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Boredom? Lack of Purpose? Give Your Kids a Meaningful Summer Experience

A bit of boredom can be beneficial! Boredom is needed to spark creativity, and it helps motivate children and teens to pursue new goals and develop self-control. However, sometimes boredom can contribute to depression and other kinds of emotional distress in kids and teens. Knowing when to step in, support children and teens, and suggest

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Emotional Meltdowns: When Anger, Frustration, and Irritation Reach a Tipping Point

Emotional meltdowns commonly frustrate parents and seem hard to understand, prevent, and manage. Children often lose control of their emotions when they can’t verbalize their needs. Their irritation, frustration, and anger build up until they reach a tipping point. When the intensity of children’s emotions becomes too much for their nervous system to handle, the thinking

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Become More Self-Compassionate Through Practice

Self-compassion promotes happiness, boosts self-esteem, and encourages interconnection and consideration of others. It can be helpful to practice self-compassion when you feel angry or frustrated with yourself, or any time you feel you need some support and care. Research shows that you can learn to respond to failure, disappointment, or suffering with understanding and kindness

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Create a No-Fail System for Your New Year’s Resolution

It’s a new year! For many people, this means it’s time to create New Year’s resolutions. However, we know from recent research that up to 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail, and most people lose their drive to accomplish their New Year’s goals by mid-February. Does that sound familiar? Has that happened for you or your kids?

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Mindful Walking: 3 exercises to tune into your body

The temperature is cooler. The holidays are here. And the new year is approaching. This is the perfect time for you and your family to get outdoors, tune into your bodies, and start to reflect on the new year ahead by practicing some mindful walking. If you’ve never walked mindfully before, here’s some information about

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Surviving election stress

Parent Survival Tips for Election Stress

I’ve spoken with many people recently who are plagued with anxiety about what the election results will bring. This stress appears to cut across all political parties and it’s higher than in prior election years. Election fears are circulating around personal safety, financial security, housing stability— all things that make up the foundational needs of

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