Monthly archives: November 2014

Do you approve of your children’s friends?

Posted on Conflict Resolution, Feelings, General, Parenting, Stress November 20, 2014 by Mary & Claire

Do you approve of your children’s friends? Are you worried about the choices that they may make?  Is your child still throwing tantrums at age 10? When having family gatherings or going to parties, what is socially inappropriate verse appropriate for their ages– do you know? These are all questions that run through our minds as our children move from childhood through adolescence into their teenage years. As they age and change, there are many difficult times for all of us to navigate. It sometimes feels as if we exist in a vacuum and are very alone with these issues. Understand that you are not. These are all very normal thoughts, feelings and questions that are helpful to discuss with other parents. It is incredibly beneficial to hear how others deal with situations similar to yours and the strategies that they use.  Sharing your thoughts and ideas may also help others. Friends and support networks are invaluable to parents as we go through these years with our children together.
Please join us for the My Remarkable Self Parent Workshop, “Development and Maturation – Ages and Stages” on Monday, December 1 from 12:30-2:00pm or Wednesday, December 3 from 7:00-8:30pm at Rye Recreation, Midland Avenue, Rye, NY. Co-facilitated by Claire Neary and child psychologist Sasha Blackwell. Contact us to enroll or for further information –

–Mary & Claire

Brutally Honest

Posted on Bullying, Conflict Resolution, Feelings, Friendship, General November 12, 2014 by Mary & Claire

How often do we just want life to roll along smoothly, especially with our children?

The ideal mellow, peaceful, stress-free day with our child/children – Easy to get up and off to school happily, no rushing necessary…come home after a great day, tell you all about how everyone was kind and played together nicely and that they loved what they learned…homework is a breeze, no complaining, I love dinner! Sure Mom, I would love to read tonight, right after I take my shower and before I go to bed on time…Wow, take a moment and just imagine…

Now, snap out of it and understand that our world has changed and our children need guidance regardless of the denial, that we as parents, may want to be in on many issues. The world is not an easy place for our children and we need to help them navigate it. On that note check this out…”Brutally Honest: Mean girls are getting younger.” Let us know what you think.


–Mary & Claire


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