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Naming Emotions

Child abuseThe Family Institute’s Family Tip of the Month discusses coaching your children to identify and name their emotions in times of distress – and how it can aid them in the future.

From this month’s tip:

“…when we use precise labels for our feelings, we understand more about what’s happening to us emotionally, which then can lead to identifying a smart (and healthy) course of action.”

Read the entire Tip of the Month to learn how making a habit of naming emotions can help your child take on stressful situations.

For additional Tips and to sign up for our Tip of the month, visit our Tips webpage.

The Family Institute offers affordable counseling for families, couples and individuals. Learn more about our services on our website.

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Hiding Negative Feelings

Angry mother scolding a disobedient childThe Family Institute’s Family Tip of the Month discusses whether we are better off suppressing our negative emotions from our children or if we should be honest and transparent with our feelings.

From this month’s tip:

“Hiding our negative emotions decreases our sense of authenticity, defined as operating according to our core sense of who we are. Authenticity seems to be a critical component of personal well-being, whether in our role as parents or any of our important relationships.”

Read the entire Tip of the Month and learn how to handle these moments.

For additional Tips and to sign up for our Tip of the month, visit our Tips webpage.

The Family Institute offers affordable counseling for families, couples and individuals. Learn more about our services on our website.

To get support at The Family Institute, visit our Find a Therapist page.

College Drinking

Beer pong gameThe Family Institute’s Family Tip of the Month discusses college drinking.

From this month’s tip:

“College drinking is sometimes still viewed as a harmless rite of passage. That’s particularly dangerous given that research shows this age group is much more impulsive even when alcohol’s not involved. Most at risk are incoming freshmen, student athletes, and those involved in fraternities and sororities.”

Read the entire Tip of the Month to learn how parents can influence their child to drink less and how to have conversations about drinking.

For additional Tips and to sign up for our Tip of the month, visit our Tips webpage.

The Family Institute offers affordable counseling for families, couples and individuals. Learn more about our services on our website.

To get support at The Family Institute, visit our Find a Therapist page.

Beyond An Apology

SorryThe Family Institute’s Couples Tip of the Month discusses how the right words and actions can often exceed — without necessarily precluding — the value of an apology in effectively resolving conflict.

From this month’s tip:

“‘I’m sorry’ doesn’t always end couple conflict in a satisfying way. Often something more is needed, an expression in words or actions that speaks to and ‘corrects’ the underlying experience of one or both partners.”

Read the entire Tip of the Month and learn how to encourage your child to work through things themselves.

For additional Tips and to sign up for our Tip of the month, visit our Tips webpage.

The Family Institute offers affordable counseling for families, couples and individuals. Learn more about our services on our website.

To get support at The Family Institute, visit our Find a Therapist page.

Questioner-in-Chief

Father Walking Son To School Along PathThis Family Institute Family Tip discusses how to get your child to open up to you.

From this month’s tip:

“It’s a culture of engagement many parents try to foster, hoping to hear about a youngster’s school day or their time spent with friends or just their latest daydreams. It’s contact we seek, a sense of connection — and we rely on questions as a way of drawing them out. But for them, we’ve morphed at those moments into an annoying Questioner-in-Chief, putting them on some witness stand where they feel vulnerable and over-exposed. That’s when they shut down or turn away.”

Read the entire Tip of the Month and learn how to share your day to teach your child to open to you about their day.

For additional Tips and to sign up for our Tip of the month, visit our Tips webpage.

The Family Institute offers affordable counseling for families, couples and individuals. Learn more about our services on our website.

To get support at The Family Institute, visit our Find a Therapist page.

Marriage and the Heart

Red puzzle heart with stethoscope on grey wooden backgroundThis Family Institute Couples Tip discusses the correlation between heart health and marital strain.

From this month’s tip:

“Marriage has earned a reputation for offering health advantages: longer and happier lives, fewer medical challenges. But ‘it’s not the case that any marriage is better than none.’ Some studies have found better health among divorced or single people as compared to spouses in high conflict/high stress marriages. In fact, unhappy marriages have been associated with high blood pressure, suppressed immune response, obesity, and the leading killer of Americans: heart disease.”

Read the entire Tip of the Month and learn more about how cardiac disease and marital strain go hand-in-hand.

For additional Tips and to sign up for our Tip of the month, visit our Tips webpage.

The Family Institute offers affordable counseling for families, couples and individuals. Learn more about our services on our website.

To get support at The Family Institute, visit our Find a Therapist page.

Thank You

heart_breakfast_foodsThis Family Institute Couple Tip of the Month discusses how small gestures can deliver big results.

From this tip:

“Some researchers have speculated about ‘a cycle of generosity’ that enables relationships to thrive: spouses who report feeling more appreciated by their partners — hearing thank you on a regular basis — report being more appreciative of those partners, and in turn more inclined to be sensitive and responsive to those partners’ needs.

Read the entire Tip and learn how small gestures can deliver big results.

For additional Tips and to sign up for our Tip of the month, visit our Tips webpage.

The Family Institute offers affordable counseling for families, couples and individuals. Learn more about our services on our website.

To get support at The Family Institute, visit our Find a Therapist page.

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