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Developing Grit in Our Kids

By Tracy Thompson When I work with parents and children together, I typically start out by asking them to make a list of challenges. Generally speaking, parents start by talking about the lack of motivation in kids, the disrespect, and behaviors that drive them nuts.… continue reading Developing Grit in Our Kids

So, You Really Are Keeping Your Resolution…

Almost half of all adults make a New Year’s resolution. But once the party hats and horns are put away, it’s hard to muster up the ambition to follow through. After only one week, about 25% of resolution makers have already lost focus. According to… continue reading So, You Really Are Keeping Your Resolution…

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) & the Dead of Winter

Over the years I’ve noticed there are three or four weeks every winter when people seem to feel extraordinarily low, and we are now in the midst of them. During the last couple weeks of January, folks always start to come into my office with a… continue reading Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) & the Dead of Winter

Tips for Dealing with Trauma During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be especially difficult for folks who are grieving or who have experienced trauma. Gail Johnson has some tips for how to regain a sense of calm and perspective when a situation this holiday season confounds and overwhelms you.   First, pause…… continue reading Tips for Dealing with Trauma During the Holiday Season

Experiencing Holiday Joy

According to the American Psychological Association, more than 60% of the US experiences increased stress and anxiety during the holiday season. If you google “mental health and the holidays,” you’ll find a lot of articles that begin with expressing confusion about what one should do… continue reading Experiencing Holiday Joy

Summertime: A Good Time to Balance

The idea of summertime brings many things to mind—backyards, BBQs, beaches, iced tea on the porch, and days spent relaxing with family and friends. What summertime doesn’t remind us of all that much is work. But in a way, the play that summertime invites us… continue reading Summertime: A Good Time to Balance

Pull-Ups Are Safe; Underwear Is Scary

I was recently in the think tank at my house. Some people in my family call this the shower, but I prefer “think tank,” because it is the only place in my house between my two-year-old’s toddler superhero orchestras, my four-year-old’s Michael Jackson impersonations, and… continue reading Pull-Ups Are Safe; Underwear Is Scary

5 Ways to Guide Teens through Risk Taking

Teenagers fall in love, and they make love. They smoke pot and cigarettes. They drink alcohol. And most of this is behind their parents backs because they’ve been warned, “You better never…” When parents communicate with threats, the message translates to, “You better never get caught…” Let’s… continue reading 5 Ways to Guide Teens through Risk Taking

Sugar and Spice & Everything Nice: Recognizing Women’s Anger

Think about anger. And now think about women’s anger. Does it feel like those two don’t really… fit? Do you remember the nursery rhyme that begins “sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of”? Our culture sends messages to girls about… continue reading Sugar and Spice & Everything Nice: Recognizing Women’s Anger

Prince Charmings, Darling Princesses, and the Pitfalls of Expectations in Relationships

When many of us commit to another we truly believe we have found our Prince Charming or Darling Princess. Why else would we want to be with them if not because we believe we’re going to live happily ever after with our mate? Your other… continue reading Prince Charmings, Darling Princesses, and the Pitfalls of Expectations in Relationships