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You’re Not Screwing Up Your Kids

You’re Not Screwing Up Your Kids: A Single Mother Weighs In on Endless Parenting The shift started last week—the third week our children were home from school, in our care and minus the daily markings of their lives: swim team or lacrosse practice, playgroups or church groups. It was us, …

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When Your Child Wants To Wear The Same Clothes Every Day

My 9-year-old daughter usually gets dressed for school about 10 minutes before we have to leave the house. Sometimes she leaves herself even less time to get ready. Luckily, getting dressed requires little effort on her part. My daughter has a few favorites she’ll wear once or twice a week, …

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A Letter to College Seniors

Your phone beeps and it’s 7 a.m. Sit up, stretch, and mentally prepare yourself for the jam-packed day ahead of you. Reach for your book and skim over the reading that you fell asleep on last night. Text your friends and tell them you booked the Airbnb for senior week. …

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Hygge: Winterize Yourself

Winter has never been my favorite season. Growing up in the Midwest, I regularly encountered temperatures below freezing and was cautioned more times than I can count about the dangers of black ice. You’d think I’d have developed greater fortitude for slogging through these cooler months of the year, but …

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15 Years of Mantras

Or, why we have girlfriends, fortune cookies and more By: Monica Leigh It’s that time of year, when we all look back over the past year and look forward to the new one. This often comes with the ritual of making New Year’s resolutions. Years ago, around the time of …

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Needle and Thread

Needle and Thread Mountains of paper piles sit crookedly on my kitchen table. Paper cutters, awls, bone folders and rulers are strewn about. Pages must be printed, covers cut to size and then paper folded and punched with holes. It takes weeks to make several dozen books this way. Every …

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Last Word: What’s Bullying and What’s Not

When talking with friends and family, or even when scrolling through social media, I’ve been seeing the terms “bullying” and “mean girl/boy” used a lot more recently. Bullying happens when somebody with more power, or believed to have more power, repeatedly tries to cause harm or exclude someone. It’s aggressive …

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Healthy Family: Head in the Game

An Athlete’s Mental Health is Also Important When it comes to youth and sports, intensity seems to be growing at an alarming rate. Rampant peer pressure, coach and parental pressure and self-imposed pressure, coupled with hectic schedules and little down time for rest and reflection, can create an environment of …

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Prioritizing Your Mental Health

As a mother and psychotherapist, I always hear that parents want their kids to be physically and psychologically healthy. However, the truth we neglect in this desire is that the psychological health of any child is interdependent on that of their caregivers. Thus, to desire healthy mental health in our …

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