Ask a Boring Question, Get a Boring Response.

20 questions to ask our children instead of, “How was your day?” What response do you get when you ask your children how their day was?  Do you get eye rolls? Is a long, drawn out, and dramatic sigh let out? Maybe they just walk away and pretend they didn’t even hear you?  Or maybe [Read more...]

Parenting Success begins with You

It almost seems inevitable that, as a parent, you feel as though you are failing your children. I am sure you often wonder where you fall on the proverbial scale of successful parenting. It is easy to fall into the trap of comparison and to attribute your child's shortcomings onto yourself. I have personally spent [Read more...]

Video Games

I had the pleasure of having dinner with a good friend and his wife. Now, full disclosure, he is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  He is also married with two children. His oldest son was a complete gentleman. He engaged in the conversation and was just completely great to be around. During our conversation, [Read more...]

Connect, Then Redirect.

Parenting is not easy. No one can deny that truth. One of the main concerns parents and couples have involves disciplining their child. No Drama- Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson is a book that tackles the topic of discipling your child. What is discipline? When you think about discipline, what first comes [Read more...]

Parenting Out of Fear

"Where Fear Is, Happiness Is Not" –Author Unknown I remember the day I brought my first child home from the hospital after giving birth.  I looked down at that little baby and vowed to myself that I would keep her safe for as long as I lived.  While watching her sleep at night, I would [Read more...]

Caring for the Mess-Maker

My toddler recently got the stomach bug. Even worse, he projectile vomited all over the rug in front of a friend that was at my house for the first time. Later that day, I was giving him a bath without having first finished cleaning up all of the accidents around the house. That’s when it hit [Read more...]

By |2019-02-14T09:43:41+00:00February 13th, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Relationships, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on Caring for the Mess-Maker

Beyond Baby Blues

The birth of a child is often a celebrated event. However, this event is followed by an adjustment period for all members of the family, but most especially the new mother. It is common for her to experience a large range of emotions such as happiness, joy, feeling overwhelmed, or even sadness. Feelings of sadness [Read more...]

By |2019-02-13T08:41:13+00:00February 5th, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Beyond Baby Blues

Creating Mindfulness in Motherhood

There are many pressures and responsibilities that fall under the umbrella of motherhood. Dinner. Laundry. Doctor appointments. Grocery shopping. Extracurriculars for the kids. The list goes on and it most likely does not even take into account a mother’s personal or career needs. Motherhood can be pretty exhausting and just plain overwhelming at times. How [Read more...]

By |2019-02-12T15:36:29+00:00January 24th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Coping Skills, Family, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Uncategorized, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Creating Mindfulness in Motherhood

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!