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Parenting in Uncertain Times, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 in Counseling, Parenting

Parenting in Uncertain Times, by Dr. Dan Peters

Uncertainty. Worry. Fear. These are still the top themes in most of my counseling sessions as a psychologist — with adults, with teens, and even with children. Mainly, the discussions were about the presidential election, then it was about the winner of the election, and now it is about the very uncertain future. What will happen to immigrants? What will happen to trade policies? Will the right to choose disappear? Will gay marriage be overturned? What is going to happen with Russia? In my profession there is a saying that uncertainty breeds...

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5 Steps to Be an Aware Parent, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 in Counseling, Parenting

5 Steps to Be an Aware Parent, by Dr. Dan Peters

Parenting is not about getting it “right” and there is no way to be a “perfect” parent. I say this as someone has spent a lot of time trying to do the “right” thing “perfectly”. Parenting humbles us and tests us in ways we couldn’t have imagined. There is no manual for your child or how to best parent her. There is no grading system or report card. There is only who your child is, how he feels about himself, your relationship with your child, and your child’s ability to cope in the world. Here are a few things I have...

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5 Steps To Managing Stress During the Holidays, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 in Counseling, Parenting

5 Steps To Managing Stress During the Holidays, by Dr. Dan Peters

Thanksgiving feels like weeks ago. Cities, stores, homes, schools, and entire towns are decorated for the holiday season. Lampposts and stop lights are dressed with red ribbons. Luxury cars sport antlers and Rudolph noses. And then there are the commercials. Everyone on tv (commercials and most shows) are smiling, celebrating, decorating and playing in the snow. All of these messages mean this must be the most wonderful time of the year, right? Well maybe it is and maybe it isn’t, and maybe it is both. For many, the holidays signify stress,...

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How Are You Living Out The 3 P’s? Planning, Proactive, Prioritizing, By Deanna Kim, M.Ed.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 in Counseling, Education, Parenting

How Are You Living Out The 3 P’s? Planning, Proactive, Prioritizing,  By Deanna Kim, M.Ed.

Lights flickering. Pitch black room. A moment of silence. A flood of thoughts go through my brain like lightning as the hustle and bustle of the evening activities is interrupted. ‘How long will this blackout last?’ ‘Was there something important I was supposed to do tonight?’ If you have ever experienced an energy blackout, you might have encountered an abrupt change of pace in a house lit up with flashlights and candles. For some people, it might be more than, “oh well, now that my phone battery is dead, I guess I’ll have to go...

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How Anxiety Affects Your Child’s Self-Esteem, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 in Counseling, Education, Parenting

How Anxiety Affects Your Child’s Self-Esteem, by Dr. Dan Peters

As parents, we want our children to go into the world of school, peers and friendships, and life feeling happy, confident and valued. We do our best to fortify their self-confidence within the home so that they are equipped to be strong and successful in the rest of the world. But what happens when they experience real issues that create obstacles to maintaining a good self-esteem? One issue that can affect self-esteem is anxiety. Anxiety is common in young people’s lives, especially in the school arena where they are under constant...

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When Overparenting Goes Too Far, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 in Counseling, Parenting

I am sitting across two kind, caring, and hardworking parents who are concerned about their 16-year-old son’s maturity, decision-making, effort in school, and most recently, his ability to pass his driver’s test to get his license. Their strong-willed teenager refuses to practice for the test with the family car, and insists on taking the test in the larger, and much cooler, old family truck which he plans on driving once he gets his license. His dad explains all of the mechanical problems with the old truck and why he feels it...

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What’s Up With All the Dys’? And What You Can Do About It, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on May 16, 2016 in Assessments, Education, Parenting

What’s Up With All the Dys’? And What You Can Do About It, by Dr. Dan Peters

There are many types of learning disorders that can affect our children. The good news is that learning differences and disabilities are getting more press and attention. However, it can get confusing when trying to understand what they mean and how they are similar and different from each other. Children may have one or more learning disorders, regardless of their strong thinking and problem-solving abilities. When your child is not “working to their potential” it may be because they have a legitimate learning issue. Here are a few of the...

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Why All Parents Should Use The Teachings from the Jedi Master in 2016

Posted on May 4, 2016 in Counseling, Parenting

Why All Parents Should Use The Teachings from the Jedi Master in 2016

It was 1980 in Century City. I was 10 years old waiting in a line that did not seem to end with my grandma (now 104). We waited for two hours to see the Empire Strikes Back. There was a buzz in the air that I couldn’t explain but could feel. It was three years after the world was introduced to the Force, the Jedi, and the evil empire. At last we were in our seats. I don’t remember if there were coming attractions. However, I remember like it was yesterday, the sound of the orchestra moving through my body as the words rolled up the...

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Worry Reminders for the Holidays, By Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 in Counseling, Parenting

Worry Reminders for the Holidays, By Dr. Dan Peters

It is normal for our children to experience more stress and worry during the holidays. Among the traditional stressors of everyday life come common seasonal anxieties such as worrying how the family will get along during get-togethers and meals, worrying about getting all the vacation homework done during the longer breaks from school, worrying about losing track of school work during those breaks, the anticipation of holiday rituals and the stresses of waiting for pivotal moments such as lighting your own Hannukah candles or Christmas...

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The Twice-Exceptional Adult, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 in Assessments, Counseling, Giftedness, Parenting

The Twice-Exceptional Adult, by Dr. Dan Peters

This piece originally appeared on Psychology Today. Many gifted adults may find that they are still suffering from experiences and challenges that affected them as children. Others find they are experiencing new challenges related to finding their passion, identity, parenting, relationships, career, and more. Summit Center provides a broad range of services for gifted adults, including consultation, testing, counseling, and more. Although the word “gifted” has been used to describe people of higher levels of intelligence for decades, the...

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