It’s 2021…Now What?

Welcome to 2021 2020 was, to continue the overuse of the word, unprecedented. We, as a society, dealt with a worldwide pandemic, economic strife, political and social unrest, natural disasters, and many other smaller scale and personal events. A lot of these events caused distress, anxiety, depression, and fear. Throughout the year, it seems as…

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Let’s Talk About Apps

It is nearly impossible to stay current on all the apps that are presently available, let alone keep up on what is trendy, but “being in the know” is one way to protect your children online.  As we continue our social media blog series, let’s tackle getting familiar with the apps and platforms teens and children…

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Limit or Permit?: A Parents’ Guide for Monitoring Social Media

The existence of the Internet has only complicated things. As Internet usage continues to prevail in our everyday lives, every parent struggles to determine what is appropriate for their kids. Many question when to give their kids privacy and when to intervene. It’s impossible to predict when social media use is going to be helpful…

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Adults, Social Media, and Mental Health

Not the best way to start your day. You wake up on a Saturday morning and instinctively reach over to your bedside table, grab your phone, and open your favorite app. The first thing you see is your middle school bully posting pictures of their fantastic, beautiful new home. So what do you feel? Jealousy?…

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A Simple Mindfulness Exercise to Ease Anxiety

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment without judging the moment or our experience in the moment.   These days, there is certainly no shortage of things to be worried about. When worry becomes overwhelming, it becomes anxiety. Anxiety can easily take over our thoughts and it can even feel like it is…

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Protecting Yourself from Second-Hand Anxiety

Do you feel anxious when your child or teen is anxious?  Can you feel your own anxiety rising as your child retells an anxious event from their day?  In all likelihood, the answer is yes.  This phenomenon is called second-hand anxiety.  Second-hand anxiety simply means feeling anxious because someone else is anxious.  This happens because our…

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 Unhelpful Things to Say to Someone with Anxiety

Anxiety is the experience of excessive worry or nervousness related to life experiences. Many people experience anxiety in some form at some point in their lives. However, some people struggle with anxiety on a much greater scale and with greater frequency. People who have intense or frequent anxiety often feel misunderstood and belittled by those…

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Be Informed in a Healthy Way

Would You Like to Hear the Bad News or Bad News First? Everyone likes to be informed. It keeps us aware of what’s happening in the world and lets us discuss current issues with others. However, just as the old proverb assures us, sometimes having no news is good for us. But we have to…

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Be Careful, Be Brave

Four reasons why we should quit saying “be careful” and what to say instead Spend time on any playground or park and you will hear adults (or even yourself) calling out to kids to “be careful”.  We have the best of intentions and just want to keep our kids safe.  We do not want our…

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