College and the Parenting Role Shift – from Director to Cheerleader

The FASFA has been successfully completed, acceptance letters responded to and dorm room supplies purchased…and yet… The shift in roles when sending a child away to college is as scary and significant as the change in roles when you become...

Tips for Finding Calm During Chaos

  We all experience moments of absolute chaos…the kids are screaming, the phone is ringing, something is boiling over on the stove or a major project must be completed for work. Emotions can overwhelm us, overriding our better instincts to...

Be Mindful Today to Feel Better and Live Better Tomorrow

“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.” -- Eckhart Tolle Mindfulness is an ancient practice that has been lost in today’s modern busy...

5 Parenting Tips for Sending Your Child off to College

I was watching a nest of robins early this summer. It seemed that the three young ones and the parents were having challenges negotiating exactly what they wanted. The chicks were too large for the nest and were falling out....

How Do You Change Teen Behavior?

Maybe you need to take a pie to the face. We did. Have you ever had to do something that you didn’t really want to do? Mowed the yard on a hot day? Cleaned the house on the weekend? Got...

How Institutional Racism and Racial Microaggressions Affect Minority Mental Health

In honor of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, I’d like to address an important issue impacting our society – institutional racism and racial microaggressions. It is no secret that our country has a significant history of racism. Some argue that...

Supporting Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum

As more and more children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it is important as a parent to learn more about the disorder and those who experience ASD. Current estimates from the Center for Disease Control are that 1...

Tips for Talking to Someone You Think is Self-Harming

The majority of people who self-harm carry great shame regarding their method for managing emotions. Therefore, there are not clear statistics on the prevalence self-harm. However, estimates range from 13-24% of the population. Self-harm typically begins in adolescence and the...

Caring For Yourself When There’s Traumatic News

Do you have a smart phone? Regularly access news on the internet? Check in often on your social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.? If you do, you are probably getting ample exposure to the news and media. If...

13 Principles of Healing After Spiritual Abuse

Spirituality often becomes more important to us in times of tragedy, loss, suffering and illness because it connects us to both our higher power and those around us, helps us to find meaning and purpose, and brings us hope and...