Communicating love to your kids

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Communicating love to your kids

I think love is one of the most uncommunicated feelings that we have. Again, it’s really easy to show when you’re angry, but love is an important thing to communicate to your kids, even when they’re pushing you away – especially those teenagers who don’t want to hang out with you. But you have to do it in a couple categories: the indirect ways, where it could just be sharing time together, making sure that they’re having dinner, and things like that. And then more direct ways, like saying it, and giving them a hug and things like that. One of my favorite books is the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. And he talks about these love languages as of a way to kind of connect up with your child. And one of the ways is giving presents and giving things to your child. But one of my favorites is the physical touch. It’s just being able to have your hand on their shoulder or show that affection. Another one is quality time. I think that one is really important for us dads. We have to often, in a traditional family, work during the day and we have shorter amount of time. So we want to give that quality time so that we show them that we love them. Because our actions, they communicate so much. Like showing up to the practices, or asking them about their projects and school. Those are the important ways to communicate that love.

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Chris Fulton, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Christopher Fulton is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been in private practice for over ten years. He received his doctorate in 1994 from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. Dr. Fulton has clinical training and experience in a variety of settings, and also has administrative, teaching, supervision, consulting, research and psychological testing experience. Dr. Fulton provides consultation and ongoing therapy for children, adolescents and adults. He conducts group, individual, couples and family therapy and actively works with a variety of childhood disorders, including: adjustment disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant and other emotional-behavioral disorders. Among his most frequent areas of concentration is divorce, for which Dr. Fulton offers therapy for all involved.

Utilizing research-supported methods in treatment, Dr. Fulton's approach to therapy involves a combination of cognitive-behavioral, family systems and interpersonal interventions. In his work with children, Dr. Fulton involves parents and assists them in developing appropriate responses to their children, since he believes that ultimately the parent will make the most significant impact on the child. Dr. Fulton helps parents establish appropriate boundaries, communication and methods of discipline in order to increase positive relationships with their children.

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