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Reflecting to Build Greater Self-Awareness

Reflecting to Build Greater Self-Awareness

I have been reflecting a lot lately on how we form our worldviews. Perhaps this stems from a desire to understand how the lines are drawn behind which we entrench ourselves.  I consider myself to be pretty open minded, empathetic, and compassionate, and I am also a...

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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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