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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...Read 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...Read 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...Read 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...Read 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...Read 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...Read 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,...Read 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...Read 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...Read 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...Read 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...Read 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...Read 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...Read 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...Read More »

Five Steps to Engage Creatively with Stress

There is no question that life is stressful. The world events of 2016 escalated stress levels across the great divide of personal opinion and viewpoint. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the big picture. How do we confront conflicting ideas and problematic personalities? How can we manage stress levels hitting new highs on your...Read More »

Co-Parenting Counseling

Beyond the Bench... When parents divorce, we as a society generally hope for their children’s sake that the parties will be able to cooperate with each other in a mutually civil manner on child-related issues. While there may be occasions when communication between ex-spouses is prohibited by court order (such as when there is...Read More »

Selfcare Isn’t Selfish

Selfcare Isn’t Selfish

There have been a few times in my life that I have had what I refer to as a “light bulb” moment. It happens when something becomes so crystal clear and illuminated in my mind, almost like a light bulb has been turned on in a dark room. I had a light bulb moment...Read More »

Countdown to Hotel Bliss: Traveling with Adult Kids

  As a mother of two kids who travels for work, our family has experienced a variety of hotels, motels and resorts over the years. My girls are now young adults and it is a very different world when it comes to choosing a great hotel to enjoy during out travels. We have gone...Read More »

The Money Is Hidden Inside You

There were millions upon millions of glittering lights shattering the night, tall neon-lit buildings reaching up to the sky, black limousines, bright red Ferraris and silver Porsches gliding slowly and elegantly down the main strip. As my buddy and I walked down the Las Vegas strip late one summer night, I asked, “What would...Read More »

7 Ways to Help Your Child Love Her Body

“Mom, I’m so fat. I need to go on a diet.”, says your 10 (or 6 or 16) year-old daughter as she pinches at her belly. Your stomach drops. She’s too young to be feeling this way! You are flooded by a tsunami wave of thoughts and emotions: It’s my fault!  I’ve disliked my...Read More »