Until you had your own child, perhaps you could not ever have imagined how much love you could feel. How protective you would be.

So when you see that your child is suffering or having trouble, that instinct kicks in full force. Rightly so.

If it's a small thing, you can kiss it and make it better. But it may be something bigger. Be aware of emotional and behavioral changes in your child. Here are some things to watch for:

Should your child need it, be assured that the great thing about counseling for children is that there are special standard therapies that have been developed just for them. Many children respond really well to Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy. It feels safe to them and helps them explore their feelings and share what is going on within them.

If you're concerned about your child, there's a reason. Get help.

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots. The other – wings."

-- HODDING CARTER, JR.

"Here's what we know about the best therapies for children: It's all about relationships. Some say as much as 85% of change can be attributed to the relationship formed between the therapist and the child and/or the parent."

-- MICHAEL UNGAR, Ph.D.