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Five Tips to Help Parents Listen Greenwich CT

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. Sonya Rencevicz
(203) 552-5280
2 Benedict Place
Greenwich, CT
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in Connecticut
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Elena Guagent-Tax
Elena Guagenti-Tax, DSW Psychotherapy
(914) 948-3251
67 Topland Road
White Plains, NY
Credentials
Credentials: DSW, LCSW-R
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Physical Illness/Impairment, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Orientation, Trauma/PTSD, Gender Identity, Life Transitions, Neurological, Sexualit
Populations Served
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Offenders/Perpetrators, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Karen Schwartz
Psychotherapist/Geriatric Care Consultant
(914) 833-0288
2001 Palmer Avenue Suite 108
Larchmont, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in New York
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Physical Illness/Impairment, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Education/Personal Dev
Populations Served
Disabled, Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc), Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Kathleen Kelly Malone
Kathleen Kelly Malone LCSW
(914) 723-2084
14 Harwood Court Suite 411
Scarsdale, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New York
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Debra O'Donnell
Debra O'Donnell
(914) 714-8030
73 Beacon Hill Road
Ardsley, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW,BCD
Licensed in New York
26 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obs
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Tangley Lloyd
Tangley C. Lloyd
(203) 918-7877
132 E. Putnam Ave. Suite J
Cos Cob, CT
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Connecticut
12 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregna
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Brain/Head Injured
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Verdell Jones
Northeast Counseling Center,F.R.M.H. Inc
(914) 837-6564
39 North Broadway
White Plains, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW, ACSW
Licensed in New York
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexuality Issues, Elder Abuse, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Caregivers, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Barbara Block
Barbara R. Block
(914) 773-1851
245 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New York
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Anger Management
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Pamela Young
Pamela Young LCSW, LMFT
(914) 472-9724
15 Springdale Rd.
Scarsdale, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, LMFT
Licensed in New York
40 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Gayle Skovron
Gayle Skovron, LCSW-R
(914) 450-2413
239 North Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-R
Licensed in New York
23 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Person
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Twins, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, 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:
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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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