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Find the Time to Reflect & Unplug

Find the Time to Reflect & Unplug

I was remembering what things were like when I was a kid: when getting home from school meant grabbing a row of saltine crackers, the jar of peanut butter, a glass of milk and gathering around the tv like moths to the light - Starsky & Hutch, Magnum PI, Dukes of...

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4 Ways Adults Can Support Youth Mental Health

4 Ways Adults Can Support Youth Mental Health

Thirteen years ago, I was nearly in high school, about to get my first period, and less predictably, at the cusp of a series major mental health crises. To make matters worse, my friendship with the best friend I had relied on since kindergarten, was reaching its slow...

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Dealing with Screen & Gaming in these uncertain times

Dealing with Screen & Gaming in these uncertain times

A friend recently reminded me of the Dandelion and Orchid theory.  While the majority of kids are believed to be dandelions (meaning they are better able to deal with stress), I think we can all recognize that some kids have a harder time dealing with their emotions...

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Techniques to Manage Adverse Effects of Social Media

Techniques to Manage Adverse Effects of Social Media

This is the photo I shared with my family and friends on Monday, Oct 19 (on what would have been Myles' 14th birthday). Pretty beautiful, eh?  I shared it with them to let them know that I was okay.  What this picture doesn’t tell is how I was struggling with my...

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How to remove judgment when we listen to children

How to remove judgment when we listen to children

The interesting thing about listening is that, when we don’t separate our own internal dialogue from what we hear, we may unwittingly end up judging the person who is sharing with us.  Conversely, when we share with someone, it is incredibly disheartening to not be...

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Simple Strategies to Create Microcosms of Positivity

Simple Strategies to Create Microcosms of Positivity

The stress and anxiety that we are continuously exposed to can be contagious and impact our relationships and our own feelings of safety, internal peace, and positive outlook.  On a philosophical level, I can’t help but hope that the level of disruption we are...

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A few tips to help focus on the positive

A few tips to help focus on the positive

Negative thoughts have a way of taking over, especially when we are having a tough time with one or more aspects of our lives, and it can be really difficult to stop them.  Changing our thought patterns to be more positive can be easier said than done, however, with...

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How did it go? (Back to school in times of COVID)

How did it go? (Back to school in times of COVID)

For those of us who had to deal with back-to-school, this week has been unusual to say the least.  Many schools scrambled to communicate their back-to-school strategies with parents, and parents scrambled to make sure their kids were prepared for the first day back. ...

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