Parents, Prevention, Safe Socializing, Social Norms

Parent Talk: Stages of Summer

"I'm bored".  The dreaded summer whining that parents everywhere are trying to avoid hearing at least for the first few weeks of summer.  There's always "those parents" who seem to have every moment of summer booked with life changing enrichment activities, but most of the rest of us are just struggling through trying to find some… Continue reading Parent Talk: Stages of Summer

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The Lost Art of “Tête-a-Tête”

For those of us in the boomer generation, we remember family dinners around the table with face-to-face conversations about our day, current events, and a multitude of other topics. No cell phones, no tablets, no computers, no iPads, and no TV during dinner. Little did we know back then the most impacting mental health therapy… Continue reading The Lost Art of “Tête-a-Tête”

Health and Wellness, Parents, Prevention

Stress Busting Ninja

It’s 8 am and I’m already exhausted.  So far, I’ve gotten all three kids ready, fed, and off to 3 different schools despite the fact that my oldest “never has anything to wear” and my youngest spent the entire car ride sobbing because he couldn’t bring the snail he found on the driveway, I showered… Continue reading Stress Busting Ninja

Alcohol, Parents, Social Norms, Underage Alcohol Use

The Talk

“Mom, my friends are all going to a party and I want to go”.  The words pinged around my brain like a pin ball, lighting up every fear receptor imaginable.  A party?  Already?  What if they have alcohol or drugs there?  Have I talked to her enough about drugs and alcohol….have I talked to her… Continue reading The Talk

Addiction, Alcohol, Marijuana, Prevention, Recovery, Resources

The Six Fix for Holiday Blues

The holidays are here! It’s my favorite time of the year.  The smells from the kitchen, the lights, the decorations, family all together laughing and having fun, and traditions passed down from generation to generation.  Everyone I run into seems a little more joyful and kind.  However, the holidays aren’t so joyful for everyone.  In… Continue reading The Six Fix for Holiday Blues