Thirty and Thriving: Structured Play Time Can Help Your Child

Today, parents are busier than ever before and disconnected from their children. Moms, dads, and caretakers… I have one question: Can you give attention to your child for thirty minutes a week? There is no magic wand to help a child behave or to build a relationship with them. Nevertheless, small and intentional deposits into [Read more...]

By |2018-12-10T11:07:37+00:00December 6th, 2018|Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting|Comments Off on Thirty and Thriving: Structured Play Time Can Help Your Child

How Postpartum Stole Christmas!

Christmas time is approaching. The cups at Starbucks are now red, stores are selling stocking stuffers, treats to bring to the next gathering, and are blasting holiday tunes. You probably have an image in your head of what you wanted this season to look like; longing to experience the joy with the new member of [Read more...]

By |2018-12-06T11:32:25+00:00November 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Antisocial, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Family, Holidays, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Self-care, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on How Postpartum Stole Christmas!

Community of Trust

How to create safety and independence for our children in the world today I recently listened to a podcast called Sorta Awesome. A licensed clinical social worker Leann Gardner (http://www.leanngardner.com) was interviewed in episode 99 on talking about sex with kids. She discussed a lot of interesting things. One topic was the importance of cultivating [Read more...]

By |2018-11-20T15:13:16+00:00November 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Community of Trust

Parents Playing Nice

Divorce is typically not someone’s first choice of outcome when they get married. However, sometimes things don’t go as planned and divorce becomes a part of the story. It’s never easy to handle, and it becomes more complicated when children are involved. Parents may get divorced, but they must continue to interact with each other [Read more...]

By |2018-11-15T14:27:55+00:00November 15th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on Parents Playing Nice

Is Your Marriage Child-Centered?

It is difficult to balance nurturing a marriage and the relationship with your kids. I don’t know a couple who doesn’t struggle with this. If you are caught in the child-centered grind, I imagine you’re schedule has become more crowded with child activities.   Disclaimer: I very much believe kids are a blessing and we [Read more...]

By |2018-11-06T11:11:20+00:00November 6th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Communication, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Is Your Marriage Child-Centered?

What does transgender mean?

Understanding transgender youth is an important part of understanding the complexities of human nature. This blog is for you if you have a child who is exploring their gender. It can be hard to support your child if you don’t understand the different identities that young kids are associating with. Fear not! I am here [Read more...]

By |2018-10-18T15:45:23+00:00October 18th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health, Parenting|Comments Off on What does transgender mean?

No Means No

5 things to consider when it comes to teaching “consent” to your children I don’t think there is any good way to talk about this, so let’s just dive right in. I’m talking about consent!  As a parent, about a million different questions have entered into my mind about how to talk about this, among [Read more...]

By |2019-01-09T16:41:06+00:00October 5th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting|Comments Off on No Means No

Youth Mental Health Issues: Helping Your Child Experience Success At School

Are you tired of getting those dreaded phone calls from your child’s teacher or principal or school counselor?  What has Timmy done now? How many days of in-school suspension will he have this week?  Do I really need to attend another conference to discuss Ashley’s progress?  Parenting a struggling child can be stressful for all [Read more...]

By |2018-10-02T08:56:29+00:00September 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Parenting, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Youth Mental Health Issues: Helping Your Child Experience Success At School

How to Survive Becoming an Empty Nester

Part 2:  Thriving vs. Surviving the Empty Nest The tough part of becoming an empty nester is over!  You have already taken a ride on that not so fun emotional roller coaster after launching your child out of the nest and into the world.  Now that you are learning how to deal with the hole [Read more...]

By |2018-09-21T12:05:47+00:00September 11th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Family, Mental Health, Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on How to Survive Becoming an Empty Nester

Increasing Connection Through Movement

It is no secret that most people nowadays need more exercise. Turn on the TV or pick up a magazine and you will see dozens of ads, interviews, and articles talking about obesity, diabetes, the latest diet crazes, and ways to work out in a short time. It is also not a secret that many [Read more...]

By |2018-10-02T09:33:29+00:00September 5th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on Increasing Connection Through Movement