Family Counselor Advice

Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT Smilie Notes

I have a client in my counseling practice-a boy age 7 ½ (the ½ is important at that age!)-who gave me a chuckle recently with his child-like innocence.  His mother and step-father are worried because he has started to lie and steal.  His parents are divorced and he does not like to visit his father.  The father has a serious mental health condition and doesn't always take his medicine so he can be very moody and occasionally angry for no reason.

After the first visit I always give my youthful clients a goals sheet that asks two questions.  The first asks what areas of the child's life that he would like to make improvements in.  Kids often say things like get along better with my sister or do my homework, etc.  He wrote that he wanted me to help him get better at video games!  I don't think that's going to happen.

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Family counselor Sharon Scott is the author of 8 books including this delightful series for children that is "co-authored" by her savvy cocker spaniel Nicholas who makes learning valuable life skills fun.

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Too Smart for Trouble , a popular, award-winning book, teaches children to think on their own and how to say no when asked to do something wrong.

 

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Not Better… Not Worse… Just Different is must reading for children to learn to be more sensitive to others, avoid bullying and know how to handle teasing.

 

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Life's Not Always Fair is a child's guide for managing emotions and learning to soothe oneself when mad, sad, scared or confused.

 

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Nicholas' Values is a delightful guide helping children develop good character traits such as honesty, confidence, sharing and so much more!

 

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Too Cool for Drugs helps children learn why and how to say no to drugs–drug education must begin in the home at an early age!

The funniest comment though came under this question: if you could wave a magic wand and change your parents, what things would you change about them that you think would make your home better or happier.  Children often write that they want their parents to spend more time with them or let them play for a short while before beginning homework etc.  This 7 ½ year old wrote: "I want them to get me everything I want.  I also want better food and a better room."  Don't we all!  Have a great May!

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P.S. Please see my other column Who Are the Bullies?.

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Sharon Scott

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Sharon is the author of eight award-winning books including four on the topic of peer to peer pressure.

The guide for parents/educators on how to peer-proof children and teens is Peer Pressure Reversal: An Adult Guide to Developing a Responsible Child, 2nd Ed.

Her popular book for teens, How to Say No and Keep Your Friends, 2nd Ed., empowers kids to stand out,not just fit in!

A follow-up book for teens, When to Say Yes! And Make More Friends, shows adolescents how to select and meet quality friends and, in general, feel good for doing and being good.

Sharon also has a charming series of five books for elementary-age children each teaching an important living skill and "co-authored" with her savvy cocker spaniel Nicholas who makes the learning fun.Their book on managing elementary-age peer pressure is titled Too Smart for Trouble.
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