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    By Jean Hamburg, LICSW Philip is my 10 year old gray and white skinny cat. He is a lovely cat, but he is the fussiest eater with two or four legs that I have ever met in my entire life! The vet says he must gain weight. I have shared this information with Fussy Philip, […]

    By Jean Hamburg LICSW “Emergency!   We’re in crisis!”  was the message on my service from a frantic mom.  “The kids are out of control, and I have no idea what to do, but I wanted to give you a heads up before our meeting today.”   My work as an in-home family therapist means that […]


    March 16th, 2016

    By Jean Hamburg, LICSW It’s a known fact that kids can be masters at keeping adults off guard by setting traps. “YOU CAN’T MAKE ME!” “WHO CARES?” “WHATEVER!” “I HATE YOU!” “I’M NOT DOING ANYTHING YOU SAY!” SILENCE. SCREAMING, SLAMMING DOORS, RUDE TALK, THE LOOKS! AND MUCH MORE—IN PUBLIC! It’s easy to respond to these […]

      By Jean Hamburg, LICSW   In every parent world lurks the possibility of the Dreaded Meltdown.  These always uncomfortable scenes happen under the best or worst of circumstances.  They can be predicted or come as a complete surprise.  Meltdowns show no favoritism regarding age, temperament or location so here are some tips to not […]

    By Jean Hamburg, LICSW Although it is tempting to send the kids to time out if one is at home, or just leave when one is in public, other methods can be considered. Time-out means many things to many people including: “I’ve had it.” “Take some space and think about it.”’ “Let me know when […]

    Turning Around Trouble

    September 18th, 2015

    By Jean Hamburg, LICSW All parents have been there. Kids of all ages just won’t cooperate. Caring parents buy multiple parenting books, and read them! Groups are researched, and attended. Book clubs spring up in order to put experienced parental heads together for solutions to problems in the dreaded category of TROUBLE.   It is […]

    By Jean Hamburg, LICSW Kids of all ages can get pretty determined when they don’t get what they want, and all kinds of trouble can emerge in the blink of an eye. The Basen kids, ages four to fifteen, all loved bologna and inhaled incredible amounts of it. Their Mom couldn’t imagine it being nutritious, […]

    By Jean Hamburg, LICSW This is a classic parental lament.   Kids tend to hear perfectly well when it’s time to get ice cream, but when it’s time to get out of the pool they suddenly become deaf.   The problem can be incredibly complicated. The solution can be simple if adults are armed with […]

    About Accountability

    June 16th, 2015

    By Jean Hamburg, LICSW Accountability is a fact of life, but in parenting land the concept turns out to be a complicated one. Just for starters, there is the age factor. Accountability for a 2 year old is very different than for a 17 year old, and that includes all of the ages in between. […]

    By Jean Hamburg, LICSW In Parenting Land, things don’t always turn out the way we would like.  Adjusting our expectations can be challenging, but extremely useful.  Recently, I received the following comments from a Mom who describes this beautifully. “My best story to share is one that I may normally have been very upset by, […]

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