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How to Teach Our Kids to Let it Be, Let it Go…

How to Teach Our Kids to Let it Be, Let it Go…

Let it be, let it go!  Whether The Beatles or Idina Mendel’s theme song from Frozen come to mind, it is sound advice to learn to let things be or let them go when those things make us feel anxious, stress, sad, or generally bad.  To know what we can control and learn...

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A Few Tips to Help Kids Prepare for Transitions

A Few Tips to Help Kids Prepare for Transitions

Dealing with transitions sometimes looks and feels a lot like grief for those of us who struggle to let go of things that are familiar and secure.   While not everyone will feel this way, for many, taking time to prepare for transitions can help us move towards...

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Tips to help deal with Fear and Anxiety

Tips to help deal with Fear and Anxiety

Fear is one of the strongest emotions that we face in life.  How we respond to fear and anxiety is very personal, and can vary significantly given our genetics and life experiences.  Many of us can relate to times that feelings of fear and anxiety can hijack our...

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Finding Purpose in times of Trauma and Tragedy

Finding Purpose in times of Trauma and Tragedy

A few of my articles have focused on relationships – creating an inner circle and building a sense of community – because having a supportive social network can help to provide meaning and connection in our lives. To have people to laugh with, to turn to when we are...

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Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Youth on the Path to Self Identity

Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Youth on the Path to Self Identity

Coming out and sharing one’s personal journey to LGBTQ+ identity is no doubt an incredibly scary and vulnerable time for a youth, requiring a tremendous amount of courage. It can also be a scary and vulnerable time for parents and caregivers, and present an...

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How communities can support the mental health of black youth

How communities can support the mental health of black youth

When my son was 3, I would always hear, “he’s so cute”.  When my son was 8, I would often hear, “he has the most beautiful smile”.  My son is now 14, and I don’t hear those comments anymore.  Has he reached the age where he is no longer seen as adorable?  As with so...

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Ways to help develop our kids’ sense of community

Ways to help develop our kids’ sense of community

Different types of connection with different communities have multiple benefits for all of us, and when we help our kids foster their connections with their communities, it can help with their socio-emotional development, their confidence, and can also help them to...

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Ways we can Establish & Maintain a Supportive Inner Circle

Ways we can Establish & Maintain a Supportive Inner Circle

Establishing a positive and supportive inner circle builds on the concept of connection and extends it to navigating multiple relationships that form our inner circles.  For the purposes of this child & youth focused article, we define inner circle as extending...

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