Author Archives: Tracy Thompson

Tips and Solutions for Homework Frustration (No Dog Required)

It’s back-to-school time, and if you’re a parent of a K-12 child, the paperwork and homework has begun! I had no idea how tedious paperwork could be until I had a school-aged child. And that’s saying a lot, since I’m in the mental health field,… continue reading Tips and Solutions for Homework Frustration (No Dog Required)

Developing Grit in Our Kids

By Tracy Thompson When I work with parents and children together, I typically start out by asking them to make a list of challenges. Generally speaking, parents start by talking about the lack of motivation in kids, the disrespect, and behaviors that drive them nuts.… continue reading Developing Grit in Our Kids

You Can’t Look in a Mirror if You Are Riding on It’s Back

Horses have always mesmerized me. They are dynamic and social creatures, and inspire me towards awe and wonder. When my husband gave me a package of horse riding lessons to celebrate my thirtieth birthday I was excited even though I had little experience with horses. When… continue reading You Can’t Look in a Mirror if You Are Riding on It’s Back

The End of Summer Balance

We are all feeling it. The nights are late, the mornings are slow and there is an endless ringing of “I’m BORRRRRRRED” through the house. We are feeling the exhaustion of summer while trying to cram in every last ounce of it we can. Our… continue reading The End of Summer Balance

Pull-Ups Are Safe; Underwear Is Scary

I was recently in the think tank at my house. Some people in my family call this the shower, but I prefer “think tank,” because it is the only place in my house between my two-year-old’s toddler superhero orchestras, my four-year-old’s Michael Jackson impersonations, and… continue reading Pull-Ups Are Safe; Underwear Is Scary

In Silence, In Horror: Unhealthy Approaches to Children’s Trauma

I was 15, walking through my high school halls, when my friend Jennifer ran up to me and said, “There was a school shooting in Colorado today!” Like every one of my peers that day, I was struck with the awful realization that bad things… continue reading In Silence, In Horror: Unhealthy Approaches to Children’s Trauma

Sugar and Spice & Everything Nice: Recognizing Women’s Anger

Think about anger. And now think about women’s anger. Does it feel like those two don’t really… fit? Do you remember the nursery rhyme that begins “sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of”? Our culture sends messages to girls about… continue reading Sugar and Spice & Everything Nice: Recognizing Women’s Anger

Children’s Feelings: Navigating Them with Acknowledgement and Choices

When I talk with children about their emotions, it is unanimous that children’s emotions are very similar to adults. They feel their emotions. They’re uncomfortable with sadness, anger, and fear – just like adults. But when they are given permission to move through emotions uniquely, and on… continue reading Children’s Feelings: Navigating Them with Acknowledgement and Choices