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What I Do When My Kids Say, “OUCH!”

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By: Susan Stutzman, MA Licensed Professional Counselor

Recently, I watched my children play when one of my daughters tumbled a bit. As I went to check on her, I saw she was physically fine but momentarily a bit jostled. As I like to do, I began to help my daughter act out what happened and offer to kiss it, letting her know that I saw her tumble, would validate that it was scary and offer comfort.… Read the rest →

Discussing Death with Children

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SusanStutzman_bioBy Susan Stutzman, MA Licensed Professional Counselor

Have you ever asked yourself the question “How do I explain the concept of death to my child without causing a swarm of worry, anxiety and a myriad of endless questions?” Or thought “I know that death is inevitable, but as a parent, how do I prepare my children for the inevitable well?”   If you answered yes to either of those questions, you are not alone.… Read the rest →