Parenting Tricks and Treats #1

Trick #1

Holidays can be stressful and particularly for children who have been through trauma, it is typical for children to regress and return to old negative behaviors. So the “trick” is to give them permission to bring back an old behavior. This will help the child to be aware of the problem and allow the cortex of the brain to be activated. If the child doesn’t bring back the behaviors, Yeah!!! For the whole family and if they do exhibit the behavior give them a hug and remind them that you were alright with the behavior and you gave them permission. This helps the child learn to follow your lead as a parent.  Now if the behavior is particularly annoying to the siblings, just “treat” them every time the child exhibits the behavior. This helps preserve siblings relationships until the behavior can be extinguished again.

Carol Melim, LCSW

Licensed Therapist, EMDR Certified
Lighthouse Psychiatry | Advanced TMS Therapy and Research
& Lighthouse TMS Centers
“a beacon for recovery and discovery”

Treat #1

Healthy Fall Spicy Chili

-1 Pound Lean Ground Beef
-1 Package Hot Chili Seasoning Mix
-14.5oz Can Spicy Diced Tomatoes
-15oz Can Pinto Beans w/ Jalapeños
-15oz Can Kidney Beans
-10oz Can Tomato Soup

Optional Toppings:
-Sour Cream
-Sharp Cheddar Cheese
-Green Onion Garnish
-Sweet Thai Chili Harvest Thins (contact me for details, these are AMAZING)!

1. Brown the ground beef in a pan on the stove.
2. Add the cooked ground beef to a separate pan on the stove. Add all additional ingredients and mix together.
3. Simmer on low/medium for 20 minutes.
4. Spoon into bowls and top with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!!

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