Child sitting with blank paper, surrounded by art supplies. Mental Health conditions in kids are important to address.
    March 27, 2016
    Mental Health Conditions Play a Key Role in Overall Health

    There is little room to doubt that over the past few decades diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions has come a long ways. Today, a greater percentage of individuals suffering from various…

    Health teens playing in fall leaves. Social interactions can help prevent teenage drug addiction.
    March 14, 2016
    Mental illness and Drug Abuse in Teens

    Teens who experience depression, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses are likely to fall prey to substance abuse and teenage drug addiction. This is called “comorbidity,” which develops whe…

    Small boy watering a plant -- random acts of kindness.
    February 15, 2016
    11 Ways Kindness Improves Your Health

    We all know being kind makes us feel good, but did you know it’s actually good for your health, too? It’s true. Doing good is like medicine for your mind and body with far-reaching impacts that wi…

    7 Steps to Developing Self-Aware Children
    June 3, 2014
    7 Steps to Developing Self-Aware Children

    Self-awareness is a key predictor of a child’s ability to be balanced and secure in life. Being self-aware helps kids establish positive peer relationships, allows them to get along well at home and…

    5 Ways to Parent the Forgiveness-Cure
    June 2, 2014
    5 Ways to Parent the Forgiveness-Cure

    As parents we must teach our children the realities of life.  Life hurts us, people hurt us, we hurt other people and we hurt ourselves. That is what relationships and life are about. The sooner we l…

    Mother Healer Champion
    January 17, 2014
    Mother, Healer, Champion

    “Am I a bad mom?” I grew up witness to motherhood as simultaneously fierce and beautiful, gentle and brave. I also bore witness to how few people seemed to recognize the power and grace of the pro…

    Motherhood Enduring
    January 16, 2014
    Enduring Motherhood? Motherhood Enduring!

    Choose wisely for now and later Early in my career, I was blessed to have some amazing managers. One in particular left me with words that deeply impacted both my professional and personal lives. This…

    Motherhood Translated
    January 15, 2014
    Motherhood Translated

    Is mothering really work? A judge once asked my dad where my mom worked. My dad dismissively replied that she didn't work. She just stayed home with the kids. Incredulous, the judge questioned his ass…

    Mommy v Mother
    January 14, 2014
    Mommy v. Mother

    The making of a "mommy blogger" I am "Mommy." I love being called "Mommy" by my four-year-old son as much as I don't love being called that by anyone else. Strangers only rarely refer to me this way o…

    Nurturing-power
    January 13, 2014
    Motherhood: Nurturing Power

    Dreaming about the future eased some of the pain of a rocky childhood. Instead of worrying if my family would have food, if we'd be able to keep warm, or if my dad would be in a good mood when we saw …

    childs quirks
    January 3, 2014
    3 Ways to Love your Child’s Quirks

    My daughter has a big, powerful voice. My other daughter likes to do things better than everyone else. These are personality quirks that are often the source of conversations around our house. Convers…

    Coping
    January 2, 2014
    Coping with the Crying

    She’s not fine, I thought. She keeps crying. I’m doing something wrong. I have no idea what to do. These are the things I remember thinking in the first few months of my twin daughters’ lives. M…

    mom melt
    January 1, 2014
    Avoiding a Mommy Meltdown

    We’ve all been there. A really, really long day. The children haven’t been listening or they have been fighting or crying non-stop. And we haven’t had a chance to take care of ourselves. The lit…

    Mom Burnout
    December 31, 2013
    3 Causes of Mom Burnout

    It's not just all that hard work and those daily battles wearing you out. You NEED time for yourself. You know you do. And sometimes, you even get a little -- but not nearly as much as you wish or nee…

    Happy Mornings
    December 30, 2013
    The Art of Happy Mornings

    I really love mornings. I love the newness of the day, the opportunity -- the chance to get it all right, for once. And I love the coffee. But what I don’t love is when the really early alarm goes o…

    The Gift of Presence
    December 24, 2013
    What the Holidays Mean to Me: The Gift of Presence

    Depending on your stage in life, the biggest part of the holidays can be the presents or your presence. Children are anxious to wake-up and see what presents are under the tree, while elderly people a…

    MAKING HOLIDAYS TIES THAT BIND
    December 7, 2013
    Holidays in “Blended Families”: Making Holidays Ties That Bind, not Ties That Break

    Scheduling, Scheduling, Scheduling. What Are We to Do? Stepfamilies include at least one parent in another household. This fact can make holiday scheduling daunting. Because both mom and dad want to b…

    Realistic Health Resolutions and Goals
    November 22, 2013
    Setting Realistic Health Resolutions and Goals

    Many people are already making their New Year’s resolutions and thinking, “this time I’m going to stick with it.” So often however, our resolutions go the way side within a few weeks. In one s…

    Children Stress Free Christmas
    November 21, 2013
    8 Tips for Keeping Your Children Stress Free This Christmas Season

    Holiday season is right on top of us. Even though stores were playing Christmas music and putting out Christmas decorations before Halloween, it isn’t officially what I would consider “Christmas…

    Avoiding Overeating
    November 19, 2013
    Tips for Avoiding Overeating During the Holidays

    Here come the holidays and with them comes food, food and more food. If you believe the old saying, “through the lips and onto the hips”, you’re probably already stressing out over how you’re …