Parenting

Taking a Break from Being Supermom

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Mental Health, Parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Taking a Break from Being Supermom

As a new momma, I’ve begun to understand a whole new world of self-doubt. It’s not talked about much, or at least not enough. I remember sitting in the hospital  rocking chair rocking our brand new son, who was screaming at the top of his lungs, and being filled with immense fear. How was I going to do this? Could I do this? Did I have what it takes? Those days in the hospital seem long, yet they fly by. And then…you go home. This is the moment it all changes. Sure, the self-doubt is there, but somehow, like in one swift motion, it gets pushed way down beneath the surface and we turn into...

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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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Book Recommendations

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Addictions, Blog, Mental Health, Parenting, Relationships | 0 comments

The other day I was getting ready to go for a haircut and decided to grab a book to read to keep me busy. I turned to the rather large stack of “to-read” books sitting next to my desk and realized I haven’t been great at reading lately! I like, many of you I am sure, get distracted by family, work, kids, etc. and sometimes put things that are important to me, like reading, on the back burner. Seeing that large stack of books made me realize I need to work on being more intentional about carving out time to read. As I was reflecting on my own need to be reading I began...

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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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