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New blog with @childrens!🎈Short, sweet, and to the point.

“The new normal: How to holiday after separation.”
🌲🎁❄️🎅🏽

Below is an excerpt. Read the full blog at bit.ly/2QxEwOh (link in bio)!

“Direct communication between parents is best. If this cannot be done, then a mediator can be utilized, as long as that mediator is never your child. For instance, parents should refrain from saying to their child, “Tell your father…” or “Tell your mother…” because this instantly puts the child in place as mediator.”
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It’s not so much the bad stuff that happens in life that affects us, but how we interpret and respond to the bad stuff that matters. Two people can have the same negative experience, and one could become impaired by it and the other could grow from it. The longer you live, the more bad stuff (and more good stuff!) will happen in your life. May we respond well.
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I find myself saying this a lot in session at work with my teens. It’s true. There’s nothing wrong with crying unless it interferes with our day-to-day functioning. Tears give expression to our broken hearts. And tears have power to heal. Sometimes we just need a good cry.





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Occasionally, I will be posting my responses as professional contributor to the “Asking for a Friend” Bae Column, a relationship advice column for teens developed by @ntarupt. ❤️

Sooo, how can you be friends with someone who treats you like his girlfriend? First, we need to understand what it means for someone to be treated “like his girlfriend.” 👫

Then... “Just because he gives you a gift or asks you to dinner does not mean you are obligated to say yes, do the same in return, or be more than just friends. And you are not obligated to explain your reasoning. Learn to say no without feeling you the need to explain yourself.”

Read more at bit.ly/2L9fuiy (link in bio)!





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I love presenting and teaching! Everyone at @texashealth was super kind. I am so grateful to work at @childrens & @utswnews, two amazing hospitals that not only allow me to present whenever asked, but also encourage me to do so!

If you love teaching, what do you most enjoy teaching?
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What do you spend most of your time thinking about? All the negative in the world? All the good in the world? Are you a good steward of the thoughts that pop into your mind?
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How we manage them, responsibly by modifying them to be healthy or dwelling on them until they lead us to regretful decision-making and emotional pain, determines our overall emotional and mental health. Steward them well. .
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Love private practice for the scheduling flexibility! Closed Thursday for Thanksgiving? No problem! Come on in for a Sunday sesh. Coffee made with love helps start the day.


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New blog with @childrens! Now that Thanksgiving Day is complete, many are turning their focus to Christmas, which now often includes Elf on the Shelf. I actually wrote this blog four years ago when Elf on the Shelf was a hot topic, and the content of the blog still stands.
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“Elf on the Shelf: Christmas friend or foe?” Below is an excerpt. Read the full blog at
bit.ly/2PM70Dk (link in bio)!
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“What is most important, then, is for families to determine if the Elf on the Shelf is congruent with their own family values and/or religious faith. Parents who yearn to share with their children the magic and creativity of the Elf on the Shelf but do not want to lie to them about it, even if culturally acceptable in this case, can tell them the truth about the Elf and join with them in ‘pretending’ it comes to life each night.
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Doing so can still foster their imagination while drawing a clear distinction between what the family views as imagination and what it views as truth. But choosing not to tell them the full truth about the Elf on the Shelf is still probably okay, too.”
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If gratitude opens the door for thanksgiving, anger slams it shut. Try being angry and grateful at the same time. Likely impossible to do. This Thanksgiving, may we let go of anger and entitlement and make room for gratitude and love.
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Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍁🍽
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When you get invited to be a professional contributor to a relationship advice column for teens, you don’t turn it down. Thank you, @ntarupt!
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Soooo, how do you break up with a guy or girl?
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“It’s OK if they become sad. Breakups are hard, but sometimes necessary. However, if they try to convince you to stay in the relationship by making you feel guilty for the breakup, you don’t have to change your mind. Own the decision to break up; don’t let the other person make you feel guilty. You are not responsible for their emotions or actions.”
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Read more at bit.ly/2QYXSYB (link in bio)!
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In light of Thanksgiving this week, this is a great quote from my psychologist colleague at @childrens, Dr. Celia Heppner. It’s also hard to feel angry when we’re full of gratitude, so my quote is similar: “Gratitude is what’s left when we let go of entitlement and anger.”
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Look who I ran into last night when getting dinner at @cornerbakery! It’s Santa Larry! I thought he looked like Santa but didn’t know if I should say anything until a bunch of other people recognized him. He’s usually at the Mall of America @mallofamerica in Minnesota this time of year, but he stopped by Texas to refuel. Happy to report I got my picture taken with Santa this year! 🎅🏽⛄️❄️🎁❤️🌲
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“How can you build some positive struggle into your world? Try to figure out if there are some new things you can try that will stretch you. Build the kind of life you want to have.” .
Some wise words from my psychologist friend and colleague, Dr. Jenny Hughes!
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Honored to work at a place where the true superheroes are the kids who choose to face their fears, their pain and physical discomfort, and their most difficult emotions in order to heal - physically and emotionally. They are the inspirers and the difference makers in our world now and in the future. @childrens .
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New blog with @childrens! It’s daylight savings this weekend, right around the time we see an increase in major depressive disorder with a seasonal pattern: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
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“...Parents can start by encouraging their children to play outside during daylight hours. Physical activity and exercise outdoors during the day might be enough to improve symptoms. When this does not seem to work, parents should consider the following treatments...”
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Learn all about SAD in my blog at bit.ly/2DezZca (link 🔗 in ➡️ bio)!
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The longer we live, the greater likelihood we will experience negative events and bad things. A lot of people wonder what they did to “deserve” those bad things that happen to them, as if life is about deserving good or bad. How we interpret events is more important than the events themselves. Life is more about integrating the bad with the good and creating a meaningful life of our own choosing.
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Loved presenting on “Hollywood, Mental Health, & Suicide” at our Advanced Practice Professional Leadership & Educational series at @childrens. I was able to take a screenshot of the video live-streaming to our north campus. As you can tell, I really enjoy teaching and presenting! @utswnews .
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I know Season 2 premiere of 13 Reasons Why is long past by now, but the buzz will return in the spring for Season 3. How should parents and healthcare providers respond to their teens now and in the future when it next premieres? I wrote a fairly balanced article for the Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas newsletter and it just came out! Swipe left to read!
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“Treating Adolescent Patients in an Age of 13 Reasons Why”

@childrens + @utswnews + @utswmed + @utswstudents + @utswclinicalpsychology .
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Your friendship is a gift, not an obligation. You reserve the right to call anyone you want a “friend,” and you don’t owe anyone your friendship. On the flip side, no one owes you their friendship either. Gifts cannot be demanded, earned, or owed. They are freely given and freely received. So are our friendships. May you live your life in such a way that others want to freely give you their friendship; may you freely receive those friendships; and may you freely choose to whom you extend your own friendship.
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Context is important here. With the exception of legitimate threat (e.g., violence, compromised safety), there is little to no room for the word “manipulation” in child psychology. This is likely a challenging, or maybe even provocative, post for both parents and mental health professionals that use this word in describing their child or clients/patients. However, there are at least 5 reasons I argue against using this word:
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(1) If someone were to call you “manipulative,” how would you feel?
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(2) The word “manipulative” as applied to a person’s behavior is inherently pejorative.
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(3) We cannot infer the intent of anyone’s behavior. Doing so is simply speculation.
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(4) Few children are sophisticated enough to “manipulate” others.
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(5) Most importantly, basic principles of behavioral psychology do not allow for manipulation. Example: A child accompanies their parent to the grocery store and sees a candy bar in the checkout lane. The child asks their parent for it and the parent says no. The child throws a fit in public, and in embarrassment, the parent gives in and buys it for them in order to quiet them. Next week, same thing happens. One might say the child “manipulated” their parent into buying the candy bar. Behavioral psychology says the child was inadvertently “reinforced” by their parent for throwing the tantrum. This is called Operant Conditioning, not manipulation. May we all be challenged to better conceptualize a child’s behavior from a more empathic and psychologically sound understanding and move away from calling people manipulative.
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Lots of hate going around without people realizing they’re hating. But there’s lots of love going around, too. May we see others through loving eyes and be intentional with our words and actions on social media and in person.
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Super grateful for the good fortune and ability to travel for vacation. Didn’t have much of that as a child, so I grew to appreciate these kinds of blessings that some people more easily take for granted and that some people may never have the chance to experience.
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Manadala terapiya 🌈 Mandala hazırda geniş tetbiq olunan terapiya yöntemlerinden biridir. Renglerin ahengini özünde birleşdiren bu terapiya növü bir çox narahatçılıqların korreksiyasında geniş tetbiq oluna biler. Mandalanın uşaqların üçün esas faydaları aşağıdakılardır: 1. Diqqetin davamlılığını artırır 2. Sebirli olmağa yardımcı olur 3. Stressi azaldır, aktiv işlerden sonra yorğunluğu aradan qaldırır 4. Estetik zövqü artırır , özgüveni artırır 5. Uşaqların duyğularını xarice vurmasına ve belelikle rahatlamasına yardımcı olur ve s. Tetbiq etme şekli: • Boyanacaq mandala uşağın yaşına uyğun olaraq seçilmeli • Sade şekillerden boyanmağa başlanmalı. •Sakit bir musiqi qoyularaq boyamağa başlanmalı • Boyama sırası , ardıcılığı uşağa izah edilmeli #psikoloji #childpsychologist #teenpsychologist #denizumarova


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It’s natural for parents to want to fix everything to make it better. Ironically, sometimes the “fixing” happens not when we’re problem-solving but when we’re actively listening: Listening to understand, asking relevant questions, empathizing, and validating. Not giving advice.
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Read more in my collaboration with @popsugar at bit.ly/2N4IFTb (Link in bio).
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Loved collaborating with @warriorboymama & @popsugar on this article! @childrens @utswnews Link 🔗 in bio ➡️ bit.ly/2N4IFTb
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Here’s an excerpt: “While you don't want your children to stay sad or continue to hurt, it's necessary to validate pain and sadness just as much as we validate happiness and success. ‘Rescuing them by immediately trying to cheer them up is rarely the best thing to do,’ Dr. Westers explained. “The best way to cheer up a sad child is to help them work through their sadness. And when you tell your child that it's OK to be sad or angry, it gives them a platform to open up to you and work through whatever is bothering them.”
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Well, there are obviously moments in which kids do intentionally try to annoy, but in the grand scheme of things, we all want to make our parents proud. Children and adolescents genuinely desire to please their parents. And when they can’t, they often live the rest of their lives trying to prove why they deserved their parents’ approval to begin with. So the next time your child or teen does something dumb or annoying, remember that they know when you’re disappointed in them. Provide consequences, yes. But provide love and reassurance amidst those consequences (e.g., say “I love you”).
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Reputations take a lifetime to build, but they can be destroyed in seconds. Live a life this world needs to see. Dr. Smith was my professor in college and ended every class lecture by reminding us, "Five seconds of indiscretion can ruin a lifetime of testimony." Thank you, Dr. Smith.
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