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“Parenting Hacks For 2021” – My Observations

“Parenting Hacks For 2021” – My Observations

If you follow this podcast, you know that I teach fundamentals and foundational parenting skills from a play therapy perspective. I do like to keep my "finger on the pulse" of parenting, and I search what's going on in the parenting world every so often.  For a long...

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Finding A Balance Between Kids And Device Use

Finding A Balance Between Kids And Device Use

Are you concerned that your kids spend too much time on devices? Do you wonder if there's a happy medium between no enough and too much? In this episode of the Play Therapy Podcast, I discuss these questions, plus... The America Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines...

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“I Love My Kids, But I Don’t Like Parenting”

“I Love My Kids, But I Don’t Like Parenting”

In this episode, I comment on a blog post I saw on todaysparent.com that I couldn't ignore. "I love my kids, but I don’t like parenting—and I know I’m not alone".  So I'll unpack my thoughts on that by first exploring my opinion that many parents may feel like this...

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“Encourage The Effort Rather Than Praise The Product”

“Encourage The Effort Rather Than Praise The Product”

This is a continuation of the "Rules of Thumb" series from the Child-Parent Relationship Therapy curriculum, which is the core training used in my In-Home Play Therapy program. "Encourage the effort rather than praise the product". Encouragement is probably the most...

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Adding Structure to your Summer Prevents Behavior Issues

Adding Structure to your Summer Prevents Behavior Issues

We are a month into summer... are your kids driving you nuts? It could be that you need to add some structure back into your kids lives to prevent behavior issues. In this episode, I talk to you about the importance of structure and schedule in kid's lives, I give you...

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“You can’t give away what you do not possess.”

“You can’t give away what you do not possess.”

This is a continuation of the "Rules of Thumb" series from the Child-Parent Relationship Therapy curriculum, which is the core training used in my In-Home Play Therapy program. "You can’t give away what you do not possess." is a reminder that you need to be good to...

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Why Reasoning Doesn’t Work with Kids

Why Reasoning Doesn’t Work with Kids

While my family was on a weekend getaway over Memorial Day weekend, I couldn't help but do some people watching while I was sitting by the pool, reading a book. I witnessed a perfect example of why it's futile to reason with a kid (a 4 year old, at that!) In this...

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The Parenting Journey – 50th Episode Celebration!

The Parenting Journey – 50th Episode Celebration!

This is my 50th episode! I'm so grateful to my podcast listeners. In this episode, I'm looking back on my week's observation of the "Parenting Journey". Parenting is full of ups and downs, but we are all united in a goal of being the best parent we can be. We want...

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“Focus on the Donut, Not the Hole”

“Focus on the Donut, Not the Hole”

One of the most important things we can do for our kids to cherish the relationship that we have with them. In this episode, I talk about a Rule of Thumb from the Child-Parent Relationship Training, “Focus on the Donut, Not the Hole.” We look at the importance of...

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Natural Consequences of Behavior

Natural Consequences of Behavior

In this episode of the podcast, I talk about the natural consequence of child behavior. There are three points that I'd like to share with you regarding natural consequences. The first is that children are not rational. Next is that the natural consequence is...

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The Four Universal Outcomes of Play Therapy

The Four Universal Outcomes of Play Therapy

We all know that therapy is beneficial and that positive change is associated with the process. But what can you count on in terms of areas of growth when a child participates in play therapy? There are four universal outcomes of play therapy, regardless of what the...

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Anxiety: The Untold Epidemic of 2021 Kids

Anxiety: The Untold Epidemic of 2021 Kids

You probably haven't heard many people talking about how badly our kids are absorbing the "adult response to the coronavirus". No one is really addressing it. The phones at my office are ringing off the hook with desperate parents trying to get help for their anxious...

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How Angry Emotions Mask Deeper Feelings

How Angry Emotions Mask Deeper Feelings

Parents are often concerned when children express angry or aggressive behavior. In this podcast exclusive I discuss how parents can recognize the deeper emotions driving the angry, aggressive behavior. Once you understand why kids default to anger, you will be able to...

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2 Main Parenting Goals You Should Be Working On In 2021

2 Main Parenting Goals You Should Be Working On In 2021

Are you setting goals or resolutions for the new year? If so, is one to create a better relationship with your kids? Or to parent in a kinder way? In this episode, I share two main goals for 2021 that can start you off on the right foot in how you interact with your...

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Do Your Kids Feel Loved By You? (How to Make Certain)

Do Your Kids Feel Loved By You? (How to Make Certain)

Are you loving your kids in the way that they feel love? You might be completely wasting your efforts in showing love to your kids, unless you are speaking their "language!" In this episode, I introduce you to the 5 Love Languages of Kids, so that you can know for...

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The Antidote to Guilt, Shame, and Blame as a Parent

The Antidote to Guilt, Shame, and Blame as a Parent

We know that kids don’t come with an instruction manual and parenting doesn’t have a road map. That often leaves us confused, defeated, frustrated, and ashamed of our failures. It doesn’t have to be that way! This episode highlights a question that I ask myself almost...

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How to Talk to Your Kid’s Teacher About Behavior Problems

How to Talk to Your Kid’s Teacher About Behavior Problems

Is your child's behavior at school creating stress and anxiety in your family? Do you fear daily reports from the teacher? Are you unsure how to handle what's going on when you talk to the teacher or staff? I've helped many families navigate this issue in my private...

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2 Tips for Parents Dealing with Their Child’s Anxiety

2 Tips for Parents Dealing with Their Child’s Anxiety

Have you ever felt helpless to handle your children’s anxiety and worries? Have you tried things that didn’t seem to help? Do you want nothing more than to see your kids happy and worry free? With the sharp increase in child anxiety levels this year, it’s important to...

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What are the Warning Signs of Anxiety in Children?

What are the Warning Signs of Anxiety in Children?

Do you wonder if some of your children’s behaviors are related to anxiety? Have you seen an increase in big emotions, worry, fear, or confusion? Is one of the unforeseen fallouts of 2020 that our kids are experiencing increased anxiety? If the phone calls to my office...

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Is Your Child a “Two Marshmallow Kid?”

Is Your Child a “Two Marshmallow Kid?”

Have you ever felt that your kids are too impulsive? Do they get out of control when they are overly excited? Are they quick to melt down when they don’t get their way? Does their behavior seem reckless sometimes? A good predictor of adult success is how well a child...

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Why your child should say “I’m angry”

Why your child should say “I’m angry”

You probably hate it when your child loses it when they get upset! But do you know what's going on in their brain when they have that reaction? In this episode, I explain the results from a study that reveals when a child says, "I'm angry," it decreases the emotional...

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Stop trying to reason and rationalize with your child!

Stop trying to reason and rationalize with your child!

Have you ever tried to explain to your child why something they did wasn't a good idea? We've all done it. But here's the problem... kids aren't rational until about 12 or 13, so you're wasting your time explaining things rationally to them. Kids are emotional and...

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Understanding your kid’s big emotions (anger, crying, etc.)

Understanding your kid’s big emotions (anger, crying, etc.)

One of the key practices in Play Therapy is figuring out the emotion behind the behavior. When you know what emotion is causing a child to act a certain way, you can then reflect that feeling back to them and often diffuse any behavior issues. In this episode, I...

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Say it in 10 words or less!

Say it in 10 words or less!

Kids under 13 do not have rational thought, yet parents try to rationalize with their kids during discipline. This is completely futile! Kids are emotional, so it’s more effective to meet them in their emotion, reflect their feeling, and if you impart some...

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Pediatricians should prescribe PLAY! (not meds)

Pediatricians should prescribe PLAY! (not meds)

In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna discusses how the American Academy of Pediatrics published their “best of” 2019 journal articles, and one of the studies explores prescribing PLAY to combat all the stress, busyness, and anxiety that kids are...

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“Be a thermostat, not a thermometer”

In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna shares a parenting tip from her private parent coaching class (Child Parent Relationship Therapy [CPRT]) "Be a thermostat, not a thermometer” is a metaphor that teaches you how to RESPOND to your kids, instead of...

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Today I Just Want To Encourage You

Today I Just Want To Encourage You

In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna just offers some encouragement during this time of unknown. As you adjust to this “new normal”, and with kids doing school from home, and you possibly working from home, hopefully, we can reflect on some good...

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The Truth about “Baker Acting” Kids

The Truth about “Baker Acting” Kids

In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna discusses the involuntary committing of minors (known as “Baker Acting” in Florida) to mental health facilities. Unfortunately, many parents are unaware of what this process looks like, and how traumatic of an...

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Say Goodbye to Power Struggles with your Kids

Say Goodbye to Power Struggles with your Kids

In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna discusses how the root of many, if not most, behavioral issues with kids is Power Struggles. Learn what causes the power struggles and how to eliminate them with your kids.Podcast Transcript Hi, I’m Dr Brenna...

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Why Reflecting Feelings Works (even on adults!)

Why Reflecting Feelings Works (even on adults!)

In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna shares a story of a Mom who has taken Brenna’s private parenting coaching, using the Reflecting Feelings skill. Normally, this Mom uses Reflecting Feelings on her 4 year old, but an opportunity came up to use it...

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The Consequence is Enough

The Consequence is Enough

In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna discusses three ways to prevent the "emotional investment" in our child's behavior from becoming a negative influence and undermining our disciplining effort.Podcast Transcript Hi, I’m Dr. Brenna Hicks, founder of...

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To a Child, Different is Bad

To a Child, Different is Bad

Sometimes it's easy to forget if a child has a developmental delay, when dealing with their behavior problems. In this episode, Dr. Brenna Hicks delves into the mindset of a child with developmental delays and how it affects their self-esteem and behavior. Dr. Brenna...

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Kids already know what they need to work on

Kids already know what they need to work on

"The very heart of play therapy lies in the belief that children innately understand what they struggle with, they just don't necessarily know how to fix it. And they will work on it through their play if they're given the time, the tools, and the opportunity." In...

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Let Your Kids “Play” Through Their Issues

Let Your Kids “Play” Through Their Issues

In this episode, Dr. Brenna shares an example from her play room to explain how children "play" through their issues. Whereas adults "talk" or "work" through their issues, children play through their issues and "re-write their story", so to speak. The take-away is to...

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The Goodness of Kids

The Goodness of Kids

In this video, Dr. Brenna comments on a situation that happened in the lobby of her practice where she overheard a Mom, maybe unknowingly, using a play therapy principle that communicated that the Mom trusted the child, knows that he will do what he's been asked to...

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Trends in Child Diagnoses

Trends in Child Diagnoses

From ADHD to Autism Spectrum to ODD, CD and Bi-Polar. Dr. Brenna talks about the trends she observes in her practice about childhood diagnoses. She believes that Play Therapy should at least be considered as a non-medication alternative to try before simply medicating...

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Get Your Kids Moving to Combat Diagnoses!

Get Your Kids Moving to Combat Diagnoses!

In this episode, Dr. Hicks talks about research revealing that a holistic approach, that aligns with Play Therapy, is effective in combating common child diagnoses. Before you accept a pediatrician's diagnosis, and medicate your kids, consider this simple, more...

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Stop Rewarding Negative Behaviors

Stop Rewarding Negative Behaviors

Many parents don't realize that the way they respond to their kids is actually REWARDING their NEGATIVE behavior! In this episode, Dr. Hicks explains what this looks like, and how to implement a play therapy technique to prevent rewarding negative behavior.Podcast...

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The Top 3 Most Preventable Behavior Problems

The Top 3 Most Preventable Behavior Problems

Dr. Brenna discusses the top 3, most easily preventable reasons kids display behavior problems. So before reacting, mentally go through this list to see if you can quickly eliminate the cause for these top 3 reasons children misbehave.Podcast Transcript Hi, I’m Dr....

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The “Magic” of Play Therapy

The “Magic” of Play Therapy

Sometimes, Play Therapy is described as "Magical" because people don't know why it works so well, it just does. In this episode, Dr. Brenna explains how play therapy works by telling a story of one of her clients who worked through his issues through play. He did it...

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#Badmom

#Badmom

An episode that I had to record as a result of a simple bumper sticker on a car in front of me… and it is now my personal mission to make every parent claim positive and encouraging traits about themselves! Listen all the way to the end so that you can be empowered to...

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How To Increase Your Emotional Vocabulary

How To Increase Your Emotional Vocabulary

The more you understand the "wheel" of emotions, the more you can help your child communicate what they are feeling accurately. In this episode, Dr. Brenna Hicks introduces you to Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions, and the theory of how it all fits together. You can use...

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The Importance of Learning to “BE” With Your Kid

The Importance of Learning to “BE” With Your Kid

In this episode of the Play Therapy Podcast, Dr. Hicks explains why sometimes it's okay to simply "be" with your kid. You don't need to solve, explain away, or distract them from their current issue. Brenna gives several examples from her office, and from other Moms,...

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The Four “Pillars” of Play Therapy

The Four “Pillars” of Play Therapy

The four "Pillars" of Play Therapy are the foundational skills that Play Therapy is built on. Dr. Brenna Hicks gives an overview and examples for each of these skills. This podcast is foundational training for any parent looking to add Play Therapy skills to their...

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All Feelings Are Valid

All Feelings Are Valid

In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting Podcast, Dr. Brenna Hicks talks about the play therapy skill, reflecting feelings, and why it's okay for parents to simply reflect a child's feeling back to them, and then stop! We tend to want to solve problems for our kids,...

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