Author - Melanie Arons

Flourish

Melanie Arons, LCPC is a psychotherapist and a part of the Flourish Studios’ psychotherapy practice.  She is focused on helping children, teenagers, and adults remove the barriers (fear, grief, anger, and developmental delays) that get in the way of reaching goals and dreams. Melanie is also a new mother and proud member of NPN. More information about Melanie can be found at www.icanflourish.com.

5 parenting skills to get right from preschool to pre-teen

After working with preteens, teenagers and their parents for over a decade both as a teacher and a therapist, I have learned several ways that this age group will typically respond best to their parents.  These ah-ha moments helped me to discover the most successful ways parents can communicate with their child starting at an any age.  In fact, if parents can get these skills in place early on, it will pave a much easier road to those dreaded teenage years.

5 Parenting-musts as childre...

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Melanie Arons

When a Child is Diagnosed with a Mild Disability: 5 Steps for Parent

The first time I ever spoke to parents about parenting a child diagnosed with a mild disability, I was in my internship year working towards my master’s degree in family counseling.

I created an educational support group for parents and had about eight women and one man signed-up to attend.  Before our first group session, I watched as each parent came into the large conference room. It was obvious from the minute the father stepped into the room that he was very uncomfortable. I could...

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 6:10 AM by Melanie Arons

Too strict? Not strict enough?

Have you ever been behind the wheel during a snowstorm? Imagine you are driving in a complete whiteout that keeps getting worse and worse until you can barely even see the lights from the car in front of you. You start to feel panicked, anxious and frustrated. These are the same emotions that children feel when they cannot see what is in front of them: that is they don’t know what boundaries to expect and cannot predict consequences for their actions or rules to keep them safe. This analog...

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 6:37 AM by Melanie Arons

Keeping Children's Dreams Alive in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

We all know that Martin Luther King Jr. had an incredible dream.  If he were alive today, would he feel that his dream had come true?  Martin Luther King Jr. taught us not only the importance of embracing equality and appreciating our differences but also that no dream is unreachable.  As parents, this is one of the most important lessons we can teach our own children.  Every child has a dream, and it is our job to educate, support and encourage our children to achieve those dreams the way...

Posted on January 16, 2012 at 7:30 AM by Melanie Arons