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Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

April 1, 2020

Parents are trying hard to do it all. Homeschooling kids, entertaining little ones, working from home, and trying to keep everyone on schedule creates a lot of stress and anxiety. It’s a difficult job under ordinary conditions let alone during an uncertain and frighten...

March 6, 2020

It’s Spring Break and, even if you can’t get off from work, afford a trip, or your trip has been cancelled, don’t let that discourage you from taking a break with your children. A week with the children at home is an opportunity for families to improve communication, t...

January 24, 2020

News from the British royal family revealed a situation that is becoming more and more prevalent among young people everywhere. It may seem drastic that Prince Harry and Princess Meghan had to break up and move away from their family to achieve space for each other and...

October 4, 2019

U.S politics has never been as divisive and labile as it has within recent years. All signs currently suggest that this will continue as impeachment hearings are suggested, stocks plummet, and hate crimes and shootings continue. 

The instability is felt by most American...

August 12, 2019

August brings the reminder of new beginnings and transitions. Although you may be feeling lethargic from the heat and still cleaning sand left over from June and July’s vacations, your children are very aware their life is about to change. Transitions are a challenge n...

May 24, 2019

Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off to summer, but it’s meaning runs much deeper. It’s a time to pay respect to the men and women who have given their life in service. As you enjoy a picnic lunch with friends and family or a backyard barbecue, I recommend these fiv...

Mother’s Day is a day moms look forward to and dad’s dread. The pressure is real; what do you give the woman who spends her entire life giving to her kids and family? How do you make mom feel special? Moms lovingly accept breakfast in bed (spills and all) and homemade...

April 8, 2019

According to a new Pew Research Center survey, almost one third of families living together use texting in lieu of conversing face-to-face. Texting has become the easy, convenient way to communicate between partners and family members. The statistic was higher when fam...

December 10, 2018

One in three Americans are suffering from what experts have coined “Festive Holiday Burnout.”  A recent study surveyed 2,000 Americans, and 68% said they see Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas as high stress times. One third of those surveyed said they burned out be...

November 26, 2018

Ribbons, wrappings, and bows are beautiful, but once you open the package and see the gift the moment of sheer happiness is short-lived. Psychology research has shown that experiences bring more happiness than possessions. Anticipation of the experience brings joy to t...

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