therapy for kids who don’t need it?

My newest article just came up at Babble. I talk about how I think even emotionally healthy kids should start a relationship with a therapist by going just a couple of times a year before they hit middle school. Then if/when emotional and social turbulence hits during puberty and beyond, the therapist relationship will already be in place and the therapist will be an invaluable parenting tool.

I hope you like the piece, and I’d love to hear what you think about this idea in the comments section.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. John Lee
    May 13, 2011 @ 16:32:20

    Zs a child/adolescent therapist, I couldn’t agree more. It’s so much harder to introduce the idea of exploring feelings and difficulties when your child is a teen vs. getting comfortable with the idea before bigger challenges.

    Additionally, the idea of counseling/therapy earlier on in life can help increase EQ(emotional intelligence) which can decrease some of the emotional difficulties later in life, as well as foster/strengthen pos family bonds/interactions.

  2. Mama Jamz
    May 13, 2011 @ 17:53:41

    Thanks so much for your perspective, John. I like the idea of increasing one’s EQ as well. That’s a great goal we should have for all our kids (and ourselves.)

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