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Five Tips to Help Parents Listen Washington DC

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?

Mr. Daniel Wilson
Daniel W. Wilson, PLLC
(202) 669-5959
1350 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 1030
Washington, DC
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in DC
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Physical Illness/Impairment, Sexual Orientation, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Life Transitions, Sexuality Issues, At
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc), Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Jeanine Lamb
Jeanine Lamb, MSW
(301) 518-6947
3000 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite # 237-D
Washington, DC
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
Licensed in Maryland
13 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Multicultural Issues, Paren
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Twins, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Grandparents, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Jennifer Kogan
(202) 215-2790
4000 Albemarle Street, NW Suite 510
Washington, DC
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in DC
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Attachment Disorders, Women's Issues, Postpartum Depression
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Nancy Barskey
Nancy Barskey LICSW
(202) 363-4826
4801 Wisconsin Ave. NW Suite 505
Washington, DC
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, BCD
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationsh
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Irwin Family Health LLC
(703) 780-1261
1240 North Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA
Services
Stress Management, Family Therapy, Pediatrics, Women's Health, Nutrition, Homeopathy, Family Practice
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

Data Provided by:
Ms. Susan Berlin
SDB Psychotherapy
(202) 333-1787
1010 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 505
Washington, DC
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, CASAC
Licensed in DC
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Margaret Stohner
Margaret R. Stohner, LICSW
(202) 686-6335
4600 Connecticut Ave. NW, #223
Washington, DC
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in DC
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress
Populations Served
Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Eileen Katz-Schulman
Family Matters Therapy
(410) 340-7556
16th St. NW
Washington, DC
Credentials
Credentials: MS LMFT
Licensed in DC
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Carol Hendler
Carol Hendler, LCSW-C, CSAT
(301) 718-6298
5480 Wisconsin Ave Suite 220
Chevy Chase, MD
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-C
Licensed in Maryland
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Offenders/Perpetrators, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Paul Kelner
Paul H. Kelner, LCSW-C
(301) 388-0178
8830 Cameron Court Suite 101
Silver Spring, MD
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-C, LICSW
Licensed in Maryland
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Disorders, Sexuality Issues, Men's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
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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