Posts by jkinner

Engage In Life

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Mental Health, Parenting, Relationships | 0 comments

Engage In Life

A few years ago, I started a new job with a health system right before my birthday.  So I was surprised when my new boss gave me a really nice birthday gift: a purple long-sleeved pullover with the phrase “Engage in Life” embroidered on the front.  (I think it was leftover from a cancer fundraiser, but since all of my previous work experience was with non-profits, I was just excited to get something for my birthday besides a card!) I wear the pullover all the time now and I love to think about the phrase “Engage in Life” every time I notice it in the mirror.  It reminds me to stay involved...

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Holiday Traditions

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Featured, Holidays, Parenting, Relationships | 1 comment

Holiday Traditions

What holiday memories do you have from your childhood?  They are likely tied to family traditions.  When I was growing up, my family lived far away from our extended family members, so we were almost always traveling on Christmas Day.  So unlike many of my friends, whose grandparents, aunts, and uncles all lived nearby, we didn’t have the tradition of waking up at home on Christmas morning, opening presents, then heading for brunch at my grandparents’ house.  Instead, we sometimes had “Christmas morning” (in other words, the opening of gifts from Santa– I mean, my parents) on an...

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Using Technology to Revive– Not Destroy– Your Marriage

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Relationships | 0 comments

Using Technology to Revive– Not Destroy– Your Marriage

Every year, thousands of couples seek marriage counseling to help improve their relationships.  And with all the new technology popping up over the past few decades, we’re seeing new trends in why couples seek help.  Social media allows people to connect in ways and at speeds that weren’t possible until recently, but that opportunity comes with a responsibility.  Many affairs begin by people being secretive or irresponsible with their connections with people.  Communication between spouses is jeopardized when each person is more focused on their phone or TV screens instead talking to...

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Back to School Tips

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Parenting, Relationships | 0 comments

Back to School Tips

Back-to-school season is often met with intense emotions by both the parents and the kids.  Excitement over buying new school supplies and finding out classroom assignments… And maybe anxiety (or relief!) about having your kids away from home all day!  If your child has a learning disability or behavior issues, you might be especially concerned about getting the school year off to a good start.  Here are some suggestions:   Communicate Early and Often.  Don’t wait for a problem to arise before you contact your child’s teacher or counselor.  Build a relationship with the school...

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Parenting Through Adoption

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Blog, Parenting, Relationships | 0 comments

Parenting Through Adoption

I really enjoy working with parents and families– and some of my favorite clients to work with are adoptive families.  I’ve had the privilege of working with quite a few families that have either participated in a domestic infant adoption, adoption from the foster care system, or an international adoption.  Most adoption agencies are doing a good job of preparing families for some of the hurdles they might encounter and helping them have realistic expectations of their adoption experience.  But as kids encounter different developmental stages (even many years after their adoption),...

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