The message is clear: unless her health or safety are at stake, she and she alone gets to decide who touches her body. Period.
It's often hard to know how close to be to our children, especially as they grow from blobby little infants to whirlwinds of toddlers and antsy young children. Case in point, once I nearly let my own child fall down the stairs.
I love shopping at CVS. Boy, do they have me hooked. My heart leaps when I get emailed a 30% coupon (that I immediately send to my e-linked CVS rewards card), and it positively explodes when I get my yearly bulletin of savings ($278 last year - I'm in the top 2% of California CVS … Continue reading Don’t just do something
I'm currently healing from two injuries and bearing the scar from a third: one knife stab, one first degree burn, and a 2-inch long second degree burn. I'm not into woodworking or freeform glassblowing or some other potentially injurious hobby. Nope, all of these wounds were created in service of one futile task, one with … Continue reading Toddler tapas
The myth of Odysseus, as told by Homer in the epic poem The Odyssey, is no slouch when it comes to potent visual imagery. Although I read this classic work in high school, few metaphors have come in as handy for my work as a therapist, parent, and partner as that of the treacherous seaborne route … Continue reading Hold on tight
This is heartbreaking for me too, and sometimes I have no idea what I'm doing either.
Hi Rebekka! Lately my son has been really preferring daddy and it's been hard on me. I used to let dad do the morning and bedtime routine when it was just us because we had so much time in the day to make it up. But now we have a new baby, so my attention … Continue reading Parent Q&A: When kids prefer one parent