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The path to calm, confident, and in-control parenting starts now. The Play Therapy Parenting Podcast is hosted by Dr. Brenna Hicks, The Kid Counselor®. All content, no fluff.

Play Therapy Parenting Podcast Dr. Brenna Hicks

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 32 Ratings

The path to calm, confident, and in-control parenting starts now. The Play Therapy Parenting Podcast is hosted by Dr. Brenna Hicks, The Kid Counselor®. All content, no fluff.

    S2E9 - Addressing Body Image Concerns in Young Children

    S2E9 - Addressing Body Image Concerns in Young Children

    In this episode, I address a question submitted by a therapist on behalf of a concerned parent. The parent has a 6-year-old girl who is grappling with body image issues. As this little girl expresses concerns about her tummy being "fat" and worries that other kids are judging her, her mother fears she may be using food to soothe her big emotions.
     
    These behaviors are merely cues, signaling deeper underlying issues that need to be addressed. More often than not, a child's fixation on food, sleep, or obedience stems from a profound need for control or a manifestation of high anxiety levels.
     
    Through the lens of child-centered play therapy, we can unravel the root causes and provide lasting solutions. By reflecting her feelings, giving her choices, and fostering her self-esteem through encouragement, we empower this young girl to develop an emotional vocabulary, self-regulation, and a healthy sense of self-worth – the very tools she needs to overcome her body image struggles.
     
    Remember, the behavior itself is not the problem; it's a window into her internal world. As we guide her through this journey, she'll naturally internalize self-acceptance, regardless of her physical appearance. The path to healing lies in addressing the core emotional needs, not just the surface symptoms. With patience, empathy, and a child-centered approach, she can develop resilience and confidence.
     
    Ask Me Questions:  Call ‪(813) 812-5525‬, or email: brenna@thekidcounselor.com
    Podcast HQ: https://www.playtherapyparenting.com/
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    References:
    Cochran, N., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J. (2010). Child-Centered Play Therapy (1st ed.). Wiley.
    VanFleet, R., Sywulak, A. E., & Sniscak, C. C. (2010). Child-centered play therapy. Guilford Press.
    Landreth, G. L. (2002). Play therapy: The art of the relationship (2nd ed.). Brunner-Routledge.
    Bratton, S. C., Landreth, G. L., Kellam, T., & Blackard, S. R. (2006). Child parent relationship therapy (CPRT) treatment manual: A 10-session filial therapy model for training parents. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
    Benedict, Helen. Themes in Play Therapy. Used with permission to Heartland Play Therapy Institute.

    • 14 min
    S2E8 - Encouragement vs. Praise: The Key to Nurturing Self-Esteem in Your Child

    S2E8 - Encouragement vs. Praise: The Key to Nurturing Self-Esteem in Your Child

    I can't emphasize enough the profound impact of encouragement on a child's self-esteem, self-worth, and overall development. Unlike the other pillars we've discussed, encouragement stands alone as a powerful tool that shapes a child's understanding of their identity, capabilities, and innate value.
     
    In this episode, we delve deep into the crucial distinction between praise and encouragement. Praise, although well-intentioned, often includes value judgments that inadvertently make children dependent on external validation. On the other hand, encouragement focuses solely on the child's efforts and contributions, fostering an internal locus of control – a sense of motivation that comes from within.
     
    I challenge you to become more aware of when you slip into praising your child and consciously pivot to encouragement instead. Start your sentences with "you" – "You worked really hard on that!" or "You used so many colors in your painting!" This simple shift empowers your child to celebrate their efforts, embrace challenges, and find fulfillment in their own accomplishments, regardless of the outcome.
     
    Remember, self-esteem is the foundation for almost all positive change in a child. When we encourage our children, we nurture their confidence, resilience, and belief in themselves. This, in turn, transforms their interactions, relationships, and overall behavior in self-enhancing ways.
     
    Ask Me Questions:  Call ‪(813) 812-5525‬, or email: brenna@thekidcounselor.com
    Podcast HQ: https://www.playtherapyparenting.com/
    My Newsletter Signup: https://www.playtherapyparenting.com/newsletter/
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    References:
    Cochran, N., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J. (2010). Child-Centered Play Therapy (1st ed.). Wiley.
    VanFleet, R., Sywulak, A. E., & Sniscak, C. C. (2010). Child-centered play therapy. Guilford Press.
    Landreth, G. L. (2002). Play therapy: The art of the relationship (2nd ed.). Brunner-Routledge.
    Bratton, S. C., Landreth, G. L., Kellam, T., & Blackard, S. R. (2006). Child parent relationship therapy (CPRT) treatment manual: A 10-session filial therapy model for training parents. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
    Benedict, Helen. Themes in Play Therapy. Used with permission to Heartland Play Therapy Institute.

    • 23 min
    S2E7 - Navigating Sibling Conflict: Listener Q&A with Hayley

    S2E7 - Navigating Sibling Conflict: Listener Q&A with Hayley

    In this episode, I answer a question from Hayley in Australia, dealing with a common issue many parents face: sibling conflict. Hayley has been diligently applying the principles we discuss here, such as getting down to her children's level, validating their feelings, and setting limits, yet she’s not seeing the positive changes she hoped for, especially when it comes to her children hitting each other.
     
    I address the importance of neutral phrasing in limit setting, the impact of birth order on sibling dynamics, and the necessity of providing alternative choices to undesirable behavior. I also touch on the significance of keeping our interventions brief and to the point, as our children’s attention spans are limited.
     
    If you're grappling with similar challenges or have any questions about parenting, I encourage you to reach out to me at brenna@thekidcounselor.com or leave a voice message at (813) 812-5525.
     
    Also, remember to subscribe to our newsletter at www.playtherapyparenting.com for more insights and resources. If you subscribe today, I'll send you a video of a workshop I conducted on Birth Order... a topic I discussed in today's podcast!
     
    This episode is a testament to the complexities of parenting and understanding and responding to our children’s needs. Thank you, Hayley, for your vulnerability and for allowing us to learn from your experiences.
     
    Ask Me Questions:  Call ‪(813) 812-5525‬, or email: brenna@thekidcounselor.com
    Podcast HQ: https://www.playtherapyparenting.com/
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    My Podcast Partner, Gabb Wireless: https://www.playtherapyparenting.com/gabb/
     
    References:
    Cochran, N., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J. (2010). Child-Centered Play Therapy (1st ed.). Wiley.
    VanFleet, R., Sywulak, A. E., & Sniscak, C. C. (2010). Child-centered play therapy. Guilford Press.
    Landreth, G. L. (2002). Play therapy: The art of the relationship (2nd ed.). Brunner-Routledge.
    Bratton, S. C., Landreth, G. L., Kellam, T., & Blackard, S. R. (2006). Child parent relationship therapy (CPRT) treatment manual: A 10-session filial therapy model for training parents. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
    Benedict, Helen. Themes in Play Therapy. Used with permission to Heartland Play Therapy Institute.

    • 21 min
    S2E6 - Limit Setting: The Third "Pillar" of Play Therapy Parenting

    S2E6 - Limit Setting: The Third "Pillar" of Play Therapy Parenting

    In this episode of the Play Therapy Parenting Podcast, we continue our journey through the four pillars of child-centered play therapy. Having covered reflecting feelings and choice giving, we now explore the third pillar, limit setting.
     
    Limit setting is essential in teaching children how to understand and respect boundaries. It's a skill that combines the empathy and understanding we've discussed with clear, consistent guidelines. I give practical strategies for implementing limit setting in a way that supports your child's emotional and behavioral development.
     
    If you have a question about limit setting, or any other parenting topic, feel free to reach out to me at brenna@thekidcounselor.com or leave a voice message at (813) 812-5525.
     
    Stay tuned for more insights and remember to subscribe to our newsletter for additional resources at www.playtherapyparenting.com.
     
    Ask Me Questions:  Call ‪(813) 812-5525‬, or email: brenna@thekidcounselor.com
    Podcast HQ: https://www.playtherapyparenting.com/
    My Newsletter Signup: https://www.playtherapyparenting.com/newsletter/
    My Podcast Partner, Gabb Wireless: https://www.playtherapyparenting.com/gabb/
     
    References:
    Cochran, N., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J. (2010). Child-Centered Play Therapy (1st ed.). Wiley.
    VanFleet, R., Sywulak, A. E., & Sniscak, C. C. (2010). Child-centered play therapy. Guilford Press.
    Landreth, G. L. (2002). Play therapy: The art of the relationship (2nd ed.). Brunner-Routledge.
    Bratton, S. C., Landreth, G. L., Kellam, T., & Blackard, S. R. (2006). Child parent relationship therapy (CPRT) treatment manual: A 10-session filial therapy model for training parents. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
    Benedict, Helen. Themes in Play Therapy. Used with permission to Heartland Play Therapy Institute.

    • 14 min
    S2E5 - When Grandparents Are Sick: How to Talk to Kids About Illness

    S2E5 - When Grandparents Are Sick: How to Talk to Kids About Illness

    In this episode of the Play Therapy Parenting Podcast, I address a heartfelt question from Corinne about how to navigate conversations with her five-year-old son regarding his grandmother's ALS diagnosis. Corinne's concern resonates with many parents who grapple with discussing difficult topics with their children. I emphasize the importance of sharing age-appropriate truth with kids, providing simple explanations in response to their questions, and being prepared for future discussions as their understanding evolves. By focusing on alleviating confusion and unknowns, we can support our children through challenging times while nurturing our relationships with them. Join me as I offer practical advice and encouragement to Corinne and parents facing similar situations.
     
    Ask Me Questions:  Call ‪(813) 812-5525‬, or email: brenna@thekidcounselor.com
    Podcast HQ: https://www.playtherapyparenting.com/
    My Newsletter Signup: https://www.playtherapyparenting.com/newsletter/
    My Podcast Partner, Gabb Wireless: https://www.playtherapyparenting.com/gabb/
     
    References:
    Cochran, N., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J. (2010). Child-Centered Play Therapy (1st ed.). Wiley.
    VanFleet, R., Sywulak, A. E., & Sniscak, C. C. (2010). Child-centered play therapy. Guilford Press.
    Landreth, G. L. (2002). Play therapy: The art of the relationship (2nd ed.). Brunner-Routledge.
    Bratton, S. C., Landreth, G. L., Kellam, T., & Blackard, S. R. (2006). Child parent relationship therapy (CPRT) treatment manual: A 10-session filial therapy model for training parents. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
    Benedict, Helen. Themes in Play Therapy. Used with permission to Heartland Play Therapy Institute.

    • 18 min
    S2E4 - Choice-Giving: The Antidote to Power and Control Struggles

    S2E4 - Choice-Giving: The Antidote to Power and Control Struggles

    In today's episode of the Play Therapy Parenting Podcast, we're exploring choice giving. Choice giving empowers children by offering them opportunities to make decisions and exercise control in their lives. By providing choices within established boundaries, parents can help children develop decision-making skills, reduce power struggles, and foster a sense of ownership over outcomes. I emphasize the importance of setting mutually agreeable parameters for choices and I explain practical examples, such as allowing children to choose their lunch fruit or the timing of their bath. Through consistent implementation of choice giving, parents can create a healthy dynamic with their children, build their decision-making abilities, and minimize conflicts.
     
    Ask Me Questions:  Call ‪(813) 812-5525‬, or email: brenna@thekidcounselor.com
    Podcast HQ: https://www.playtherapyparenting.com/
    My Newsletter Signup: https://www.playtherapyparenting.com/newsletter/
    My Podcast Partner, Gabb Wireless: https://www.playtherapyparenting.com/gabb/
     
    References:
    Cochran, N., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J. (2010). Child-Centered Play Therapy (1st ed.). Wiley.
    VanFleet, R., Sywulak, A. E., & Sniscak, C. C. (2010). Child-centered play therapy. Guilford Press.
    Landreth, G. L. (2002). Play therapy: The art of the relationship (2nd ed.). Brunner-Routledge.
    Bratton, S. C., Landreth, G. L., Kellam, T., & Blackard, S. R. (2006). Child parent relationship therapy (CPRT) treatment manual: A 10-session filial therapy model for training parents. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
    Benedict, Helen. Themes in Play Therapy. Used with permission to Heartland Play Therapy Institute.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

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Must listen for parents!

I wish some of these episodes were required listening for parents and teachers! Helpful, thoughtful advice for issues facing modern day parents.

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This podcast is a forever parental resource!

Dr. Brenna answers all the questions I knew I had and expands on all the tender questions topics I didn’t want to admit. This podcast is a game changer for my peace as a parent.

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