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Building Resiliency: Tips from a Mom and Therapist

Tips from A Mom and Therapist: Building Resiliency

Resiliency: “Our ability to bounce back, or our ability to overcome challenges. Resiliency is a powerful buffer to life stressors, mental health problems, and crises.” But how does one build resiliency? Are you just born with it? Or are there ways we can help our children build resiliency? While personality and temperament definitely play a […]

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My Daughter Loves Princesses (And That’s OK)

My oldest daughter, Sophia, went through a MAJOR princess phase from about 2-5 years old. And still, at 7, some of her favorite books feature princesses, unicorns, or some other magical, stereotypical figures. We tried introducing other play themes, toys, and books to no avail. She naturally gravitated toward pink, tiaras, and princess dresses. At […]

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surviving the holidays: mental health tips

Mental Health Tips for Surviving the Holidays

For some of us, the holidays aren’t full of good cheer. For some, holidays bring feelings of depression, a sense of loss, loneliness and isolation, and tension. If you feel like you are just surviving the holidays, make sure you are caring for your mental health. Regardless if you already suffer from a mental health […]

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The Kids Are Alright (And so are you, Mama!)

Looking back at my earlier parenting years, I can (sort of) laugh about all the nights spent awake, asking trusted Google questions like “ How can I get my baby to sleep through the night” or, “My daughter isn’t walking yet, is this normal?” I think about all the worry, over thinking, and stress that […]

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