Excited to Begin with Life Skills!

    My name is Veronica Zazzaro and you may or may not have seen me write an occasional blog here before! I’ve been the assistant here at Life Skills for a few months now but I am excited to announce that I will be beginning my career as a counselor with this group as […]

Resting during the Holidays?

  The holidays – Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, etc. are times that come loaded with expectations. The winter holidays are a time when most of us feel that we should feel happy, we should have some time off to rest, we should have people to be around – people that love us […]

Saying YES to Things That Scare Us

  Saying YES (and also No, when necessary).   You may recognize the name Shonda Rhimes as the creator of the shows Greys Anatomy and Scandal. A few years ago, she wrote a book, “Year of Yes: How To Dance It Out, Stand In The Sun, and Be Your Own Person.” She talks about how […]

Controlling Anxiety By Cultivating Inner Calm

    In this current climate of political unrest, public outrage, violence, natural disasters and the like, it is hard not to feel the turbulence within our psyches and our emotions.  We are inundated with immediate news, as our technology allows instant documenting and reporting of some heinous incident or another.  All day long, we […]

Strategies to Minimize Sugar Intake After Halloween

You know what job is really the stinks? The Candy Police. You know what’s worse? The emotional roller coaster of a kid high on a sugar rush. Parents, I don’t want to take the fun out of Halloween altogether but I am saying that moderation is the key. We all know that our children do […]

Mindful Mama Alert

  Mindfulness can empower you to experience a greater sense of joy and satisfaction in the simplest of acts. How many times do we find ourselves making dinner, answering the phone, throwing clothes in the laundry and everything else in between all at the same time; mindlessly going from task to task without really engaging in […]

Embracing the Suck

  LIFE IS HARD! Not exactly a shocking realization for most people, I know, but an important lesson nonetheless. See, once we truly accept that life is hard then it removes the power of that difficulty. It becomes not about making it easier, but about our ability to persevere. We can measure our growth by […]

Self-Love and The Choice We All Have to Make

    I’ve never really fit in. Not since I was very little. I grew up in a very Christian, Conservative town—raised Jewish, for starters. As soon as I entered the first grade, it was made very clear to me that I was an “other.” The customs, values and traditions that I treasured, identified with and […]

School Refusal in Children

Children have a tendency, every once in a while, to not want to go to school. School is not often thought of as an enjoyable experience and more often associated with work. This is normal part of development if it doesn’t occur frequently, if it doesn’t cause your child extreme distress, or cause chaos in […]

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