Social Distancing

Coping with Social Distancing: An Extrovert’s Perspective on Staying Socially Connected and Grounded.

Posted Posted in Coping, Latest News, Self-care, social distancing

Social distancing is a new reality for us. There is a lot to learn about this new way of being. Simply staying socially connected can become a major challenge. As an extrovert, I have been craving social get-togethers, going out to eat with friends, big family gatherings, and even going to work to be around […]

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Uncertainty in the Midst of Corona Virus

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Medical

Corona virus concerns seem to be everywhere: the television, the internet, the news, and our homes. Our children are out of school, and our college students are likely home early. And it seems like there are no clear answers or ways to help. These concerns represent a lot of uncertainty, and as a result, cause us a lot of stress.

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Girl getting a shot

Vaccines for Children Are Not Linked to Mental Health Conditions

Posted Posted in vaccines

There is a lot of misinformation about vaccines, particularly as it relates to mental health conditions. Some communities report that vaccines have links to Autism, Schizophrenia, and other neurological concerns.  However, it is important to know the facts.   Here are some basic facts about vaccines and mental illness. 1)  Vaccines do not cause mental illness.  The government […]

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Joyful Snow-showers

Posted Posted in Resiliency

Snowflakes, soft and fluffy, were floating down, atop the 8 inches of snow on the ground. I watched my dog delightedly running circles in the yard as if to say, “Yey! Fresh snow! Look at me!” I called my 12 year-old son to the window. “I wonder why all dogs, big or small, short coats […]

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How to Talk to Your Child About Scary Things in Uncertain Times

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Communication, Latest News, Parenting

It is important to talk to your child about scary events, especially when we are in uncertain times. However, it can be extraordinarily difficult for parents.  We want to share our values regarding events.  Likewise, it can be hard for children to talk to their parents. Sometimes, children ask questions that we are not prepared to […]

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The Importance of Maintaining Routines for Children on Snow Days

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Family, Latest News, Self-care

Snow day! Here in the Midwest, we are experiencing a record-breaking amount of school cancellations due to weather.  It is fun to have an occasional random day to stay home and relax.  However, weekly snow days – sometimes more than one per week – can make it difficult for children to be ready to learn […]

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How to Help Your Child Open Up to You.

Helping Your Child Open Up to You

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Children and Adolescents, Communication, Latest News, Parenting

Children commonly have a hard time talking to their parents. It can be hard to open up. For some, it is a normal developmental stage. Other children are described by parents as shy or sensitive.   Additionally, children with anxiety or depression often keep difficult thoughts, feelings, and experiences to themselves.    There are many reasons that children […]

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Friends Celebrating Christmas

Thoughtful Conversation Topics for the Holidays (and a Few to Avoid)

Posted Posted in Communication, Family, Friendships, Latest News

One of the best things about the holiday season is getting together with people you haven’t seen in a while. This time of year often brings the opportunity to catch up with friends and family members. While this is wonderful, it can also be difficult to know what to talk about, how to start a […]

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