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Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

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...

October 15, 2018

When I talk with fathers about their unborn children, most of them are comfortable with the idea of a son but are a bit more apprehensive about having a girl. They worry they’ll have nothing in common and or wonder what they conversations will be like. As a society, we...

October 4, 2018

One of the most basic needs of humans is connection. We need to know we matter and are loved by others. With technological advancement and blurred boundaries between work and home, we’ve used social media to bridge connection with each other. However, social media is l...

August 9, 2018

The majority of children like going to school. They anticipate seeing their friends and teachers again and enjoy participating in school activities. School encompasses a large proportion of your child’s life so their excitement and eagerness is a welcomed sign to most...

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