Tuesday, November 17, 2015

When Good Parents Cause Unintended Harm

Most of us try hard to be good parents, and are unaware that sometimes we cause subtle harm to our child.  It’s a kind of paradox, that in imagining that we do a great job, we cannot look at our contribution to the relationship, which the child may perceive as far from “great.”   A parent may be unable to listen to a child if it seems like an unbearable reflection of something not right about the parent. Sometimes parents begin to teach their children at an early age, without realizing it, that if anything about their parenting is questioned, it is tantamount to family treason.  Children become intimidated into believing that they are simply “bad”.  Once everyone buys into the characterization of a “bad” child, the only answer may seem to be medication for illness in the child, rather than what is more likely a relationship problem between the two.

It is important for families to get back on track.  Seek consultation with a board certified psychiatrist and child psychoanalyst. Such an individual in the Houston area is Penelope J. Hooks, M.D.  Dr. Hooks will address your family’s particular issues with personal care and concern.  Please give her a call to arrange an appointment at her office (713) 521-9087. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Houston Whatever Fest, the City’s most eclectic street festival.

Includes over 90 acts on 5 stages with a diverse mix music genres, comedy and art along with local food trucks, unique street performers, Houston-centric vendors, and more taking place in the East End of Downtown - Nov 21 & 22, 2015 – 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Monday, November 2, 2015

Building Your Child’s Emotional Muscle

Noted authors Kerry Kelly Novick and Jack Novick have developed a strategy known as “building your child’s emotional muscle”.  Imagine if everything that you do with your child included an extra added dimension if you will.  It is a dimension that will help build strong character, courage, self-esteem, and emotional strength.

Imagine each part of every single day adding value to your child’s life.  Imagine even the simplest actions being the springboard to happiness, learning, and developing new friendships.  It is all very realistic by implementing and developing what the authors call emotional muscle.  The Novicks have written Emotional Muscle: Strong Parents, Strong Children.  It is filled with parenting tips for the first five years of your child’s life.

To continue developing healthy relationships with your children, please call Penelope J. Hooks M.D.  She specializes in psychiatry, psychoanalysis, child psychoanalysis, parenting and relationship issues.  Being a great parent really takes a village.  Give Dr. Hooks a call today to see how she can help with your relationship with your child in the Houston area at (713) 521-9087.