Crunch Time! Navigating School-Related Conflict – Part 2

This time of year, I witness this type of conversation all too often: Parent: “You are missing tons of assignments in math! You are going to fail the class, then you’re going to be held back a grade!” Teen: “Don’t worry about it. I’ll be fine. I’m not the only one missing assignments, and everyone says that I’ll pass the …

What’s Going on In Your Son’s Brain?

Kimmy Peterson, MFT

– by Kimmy Peterson, MFT – The life of a parent includes helping your child navigate transitions; from a once tiny snuggly baby boy, to an on the go toddler, an exploring grade schooler, an awkward preteen, and now, a young adult learning to become independent. These transitions have each been made with minor fails, a few emotional wounds, and …

Bridging the Parent-Teen Divide

– by Jennifer Norstrom, MFT – You raised a child who once sat on your lap and giggled at your jokes to a young teen who walks right past you to hang out on her phone alone in her bedroom. You feel as though a large canyon has grown between you, and you feel ignored or shut out. It may …

Success or Failure? Is it how we play the game, or is there a deeper lesson?

By Jason Newman LMFT #100091 When school bells start ringing, parents’ anxieties rise. Parents find themselves asking, “Will my child be successful or will they fail? Will my child win or lose?” Some say, “It’s just how you play the game.” I propose a different approach. We live in a society bombarded with harsh images of success and failure. Either …

Crunch Time! Navigating School-Related Conflict – Part 1

      It’s that time of the year again, when tensions run high between parents and teens around schoolwork. While we hope for the best, past experience often tells us that we’re in for a struggle. Parents often seem more concerned about school than their kids do, and trying to help a teen be successful academically can feel like a losing …

Sink or Swim – 5 Tips for a Successful Summer

In 2013 Marcus hosted a free parent education event at PFT’s office in Petaluma. Uriah Guilford, MFT and Sierra Dator, LCSW  joined Marcus to talk to parents about planning for a successful and supportive summer. We also discussed pressing issues that parents were facing. This was a unique opportunity for parents to talk to three therapists who work primarily with families …

Poor School Performance?

The majority of teen boys I work with have moderate to severe difficulty in school. Many are failing classes, find it difficult to stay focused, or their emotional disturbances interfere with learning. Their parents carry constant stress regarding their son’s immediate future, and even more about his eventual success. One thing that parents can do during the summer months is …

Is Your Child Emotionally Prepared for School?

Kimmy Peterson, MFT

– by Kimmy Peterson, MFT – Yes, another summer has flown by and most of us are ready to send our kids back to school. This year will be full of new challenges and experiences no matter what grade your son or daughter will be attending. Back to school means a time to get your kids ready to embrace the …

Simplify Your Life for the Holidays

Petaluma Family Therapy (707) 772-5085

 – by Kimmy Peterson, MFT – Simplify: sim·pli·fy; ˈsimpləˌfī/ verb: to make less complicated, clearer, or easier We are about to head into one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year, the holidays. The holiday season can be hectic and demanding both emotional and financially. Take a step back and ask yourself: Is this working for my family, and …