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Mormons and Mental Health Therapy: KSL Radio Interview

Mormons & Mental Health KSL RadioWasatch Family Therapy’s Julie Hanks, LCSW, Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, and colleague Sue Beuhner, LCSW talk with KSL Newsradio’s Amanda Dickson on a special LDS Conference edition of “A Woman’s View” program.

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KUTV Segment: How to Handle the Back-to-School Blues


 
It’s that time of year- time for the kids to head back to school. It can be exciting for kids to see their friends and get back into the school routine again, but it can difficult, too. Some children may even experience “the back-to-school blues.”

Clair Mellenthin, LSCW, recently sat down for a KUTV segment to talk about how parents can help their kids make this transition. Here are a few ideas from her discussion:

Nightly check-ins are a great way to understand how your child feels about going back to school. Every night, ask about he/she feels about the change. If your child is excited, then celebrate! If not, you can help address some of his/her concerns. Make sure to keep the lines of communication open, especially for children who are prone to worry.

Another strategy Clair suggested is to ease your kids into school mode. Parents can have their kids start to go to bed earlier and read a little more every day in the weeks leading up to the first day back. Getting ready for school little by little will help manage the transition.

Once school does begin, parents should check in to see how things are going. If a child still seems to be experiencing the blues, work to identify and solve problems he/she may be having with friends, the teacher, or understanding the school work.

How are YOU helping your kids with the back-to-school blues?

Watch the full video to hear more of Clair’s suggestions.

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Victory Over Bedtime Battles: Clair Mellenthin on Fresh Living

Clair appeared on KUTV’s Fresh Living to offer her tips for winning the bedtime battle. As parents, we have all had our kids up and out of bed repeatedly with any excuse to avoid going to sleep. Clair recommends four things that can help calm your evening schedule.

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This Week at Wasatch Family Therapy 2/24/14

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Clair Mellenthin, LCSW on KUTV Fresh Living

Monday, February 24, 1 pm

Clair Mellenthin joins Fresh Living to discuss “Stopping the Mommy Wars!”

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This Week At Wasatch Family Therapy 2/10/14

This Week At Wasatch Family Therapy 2/10/14

Clair Mellenthin, LCSW on KUTV Fresh Living: Love and The 5 Love Languages

Monday, February 10, 1 pm

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it might be helpful to understand the “language” that your special someone speaks. Tune in at 1 pm today as Clair Mellenthin discusses love and how people express love through their “love language.”

Julie Hanks, LCSW on KSL Studio 5: Supporting Early-Return LDS Missionaries

Tuesday, February 11, 1 pm

Many missionaries and family members often struggle when they are unable to complete their LDS mission. Tune in a 1 pm and join Dr. Kris Doty and Julie Hanks as they discuss the best ways to support an early-return missionary.

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This Week at Wasatch Family Therapy 2/3/14

This Week at Wasatch Family Therapy 2/3/14


Clair Mellenthin, LCSW
will be presenting to Women in Private Practice

Thursday, February 6, 9 am

During this private event Clair will be presenting on the importance of understanding relationships through an attachment theory lens.

K.I.D.S Social Skills Group

Friday, February 7, 5 pm

Designed for school-aged children, this group will provide opportunities to learn how to navigate of social situations and understand what it means to be a friend. Through activities and skill building group members will practice building healthy relationships.
Register your child for the KIDS group

Celebrate National Play Therapy Week

February 3 – February 7

This week is national play therapy week! We want you to help us celebrate by recognizing the importance of play. So, get out there and play with your kids! Learn more about play therapy.

* Registration is still open for our 6-week Hold Me Tight couples workshop in Davis County!

Starts next Monday 2/10

Reserve your spot today

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Clair Mellenthin Featured On “A Woman’s View” and Deseretnews.com

Clair Mellenthin, clinical director,  joined Amanda Dickson on “A Woman’s View” to discuss the
deeper meaning of texting. Why do some people prefer to text instead of talk? It seems that some may prefer the added layer of distance that this method of communication allows for.

“It’s all about perception,” Clair Mellenthin, clinical director for Wasatch Family Therapy, explained. “Kids think, ‘Mom, if you call me, that’s going to take all my time. Just text me.’ When in reality, it’s about the same.”

“It may be dehumanizing our relationships,” Mellenthin opined. “It puts distance in our relationships. People break up. They get together. They do it all on text and on Facebook.”

Read the full Deseretnews.com article.

Click arrow below to listen to the podcast of “A Woman’s View” [powerpress]

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I Am Not a Superhero. I’m a Mom!

Last night was my first wake-up call to that fact that I do not have superhero powers to protect my children against pain, embarrassment, and hurt. It was a humbling and I have to admit, very tender experience for me to have. I guess I should back up a little bit?

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Bridging The Gap – Tips For Sibling Rivalry

It is human nature to feel competitive and envious toward others. A moderate spirit of competition is a positive and productive attribute in school and in business. Sibling rivalry is a normal part of growing up in families. The competition between siblings starts when the second child is born. Unfortunately, many parents ignore it and some even make the situation worse.

When occasional fighting becomes a constant series of arguments and fights, it must be dealt with to avoid years of discord and even potential danger. Here are some tips that will help you lessen your frustration over argumentative brothers and sisters and help them learn to get along better:

  1. Do your best to offer each of your children equal amounts of praise and attention. This is true if they are competing for your attention or if they are participating in a school or sports activity.
  2. Encourage your children to participate in activities that they truly enjoy. Don’t expect them to always join activities that they must do together or where they will be competing against each other.
  3. Children sometimes perceive that their parents favor one child over the others. While some parents do prefer one child to the others, it is usually not a conscious choice. If your child tells you that you favor his or her sibling, pay attention to your behavior; maybe there is some truth to it. However, if you know you are being fair or if there is a valid reason for treating one child differently, stand firm. Sometimes children use the “favorite child” complaint as a way to make you feel guilty and give them what they want.
  4. Sometimes one child is more cooperative or better behaved than another. It’s normal to compare siblings, but it?s generally better not to talk about it. Comparing two kids doesn?t help improve their behavior; instead, it intensifies the sense of envy and jealousy. A more constructive strategy is to limit your comments to the problem behavior. Always avoid telling one child that his or her sibling does something better.
  5. Make it a rule that family members may become involved in incidents between siblings only if they actually saw what happened. This keeps people from being manipulated.
  6. Realize that younger children can be the aggressors. Don’t automatically rush to their defense.
  7. If two kids are fighting over a toy, take it away. This discourages them from arguing over who can play with what
  8. When two kids are fighting, make them share a chair and look at each other in a mirror. With all the goofy faces they make in the mirror the disagreement is soon forgotten and they are laughing like best friends.
  9. If the kids continue the fight after a few minutes in the chair, assign them a chore to do. The excess energy they are directing toward each other is soon put to better use setting the table or picking up the toys.
  10. Use the Active Listening technique to allow siblings to express their feelings. When kids fight, parents often try to talk children out of their feelings by saying things like ?Stop arguing with Tony, Sarah. You know you love your brother.? Instead, you could acknowledge the child’s feelings by saying, “Sounds like you’re pretty upset with Tony.” You might be surprised to see that this defuses the emotion and enables Tony to move on to something else.
  11. When you give things to children, base your choices on their individual needs and interests. If you try to avoid arguments by giving equal gifts to each child, they will inevitably find something about them that is unfair.
  12. When your children are in an argument, avoid taking sides. If you can, encourage them to work out their differences. It is almost impossible to try to determine who started a fight. Even if you know who started the argument, taking sides only makes things worse. If your children learn that you will not enter their minor disagreements, they will have to learn to settle things between themselves.
  13. Take a parent education instructor course. As you educate yourself about parenting, you will change some of your attitudes toward your children and learn new ways to interact with them. You can have the kind of family you want if you are willing to work at it, make some changes in your own behavior, and be patient for things to improve.

You may think that rivalry will stop magically if only you learn to do the right thing. However, learning new behaviors takes a lot of time and persistence.

It is important to address the issues of sibling rivalry when children are young, because it can intensify and persist as children become adults. It is important not to give up when you feel frustrated. Things may even seem like they are worse before they start to improve. Because of your efforts and persistence, your children will learn how to get along better. That will prepare them to have productive relationships in the future. As with all hopes and dreams of parents, helping to create healthy, happy, children and future adults is the number one priority. Teaching children these skills now will go a long way in this journey.

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