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Five Tips to Help Parents Listen Brevard NC

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?

Heather Richardson
(828) 877-2215
Brevard, NC
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, School
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Kathleen Ronemus
(828) 458-9212
Hendersonville, NC
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Carolyn Lawton
(828) 692-6178
Flat Rock, NC
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Ann Dodd
(704) 293-8087
2014 Park Drive
Charlotte, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, BCD
Licensed in North Carolina
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Anger Management, Attachment Disor
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17)

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Ms. Yvonne Gilbert
WNC.Counseling & Educational Training Services
(828) 648-8052
Post Office Box 30
Canton, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW,QCSW, Diplomate, C-ATODSW
Licensed in North Carolina
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Forensic, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/C
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Military/Veterans, Offenders/Perpetrators, Immigrants/Refugees, Step Families, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Dayle Benedetti
(828) 376-0000
Hendersonville, NC
Practice Areas
Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
Spanish

Roberta A. Moore, Ed.S., LMFT
(828) 329-0431
131 4th Ave W, Suite 204
Hendersonville, NC
Specialties
Child or Adolescent Issues,Divorce,Gay Lesbian Issues,Loss or Grief,Parenting,Relationship Issues,Sex Therapy
Gender
Female
Education
In addition to my Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy I have two other graduate degrees. I have a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird in Phoenix, AZ and a Master of Science in Taxation from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO.
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Conscious Choices

John Lampley
(828) 243-9824
Hendersonville, NC
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Mary Bowditch
(919) 614-1664
315 N. Academy Street Suite 220
Cary, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in North Carolina
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Danielle Tanaka
Danielle Tanaka, MSW, LCSW, PLLC
(919) 285-8417
3717 National Drive
Raleigh, NC
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Anger Management, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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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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