One of the most common beliefs in our society is that it is necessary and desirable for dads to use their authority to control, direct and train their children.  Dads are sometimes designated as the disciplinarian (“Wait til your Father gets home!”) or the source of all decisions (“I know best.  Someday you will thank […]

Three Free Things You Can Do to Feel Better TODAY

Most Americans deal with or will deal with depression and anxiety at some point in their lives. 40 million adults every year suffer from one or the other, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America – and that’s only what is reported! While we always encourage that you seek help from a professional in […]

When You’re in Survival Mode

Are you in survival mode?  It happens to all of us sometimes. Whether you’re in survival because you’re a new parent getting not much sleep, it’s finals season, it’s crunch time at work, your family has been sick, or some other reason (or combination of!), right now is about getting through. Here are four ideas […]

Motherly Self-Talk: How to Nurture Your Soul

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it”- Mark Twain One of my favorite cartoons shows a picture of a huge auditorium.  The banner across the stage reads “Welcome Adult Children of Functional Families”.  In the audience are only two people! We’ve heard a lot about dysfunction […]

The Legacy From Mom

“Behind all your stories is always your mother’s story. Because hers is where yours begin.” ― Mitch Albom Happy Mother’s Day to Everyone: to all those who are forming an adult relationship with their mothers; to all of those who are about to become parents; to all of those who are caring for their aging […]

The Importance of Gratitude

My last post focused on practicing gratitude instead of constantly apologizing for being a human being with needs. I am still convinced this is an important skill to help all of us recognize our value and to build stronger relationships, but I think gratitude can be widened even further. When I learn to start practicing […]

SMART Goal Setting

As the old adage goes, failing to plan is planning to fail. When it comes to setting goals, some of us find it easy and others have more of a challenge. We may easily visualize what it is that we want, and have a harder time setting the action steps to get from point A to […]


“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions.  All life is an experiment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson To become independent is the main challenge of life.  There is a strong external pull from others to keep you helpless.  There is also an internal unconscious pull to remain dependent.  Your whole life you will have […]

New Insight into the Causes and Cures for Depression and Anxiety

I recently read a book called “Lost Connection: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression-and the Unexpected Solution”. Written by Johann Hari, who previously wrote a book about addiction titled “Chasing the Scream”.  “Lost Connections” is a very personal book, beginning with Mr. Hari sharing his own journey of living with depression, treated with medication, for […]

Calming the Mind in Tumultuous Times

Stress and its burly cousin, anxiety, are no strangers to most of us.  It seems we are expected to keep up an unreasonable pace at our jobs, juggle multiple schedules within our families and wear many hats during a regular week.  We have so many things on our to-do list that our inner computer, (the […]

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