Mothering the mother

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written by Kendall Manwill, CSW In the world of childbirth and postpartum support, “mothering the mother” is a term used to describe the work of a doula or birth support person, whether during labor or postpartum. It encompasses the idea that mothers need to be supported as they transition to motherhood–that the new mother should be taken care of and …

Responding Instead Of Reacting

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written by: Amy Frandsen, LCSW Responding Instead of Reacting Difficulties in relationships are often caused by our inability or unwillingness to have mindful awareness and mastery of our own emotions. Most of the time, we feel like a person “made me feel ___”… whatever emotion you overwhelmingly felt, whether that emotion is anger, joy, frustration, hurt, or excitement. The truth is, …

Open Adoption

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Written by: Leslie Stobbe, CSW Often one of the first questions we get from people inquiring about adoption is, “What is an open adoption? Why would anyone want that?” Simply put, an open adoption is a form of adoption in which the biological parents participate in a lifelong relationship with their child placed for adoption and his or her parents. …

Validation: The Core of Good Communication

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Written by Amy Frandsen, CSW Feelings are not right or wrong–they just are, and everyone has them.  Instead of hiding feelings, they can be felt and expressed and used as a way to connect with others. When feelings are shared, they need a safe place of acceptance, validation, and empathy.   Validation is communicating that the other person is worthwhile …

Parenting

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written by: Cortney Ricks, CSW I am a parenting book junkie.  I have way too many parenting books but can’t bear to part with them because I refer back to them often!   I am also a child therapist and a mother of 3 little ones. I’m in the throes of parenting my own children right now and also helping other …