What Every Child Wants!
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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P.S. Please see my other column Who Are the Bullies?.
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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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