What I Wish I had Known Before I had Kids (That I Know Now)…

Man, what a tough question : “What I wish I had known before I had kids (that I know now)…” (click link for first post in this series) • • • Before I had kids, wow. I can’t remember what it was like. I wish I could tell my kids something profound like follow your heart … More What I Wish I had Known Before I had Kids (That I Know Now)…

What I Wish I had Known Before I had Kids (That I Know Now)…

“I wish I had known that my children’s behavior was a language—that their actions and words were telling me something about what they were feeling or thinking. I wish I’d remembered that they did not get up in the morning plotting to do things to frustrate me. I wish I’d known that meltdowns and explosions … More What I Wish I had Known Before I had Kids (That I Know Now)…

Are Teens’ Brains More Vulnerable To Addiction?

Reblogged from The Fix, article by Maggie Ethridge It all comes down to the developing brain. The teenage human brain is not “fully wired” Dr. Frances Jensen, chair of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, told the Philly Voice. Because the teenage brain is literally still growing—still building the synapses that connect portions … More Are Teens’ Brains More Vulnerable To Addiction?

Love is Supposed to be Unconditional, But You Feel Unsettled by It?

It’s a tough question: “How would you describe your relationship with your parents, growing up?” I have asked many clients this question. And in some of my quieter moments, the question also sits with me. Our relationship with our parents will stay with us John Lennon was wrong: “Love is NOT all you need…”  As … More Love is Supposed to be Unconditional, But You Feel Unsettled by It?

13 Things that Families Can Do to Raise Mentally Strong Kids

  1 | Build a sense of empowerment, not a victim mentality No matter how difficult things feel, they can do something to help themselves or their situation. 2 | Parent with a sense of values, but not with a sense of guilt All parents can feel guilt over mistakes we have made, but guilt … More 13 Things that Families Can Do to Raise Mentally Strong Kids

7 Things We Learn Growing Up With An Alcoholic Parent

Their pain is their own. We do not need to own our parents’ or other’s pain. “We internalized so much blame for the chaotic emotions and actions of our parents that it becomes second nature for us to take responsibility for other people’s pain and suffering.” Empathy is a strength when it is balanced by … More 7 Things We Learn Growing Up With An Alcoholic Parent