Supporting the Autism Community During Autism Awareness Month

April is World Autism Awareness Month, with April 2nd being World Autism Awareness Day. Individuals with autism, their parents, and their teachers are “aware” of autism every day. Let’s use this month to encourage not only awareness, but also understanding, support, and celebration of all that makes the neurodivergent members of our community unique. Here […]

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How to Talk About Social Media

I have regular conversations with parents about how to discuss various topics, and social media and electronics are two of the most common. We all know we should be talking about these things, but sometimes the conversation focuses on time limits, privileges, consequences, and parental concerns. This focus can lead your pre-teen or teen to […]

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Embrace the Mess: Connect with Your Kids Through Creativity

Raising creative children can seem like one more box to check off on the parenting to-do list. It’s tucked somewhere between making sure they have decent table manners and making it through the grocery store without having a major meltdown. It can be overwhelming to add one more item to that parenting to-do list, and […]

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Helping Siblings Cope

Having a child with a medical or developmental complication can be challenging. Doctor appointments, therapy sessions, procedures, and attention, supervision, and monitoring given around the clock can be exhausting for both the parent and the child. Added to this can be worries about how to help your other children. Having a brother or sister with […]

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Perspective Taking for Problem Solving

It’s hard to understand how a 5 year old can feel stressed or why a teen can be so upset about the breakup of a month long relationship. Sometimes we wonder why it’s so hard for a teacher to understand that your child is trying to start his work, but he needs a few seconds […]

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Reclaiming Masculinity to Build Emotional Intelligence

As we approach Valentine’s Day, I want to encourage intentionality with respect to how we teach and model masculinity to the younger generation of men.  Masculinity continues to be associated with traits like toughness, independence, stoicism, and control. Unfortunately, these traits are also defined in a way that leads to disconnection from others, coercive power, […]

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Marriage 101: Back to the Basics

Saying “I do” is more than two words – it is a promise to love and support your spouse unconditionally. However, once the honeymoon is over, reality sets in. Kids enter the picture, bills need to be paid, the house needs to be taken care of…it can become a struggle. To keep the happy connection […]

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Things I Want to Break Up with in 2019

We have lots of relationships, mostly with people. But we also have relationships with things, habits, thoughts, and emotions. Like all relationships, they can have varying levels of health. I like to believe I have a healthier relationship with my self-esteem than I did in high school. I am better at not basing my self-esteem […]

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