Archives for April, 2012

Families

Why Are We Becoming More Lonely?

"All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
All the lonely people, where do they all belong?"
-from the song, Eleanor Rigby, written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, released  in 1966.

Being lonely is not just painful, it is a major contributor to a host of health problems including depression, sleep problems, obesity, and dementia. The importance of social networks--increasing our time spent with family and...
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Families

Look Out, Parents! The Kids are Catching Your Emotions

Susan and Larry called our counseling clinic to get help dealing with the problems of their seven year-old son, Billy. Billy was falling behind in school, having trouble paying attention in class, getting into skirmishes with kids on the playground, and fighting constantly with his four-year old sister. Mom and Dad were upset, worried, and wanted help. Sound familiar?

In the first meeting with this family, the tension and conflict between Mom and...
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Birthdays

Reclaiming the Soul of Birthdays

"Your children need your presence far more than your presents."  - Jesse Jackson
"A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer."  - Lucius Seneca

I've been thinking a lot about birthdays lately since I just celebrated my own and look forward to the June birthdays of both of our grown sons.

Sharing special time together and evolving your family's unique...
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Parenting

Warning to Parents: Do Your Kids Suffer from Nature-Deficit Disorder?

"They took all the trees, put them in a tree museum. Then they charged the people a dollar and a half just to see them. Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've lost 'til it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."  - Joni Mitchell
When you think about some of your happiest memories as a child, what do you remember? My husband spent countless hours of...
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