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“It’s Not If, It’s When” – Managing Anxiety for Parents of Kids with Chronic Illnesses

You’re not worried if the bridge is going to collapse while driving.  You’re not losing sleep about if all the pillows are lined up straight downstairs on the couch.  You’re not worried about catching a life threatening illness from using a public washroom. You’re worried when your next hospital trip ...

5 Easy Ways to Avoid Holiday Burnout This Year

As the holiday’s approach, I find myself with a growing sense of dread due to the amount of “holiday things” that go on our calendar.  Parties, events, family gatherings, shows…you name it, we got it on our list of “things that we HAVE to do.”   But as our lives have ...

A Holiday Wellness Check: Enjoying the season on your own terms

gjoyjoy‘Tis the season for all things jolly and bright! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the holiday season is officially in full swing. This is the time of year for office parties, Friendsgivings, and just plain entertaining and mingling. It is no coincidence that this time of year is accompanied ...

Kindness Always Wins

Do Things For People Not Because of Who They Are or What They Do In Return, But Because of Who You Are – Harold S. Kushner   Being kind not only has a direct effect on others, but it has a positive impact on you as well. Everybody can use ...

Grieving Unmet Expectations

When you think of grief, it is likely what comes Sad flowers to mind is bereavement and grief after someone passes away. Grieving is something much deeper and wider than only applying to the loss of a loved one. Grief is a loss -- a loss of any kind. Grief ...

Living Vicariously Through Your Child

To live vicariously through your child often means to push your own ambitions onto your offspring in order to gain a feeling of success or achievement.  More than anything, most parents desire for their children to have wonderful lives. For many parents, this means reassuring that their kids do not ...

Turning Our “Yes” Into a “Hell, Yes” by Saying it Less Often

We are getting into holiday season! Enter in the excited butterflies and overall groans as we wince under the weight of additional responsibilities. Kids activities, spouse holiday parties, crunching more work into less hours, combine all of that and our plates get full to overflowing and not just at Thanksgiving. ...

What to Know About Caring for Someone with a Terminal Illness

Everyone has a different reaction when a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness.  When we found out that my mother had cancer, we were at a loss for what the next steps were in order to provide for her, as well as take care of our own children ...

Infertility 101

April 21- 27, 2019 is National Infertility Awareness week. The topic of infertility is a very real matter for an estimated 6.1 million people, or 15% of couples, in the United States. Infertility is a condition of the reproductive system where there is an inability to achieve pregnancy after 12 ...

Coping With Grief During The Holidays

I never really understood what it meant to grieve during the holidays until it happened to my own family.  My father had a massive heart attack that took his life just days before Christmas. My entire family was in anguish. From then on, Christmas has never been quite the same. ...
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