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Self-Care 101: Mind, Body, and Spirit

What is Self-Care? Self-care means taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy, you can be well, you can do your job, you can help and care for others, and you can do all the things you need to and want to accomplish in a day.  Simply put, self-care is a conscious act […]

July 4th: Independence and Your Teen

July 4th teens and family

Let me begin by wishing you a Happy July 4th, the day of the official signing of the Declaration of Independence when we went from a colony to a country.  Millions of Americans have died since 1776 to allow all of us to keep our freedoms and liberties, the greatest experiment in democracy and capitalism […]

Happy Father’s Day From a Survivor

Happy Father's Day

Father’s Day should be a positive day for dads throughout the year. Better than birthdays. Better than Christmas. Even better than your family vacation. All the attention of your family goes into this day. And for your children, all their attention shifts from themselves to their fathers.  Fathers feel proud, excited, joyous, and elated about […]

What Are Gender Pronouns and Why Are They Important?

What are pronouns? A pronoun is a word that refers to either the people talking (like I or you) or someone or something that is being talked about (like she, I, them, and this). Gender pronouns (like he, hers, and them) specifically refer to people that you are talking about. What is a “Gender Pronoun”? A […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Are You Ready?

According to US News and World Report, teen suicide is up 4.5-fold (450%) in the last decade, with the bulk of the increase in the last three years.Covid lockdowns and social malfunction have been the new fuel on the depression fire.  National data has given us alarming and awful statistics about how our teens are […]

Mother’s Day is Around the Corner. Is Your Teen Ready?

Let me begin by wishing all of the mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day. It’s a wonderful day. As someone who lost their mother at a young age, I am always in awe of those who still have their mothers with them.  This is also a good time to talk to your teen about their feelings […]

Is Teen Counseling a Good Idea?

Nearly one in three teens will experience a major form of anxiety and/or depression this year. With teen suicide at epidemic levels, we as parents must peel away the layers of moodiness and irritability to find out whether our teens are experiencing one-time issues or if something chronic developing.  We can’t be wrong in paying more […]

Spring Has Sprung For Your Teen, and So Has Their Anxiety

It absolutely feels terrific that the weather has turned nice, we aren’t wearing masks (for the most part), and we are planning our summer vacations. However, for your teen, they are coming to the end of this school year. That means taking tests that can create stress, anxiety, and depression. Also, for seniors, it means the […]

Global Anxiety and Your Teen

How can an invasion by Russia into Ukraine possibly influence the level of anxiety and depression in your teen? The answer is that we have been bombarded with stress due to Covid, a closed economy, closed schools, masks everywhere, and now a potential war in Europe. As parents, we were more stressed out in the […]

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Yes, the CDC saw a 51 percent increase in suicide attempts by adolescent girls during the pandemic.   Yes, emergency department mental health visits were up 31 percent among adolescents during the same period, driven by higher incidents of crises among young girls. Yet, we cannot blame all of this on the COVID-19 pandemic.  Last week, […]

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