The Expert Scoop

Children’s Skincare is Essential

It’s Time To See It as Habitual - and Important - as Brushing Our Teeth Did you know that one in five Americans will skin cancer in their lifetime, and that skin cancer is more prevalent than all other major forms of cancer—combined? In fact, many experts believe that skin cancer starts when we...Learn More »

Are the Empty Nest Blues Placing Our Marriages at Risk?

There’s a growing epidemic spreading its way across the nation with a bullseye aimed directly on couples whose kids have flown the coop. No, it’s not health issues, retirement money worries, or employment challenges. It’s divorce. The National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University reports that divorce rates for...Learn More »

Anxious Before Bedtime? This Habit Will Turn That Frown Upside Down

Did you know that the time before bed is notorious for piquing people’s anxiety? That’s when you think about things you should have said during the day, when you start wondering about logistics, a big presentation for tomorrow, or if your kid is coming down with the flu.   Therapists know it’s a notorious...Learn More »

Are Healthy Children in Your Future? 5 Ways to Prepare for a Healthy Baby

Boy, do I wish someone had told me how important a healthy microbiome is for pregnancy when I was young and impressionable! Although would I have listened? – Maybe not. Years of miscarrying and fertility treatments in my mid-twenties brought me to my knees as the desire for a baby overshadowed every other part...Learn More »

Agreeing on What to Eat: 3 Strategies to Navigate Mealtime

No mom wants to become a short order chef, especially when the complaining eater isn’t a kid, but a husband. If you relate, you are not alone. Very often it is one partner who wants to get healthier, while another likes meat and potatoes, or one partner who has a food allergy, while one...Learn More »

Strengthening Families Living with a “Black Hole” Child

Families living with the proverbial “black hole” child start coping in unhealthy ways. Everyone alters their normal behavior to avoid stress or anxiety, but these behavioral changes make things worse. It’s unintentional, but parents, siblings, friends, and extended family act out psychological roles, and the dynamics are harmful. This is the "dysfunctional family," and...Learn More »

Reasons to Mindful Parent

Remember the character Helen Parr (“Elastigirl”) in the animated Disney Pixar movie, The Incredibles? "The moms are always pulled in a million different directions, so I made her stretch like taffy." - Brad Bird, writer and director of The Incredibles. That is one of the most perfect and succinct descriptions of motherhood I’ve ever...Learn More »

Why and How Dogs Develop Separation Anxiety

Why does my dog have separation anxiety? This is always a difficult question for me to answer when I am asked this by a dog guardian. The short answer is that we don’t have a good answer for that question, but there may be some explanation of this disorder.   The most important thing...Learn More »

7 Calming Techniques for Children

7 Calming Techniques for Children

When most people think of anxiety, they picture how it effects adults and possibly themselves. For a long time, anxiety was thought to only be an issue adults faced. Did you know children experience anxiety too? Even if your child is not diagnosed with anxiety based disorder, it is extremely important to teach calming...Learn More »

Integrity: 6 Tips to Know Who Has It

Here is some immensely valuable advice: “A contract is only as good as the people that sign it,” a lawyer once said to me. In other words, if a person doesn’t have integrity, their signature means nothing because they aren’t trustworthy. If they are dishonest in one area of their life they will be...Learn More »

5 Style Hacks for the Busy Mom

Every weekday, you grab your keys and tote, usher the kids out and hop in the car. Some days, a glance in the rear view mirror reveals a piece of Pop-Tart stuck in your kid's hair or an orange juice stain on her shirt. Focus on yourself and you see that you've failed to...Learn More »

3 Ninja Mom Tricks for Reducing Yelling and Getting Your Kids to Listen the First Time!

Most parents I know feel like their kids don’t listen to them, at least not the first, second, or third time they ask them to do something. Our children are our mirrors for the good and the bad, so this is a perfect opportunity to think about whether we as parents are modeling good...Learn More »

5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Ethnic Foods

Some kids will eat anything you put in front of them. Most kids will eat the things they like and then suddenly hate those things the next day without any rhyme or reason. And then there are kids that hate everything except pizza or chocolate. It can be a huge headache for any parent,...Learn More »

Nourish Your Body and Soul Through the Joy of Taste

Society views weight gain as the enemy yet waging a war on your weight guarantees more weight gain. Your body senses the stress you feel and turns on cortisol to keep you fit for this war. What if your body used weight gain to get your attention? Weight gain clues you to something being...Learn More »

ADD and the Bully Loop

ADD and the Bully Loop

By Mark Julian, CPCC Children with ADHD often suffer with impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity, making it difficult for them to perform well in school and to establish positive, long-term peer relationships. Of particular difficulty is the role that ADHD can play in bullying. Because of the behavioral symptoms, many children with ADD find themselves...Learn More »

3 Ways to Survive Parenthood without Burning Out

If you are a parent, you know the demands you face every day. We would all agree that while taking care of those little beings is the most rewarding job in the world, it can also be demanding, exhausting and in extreme cases, lead to a burnout. However, daring to admit that this job...Learn More »

How Conflict Helps You Reach Real-Life Love

The unfortunate truth about marriage is that it’s not easy. It requires extreme effort. Why? Because conflict is inevitable after the “honeymoan” and falling in love stage dissipates. Our unrealistic expectations in marriage come from when we fell in love--when euphoric brain chemicals kept us up all night and “high” with a drug induced...Learn More »

Myths About Picky Eating to Ignore

No kid will starve. Kids who eat a very limited number of foods are indeed starving. They are deprived of adequate nutrition. Most won’t die, but they won’t grow well, stalling in both height, weight, and brain growth. Some extreme picky eaters may appear to grow well, because their diets are limited to fast...Learn More »

Mindful Listening

I taught a class last weekend and I realized that sometimes we put more of an emphasis on how mindful listening benefits us in times of conflict and confrontation. While it certainly helps us in difficult situations, it also benefits us in our day-to-day conversations as well. How? By helping us to appreciate the...Learn More »

Why You Should Consider a WorkWell Initiative

The workplace is always changing. According to a Gallup report, in 2016 only 33% of employees were engaged at work. They are more involved, enthusiastic, and committed to their work and the work environment. Then there are the employees that are indifferent and just don't care. This is a risk for any organization because...Learn More »