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Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

July 9, 2018

No one wants to admit weakness, but no one can do it all. From the stay-at-home parent to the career parent, everyone experiences burnout and stress. Parents hope for relief from demanding work schedules when summer comes, but often the summer worsens situational stres...

May 28, 2018

The school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas left the school staff, community members, and parents feeling frightened and overwhelmed. How do we reconcile what happened in Santa Fe and model strength and resilience to our children? How do we attend funerals of young people w...

May 21, 2018

With our hearts breaking as we watch the unbearable news about another teen shooting in a school close to home, we ask the same question. Why? What is happening that another teen deliberately makes a plan, posts it on social media, and methodically kills anyone in his...

Mother’s Day is a day moms look forward to and dad’s dread. What do you give the woman who spends her entire life giving to her kids and family? How do you make mom feel special? Mom’s aren’t always honest when it comes to telling their partners what they want most, an...

March 7, 2018

It’s Spring Break and, even if you can’t get off from work or afford a trip, don’t let that discourage you from taking a break with your children. A week with the children at home is more than an extended weekend – it’s an opportunity for families to improve communicat...

February 18, 2018

The school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day has many parents anxious and afraid to send their child to school. The fiber of our community is affected with each school shooting, and there have already been two since the new year. How can we possibly reas...

December 21, 2017

For many, going home for the holidays is a happy time including laughter, intimate discussions, fond memories and the warmth of being together. Unfortunately, for some this is not their experience. Instead, they recall fights, caustic words yelled carelessly, and rough...

December 17, 2017

My friend’s daughter had glanced at the news while she was playing and suddenly ran to her mother and asked, “Mommy, what if Santa can’t afford Christmas this year?” She had seen the affects in the aftermath of Harvey and was concerned after her own family had suffered...

December 10, 2017

Because being a stepparent around the holidays isn't easy.

More than fifty percent of children in the U.S. are raised in single-parent families. This can cause tension and stress during the holidays because kids may join their other biological parent — the one they don'...

November 19, 2017

When you were growing up, your parents may have reminded you of all the things you have to be grateful for – a roof over your head, a warm bed at night, and dinner at the table with your family. When Harvey came to Houston, many of the basics most of us never thought a...

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