How to Enjoy the Little Moments with Your Kids

By Holly Brown, LMFT • 2 min read

buttoning240Sometimes it feels like we’re always hustling our kids through their routines so that we can get to the good stuff (reading together, snuggling, whatever your fancy.)  But what if those little moments–the getting-things-done moments–actually are the good moments, if we make them so?

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How to Support A Depressed Loved One

By Holly Brown, LMFT • 2 min read

lovedone240When you see someone you love in pain, you might feel a lot of things.  You’re likely to start with sympathy and concern but as you try (and fail) to help, it might turn to frustration.  Or resentment, if you’re having to pick up the slack.

Here are some thoughts on how to support your loved one, and take care of yourself, too.

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How to Be a Better Listener

By Holly Brown, LMFT • 2 min read

listening240There’s a lot out there about how to talk to your kids, especially about difficult topics like drugs and sex.  But what might be of greater value to your relationship and to their development is if you become a better listener.

Here are some tips.

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Irritable Much?

By Holly Brown, LMFT • 1 min read

stressedIf you’ve been feeling irritable or short-tempered, there could be a number of possible causes.  Figuring out what’s bugging you, deep down, is the first step to feeling better.)

Here are some potential culprits:

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Aging Well

By Holly Brown, LMFT • 2 min read

shutterstock_54026566I was going to use the phrase “aging gracefully” but honestly, I’ve never done anything gracefully in my life.  I’m more of a lurcher.  And I’m okay with that.

That’s the key point of this blog, and–I believe–the key to aging well: being okay with who and where you are (or if you’re not, figuring out what to do about it, using the wisdom you’ve gained from your years on this planet.)

Where to start?

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When Your Ex is a Narcissist

By Holly Brown, LMFT • 2 min read

So you’re no longer romantically involved, but you can’t cut all ties.  Let’s say you have a child together, or property, or some other link that can’t be easily severed.

Here are some thoughts on how to best keep your sanity through it all.

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How to Stay Calm When Your Toddler’s Melting Down

By Holly Brown, LMFT • 2 min read

shutterstock_93516394I’ve got some pretty recent experience with this one, as my almost three-year-old has been alternating between intensely delightful and intensely–well, intense.

This can apply to your toddler’s tantrums (which tend to be brief) or meltdowns (which are protracted bouts of screaming and oppositional behavior that can go on for minutes to–worst case scenarios–more than an hour.)  What’s key is focusing not on what they’re doing, but on what you should be doing yourself.

Challenging, I know, but here  are some ideas to get you on a better path.

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5 Year-Ending Questions to Ask Yourself

By Holly Brown, LMFT • 2 min read

As one year ends, it’s important to take stock. That New Year’s resolution will never stick if you don’t.   So here are some questions to ask yourself about your mental health, your relationships, and your future.  Ready, set, go! (as my almost three-year-old loves to say.)

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Holiday Survival Guide

By Holly Brown, LMFT • 1 min read

shutterstock_26490736If you’re one of the many people who goes into a downward spiral during the holiday season (or if you love someone who does), this one’s for you.

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Our Children: Our Reflection?

By Holly Brown, LMFT • 2 min read

shutterstock_104434844I think most parents have had this experience: You’re out somewhere and your child (toddler, teenager, anywhere in between) is behaving in a way that you find embarrassing, and that you hope is not reflective of your parenting.  But you feel the shame anyway, and the judgment of others, and you wonder: Is this my fault?  Is my child my reflection?

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