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Psychoetry¬ģ
Lessons in Poetic Parenting

by Brian Wohlmuth ©2014, Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-935232-79-7, 76 pp
 

‚ÄúPotholes of Childhood‚ÄĚ are universal trials and tribulations that children encounter during the period from drool to school. As a licensed family therapist I have treated many youngsters who have unceremoniously stumbled into one pothole or another. In each particular situation, the capacity to accurately understand the child‚Äôs accompanying emotional discomfort is an imperative operation. While it is psychologically beneficial to reflect an empathic understanding in such cases, I have frequently observed that many parents are limited in their ability to provide an effective mirroring or twinship response.

 

Subsequently, I find myself rendering this necessary parental function all too often. Although the recognition, validation, and empathy reserved for one’s feelings does not eliminate the existing pothole, it insures that the child will connect to an adult who can help pave the way.

 

To encourage the recognition of these potholes, I have written a series of psychologically oriented poems that I call PSYCHOETRY¬ģ.

 

Revealing the feeling of children through poetic verse is intended to promote a heightened sense of consciousness in an entertaining manner.

 

As the majority of parents were raised on either Mother Goose or Dr. Seuss, the presentation of rhyme may serve to enliven those childhood experiences that reside within each and every adult. If accuratelyunderstood, the illumination of forgotten memories can become a common ground that allows parent and child to stand/feel together. With an additional element of awareness in hand, any parent regardless of socioeconomic, environmental, or educational status will be able to confidently deliver a gift of empathic appreciation to the child who currently finds his or her pathway disrupted by a troublesome pothole.

Poetry.................................................................... about Psychology

 

Page THE APPARENT PARENT

1    The Extension of Good Intention

3    Introduction

 

6    Blank Slate/Tabula Rosa

Discovery.................................... Inquiring Minds Want To Know

 

8    Internalizing You

‚ÄúMa‚ÄĚ & ‚ÄúPa‚ÄĚ................................................... The Dynamic Duo

 

10  Energizing Your Child

E=MC2.................................................................. Energy Crisis

 

12  Reaping What You Sow

Reciprocity............................ What Goes Around - Comes Around

 

14  Multi-Generational Transmittance Of Information

Forever Father............................................................. Pass It On

 

THE APPARENT POTHOLE

16  Mastery vs. Shame & Doubt

A Noble Accomplishment................................. Toilet (Re) Training

 

18  Control/Power Struggle

Food F(l)ight..................................................... Food for Thought

 

22  Object Permanence - Object Constancy

O.K-Mart.............................. Now You See Me . . . Now You Don’t

 

26  Separation Anxiety

Day One........................................................ Divide and Conquer

 

32  Inhibition

Doubtfulness..................................................... Without a Doubt

 

36  Toxic Words/Bullying

Somber Lament ................................. Preventing The Lamenting

 

40  Humiliation/Rejection

Exclusion....................................................... The No ‚ÄúI‚ÄĚ In Team

 

44  Limit Setting/Optimal Frustration

Just Say No......................................................... It’s a Know - No

 

48  (In)Consistency

Get The Message................................................. I See You ‚ÄúI.C.U.‚ÄĚ

 

50  Trust Versus Mistrust

The Balancing Act....................................................... Lean On Me

 

52  Loss

The Gold Flush................................................. After the Gold Flush

 

54  Fear/Night Terror

Surrounded..................................................................... Jeopardy!

 

58  Anticipatory Anxiety

Don’t Shoot................................................................ Points Of View

 

62  Transitional (Moving) Loss

Say Good-bye...................................................... Move It and Lose It

 

64  Industry Versus Inferiority

Walk or Whiff............................................................. Under Pressure

 

66  Sibling Rivalry

Family Feud............................................................... The ‚ÄúSible‚ÄĚ War

A Noble Accomplishment

Abandoned once more

by his trustworthy diaper

the king’s naked bottom

hangs over the throne

Sentenced by ruling

parents to do,

a chivalrous duty

and push with a groan

Thy regal bladder

must also be emptied

One crusading act

of grand consequence

Like a shining knight

upon white stallion,

poised on potty

for a gallant dispense

Here-ye, here-ye

gather round

The Castle Royalty

proudly announces,

“Today his majesty

made a tinkle

and a poop

weighing

twenty-four ounces!‚ÄĚ

 

 

Toilet (Re)Training


Before you initiate the training of bladder and bowel control, it is

important to understand what you are about to RETRAIN. Up to this

point, the perpetrator of a soiled diaper has been taught that he or she

will be the benefactor of an emotional dividend.


Thewelcoming of your child’s excrementwith tenderness, and a responsible

care for cleanliness, has provided the contingency for an

eventful trade. In exchange for a variety of bodily waste, there shall arrive

the loving attention of a parent (trust), and the reestablishment of

a pleasurable affective state (comfort-security-esteem). Conscientious

parental care taking, in this manner, has both conditioned and reinforced

your child to perceive his or her natural resources as a valuable

commodity. It is therefore not surprising to find that RESISTANCEWILL

ACCOMPANY RETRAINING, as the distribution of this prized material

has become connected to feelings of entitlement, and an overall sense

of psychological prosperity.


Making the transition away from an open armed acceptance of

your child’s fool’s gold must not be rushed. Please keep in mind that

the teaching of ‚Äúgoing potty,‚ÄĚ now necessitates the sacrificial flushing

of a most wonderful gift that was manufactured especially for you. It

is paramount to create a positive atmosphere, where accomplishment

can be assured, and eagerly acknowledged.


Encouraging achievement through the praising or rewarding of

successive approximations (efforts that gradually approximate the desired

outcome) will insure that your child internalize an enhancing

experience of competence. Demanding/shaming are damaging tactics

that have the potential to serve as a detrimental source of critical

doubt, or inhibit the emergence of positive self regard.

"…a short and sweet book with sound insights and advice for parenting from infancy to school-age children. The poems go to the heart of the matter so that parents will be able to remember and connect to the information. His light, easy, and honest approach makes this book useful and a potential go-to for parents and child therapists alike."

CAMFT Book Reviews, July 2015


"We finally had a chance to review your book and liked it very much.  Psychoetry is a sweet read that touches on many of the important aspects of parenting which many people may not consider on their own. It addresses specific ways to approach raising children that will help parents throughout all the stages of their kids' lives. We are adding Psychoetry to our Recommended Parenting Books under General Parenting."

Audrey Krisbergh, Director, The Center for Parenting Education


"I have read it several times now and find I'm more impressed with each reading. It's really a beautiful, unique, work of art! Your linking of poetry together with child development as a vehicle for communicating to parents how to cope with their child is beyond compare. You make parenting a joyful adventure filled with love and caring."

Claude Hill, Ph.D., Executive Director, Parkhill School, Los Angeles, CA


"More wisdom, charm, knowledge, wit, compassion poured out of this well written book, than I ever received in my past 65 years. My only sadness was I wanted more! Perhaps a sequel into adulthood, for all of us whose parents didn't have the benefit of your book, and sadly when we became parents, did not have the benefit of your guidance."

Ms. Ellen Fry, Grandmother


"I recently picked up a copy of Brian Wohlmuth’s Psychoetry. I found it to be informative and educational with a flair of humor, which made it fun to read. As a parent and grandparent I found it to be a quick study on many of the challenges new parents will experience. After reading it, I purchased additional copies for my two daughters. It is a book I recommend."
Richard Markota, Grandfather


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MEDIA APPEARANCES


‚󏬆July 14, 2015 (Final 20 Minute Segment)
TogiNet Radio / Toginet.com
Parent Nation
Host: Tara Kennedy-Kline

 

‚󏬆May 4, 2015
WCHE 1520 AM  Chester County  PA
Perspectives On Parenting / perspectiveonparenting.com
Host: Julia Sherwin

 

‚󏬆April 7, 2015
What Is Psychoetry?
mattforrest.wordpress.com
On-line interview



‚óŹ February 7, 2015
WECK 102.9 FM & 1230 AM  Buffalo N.Y.
Parent Talk (3rd Segment)
Host: Linda O’Conner
Discussion of ‚Äúparenting as energy,‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúuniversal potholes of childhood,‚ÄĚ from¬†Psychoetry: Lessons in Poetic Parenting.


‚óŹ January 23, 2015
LA Talk Radio | The Jeanie Brandes Show
Host: Jeanie Brandes
Discussion of ‚Äúuniversal potholes of childhood‚ÄĚ from¬†Psychoetry: Lessons in Poetic Parenting.

‚óŹ January 9, 2015
LA Talk Radio | The Mother Love Show
Host: Mother Love
Discussion of ‚Äúuniversal potholes of childhood‚ÄĚ from¬†Psychoetry: Lessons in Poetic Parenting.



‚óŹ June 24, 2013
KHTS Radio AM 1220 / Hometownstation.com
Life Leadership 
Host: Alex Urbina

Brian Wohlmuth is a licensed mental health professional and published poet. His twenty-five years in private practice and special education have shaped his unique ¬†perspective in the field of child development. By combining Psychology & Poetry, Brian encourages parents to take a "T-Off Timeout,‚ÄĚ and to embrace each child as an individual to be lovingly unfolded as well as thoughtfully molded.

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