Debbie Gross, LCSW, Ltd. - Individual, Marital & Family Therapy

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Memories of Youthful Fun

From August 2, 2012

Today’s blog is going to be a bit different in nature than previous ones. What I want to do is encourage everyone to revisit some positive childhood memories. Sometimes, as parents, with our best intentions – to guide, impart wisdom, raise healthy, happy children - we spend so much time directing our children, that we forget to watch the beauty of their play, their sleep, their enjoyment of the silly moments in life. So today will be a celebration of the silly, happy, fun moments of childhood…

The Latest on Technology...

From July 11, 2012

Three years ago, I blogged about technology, and while so much of it still rings true, I realize that each year, younger children are accessing technologies, and we need to attend to what this means for your youth.
I will digress with a bit of history. When my twins were turning thirteen, we were purchasing their first cell phone. There was no camera, no internet and no texting. It was a phone. The intended purpose for them to have a cell phone was for those moments when they were out and about; they had an easy way to reach us.

Welcoming Spring

From April 4, 2010

With the sun finally emerging from behind the winter clouds, I was excited to see all the families outside riding bikes, walking their dogs, and just enjoying the beautiful weather this past weekend. Spring brings out the warmth and colors as everything comes to life. I want to share some thoughts about how to refocus yourselves and your children to the great outdoors.
For those of you reading this who live in warm climates, you don’t quite understand the nature of winter hibernation.

Teaching Resilience to Our Youth

From January 25, 2010

I was asked to speak to the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff parent community onResilience – How to Nurture and Develop Your Child’s Inner Self. They planned a series of discussions on "The Middle School Years:  A Parents' Guide”, offered through a wonderful community organization, LEAD™, a United Way agency whose mission is to support parents and other adults shaping the future of our youth and is dedicated to promoting healthy family relationships and preventing alcohol, tobacco, drug use, and other risky behavior by youth.

Top 10 Things to Do During Winter Break

From December 14, 2009

We all come from different backgrounds and have different religious views. As I list my ideas for Winter Break, I am not focusing on religion, but some suggestions may emphasize the holidays that come at this time of year. Please know that I hope that everyone enjoys his or her break or holidays, but most importantly, I hope that you savor the time you have together during this time as a family. I have selected my top ten things to do. I hope they inspire you to make the next two weeks fun and memorable!

With Gratitude

From Thanksgiving 2009 

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for so many reasons. First, it was the weekend that I was married, almost twenty-three years ago (now it's 31 years!). I am blessed with a wonderful husband who has always encouraged me to live my dreams. For that, I am forever grateful. It also is a holiday filled with some very enjoyable traditions. I will share mine here, and ask that each of you share one or two special traditions that make this holiday important to you as well.

Mommy, I'm Bored!

How often do you hear those famous words? What is our job, as a parent, when our children complain of boredom? We tend to want to tell them “when I was a kid” stories – how activities for them weren’t scheduled throughout the day, every day. How we had one car for our WHOLE family, and dad took it to work. How we didn’t lock the door to our house, and we could leave at 9 in the morning in the summer, stop home for lunch at noon, then stay out until 9 p.m. and the fireflies were dancing around the house with us.
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