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Mindfulness With Nature

Posted Posted in Mindfulness

Read this article to learn more about how to use mindfulness through nature. Mindfulness in Action I turned the corner at the Iowa Arts Festival, and saw picture after picture of nature: raw, beautiful, and unique. “Oh, look at how cool these are,” I said to my son. “What’s so cool?” asked a voice behind […]

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Self-Care and Self-Compassion Improves Parenting

Posted Posted in Coping, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Parenting, Self-care

Self-compassion is an important part of parenting children and adolescents.  A few years ago, the Washington Post published an article called “Teaching Children Self-Compassion by Modeling it Ourselves” by Mandy Lange.  The article addresses the idea that children learn how to respond to their difficulties, stressors, and mistakes through their own experiences, and through what […]

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Music For Strength: 8 Songs That May Help Get You Through Tough Times

Posted Posted in Depression, Gratitude, Latest News, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Resiliency, Self-care

Music is powerful  Music has existed from the earliest of times to the streaming services of today.  Many of us can think of a song connected to something important in our lives.  It could a vacation, a fun day with friends, or graduation.  When we hear that song again, it often brings back memories of people, events, and […]

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The Summer Before College: 7 Tips for Parents and Teens

Posted Posted in College, Coping, Latest News, Parenting, Relationships

The summer before college represents a huge transition between high school graduation and leaving for school in the fall. Families are proud, excited, worried, and quite busy. There is much to do and prepare for, especially if that teen is headed to college in the fall. The summer after graduation is an exciting and overwhelming […]

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Finding Your Way Through Status Anxiety

Posted Posted in Family, Parenting, Resiliency

Issues related to status and college pressures are familiar to many people, particularly given the college admission scandals in the news lately.  Recently, federal prosecutors filed charges against a group of parents who paid someone to “help” admit their children to particular colleges. Specifically, these parents paid to have someone else take standardized entrance exams for […]

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Snow day!

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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