CATEGORY: Pregnancy and Parenting 55 articles

Although many books have been published on parenting, there is no essential guideline, no bible on this joyful, yet difficult, title. Raising a child elicits a struggle for a parent, as no child responds well to all styles of parenting. Our goal is to provide you with a basic outline: how to set limits, teach responsibility, parent a child with special needs, and establish an important emotional connection with your child. Additionally, we have dedicated a whole section on taking time for yourself and continuing to cultivate your marriage.

Below you will find all the articles written on this topic.


Coping with Babyloss Grief and Mother's Day

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

Mother's day is just around the corner, and no doubt you've seen a growing number of ads on social media inviting families to "celebrate" the special mothers in their lives…


Is it OK to be Jealous of Pregnant Women?

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

If you've experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or ending a wanted pregnancy, then you might be familiar with the scenarios below.

You open Facebook to be greeted by pictures of your friend's…


Becoming Pregnant After Loss of Baby

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

Becoming Pregnant After the Loss of a Baby: It’s an unthinkable concept to most expectant parents, but, sadly, many have walked the anguished path of pregnancy loss. Whether your pregnancy ended…


Telling Family about Loss of Baby

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

Telling Family and Friends about the Loss of Your Baby:There is so much to look forward to during pregnancy: hearing the baby’s heartbeat for the first time, watching your belly…


When You See Your Teen Looking at Porn

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

            You come home to what seems to be another ordinary day.  However, as you stop to say hello, you unexpectedly see your teen in the middle of looking at…


How Successful Couples Survive Raising Children

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

A significant adjustment period for many couples is when they begin having or adopting children, known as the transition-to-parenthood. Children can compromise the dyad relationship by putting more strain on…


How Will Your Baby Impact Your New Marriage

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

How Will Your New Baby Impact Your Marriage? For many couples, the addition of a new baby into the family is an exciting, joyous, and uncertain time. Whether the couple…


Smartphone Boundaries for Parents

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Smartphone Boundaries for Parenting

Are you practicing SMART smartphone parenting strategies? Try the exercises below to begin establishing healthy smartphone boundaries for your family. It is helpful to observe your current…


Infertility: Your Husband As Your Support System

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Infertility: Your Husband As Your Greatest Support System

Are you and your husband experiencing infertility? The diagnosis of infertility can be painful and traumatic.  You may be experiencing emotions that may…


Infertility: It is Okay to Decline a Friend’s Baby Shower

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Another baby shower invite and you panic. Why does attending a baby shower always make you feel so bad about your own infertility? How can being happy for your friend’s…


Infertility: Asking For Your Needs

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Are you sick and tired of your family asking, “When are you going to have a baby?” They are completely oblivious to the months your have been trying to get…


Attachment

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Have you ever wondered why some people have such a difficult time sustaining close, personal relationships while others seem to do so with relative ease?

How we manage the balance between…


Parenting—An Overview

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

When you think of your parenting role, what immediately comes to mind?  More than likely, your thoughts turn to surviving the day (and/or getting the jelly bean out of your…


Corporal Punishment in African American Families

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Corporal Punishment: Hot Topic in African American Families - Parenting Support Services

“Spare the rod, spoil the child”.  If you are familiar with this saying, you are very familiar with the…


Is It Okay To Masturbate When You Are Pregnant?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Is It Okay To Masturbate When You Are Pregnant? Yes!

Self-stimulation for pregnant women can be fun and exciting: As you go through pregnancy, your body undergoes many changes. These changes…


Sex and Pregnancy: The Second Trimester

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Sex and Pregnancy: The Second Trimester 

Some women experience sex as the most enjoyable during the second trimester. For one reason, most of your earlier pregnancy symptoms (nausea, exhaustion, etc) may…


Perinatal Depression Assessment

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Perinatal Depression Assessment: Do you or your loved one suffer from Regular Depression or Perinatal Depression? If you are not sure, use this assessment to help you determine what type of…


Sex and Pregnancy: The First Trimester

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Sex and Pregnancy: The First Trimester 

The first trimester of pregnancy is a different experience for every woman, especially when it comes to your sex life. Some women have morning sickness…


How To Become Pregnant

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How To Become Pregnant / Maximize the chances of becoming pregnant 

 These suggestions are written in no particular order.  Some suggestions are more important than others. 

  • Engage in intercourse once every…

The Power of Compliments

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

The Power of Compliments The Center for Growth / Couples Counseling in Philadelphia

Compliments can become few and far between in relationships, and worse, the compliments can often become stale…


Coping with a Miscarriage

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia: Speak to a counselor in Center City today 267 324 9564

Coping with a Miscarriage: Miscarriage is more common than most people realize, with about 1/3 of…


Creating a Grief Collage

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia: Creating a Collage to Cope with Grief

Dealing with a loss of a loved one is tough work.  Grieving involves a variety of different emotions such…


Identifying When Your Child Could Benefit From Play Therapy

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

In our opinion, all children ages 3-11 can benefit from play therapy. Play therapy is designed to be fun! From a child’s perspective, he or she gets…


Talking to Your Kid About Going to Play Therapy

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Play Therapy in Center City Philadelphia: There are many reasons for seeking play therapy for your child.  Every parent has his or her own specific set of reasons. Regardless of how…


The Benefits of Play Therapy for Parents

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Play therapy is designed for children ages 3-11, as play is the way children make sense of their world and express themselves.  The benefits of play therapy for children include developing…


The Self Esteem Workout

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Self Esteem Therapy in Philadelphia: Increasing confidence and self esteem. 

Self esteem is a measure of how favorable you rate your abilities and value as a…


Play Therapy Interventions for Autism

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Play Therapy in Philadelphia for Autism

Autism is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).  Pervasive Developmental Disorders are a range or “spectrum” of disorders that…


Quick Boundary Tips

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Once you have Identified Your Boundaries, you are ready to share them with others and express your feelings about the relationship and your boundaries


Identifying Your Boundaries

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Boundaries are “guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify for him- or herself that are reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave around him…


Postpartum Depression and Expectations of Motherhood

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Postpartum Depression and Expectations of Motherhood When experiences don’t meet our expectations — what we imagined something to be like or feel like—it is a big disappointment. And, when we have…


What is Play Therapy

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Play Therapy in Philadelphia : Play therapy is a structured approach to therapy that builds on the natural language of children, the language of play.  Therapists use various play materials to…


Baby Blues Support Group in Philadelphia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Baby Blues Support Groups - Now Forming: Have you recently had a baby? 

* Do you feel insecure? Doubting your ability to parent? Overwhelmed by the responsibility of needing to…


Prepare for Motherhood Class

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Pregnancy Class: Prepare for Motherhood Class / Group - Now Forming

Are you the only one you know who is pregnant?  Do you want to make friends with other women who will…


Treatment for Anorexia in Adolescence

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Recommendations for treatment for Anorexia Nervosa in AdolescenceIf your child is under 18 and has had the Eating Disorder of Anorexia for less than three years than I would highly…


Strategies for New Moms

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Strategies for New Moms to Survive the First Few Weeks After Delivery: during the first few weeks after delivery you might feel overwhelmed, exhausted, scared, sad, tired, happy, thrilled, energized…


Unwanted Advice

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Pregnancy and Postpartum Therapy in Philadelphia : Ways to Handle Unwanted Advice

During pregnancy, you might have noticed that random strangers started smiling more at you. The majority of people treat…


Ways to Support Someone Suffering From Postpartum Depression

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Ways to Support Someone Suffering from Postpartum Depression the most important concept that fathers need to understand is that the diagnosis Postpartum Depression is a real syndrome. Postpartum depression typically…


handling unhelpful friends after the arrival of baby

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Handling unhelpful friends and family after the birth of a baby: develop a strategy with your partner about ways to handle unhelpful friends and family. Then, while interfacing with the…


Our philosophy about Pregnancy Childbirth and the First Year

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Our philosophy about Pregnancy, Childbirth and the First Year: pregnancy before during and postpartum: Life will never be the same as you new it. You can’t go back. Parenthood is…


Parenting Your ADHD Child

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Pareningt your ADHD Child / Therapy in Philadelphia: When your child receives a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or it’s quieter cousin, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) you, as a…


Perinatal Depression Quiz

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia: Take the perinatal depression quiz to determine what type of depression you or a loved one are suffering from. Regular Depression VS Perinatal…


Positive Thinking

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Positive Thinking to Counteract Low Self Esteem

Looking Up - How to use positive thinking to counteract low self-esteem - Low self-esteem is an emotional epidemic in modern America. Every year…


Postpartum Depression

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Postpartum Depression Therapy in Philadelphia: Postpartum depression, or PPD is a common problem that should not be ignored.

Somehow women have learned to expect that the birth of a baby automatically…


Postpartum Depression Support Group in Philadelphia

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

The Postpartum Depression Support Group: The Postpartum Depression Support Group is for you if your baby is less than six months old and you find yourself sometimes:

* Feeling depressed or…


Postpartum Depression Therapy

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Here, at the Center for Growth, Postpartum Depression Therapy is

What you can expect? You can expect a therapist who has had specific training on postpartum depression and experience with other…


Postpartum Psychosis

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Postpartum Psychosis: postpartum psychosis is a serious problem that can result in injury or death to the mother or child. This condition usually starts as postpartum depression that rapidly worsens…


Raising Children in the Midst of Divorce

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Raising Children in the Midst of Divorce Children are the most innocent victims of divorce. They become of the center of battles over child custody, support and visitation. Divorce changes…


Risk factors for Prenatal Depression

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Risk Factors for Prenatal Depression & Postpartum Depression During Pregnancy (prenatal)

* History of substance abuse* History of depression* Family history of mental health problems* Minimal support from family and…


Extreme Sadness

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Are you experiencing extreme sadness during pregnancy or postpartum?  Contrary to popular folklore, 15% of pregnant women experience depression. Some are even so severely depressed they attempt suicide. If you…


Feeling Guilty about Experiencing Postpartum Depression

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Postpartum Depression Therapy in Philadelphia: Feeling guilty about experiencing postpartum depression

Guilty feelings: throughout the months of pregnancy, women, along with their partners have fantasized about what life would be like…


Causes of Prenatal and Postpartum Depression

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Prenatal and postpartum depression are considered to be a type of mood disorder.

Prenatal depression and postpartum depression are caused by a combination of hormonal changes and life stressors.

During pregnancy women’s…


What is a Doula

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

What is a doula: A Doula is a coach to support parents-to-be during this transitionary period of labor & delivery as well as the few first few days after the…


Breastfeeding Versus Formula

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Breastfeeding versus Formula: Breastfeeding or formula, what to do? That is the question that many new moms struggle with. Most women, when imagining what life will be like when they are…


Perfectionist

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Perfectionist: perfectionism is more than just setting high standards and working hard to achieve goals. Perfectionism is the idea that if something is not perfect or ideal, than it is…


All or Nothing Thinking

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia:

"All or Nothing Thinking" "All or nothing thinking" is commonly referred to as “black and white thinking.” This type of thinking is unrealistic, and limiting. "All or nothing thinking" limits a person’s ability to…