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6 Way to Raise an Empathetic Child

momreadingoptimizedEmpathy is the skill to understand the world from another person’s point of view and then to act based on that understanding.   It may be hard to believe but empathy starts young.  After experiencing a particularly trying day, tears ran down my cheeks.  It did not take more than a minute for my 3-year old daughter to grab a towel and begin to wipe them away.  This was her way of showing empathy for me, her mother.  I was touched by her actions and hoped she would keep this sweet quality forever.  

As parents we can assist our children in developing and fostering empathy.  Below are six creative ways where you and your child can begin to take the risk together.

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Daring Greatly: Worth the Risk

shutterstock_1516681I’ll admit, I am a little bit contrarian by nature. If something is popular, trendy, and “hyped up,” I usually resist it. This may be why I don’t have a Facebook account, I refuse to love sushi, I haven’t read the Harry Potter series, I don’t watch American Idol or The Voice, (and I may or may not watch the Bachelor on occasion with my wife).

So, naturally, when all of my colleagues were raving about Brene Brown’s work on shame and vulnerability, I was just, plain, not interested: “Mike, you need to read her book.” “Mike, you need to watch her Ted Talk on Shame and Vulnerability.” It was like being told I need to try sushi for the millionth time. “I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I Am!”

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Turning Your Child’s Aggression into Healthy Expressions

MAD BOYFrustration and anger often marks itself as shoving, hitting, and other aggressive behaviors in children. Teaching children how to handle their feelings reduces aggressive behaviors by giving them alternative openings. Children who display aggressive behaviors need support and direction to help them manage their behaviors and responses in different situations and environments. Although many children have occasional outbursts of anger and aggression, the children who have the support of parents who moderate and channel their children’s aggression towards healthy development will be able to operate with the skills to express their emotions and behaviors in a healthy way.

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Helping Children Cope with Crisis: Caring for Yourself

COMFORTINGSharing information through writing is something I sincerely enjoy in my work as a clinician. Working both as a school psychologist in a public high school as well as a therapist at Wasatch Family allows me to interact with so many different people in any number of contexts. I am lucky to have many, many  interesting & insightful conversations, and am never at a loss for ideas to share here. Getting ready for this week, I had prepared something and had it ready to go.

Then I caught the news the last night.

Sadly, unbelievably, another school shooting has occurred.

I write that in isolation, nothing added to the paragraph because even with my close to twenty years of clinical experience, I am at a loss of what else to add. All of us, regardless of whether we have children in school or not,  likely feel some reaction to that type of news, though may experience or try to make meaning of it all  in vastly different ways. As I first watched the news, I must admit I was immediately shocked and then just overwhelmed with sadness. My significant other reacted with anger (“how could this happen again!”) My mother – anxious (“I worry about your nieces and nephews, they’re in high school!) My closest friend, who has a school age child, needed to not react (“I just can’t think about it”) and just pushed it out of her head.

Sadly, we’ve had ample opportunity to learn that, in fact, a range of emotional reactions following a school or community violent event is normal.

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This Week at WFT 6/9/14

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K.I.D.S Social Skills Group

Monday, June 9th, 4 – 5:30 pm

WFT and Mad Science are teaming up for an exciting Kids Group.  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 exciting science activities and skill building, group members will practice building healthy relationships.

Julie Hanks on Studio 5 – Plastic Surgery

Wednesday, June 11th, 11:00 am

Tune in to hear the 5 questions Julie Hanks suggests you ask yourself before getting plastic surgery

Julie Hanks on Rewind 100.7 with Todd and Erin

Friday, June 13th, 8:10 am

Fridays at 8:10 am, Julie joins The Todd & Erin Morning Show on Rewind 100.7 to answer listener questions and provide real life solutions to your mental and emotional health challenges.  Topic: 5 Minute Fix for Relationships

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5 Phrases for Recovering Perfectionists: Julie Hanks on Studio 5

5 Phrases for Recovering Perfectionists: Julie Hanks on Studio 5

Don’t let perfectionistic tendencies hold you back. Try these 5 phrases!

Ok. I admit it. I’m a recovering perfectionist. And sometimes I still find myself wrestling with unrealistic expectations. Here are my 5 go-to phrases when I slip back into old patterns of perfectionism, black and white thinking, basing my worth on my performance, or feeling reluctant to take risks.

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This Week at WFT 5/19/14

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Julie Hanks on Studio 5

Wednesday, May 21st, 1 PM

Julie appears on Studio 5 to discuss “5 Phrases for Perfectionists”.  Tune in to hear Julie’s advice for recovering perfectionists!

Julie Hanks on Rewind 100.7 with Todd and Erin

Friday, May 22nd, 8:10 am

Fridays at 8:10 am, Julie joins The Todd & Erin Morning Show on Rewind 100.7 to answer listener questions and provide real life solutions to your mental and emotional health challenges.

Clair Mellenthin on KUTV Fresh Living

Monday, May 19th, 1 PM

Clair appears on KUTV Fresh Living to discuss “Why Women Judge Women”.

K.I.D.S Social Skills Group

Monday, June 9th, 4 – 5:30 pm

WFT and Mad Science are teaming up for an exciting Kids Group.  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 exciting science activities and skill building, group members will practice building healthy relationships. Registration is open for our next group starting June 9th.

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Surviving the Bomb: First Steps After the Affair

Finding out that your partner has been unfaithful has the potential to be one of the most devastating experiences a person can encounter in his/her life.   A common and appropriate reaction, given the circumstances, is panic.  There is generally nothing short of a roller coaster of emotions, and as a result, many couples do unintentional damage before they can seek help.  This is to be expected as no one tells you what you should do in the immediate aftermath of an affair.

The main goal is to limit the destruction in the time between finding out and getting help.  Here are some crisis control tips to follow until you can get some additional help:

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Recreating Your Life When Kids Are In School: Studio 5

You want to see your children grow up, but once they aren’t home and dependent on mom everyday, it can be a confusing and exciting time of rediscovery. Here are my tips for redefining your mid-mom life!
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Bullied Students More Likely to Bring Weapons to School: Julie Hanks on KSL News

Wasatch Family Therapy Depression KSL TV news asked Julie de Azevedo Hanks, LCSW to stop by to give her thoughts on bullied students and the link to weapons in school.  Hear what our Wasatch director has to say on this subject:

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