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Parenting While in Recovery

   Parenting is the most wonderful job in the world and the hardest thing you will ever do. Most parents aspire to be the best parents they can be, but it's not done without struggles or mistakes. There is no perfect parent just as there are no perfect children! While ...

Five TED Talks to Spark New Thoughts in the New Year

We are at the beginning of a new year! Full of time when many of us make resolutions about how we are going to improve our minds, our bodies, and our lives. One of the ways we can do this is to constantly challenge ourselves.  Not only physically in the ...

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.  There are three parts of emotional intelligence which include: emotional awareness; the ability to manage and regulate emotions (in yourself and others); and the ability to connect and apply emotion to ...

“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. ...
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