Stress, Self-Care & Your Kids

Practicing self care as a family supports the relational bond and is a constructive way to model healthy and effective skills to manage future stressors.

A Parenting Manifesto

Brene Brown encourages every parent to create their own parenting manifesto in their household.

Ease the Back to School Butterflies

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As summer comes to an end, you may notice your kids asking more questions about going back to school. The start of a new school year may also bring on a case of butterflies about all the upcoming changes. Kids may feel worried about having a new teacher, finding friends … Read More

Gratitude is Good for Your Health

Each year before Thanksgiving dinner, my family has a tradition of going around the table and sharing one thing we’ve been grateful for in the past year. What strikes me every year is that the things that are shared, year after year, have to do with support, love, connection, faith,  … Read More

5 Ways to Compliment Your Kids

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A major role in parenting is instilling confidence in children. In order to feel competent and valued, kids need to hear certain things from their parents. A compliment can drive a child towards great things. Some of the best and most meaningful compliments can come from Mom and Dad. Here … Read More

Rationalization is Unhealthy

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Over the past few months, I’ve written about a number of defense mechanisms and the important role they play in human interaction. Defense mechanisms reflect the mind’s brilliantly creative approach to protecting itself. While each of them can be effective in different situations, I freely admit that rationalization is my … Read More

Decision Making with Distractions

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Thanks to technology, travel, and education, we live in a world of almost endless possibilities. We have access to opportunities and experiences that previous generations couldn’t have even imagined. However, it’s also easier than ever to lose focus, to lose valuable time simply sorting through our options. It can feel … Read More

How’s Your Emotional Hygiene?

Have you ever stopped to consider that many people spend more time taking care of their physical health than their psychological health? Ignoring psychological injuries (failure, rejection, loneliness) can worsen just as much as ignoring a recurring migraine or strained muscle. In his TED Talk, “Why We All Need to … Read More