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BRAIN EMPOWERED! Rennicke & Associates staff with Dan Hughes, Ph.D. at the Adoption Foster Care Therapist Network’s Brain Based Parenting Workshop on February 25, 2017. We were lucky enough to be surrounded by incredible adoptive parents (asking very smart and tough questions!), colleagues and graduate students at this workshop with Dan Hughes, Ph.D. Dan spoke about the neurological basis for …

The Strange Brain of the World’s Greatest Solo Climber

“Alex Honnold has his own verb. “To honnold”—usually written as “honnolding”—is to stand in some high, precarious place with your back to the wall, looking straight into the abyss. To face fear, literally. The verb was inspired by photographs of Honnold in precisely that position on Thank God Ledge, located 1,800 feet off the deck in Yosemite National Park. Honnold …

Little Ones and Their Emotions

“One of the most valuable lessons you can teach your child is to identify and manage their emotions. Doing so shows them that experiencing a range of emotions is normal. Kids who learn healthy ways to express and cope with their emotions show less behavioral problems. They feel more competent and capable. “Being able to talk about emotions sets the …

4 Steps to Raising a CAN-DO-KID

“Con-fidence Confidence actually can be derived from its Latin roots to be explained as “with trust” or “with faith” or “with belief” which appears correct. A confident child displays a belief in his or her own abilities. Such a belief is developed over time but hinges upon the ability to experience self-trust. So how much can a parent nurture such qualities …

4 Steps to Promoting Healthy Anger

“1. Promote positive early childhood development, including positive parenting and violence-free homes. 2. Facilitate social connectedness and community engagement across the lifespan, 3. Provide individuals and families with the support necessary to maintain positive mental well-being, and 4. Promote early identification of mental health needs and access to quality services. What’s All the Anger About? “Breaking News” screaming at us …

What Men Fear Most

Dissecting masculinity over a pint and a verse “London-based actor and poet Elliot Barnes-Worrell talks about the conceptions of masculinity that inspired his film, Bloke Fears: “I find it really sad that emotional expression isn’t associated with masculinity. It’s so important to be masculine, it’s something that people kill and die for. “Masculinity is something that people kill and die for” …

Teaching Traumatized Kids

“When Kelsey Sisavath enrolled as a freshman at Lincoln Alternative High School in Walla Walla, Washington, in the fall of 2012, her mother was struggling with drug addiction. Kelsey herself was using meth. The multiple traumas in her life included a sexual assault by a stranger at age 12. She was angry, depressed, and suicidal. Her traumatized brain had little …

PLAY

LET’S DO SOME BI-DIRECTIONAL MODELING OF SELF-REGULATION…a.k.a. LET’S PLAY! Ok, so if you needed a little extra nudging into the summer state of mind, it has been found again that play is one of the most effective ways to improve attention skills, impulse control, memory, vocabulary and math skills in pre-schoolers without providing additional training for academic content to their …

Ticked Off No More

“Not reacting with anger can make even the worst situations more tolerable and fixable. When our responses are caring and appropriate, most of our anger issues will simply go away or, better still, seldom arise. The problem is that when we get triggered, sometimes it goes straight to that wounded part of ourselves, making us want to lash out and …

4 Ways to Survive Life’s Curve Balls

“How can you become more successful at dealing with life’s curve balls? Although you can’t control the occurrence of unexpected situations, you can control how you respond—and that can make all the difference in how you feel and how you deal with distressing issues. Following are four ways to survive unexpected stress, and maybe even come out ahead: 1. Pause before you act. There …