Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research shows // News // Research at Notre Dame // University of Notre Dame

I think we have done pretty well on these factors in parenting.  Interesting research for those who have small children.

Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research shows // News // Research at Notre Dame // University of Notre Dame.

New Reviews of “Know Thyself: A Kid’s Guide to the Archetypes”

“This book is an easy and fun read, a very friendly tool that can help kids get to know and befriend the different dimensions of themselves. It also provides their parents and therapists with a way to help them along their path to self-knowledge and rich and ever greater wholeness.” — Dr. David Stern

“Know Thyself” is a lovely, accessible introduction to Jung’s archetypes. It is suitable for kids of all ages (and the Jung at heart). Marek’s delightful workbook deserves a spot in any child therapist’s (or parent’s) library. — David Jaffe, LICSW

“Know Thyself” is available here:

Know Thyself: A Kid’s Guide to the Archetypes by Kiersten Marek now Available for Purchase

I am proud to say that my book is now available for purchase! Also, there will never be a better time to buy the book — with a 10% discount on the list price, and an additional 20% off through the month of June by using promotional code JUNEBOOKS12. Here is a link to the purchase page on

Know Thyself: A Kid's Guide to the Archetypes by Kiersten Marek (Paperback) – Lulu.

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The Destroyer can take many forms, one of which is destroying other people’s special things out of anger, jealousy, or feelings of worthlessness.

I wrote this book because as I have practiced therapy with children and families over many years, I have found that talking about archetypes and having a visual tool to use when doing so is an excellent way to start meaningful therapy conversations. I also saw that the archetypes model was less stigmatizing than talking in diagnostic terms.

I wanted to create a visual tool that could help kids articulate their experience, and that they could make their own and recreate in their own special way. That is why “Know Thyself” is a workbook and can also be used as a coloring book — it is meant to be a co-creation between child and therapist, or child and parent, or child and teacher, or child and other child — a way to feel bonded to others and on the same team as we find our resources, both internal and external.

Please take a look at the book in preview of “Know Thyself” and consider making it your own.

Bake, Baby, Bake!

From Cranston Councilman-Elect Steve Stycos (Congratulations, Steve! I am proud to have worked for your campaign!), some advice for the season and news of upcoming events:


The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market will have plenty of good food left this Saturday, Saturday November 13 and at our big final Thanksgiving market Saturday November 20.

It’s getting cold, so it is a good time to bake and keep your kitchen warm too. Barden Orchards has several varieties of apples for pies or crisps. The Xiongs have potatoes, carrots and greens. Zephyr Farm has eggs, onions and squash for frittatas. Bob Fratantuono has green house tomatoes. Bernie Bieder has honey.

The recently concluded political campaign was loaded with talk about supporting small business, but the best way to help small businesses is to buy local. Many other Rhode Island markets close at Halloween, but we stay open for another three weeks of growing and buying local.


Saturday November 6th, 10 AM-12 PM: Read to a Dog. Children in grades 1 and up are invited to read to Abby, a certified therapy dog. Space is limited. Call Megan at the Hall Library to register for a time slot.

Sunday November 7th, 2 PM: The “Jazz in the Hall” series concludes with a newly formed band from the Edgewood area. The Philtones play everything from the American Songbook to bebop classics. The band is made up of Phil Mullen, sax; Phil Plant, guitar, Bob Asprinio, bass; and Rick Couto, on the drums. The audience will enjoy their enthusiastic and professional style.

Wednesday November 17th, 6:30 PM: Reading in the Hall. The library book discussion group will discuss This I believe: the personal philosophies of remarkable men and women edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty essayists from the famous to the unknown, completing the thought that begins the book’s title.

See you Saturday at the market.

I especially like the library event for kids to read to Abby, the certified therapy dog! Sounds like fun!