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Letting Go in the New Year

It probably won’t surprise you that I have “issues” with New Year’s resolutions. I think it’s because I have a complicated relationship with “expectations”. For me, expectations lead to disappointment. …

Looking Back on a Great Year (2018), Thanks to YOU

I don’t often look “back.” I find it’s too easy to focus on what I didn’t accomplish, or shouldn’t have done, and after all, what can we actually DO about things in the past? …

The Pursuit of Happiness

Many people believe happiness is a choice. Yet, for someone living with clinical depression … is it REALLY a choice? …

Stress, the "Anti-Peace"

Last week, we talked about healthy caregiving and the importance of inner peace. But sometimes, especially during this time of year, stress can spoil our peace. …

Looking for a Few Caring People

You’ve heard the saying it takes a village to raise a child. After creating a program model, vetting it through our focus group, writing and editing, then editing some more and then vetting again through our professional Advisory Council, our “village” is ready to launch our first pilot program – One-to-One Caregiver Support. …

Don't Forget to Watch Out for Yourself

We’ve been focusing a lot on watchfulness in our recent emails – how important it is to pay close attention and respond quickly to symptoms of mental illness in our children and loved ones. But while you’re watching them, caring for them and possibly waiting for a diagnosis, don’t forget about your own self-care. …

Being There for Your Teen

I’m not the first to say that teenagers can be difficult, and being the parent of a teen can be a challenge. …

"First Responders" of a Different Kind

First responders are those heroic individuals who are the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency and provide whatever help is needed. They include firefighters, emergency medical teams, police officers, the National Guard, and many others. We honor these individuals for the service they provide to society. …

For College Students, the Transition has just Begun

Many of us support college students of ALL kinds. And now that the school year is well underway, our loved ones may be finding the newness and excitement starting to wear off, the workload may be getting heavier, and feelings of homesickness may be on the rise. …

Who's on Your Team?

Years ago, when I would send my young son with a learning difference to school each day with words of encouragement, I sometimes felt that it was just him and me against the world. It took all we had – mother and son – to keep it together … and it was exhausting! …

National Suicide Prevention Week

We interrupt our regularly scheduled back-to-school series to address suicide prevention. After all, it’s National Suicide Prevention Week. …

A Great Time to Get Organized

As I mentioned last week, the beginning of another school year is an opportunity to get organized – to get back to a more structured schedule. And our house THRIVES on structure! …

Back to School Anxiety .. and Opportunities

It's back-to-school time again, and we all know what that means. It can be a time of joy. (Can't wait to see friends again! Looking forward to learning new things.) Or a time of sadness (Summer is over already! My kids are growing up too fast.) Or a time of anxiousness. (What will my teachers be like? Will I make any new friends?) Most likely, it will be a combination of all these feelings. …

Everyday Ways to Rejuvenate

Last week we talked about the benefits of getting away for even just a few days on a staycation or a day-trip. It’s great way to put on your self-care oxygen mask by taking a break, relieving stress and spending precious quality time with loved ones. …