Hello, I'm Jackie Flynn

I help people persevere through the challenges of parenthood by providing a foundation of information on which they can build. Establishing effective approaches towards a life packed with happiness, love, and strong relationships is at the heart of my work.

My approach is simple – I listen to your story with every ounce of my being to truly get a feel for what you and your family are going through. Then, I draw on my years of experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, School Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist to provide you with the resource information and strategies that you need.

I have the heart, skill, and experience to help you in a meaningful way.  I specialize in helping families with issues such as Behavior Management, Relationship Struggles, Motivation Struggles, ADHD, AUTISM, Blended Families, and Adjustment to Divorce.

My goal is to help get your family back on track as soon as possible, feeling HAPPIER, HEALTHIER, and MORE LOVE FOR EACH OTHER than ever.

Have you listened to my podcast, Parenting in the Rain yet?

44: Sandtray Therapy, a Deeper Level of Healing with Tammi Van Hollander LCSW |RPT

44: Sandtray Therapy, a Deeper Level of Healing with Tammi Van Hollander LCSW |RPT

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I love Sandtray Therapy! In my early days as a therapist, while I was working towards licensure Tammi Van Hollander was very influential on growth as a, then, aspiring Play Therapist (to be). She has a private practice in Ardmore, PA. Her passion and enthusiasm to helping people through Play Therapy is contagious.

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43: What Parents Need to Know About Sexting

43: What Parents Need to Know About Sexting

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When we, as adults, think of social media, Facebook may be the first thing to come to mind. However, a 2013 study conducted by Forbes Magazine showed a 16% decrease in teen usage and engagement on FaceBook. Presumably because of the increase in parental and extended family presence. Young people are often using other social media platforms and messager apps. Find out what you need to know!

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42: When a Child is Shamed

42: When a Child is Shamed

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Shaming is not motivating, although that is a common misconception. Sometimes people think “if they feel really bad about what they did, then they won’t do it again.” But it doesn’t work like that. It is, in essence, a trauma that can cause long-term maladaptive behaviors. Many people that struggle with addiction, relationship issues, and other tough life struggles often have shame in their past.

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41: When a Parent Feels Judged

41: When a Parent Feels Judged

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Feeling judged isn’t something that everyone deals with though. Some people are more impacted by their caring what people think of them. It has a lot to do with how we are wired, our own life experiences and the things that we feel to be true about ourselves. When it can have a big impact is when someone feels judged, whether perceived or real, by multiple people. It can feel painful, especially if the parent is already conscious of a need for improvement in that area anyway.

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40: A Parents Guide for a Helpful and Productive Meeting at School

40: A Parents Guide for a Helpful and Productive Meeting at School

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Each school has its own culture and each district and/or school has certain protocol, policies, and procedures that they follow. Usually, these are readily available either on the website, the student handbook, calendar or request from the school.

Regardless of the type of meeting that you are attending and where you are attending it at, having a few basic elements in place can make a huge difference between a productive and helpful meeting to one that is not.

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39: Understanding the Aftermath of Trash Talk

39: Understanding the Aftermath of Trash Talk

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My definition of “trash talk” is when someone intentionally attempts to degrade someone by speaking poorly of them a manner that involves defamation, malintent, and purposeful degradation of another. This is also known as poor mouthing, vilifying (this is a stronger version of trash talking) and bad mouthing.

Things can slip out of our mouths in a blink of an eye. When it is truly trash talking is when it’s done by more than one comment. I’ve heard it used in the world of sports and politics and I think it also applies in the world of parenting.

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38: When a Parent Struggles with Anxiety: Calming and Coping Techniques

38: When a Parent Struggles with Anxiety: Calming and Coping Techniques

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Today’s episode is all about what it is like when a parent struggles with anxiety, as well as some options to heal from and some coping skills to get through the trying times.

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37: Parenting in the Hurricane

37: Parenting in the Hurricane

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This week’s episode is all about our experience with Hurricane Matthew in Florida. I invited my daughter Angel on the show to share her experience with it all as well.

We discuss what it was like to prepare for it, leave our home, arrive at a nearby safe place, worry about friends and family, wonder if we would have a home to come home to, and our delight in the fact that damage was minimal and our community survived. We also discuss what it was like to look at footage of the damage that Hurricane Matthew had in other places such as Haiti, Jacksonville, St. Augustine and more.

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36: Enjoying a Healthy and Happy Marriage Even in Difficult Parenting Situations

36: Enjoying a Healthy and Happy Marriage Even in Difficult Parenting Situations

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Parenting can get really stressful at times, especially if you have difficult circumstances. Kids are so very different in regards to their strengths and special needs. And, some situations are definitely more difficult than others. Some children really require a specialized set of skills, as well as an environment that helps them function. For example, parents of kids with ADHD really benefit from having patience and parenting strategies that help their child focus and to minimize impulsive behaviors, as well as helping their child with organization skills. While other parents of a child with early childhood trauma, need lots of understanding about how trauma works and how best to respond.

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