Emotions

The Power of Grit

Why is GRIT important? Angela Duckworth, a psychologist and researcher who studies grit, defines it as passion and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals.  Grit is your stick-to-itness.  It is your ability to persist when things get tough because that thing matters to you.  It’s about finding something you are passionate about and staying with…

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Music As A Coping Skill

(10/14/22) Music can span cultures, time periods, and generations. With countless genres to listen to, there is something out there for everyone to enjoy. There are also so many ways to enjoy music, whether it is through listening to a song, playing an instrument, talking to someone about it, going to a concert or dancing…

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Is there a new normal yet?

(6/15/22) At the beginning of the pandemic life as we knew it abruptly changed, with little time to mentally prepare for those changes. Anytime there is change, it creates a new opportunity to define what “normal,” is for us. Many believe grief is only related to a person we care about who has passed away,…

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Learning From Failure

(6/14/22) Let’s face it, no one likes to fail.  It can be embarrassing and frustrating and, at times, it can lead to major setbacks.  And, as parents, isn’t it our responsibility to protect our children?  The answer to this question is a complex yes and no.   The reality is failure is an inevitable part of…

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Grateful & Thankful

(November 15, 2021) Incorporating Gratitude into Your Thanksgiving Season When Joe Gardner, a fictional character in the Disney movie, ‘Soul’, finally achieves his biggest life goals, he is left feeling a little empty. He doesn’t understand why he doesn’t feel 100% satisfied, and why he doesn’t feel eternal happiness. This sounds familiar to many of…

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Make May Mindfulness Month!

Make mindfulness part of your daily routine. Negative thoughts are a part of our everyday life. Did you know that 80% of repetitive thoughts are negative!?! No wonder we find ourselves spending a lot of time sitting in self-judgment feeling bad about ourselves and the world around us. Research shows that 95% of all our…

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Finding Support in Challenging Times

It is Ok Not to be Ok “Hey, how are you?” This is a pretty common and seemingly innocuous greeting.  However, often, we are not really listening to the answer. Generally, we expect the answer to be “fine thanks, how are you?”. This conversation is not usually for the purpose of finding out someone’s actual emotional…

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Positive Self Talk

“Of all the people on the planet, you talk to yourself more than anyone. Make sure you are saying the right things.” – Harvey Smith According to growkidsminds.com, we talk to ourselves more than all other conversations combined. Self-talk makes up 80% of all of our communication! Self-talk is your internal dialog. It can be…

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Laziness is a MYTH

“Stop being lazy!”  This is a sentiment used all too often, whether it comes from a parent, peer, or ourselves. While it often comes from a place of trying to inspire motivation, it actually does more damage than we think. If you think about it, nobody who gets called “lazy” ever says: “You know what,…

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When Anxiety Comes Out Sideways

Anxiety isn’t always easy to recognize. Oftentimes, when dealing with kids, teens and even some adults, anxiety doesn’t present itself as them saying “I feel worried” but, instead, as behaviors.  These behaviors may include yelling, hitting, crying, kicking, and shoving. They may refuse to do what they have been asked, attempt to control the situation,…

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