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  • Tips for Helping Kids Handle Their Emotions

    Like all human beings, children are ruled by their emotional right brain and their logical left brain. Helping children to understand and integrate both sides of their brain equips them with an invaluable tool that enables them to lead a more balanced, emotionally stable, and mentally healthy life.

  • How To Bully Proof Your Children by Building Their Resilience

    The primary step in helping our children persevere when being bullied or facing other sources of trauma is equipping them with a solid foundation of emotional resilience by ensuring that they feel accepted at home.

  • Five Things You Don’t Expect When You’re Expecting: How Parenthood Impacts Your Mental Health

    One of the worst parts of going through the roller coaster ride of having a child is the feeling that so many parents have that they are unique in their struggles and unlike all other parents. Too often, new parents feel alone in their lows, and therefore, unworthy of their highs. By recognizing that certain struggles are, in fact, shared by most parents, we can allow ourselves to be more curious, introspective, and compassionate toward ourselves, as we face the challenges that come with parenting.

  • How to be a good parent: It’s all about you!

    Research has shown that the one thing a person can do to be a better parent is to focus on developing him or herself.

The truth is there are many methods of raising children that are perfectly healthy. Yet, as parents, there is one thing that will impact our children above all else, and that is how we feel within ourselves. How we parent is based, not only on the conditions of our own childhood, but on how we adapted to these conditions. We may resolve to be different or do better with our own kids, then find ourselves falling into the exact same patterns that hurt us. Alternately, we may try to compensate for our parents’ mistakes and wind up treating our kids in ways that are misattuned or unreflective of our true nature. In order to be the best parents we can be, we have to be in touch with the struggles we face within ourselves. Here you can learn helpful tools and advice on how to develop yourself to become a better parent.

The Problem with Overpraising Children

Research has shown that there are positive effects of praising children, but it depends on what kind of praise we’re dishing out. A recent Stanford study of toddlers showed that “praising effort, not talent, leads to greater motivation and more positive attitudes ...

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How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

A Webinar with Dr. Lisa Firestone – As parents, we pay attention to our children’s physical wellness, never missing a symptom or a check-up. However, how attuned are we to the emotional health of our children? How well do our children ...

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Hunger Versus Love

Subtitle: A Perspective on Parent-Child Relations. In this program, Dr. Robert Firestone clarifies the distinction between parental behavior that leads to an anxious attachment in children and behavior that promotes a secure attachment. Participants in a parenting discussion group explore ...

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Invisible Child Abuse

A compelling program that sheds light on patterns of emotional child abuse that have been largely neglected in our focus on physical and sexual abuse. Throughout the program, the participants reveal that despite their successes, they continue to treat themselves ...

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Parental Ambivalence

Parents are people who exist in a state of conflict between fulfilling themselves as unique individuals on the one hand, and limiting their lives on the other. Because mothers and fathers have both positive and negative feelings toward themselves, they ...

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Teaching Our Children About Feelings

This film features a lively discussion between several young teenagers, ages 13-14, and Dr. Robert Firestone about the importance of being in touch with one’s feelings and developing the ability to communicate feelings to others, including one’s competitive feelings. This ...

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The Implicit Pain of Sensitive Child-Rearing

This film examines the reasons why many parents find it difficult to sustain loving relationships with, and offer nurturance to, their children. One reason is that when parents treat their children sensitively and in ways that are different from how ...

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The Inner Voice in Child Abuse

A powerful examination of the vital link that is primarily responsible for the repetition of both physical and emotional child abuse from one generation to the next. This program contains personal revelations concerning the core issues involved in the mistreatment ...

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The Ethics of Interpersonal Relationships

by Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D. Joyce Catlett, M.A. Forward by Jon Carson PsyD, Ed, ABPP. This work is an attempt to explain the source of destructive behavior and how it manifests itself in personal relationships between couples, families and in ...

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The Fantasy Bond

by Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D. Foreword by R.D. Laing, M.D. Based on 28 years of research into the problem of resistance, this book offers a consistently developed set of hypotheses centering around the concept of the “fantasy bond,” an illusion ...

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