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The Notes From Home Blog

Inspiration for Families

Stop Spinning the Plates

Stop Spinning the Plates

Twenty years ago, as a graduate student in Marriage and Family Therapy, I co-presented my first family seminar.  My target audience was what was referred to in the literature as “The Sandwich Generation.”  This four week class targeted people in their 40’s and 50’s...

Emotional Discipline

Emotional Discipline

Twenty years ago, my wife and I were vacationing in San Diego with my in-laws.  We went to see a dear family friend, who happened to be a Holocaust Survivor and psychotherapist. We had one of our children with us.  As you may know, traveling with a baby isn’t easy,...

There Is a Gap

There Is a Gap

There is always a gap when a student in treatment looks at going home or on to living independently.  They are tired of the rules and boundaries of treatment, but they have also learned the ropes and are comfortable too. Families also get a little dizzy when...

Scripts

Scripts

A script?  Really?  Is that necessary in parenting?  You bet it is.  Unless you are one of those rare people who can think and speak clearly when your buttons are being pushed. Actors study scripts.  They practice them over and over.  Alone first, then in front of a...

From Greenhouse to Garden

From Greenhouse to Garden

As you’ve learned, treatment programs are designed to be highly structured environments in which a lot of nurturing takes place. Everything in that particular “world,” is designed to encourage growth and nurture improvements along the way. A greenhouse serves much the...

Listen…Then Listen Some More

Listen…Then Listen Some More

I recently read a story in the book The Art of Friendship by Roger Horchow. It went like this: My friend Dick Bass (now into his seventies) has traveled far and wide and had many adventures. His achievements include being the first person to climb the highest peak on...

Come On…Let’s Play!

Come On…Let’s Play!

I remember talking to a mother one day who apologized for the disastrous state of her living room as the floor was covered with Legos. She said “I didn’t clean today…I spent it playing with my youngest instead.” I was shocked…and impressed. Plato said “You can...

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