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Mental Health Awareness Month – Headlines and Quiet Shadows

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Because May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to take a look at how the news has shaped our understanding of mental illness. In the last year, you were probably saddened and alarmed by some of the many news stories involving loss of life.

Strapless Dresses and School Dress Code Part 2 – Parents vs School

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

When last we met, I discussed a few questions I had about a New Jersey school’s dress code banning strapless dresses for an 8th grade formal dance. I invite you to refresh your memory on the first two points I brought up about this controversial situation.

Strapless Dresses and School Dress Code – Parents vs School

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

I recently came across this article about strapless dresses at an 8th grade formal dance. While not on the level of some other recent news events, this article really caught my eye.

Parental Influence – It Matters More Than You Think, Part 2

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

That moment when you feel like the Invisible Mom or Dad, wondering if your kids are paying any attention to you at all. Yes, we’ve all been there. It can seem like your wise words go in one ear and out the other.

Parental Influence – It Matters More Than You May Think

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Wonder if you have any parental influence at all? Have days when you feel invisible to your child or like your words go in one ear and out the other?

When Your Child’s Best Friend Moves Away

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

My best friend moved away during the summer between our 5th and 6th grade years. We were peas in a pod, spent nearly every recess together, and even picked out the same instrument to play in the 5th grade band.

After the Boston Marathon Tragedy – Taking Care Yourself When Traumatic Events Occur

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

By now, you have probably heard or read many stories about the horrible bombing that occurred at the Boston Marathon. If you are feeling emotionally drained from this event, you are not alone.

Helping Children After Divorce

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Divorce is a part of life for many children. Since roughly 50% of all marriages in the United States end in divorce, it’s still a very relevant topic for families today. Fortunately, researchers have worked for years to establish solid information about the outcomes of divorce.

Children With Chronic Illness – Living and Coping

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

You may have seen this video of a 7 year-old pediatric brain cancer patient a touchdown run at the Nebraska Spring Game. The young boy, Jack Hoffman, was given this opportunity because of his friendship with a former player and his closeness to the football team.

Spirituality and Mental Health

Monday, April 1st, 2013

In light of today being Easter, I’m sharing a some reading about spirituality and mental health. Whether your family practices a particular religion or not, I hope you will find this article thought-provoking.


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