This is What a Great Relationship with Your Kid Looks Like


Every cute viral video recently involves an adorable child referencing some recent pop culture trend. Most of the time it involves some wicked great dance moves that most grown adults wish they could pull off.  Two months ago a pregnant woman named Lindsey Jones, posted a Youtube video of her and her daughter Jaylan doing […]

Helping Your Child with ADHD Transition Back to School:

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Summer is officially over and so are the days of trips to Carowinds, Discovery Place, and the swim club. Sending the kids back to school can be one of the most bittersweet times of year for parents, especially those with children who have ADHD. Part of you screams, “Yes! I finally get some respite from […]

Understanding Grief & Loss in Adoption


Understanding Grief & Loss in Adoption  Are You Feeling… Loss, Frustrated, Anxious , Sad, Angry, Jealousy, Denial, Shame, Relationship Stress, Lack of Control? The experience of adoption is often bitter sweet. Adoption can be a new baby for the adoptive parents, a new family for the adoptee and the solution to the crisis of an […]

Free Addiction, Parenting Workshops in Grand Rapids

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Join Us for Two Free Workshops! Thriveworks Counseling in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be hosting two free workshops in August 2015 — one on parenting and the other on addiction. Both workshops will be held at our office, located at 4079 Park East Court SE, Suite C. Directions: Take the Cascade Exit (40A) and turn […]

Role Models: What Happens When the Good Go Bad?


My 15 year old daughter, has had three role models in her life: Hannah Montana, Taylor Swift and, now, Lana Del Ray. I say “Hannah Montana” (and not Miley Cyrus) because this was when she was a sweet actress/singer who played a double role similar to the role played by Patty Duke in The Patty […]

Meet Thriveworks Counselor Kate Elenbaas, in Grand Rapids, MI

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TRANSCRIPT: My name is Kate Elenbaas, I’m a new therapist here at Thriveworks Counseling and Coaching here in Grand Rapids. I’m very excited to be a part of th te team here. I got my LMSW from Western Michigan University, and I’m also a certified, advanced addiction drug counselor here in town as well. Like […]

Interview on Parenting an Oldest Child

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Q&A on Firstborn Parenting 1. What are some typical behaviors of the oldest child? Oftentimes, oldest children tend to be driven and ambitious. In addition, they can have a strong sense of responsibility, along with a healthy amount of self-confidence. 2. How does an oldest child tend to interact with siblings? When interacting with siblings, […]

Raising Confident Daughters in a Princess Culture

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The Princess Culture Effect As the parent of two girls, I have had my share of princess things in my house. The movies, the dress- up clothes, the dolls, the books, the shoes, pink, pink and more pink, plus countless things with glitter! I was faced with the challenge of raising well-rounded, confident, kind and […]

5 Tips for Teaching Children Tolerance

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Tolerance is a Learned Practice 1. Model inclusive behavior. Until age 7, what kids hear and see from their caretakers is more important to children than what they personally experience. Be careful with your words, even with seemingly innocent jokes or stereotypical references. Let your children see you interact positively with people from a variety […]

Raising a Respectful Child — Whose Responsibility is It? (3 Tips)

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The Three Most Important Things You Need To Know 1. Start Young — Don’t Underestimate Your Child Raising a child in an environment that consistently models respectful communication is essential. From the moment you bring your precious cherub home from the hospital, it is important to continue to practice and/or to introduce respectful standards of […]

Austin Mom Shares 4 Tips for Raising an ADHD Child

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My 15 year old son has ADHD. We’ve known this since he was about 4 years old. From daycare through middle school I have received a steady stream of “naughty boy” reports from his backpack. Here are some excerpts (Daycare “Incident Report”): — “We were doing a group activity; reading and acting out an action […]

Shades of Blue: Here are 10 Types of Depression

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About Depression Simply defined, depression means feeling depressed. It’s a feeling, not a limiting character trait (although it can CERTAINLY feel like the latter). It can wear the face of Sylvia Plath or Kurt Cobain — the brilliant artist going out in a blaze of self-destruction. Depression can also be the 6th grade bully who’s […]

Michigan Parents — Want well behaved, respectful, happy and loving kids?

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Thriveworks Birmingham Counseling Can Help Boost Your Parenting Chops Parenting the Love and Logic Way Classes Begin January 7 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Designed by the Love and Logic institute and taught by licensed psychotherapists, Parenting the Love and Logic Way is a course designed to give Michigan parents like you the practical skills that […]

7 Strategies for Less Stress This Holiday Season

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Find Calm Amid Holiday Chaos The Holiday Season is a time for good cheer and merriment! Or is it? For many, the mention of Hanukkah, Christmas, or New Year’s brings as many winces as it does smiles. The fact is, the holiday season can be as much a burden as it is a celebration—and the […]

5 Steps for Effective Communication in Your Relationships


TRANSCRIPT: Hi. I’m Twilynn Jourdain, a licensed psychotherapist here at Thriveworks, and I’d like to speak with you about effective communication in relationships. We all know how important relationships are, and the key to having strong, positive relationships is our ability to communicate effectively our feelings, our thoughts and our needs. So I’d like to […]

5 Methods for Building a Positive Emotional Connection with Your Kids


TRANSCRIPT: Hi, I’m Lisa Shankman, a therapist here at Thriveworks. As a parent and therapist that’s worked with many families, I’ve found one of the most important things for families is building a really positive emotional connection. I’ve identified a few different things that really help facilitate that connection, especially between parents and children, and […]

Understanding Independent Mental Health Evaluations

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As part of a wider series, we will be discussing different elements of counseling and coaching practices. Michael Pilcher, owner of Thriveworks Knoxville and Thriveworks Bristol Counseling and Coaching, talks about the kind of work he does as a professional counselor, and, specifically, independent mental health evaluations and navigation of the civil and family law […]

The Sunnie Kahle Story


Lynchburg, VA Counselor’s thoughts on Timberlake Christian School and Sunnie Kahle Story By all appearances Sunnie Kahle seems to be a wonderful, well-rounded, and well adjusted child. She has received straight A’s at Timberlake Christian School. The administration at Timberlake Christian School may need a lesson in human development. An 8-year-old child hasn’t hit puberty […]

The Phenomenon Behind Childhood Obesity Isn’t What You Think


It’s hard to deny that we are in the middle of an epidemic. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, and in 2010, 1 in 3 children (including adolescents) were overweight or obese. Moves have been made to curtail this phenomenon, but what is it that politicians and parents are missing? The answer is a culprit.

The Mystery and Energy Behind Every Touch


Do you and your loved ones need to keep in touch? We don’t like to be touched. You’ve probably heard the term “personal space” and “bubble” being thrown around by friends and strangers. At the same time, we’re all obsessed with the energy of touch, even if we don’t realize it. Affection, for one thing, […]

How to Monitor Your Child’s Internet Safety and Prevent Cyberbullying (With Pictures!)

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No parent wants to be the un-fun parent. But sometimes, being un-fun means that you are being protective. Unsupervised children online, like in life, have a greater likelihood to experiment with risky behaviors. The hard reality for parents is that supervising your kids’ online activities can be extremely difficult, not to mention tricky. It was […]

3 Steps to Making Your Child Bully-Proof


What are ways to help kids become bully-proof during childhood? Bullying isn’t going anywhere in the foreseeable future. It’s an unpleasant reality that almost every single one of us has faced and will face at every age, but children are especially vulnerable. Helping a child cope with bullies can be a very tricky and delicate […]

Who Else Wants to Survive The Holidays? 2 Tips You Need to Know


Tis the Season. Turkeys and Holly, family and friends, Chaos and Loudness continues; no ends. Excitement and running and joy and play, Can make for an OVERWHELMING day! I realize I will not be getting a prize anytime soon for my poetry writing skills! It’s just a fun way to introduce the dichotomy of the […]

5 Rules for Managing Video Games In Your Household

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Let’s face it- video games are here to stay. With the next generation of consoles about to come out, it’s a great time to review a few ways to make gaming a positive addition to your family, rather than a negative one.  1. No gaming before bed. This includes the adults, too. Research shows that […]

Your Kids are on Social Media, Whether You Like it or Not


When we think about kids and social media, our minds sometimes go to Facebook almost instantly. I’ve talked to a lot of parents in recent years who consider Facebook to be the face of social media, so their strategy for regulating it for their kids usually hinges on whether or not the child has a […]

Violence in our School Systems


The New Reality for School I love the beginning of fall. School has just begun, with all of the excitement and anticipation it brings. It is like the children’s version of New Year’s Eve, but with all of their promises and resolutions for the new school year. While many of us remember the initial first-day-of-school […]

5 Ways to Survive Going Back to School

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Surviving Back To School For parents, sending the kids back to school can be quite a relief (or even a time of joy), but it’s definitely not that way for the kids. Here are some ways you can make the experience actually fun and enriching for them. 5. Get your shopping done early For some […]

4 Meat Brands You Won’t Hate to Love

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A recent beef recall here in the United States has sparked discussion among “meatatarians” like myself concerning what we’re really putting into our bodies when it comes to beef, chicken, and pork. Luckily, we are privileged to live in a time when responsible brands that sell healthy meats are far more plentiful and accessible than […]