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Five Tips to Help Parents Listen Arkansas City KS

The only way we can truly be sure that they are all right, or if something is troubling them, is if they feel they can confide in us on a person-to-person basis. But are we actually listening to them as equals, or are we listening to them with condescending ears and, in the process, inadvertently breaking these lines of communication between parent and child -- leaving them unwilling to come to us for help?

Ms. Linda Divine
Linda Divine, LSCSW, LLC
(913) 341-7447
8340 Mission Road Suite 230
Prairie Village, KS
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LSCSW
Licensed in Kansas
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Physical Illness/Impairment, Psychoses/
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Molly Witker
Counselling Associates
(913) 486-6655
10977 Granada Lane Suite 110
Leawood, KS
Credentials
Credentials: MS, LMFT
Licensed in Kansas
3 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Marty Devins-Chaplick
MDC Serenity Counseling
(913) 515-7769
10965 Granada Lane Suite 106
Overland Park, KS
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW
Licensed in Kansas
3 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Virginia Nielsen
Nielsen Counseling
(913) 735-7176
14201 S Mur Len Rd Ste 202
Olathe, KS
Credentials
Credentials: M.A. LPC NCC
Licensed in Kansas
1 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Attachment Disorders
Populations Served
Military/Veterans, Step Families, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Jody Koerner
Jody Koerner, LSCSW
(785) 249-4847
5040 SW 28th Street
Topeka, KS
Credentials
Credentials: LSCSW
Licensed in Kansas
16 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Elder Abuse, Anger Management
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Twins, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Kathy Calvert
Calvert & Associates, Inc.
(913) 648-4760
8100 Marty, Suite 102
Overland Park, KS
Credentials
Credentials: LSCSW
Licensed in Kansas
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Annabelle Eason
(913) 432-8900
6400 Glenwood Ste 119
Overland Park, KS
Credentials
Credentials: LSCSW
Licensed in Kansas
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Helen Hewins
The Family Tree
(913) 221-4944
8826 Santa Fe Drive, Suite 215
Overland Park, KS
Credentials
Credentials: LSCSW
Licensed in Kansas
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, St
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Disabled, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Joyce Thompson
Emotional Journey, LLC
(316) 295-4758
2604 W. 9th St. N., Ste. 205
Wichita, KS
Credentials
Credentials: MS, LCMFT
Licensed in Kansas
3 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Adoption/Foster Care, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Grandparents, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Stephanie Liebling
Liebling Counseling LLC
(913) 362-7529
10000 W 75th ST, Suite 200
Overland Park, KS
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LSCSW-KS, LCSW-MO
Licensed in Kansas
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Disabled, Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc), Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Five Tips to Help Parents Listen

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Parent & Child

Parents, Are You Listening or Lecturing to Your Kids? Five Tips to Help You Listen
By Julie Scandora 
Email
Feb 11, 2009, 10:44
   

Seattle, WA - The knowledge that our children are safe, happy and emotionally sound is one of our greatest concerns. If they were being traumatized by something at school or, even worse, the attentions of a predator, we would want to be the first to know.

The only way we can truly be sure that they are all right, or if something is troubling them, is if they feel they can confide in us on a person-to-person basis. But are we actually listening to them as equals, or are we listening to them with condescending ears and, in the process, inadvertently breaking these lines of communication between parent and child -- leaving them unwilling to come to us for help?

"Children don't seem to get as much respect as other members of society," says Julie Scandora, teacher and author of the book 'Rules Are Rules.' "They experience the same emotional obstacles as adults, but this is often overlooked by grown-ups. Parents need to treat children with respect and ensure a trusting relationship."

Here are five of Julie's tips to help you communicate more effectively with your children:

1. Listen. It sounds obvious, but if your children don't think they will be heard, they won't go to you with the hard questions or problems.

2. Create opportunities for interaction with your kids. Families spend so much time apart these days. Use 'car time' -- such as the 20-minute drive to school – as a time to communicate with your children.

3. Lead by example. Far too many parents opt for the 'do as I say not as I do' method. But this sends mixed messages to children regarding important situations.

4. Respect the child's intuition. We all have 'gut feelings,' and if kids are encouraged to trust theirs, they will be able to heed their intuition in dicey situations when we aren't around to help.

5. Don't confuse 'respect' with 'giving in.' It is important that the parental role is not usurped. Don't give in to kids just to diffuse a problematic situation. Instead communicate with them and let them know why rules are rules.

By showing our children that we are receptive to what they have to say and that we are willing to talk with them, not just at them, we can help them gain confidence and maturity, but we need to make sure we are practicing what we preach.

"Perhaps we need to start with ourselves, don't we!" laughs Julie, "But if we give our children the respect we give our peers, they will be better prepared to deal with whatever life throws at them. And when they encounter something for which they are still too young to deal with by themselves, they'll naturally come to us for advice."

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Julie Scandora is a teacher, editor, author and mother of three. She holds a BA from Smith and an MBA from the University of Washington and has taught c...

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