How to Build Up a Child’s Self-Esteem

"Wow! Great job!" I told my 3 year old son the first time he drew a stick person. He was very excited to show me his drawing and I was genuinely proud of him. I immediately took a picture because I wanted to capture his precious drawing and have it forever. I could tell how [...]

Teens Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is something we all do. It's especially popular with teens and young adults. Everywhere I go I see people on their phones typing away. While texting is convenient and a nice way to keep in touch it can consume much of our time and be distracting. I don't have a teenager yet [...]

Good manners set the stage for a good life

It might sound crazy but it's true, good manners will take you farther in life than those without them. Unfortunately, with generation gaps those manners are not being taught in the home well enough to be remembered and respected by most children. And it starts with the same behavior that the parents themselves exhibit. When [...]

It’$ My Money – A guided journal to help you manage your finances

A Guided Journal to Help You Manage Your Finances is the first in a series of journals dedicated to financial literacy and money management. It’$ My Money is designed to enrich teenagers with simple but smart financial information while providing inspiring quotes and guided questions. Financial scholars will be able to explore topics and increase [...]

Adoption Costs and Fees

Perhaps the most common questions regarding adoption are related to the expenses. Many families fear being unable to afford the fees for medical service, legal representation and other general costs. Understanding the expenses is critical when making the choice to adopt. This is what can be expected:   Cost for Birth Mother   A pregnant woman who [...]

The Birth Mother Stereotype

There exists in the United States a certain stigma regarding the women who give up a child for adoption. The stereotype has two general forms. The first birth mother concept is that of the teen mom. She is young, immature and unsophisticated, likely not even a senior in high school.   The second birth mother [...]

Closed and Open Adoption and the Reality In-between

There are several issues that must be decided in every adoption and the determination between a closed or open adoption merits a high priority for the individuals involved. In adoption terminology, openness refers to the degree of contact and information exchanged between the birth and adoptive parents.   While there is a tendency to label [...]

The Election’s Effect on Children and Adolescents

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvAq80hGKLQ   Dan Weiner, MA LPC received his Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford in 1995 and has provided psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, parents, families, and adults for the last 20 years. During the first several years of his career, Dan provided therapy for children experiencing severe mental health conditions in [...]