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Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

October 30, 2017

Sexual scandals and abuse in the Pentagon, U.S Olympics, and Hollywood have led to an eye-opening movement. Millions of women and men have begun sharing their stories of sexual abuse and harassment as part of #MeToo. Many of us have been unaware and feel incensed by th...

October 3, 2017

The massive shooting in Las Vegas has us all asking the same question: why? We wanted to believe it would never happen again after Newtown, Connecticut, but then the Orlando, Florida shooting happened. Rather than simply tuning out from what happened, I encourage you t...

September 18, 2017

Teaching your children to honor privacy leads to healthy boundaries, trust, and respect. The majority of parents begin early by designating a room for their child. Parents decorate the room, which may have once been a nursery, and the room changes with the child. There...

August 25, 2017

My first memory of being afraid was when I was about four years old. There was a tornado passing over my town, but it wasn’t the storm that caused my fear; after all, I didn’t know what a tornado was. What frightened me was my parents’ anxiety and stress – their worrie...

August 21, 2017

Beginning school is a time of excitement and anxiety for children; for parents, it can bring worry and concern about their little ones. Minor separation anxiety is normal in children, whether the child is a few months old or is leaving for college. However, strong sepa...

July 24, 2017

You just got back from your summer vacation and now it’s time to go back to “real life.” Post-summer vacation blues are a real thing. The excitement, the lazy mornings, and late evenings are over. Feelings of urgency and stress begin moments after you get back.

Reflecti...

July 17, 2017

If you feel stuck in a summer slump, you’re not alone. The kids are out of school, programs have summer hours, and friends and coworkers are on vacation. Even your relationship seems to be in a slump. The plans you had to get in shape or spend more time with your partn...

June 19, 2017

You go to work, you come home, and then you’re surrounded by kids. Your partner then comes home, feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. If you feel as though life is closing in on you and you’re being suffocated with too much “togetherness,” you’re not alone. When you can’...

June 12, 2017

Dads are so important in their child’s life. One of the biggest emotional losses for a child regardless of age is the loss of their dad. It doesn’t matter how old you are when it happens. You feel as though a part of you is gone. If you grew up with an absent dad or on...

May 22, 2017

The summer may mean more relaxed schedules for kids, but for parents it means the kids are around 24/7. If you’re like many parents, you don’t wake up alone with your partner; you wake up with at least one kid in your bed. You may have been able to find quiet time with...

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