Adoption

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Photo:Royalty-free/Ivette Ferrero

Here’s a guest post from Helen Philips, who counsels birth mothers about the issues involved in giving a baby up for adoption. As she says, it;s easy to be judgmental, but we can’t know what it’s like to need to make such a profound decision, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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Get your kids gardening!

This is a guest post from a friend of mine across the pond who loves to garden as much as I do!  My son, now 19, grew up gardening with me. His first experience gardening was planting foxglove and basil seeds with me in egg cartons in the living room! And together, we planted over 300 daffodil bulbs on our former residence in Budd Lake, New Jersey.

Enjoy gardening with your children where we finally get some spring here in the northeast US! Here are some tips from Karen!

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Positive psychology coping skill: Mindfulness

This article originally appeared in the Examiner:

 

Mindfulness is a positive psychology coping skill. When developed, mindfulness helps you let go of judgments, be in the present moment and feel less anxious and depressed about what may or may not happen.

Mindfulness doesn’t mean meditating 20 – 40 minutes a day. That’s a bigger commitment than most people I know are willing (or able!) to make! Mindfulness doesn’t need to be an overwhelming prospect! Even small changes can positively impact your internal emotional well-being and how you relate to external events!

Mindfulness and Conscious Parenting:  Read the rest here!

A First-Time Dad’s Promise to His Unborn Son

A guest post from Lee Becker, a father waiting for his son to be born. Very sweet!

Hey Sport,

I can hardly contain my excitement as I anxiously await your arrival tomorrow! After so many months of planning for you and talking about you with your mother, you are finally going to be here. And, Mom and I are finally going to become parents – a dream we have shared since we were married five years ago. I am writing this to you because I want you to someday be able to look back and read it, and know exactly what I was thinking on the eve of your birth.

I Promise to Always Keep You Safe

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