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  • The Kids Were Crabby – A True Story

    Kids playing in the pool

    Image credit: Jimmy Smith

    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 I am prepared to help everyone find ways to navigate the incredibly complicated journey of family life -in their living rooms as well as in their yards .


    Once I asked a Dad what family peace would mean for him, and his quick reply was, “The absence of blood.”  We had a good laugh about that one, but he was speaking the truth!


    As I parked my car in the driveway of the frantic family of phone message fame I heard the sound of laughter coming from their yard!  Then I was SPLASHED, and realized that the kids were playing with water that originated from the pool.  I laughed AND RAN BACK TO THE CAR TO GRAB MY UMBRELLA.  Our ‘work’ had begun!


    Actually, Mom had taken matters into her own hands after the frantic call.  She had pushed the re-set button by turning the sad scene into a silly one.  Brilliant mom.  Happy kids.  Having fun together did the trick. Poof!


    Turning around trouble can be powered by something as simple as silliness.  Sounds like a plan to me!

    Contact Jean for consultation options at: jeanhamburg@comcast.net __1-877-813-0004

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