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Patching Pinholes

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
As we begin 2017, many of us are happy to be rid of 2016. It has been a rough year for so many – and that is all I’m going to say, because we are moving forward. I, personally, have about 32 different large projects to work on this year. As 2016 was ending, I was nearly giddy w ...Read More

Kids Getting Older During the Holidays

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
I have had many parents over the years, particularly moms, tell me that they literally can’t stand watching their children get older. They seem to feel that with each and every stage their child moves through, something is lost. For some, this is particularly poignant at the Holidays. I ...Read More

The Abominable Snowman

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
When my oldest, Noah, was in 6th grade, I received a note from the teacher that his class would be doing a Christmas play. My son needed an Abominable Snowman costume. At the time, I was working two jobs, had two kids, did the vast majority of housekeeping tasks, was PTO president, helped out...Read More

You Seem to Have it All Together

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
I just took a vacation, by myself, to Las Vegas. It was a spontaneous decision, partially based on sadness, partially based on alcohol, and partially based on a need to “find myself/get myself together/find some healing.” Ok, honestly, it was based on the fact that I Googled flight...Read More

It’s Scuffed

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
I haven’t written much this summer. I would apologize, but it turns out that like most things, in the scope of millions of years and seven billion people, it doesn’t really matter if someone like me gets overly busy or has writer’s block and doesn’t write a blog. Your l...Read More

Make Memories With Your Kids

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
I woke up this morning to sunshine, a house full of kids and dogs, and the State Police at the neighbor’s house informing them that their adult daughter had been killed in a car accident overnight. I am literally sick over their loss. You can trust that when she got in that car, it never...Read More

Kids Are Time and Money Consuming….

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
I’ve written several pieces in recent months about having a child graduating from high school, and now I’m writing about a part of it that I haven’t yet addressed. In general, I am going to talk about the inverse relationship of how old your child gets, and the amount of money ...Read More

When Should Your Child See a Specialist?

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
Oh, fair readers, this is a tough one, like many of the things we have addressed on this blog. If you haven’t picked up on this by now, I, Tracy, the lead writer on this site, am a gray person. I rarely see black and white while discussing topics – I frequently see gray. I have a ...Read More

Empathetic Parenting

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
EMPATHETIC PARENTING (Why you shouldn’t lose your crap when your kid does) The oldest, Noah, turned eighteen this month. He’s been driving for almost two years. No incidents. A few weeks ago on a Saturday night he was driving us from Franklin to Meadville to see the ballet...Read More

She Cried

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
A little boy around eighteen months old had a seizure and turned blue. His mother called 911, and started CPR. He lived. He also lost all of his words, and most of his physical skills. He began receiving at home therapy from the local Early Intervention therapists. His mom cried for his los...Read More


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