Parent Tip Tuesday: My Top 5 Favorite Home Schooling Activities

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I have a few friends who are former teachers and are now amazing stay-at-home moms, who have decided to home school their children. Just thinking about how awesome teaching is and seeing all those little light bulbs spark each day; and then to think about the same thing happening with your very own children, I can only imagine the joy these friends must feel. These amazing stay-at-home moms are my inspiration for today’s post.  Continue reading →

Protein Pancake Variations

As I mentioned previously, I’ve been working on a healthy mind and body this summer. As part of this, I joined the Tone it Up Community and have been loving all the added support.

On top of encouraging members and awesome workouts, Tone it Up has the absolute best healthy pancake recipe. I have made a zillion combinations and variations of these pancakes. They aren’t even sinful! I thought I would share my two favorite variations today.

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Parent Tip Tuesday: How to Play with Your Child

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There is no hiding my passion for play. I’ve written in the past about how important free, child-directed play is in the development of children. As a counselor, I have been trained in many play therapy techniques. I’ve read the literature, I’ve gone to the classes, I’ve watched the videos, I have spent the past 9 years preparing myself to play with children in such a way that promotes their development socially and emotional. Continue reading →

Listening with the Heart

There is chart, after chart, after chart of information regarding which gains or milestones a child must hit in their development. Most parents and schools are concerned with cognitive and physical development. Can my kid read when he’s suppose to? Was he an early walker?

There is no doubt that hitting milestones in cognitive development is important, but focusing only on this aspect isn’t looking at the big picture of development. What about play development? Social and emotional development?

As school counselors and play therapists, our whole profession is focused on developing these critical areas of child development. The most overlooked part of a developing child is their ability to play and their ability to relate. I say it all the time, but I’ll say it again. Despite our best efforts, children will not learn how to play or how to relate if you don’t teach them!

A HUGE developmental milestone for school-aged children is the development of empathy.

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Introducing Parent Tip Tuesdays!

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I originally started this blog for school counselors. As I evolved and fell more and more in love with play therapy, I extended my knowledge to include play therapy activities and ideas for school counselor and clinical counselor use. Then, I hit my 3rd year as a counselor and I started feeling the burnout. I was tired all the time, I was dragging my student worries home. I would think about my students all night, often dreaming about what I “should have done.” That’s when I decided to focus a third of the blog to counselor self-care. Continue reading →

How to Subscribe to The Counselor Stop by E-mail

Happy Monday everyone! A while back I talked about how there was a new look and name coming for counseloretc. Well, that time has arrived!

I have officially transitioned from this site, to my own site, The Counselor Stop. This site should directly forward on to The Counselor Stop, but I know there have been some hiccups along the way. I would hate for you to miss out on the new-age of counseloretc., my posts, articles, tips, tricks, advice, etc.

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Your Outlook on Life

We’ve all heard the saying, “Seeing the world through rose colored glasses.” Little do we know, children are looking at their world through all sorts of different colored lenses.

During a lesson with my 2nd graders, we discussed how certain feelings will make us see things differently. They will make us look at the world, the problem, the situation, and our friends differently. The lesson helped us recognize these lenses and how we can fix our lenses to see things clearly.

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Emotional Needs of Boys

Three weeks ago today, I was asked to speak at my school’s Benefactor Dinner. They asked that I speak about how my program addresses the emotional needs of boys. I was about one second away from declining due to my fear of speaking in front of more than 1 person . . . an introvert’s nightmare. Give me 100 children, I’ll sing and dance for you, but a room full of adults, the most influential adults in our school community? Ya I’d turn that down, sweat through 15 shirts, and nearly have a panic attack . . . instead I said yes . . . sweat through 2 shirts, nearly had a panic attack, and settled for a glass of wine to cool my nerves instead. Continue reading →