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How to Stall a Child’s Emotional Development in 3 Easy Steps

By Mica Gonzalez, PhD

Everyone wants their children to develop emotionally so that they are prepared to endure and overcome life’s inevitable trials, but sometimes parents’ actions hinder the fulfillment of that very wish. We explored one of the likely sources of this contradiction in a recent post on the repetition compulsion. Today we’ll look at three common steps that parents unwittingly take to squash their little kids’ emotional intelligence.

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6 Ideas for Choosing a Good-Fit Preschool

By Mica Gonzalez, PhD

As a therapist I regularly visit and observe children at preschools. By and large, I am encouraged by teachers’ efforts to educate and care for their young students. Of course, I sometimes also see environments where young children are not thriving in the way that parents would hope.

What makes the difference?

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No More “How Was School Today?”

By Mica Gonzalez, PhD

It’s amazing how early in life kids want their parents to mind their own business. Many parents of older children and teens lament how difficult it is to get their kids to talk about their lives and answer basic questions like, “How was your day?” But I have seen children as young as 3 in the habit of answering “Fine” and implicitly shutting down further discussion.

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Welcome! The Good Enough Parents is dedicated to helping parents with children ages 0-6 by making sense of child psychology and social-emotional development. If you...

  • are tired of anxiously pursuing parental perfection and want to take it easier without feeling like everything will fall apart
  • feel insecure and ill-equipped to raise children
  • have children who you don't understand
  • want a stronger connection with your children
  • struggle to understand your own behavior towards your children...

Then this is the place for you! Join us as we explore and decode the emotional life of your little one and give you the confidence to be the best parent you can be. 

-Mica Gonzalez, PhD

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