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When Your 17 Year Old Baby Cries

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
I haven’t shied away from the fact that I am a lucky, lucky mom. I have two healthy boys who, for the most part, were easy to raise and well behaved. We’ve had some issues – one child spent a week on a ventilator when he was 8 weeks old and nearly died. One went through a (t ...Read More

Childhood Concussions

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
“There’s nothing wrong with him….. He looks normal to me.” As Zachery made his way down the hall to class, he felt like he was in a fog. The commotion, bright lights and chaos of the hall made him feel like his head was spinning. His head started to pound and his hea...Read More


Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
Concussion. Concussion. Concussion. This buzz word is everywhere these days. From sports related injuries to the helmet law debate, the chatter surrounding concussion has greatly increased. Of course sports celebrities such as Sidney Crosby and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. help bring attention to the cau...Read More

Empathy and Halloween

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
Welcome to my world. Where I have opinions, and I write a blog, but have to suspend my opinions and seek empathy. I try to remember that opinion is really the lowest form of knowledge as there is no accountability or understanding involved. However, empathy requires us to suspend ou...Read More

To Those Who Have Lost A Child

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
As you stood in the funeral home, shocked and grief stricken, I know there was a moment when you realized that cars were still driving by, banks and restaurants were still open, and you must have felt that you had been morphed into another dimension. How could life go on for all of t...Read More

How Can We Expect Kids to Behave When Adults Can’t

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
Two weeks ago, top news story with video: varsity football players tackle a referee during a game. I could not believe my eyes. Not only was it immoral, and unethical, and crazy, it was dangerous. The ref had no protective gear. They could have killed him, paralyzed him, or given...Read More

Yet Another Dilemma in Our Society

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
Headline news this week: A mom walked into a Houston Fire Station, and announced that she was using the Safe Haven Law to leave her three year old and fourteen month old children. She told the firefighters that she could no longer take care of them. The details are sketchy, but apparentl...Read More


Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
Dear Kindergarten Teacher, Hi! My name is Dominick, and I am going to be in your class this year. I’m very excited, but I’m very nervous too. It seems that many school districts act as if every incoming student is starting from the same level playing field. Most Kindergarten...Read More

Are There More Kids Today With Issues or Do We Diagnose More?

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
This post has elements that are hard to write and talk about, but I believe that these issues need to be discussed. We, as a society, are not talking about these things openly and honestly, and when we do talk about them, we do so in such a way as to not “offend” anyone....Read More

Coparenting After a Divorce

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
* A couple of disclaimers before we get started: I do not think that I am the best parent in the world – I screw up too. When I post about my kids, ex, family, co-workers, etc., they ALWAYS read it first, and have approval or veto power. If you are reading i...Read More


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