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Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 24, 2012
QUESTION: My child was recently diagnosed with OCD. I am trying to support her and love her very much but am struggling to understanding why everything is so difficult for her. It is emotionally exhausting to see how anxious she gets about small things such as her routine changing, her stuff not in order, etc. I am at the point where it is easier for me to just do what she asks of me instead of ...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 12, 2012
Looking at the proud, beaming smile on little Alexandra's face almost makes me forget about all of the whining, tears and drama that built up to this moment. It was the last day of camp and Alexandra received a "Most Valuable Camper" trophy from her summer camp (as did every other child who attended the camp...luckily this statistical impossibility does not phase her five year old...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 4, 2012
I often update my blog with the trials and tribulations of parenting. What I fail to mention, but what I know is a given, for all of my parent readers, is the joy and sheer delight that I obtain from hanging out with my magnificent, delightful and utterly delicious little children. I can eat them up. They are so funny, so interesting and interested, so in love with their mommy...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jul 26, 2012
Have you ever wished you had a remote control for your child? Imagine, at your finger tips, the ability to fast forward past temper tantrums, rewind the sweet moments, mute the "nails on chalk board" whining. Well, I have yet to stumble upon a full functioning remote control for children but there is a tool out there, which offers some of these benefits. I use the pause and on/off but...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jul 23, 2012
Today has been a loooooonnnnnggggg day, filled with parental ups and downs, with more downs than ups. The downs: Alexandra crying for mommy at camp drop off Alexandra getting frustrated when she could not tie my hair in pig tails (which, combined with the glossy pink lipstick she globbed on my lips, was quite a glamorous look) Alexandra getting frustrated when her little...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jul 22, 2012
It is amazing how teeny tiny environmental shifts can create mammoth behavioral changes. As a mom and as a pychologist (momchologist), I try to look for small entry points to reduce problematic behaviors while encouraging new, more effective behaviors. For my site visitors who read my 7/17 blog http://lightonanxiety.com/node/32677, todays update serves as part 2 of that entry. After writi...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jul 17, 2012
Ugh...Where to begin with the morning play back? Why oh why is it so hard to get out the door and to camp on time? This is obviously rhetorical, as there are 8 billions obstacles getting in the way of this goal. There are the poorly timed philosophical inquiries, such as when my inquisitive little 4 year old asked me what would be worse, if he had to go to jail or if he went to the hospital, as I ...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jul 8, 2012
They say necessity is the mother of invention but I think motherhood is the mother of invention. What else could inspire the creation of a napkin "captain america"? But when little Asher was entering melt down mode and starting complaining that he needs his captain america, in the middle of dinner at a crowded restaurant, I immediately tranformed into a Mommy Maguiver. All I nee...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jul 7, 2012
Ahhhhhhh......words do not do justice to the feeling of relief and peace that I am currently experiencing. You may be wondering what could provide a busy mom/psychologist ( Momchologist? ) with this deep sense of satisfaction. Did I win the lottery? Am I on a relaxing, luxurious vacation? Nope and nope. Nothing quite that monumental, allthough it truly feels that way. What is currently unfoldin...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jun 28, 2012
No one says it is easy to be a parent and it is alll the more challenging to raise an anxious child. As a mother of an anxious child, the irony of being an anxiety expert raising an anxious little girl does not escape me. For example, this morning was the tenth day of a new camp. I woke up, took a deep breath and prepared myself to hear a chorus of " I don't want to go to camp, I...