Category Archives: Family & Home Life

How to Handle Family Members Who Deny Mental Illness

When your teenager receives a diagnosis for a mental health disorder, one thing you realize is that you need all the support you can get. Support from your spouse, co-parent, or partner. Support from your own parents, siblings, and friends: from wherever and whomever, every little bit counts. You may tough it out at the […]

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How to Get Your Teen to Eat More Vegetables

March is National Nutrition Month. The latest research on the relationship between diet and emotions shows that food has a significant impact on how we feel. A poor diet can make adolescents more vulnerable to negative emotions (such as anger and anxiety) as well as mental health disorders like depression. On the other hand, eating a healthy, nutrient-rich […]

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Compassionate Parenting Promotes Generosity in Kids

Giving doesn’t always come naturally to kids. Whether your child is a toddler or a teen, childhood is often a time that’s “all about me.” Lecturing, bribing, and nagging might work every once in a while, but they won’t turn your child into an instinctive giver. Instead, generosity is a practice that must be cultivated. […]

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Is My Teen Addicted to Vaping?

The CDC has some startling statistics on teen vaping use. Last year, more than 3 million high school students in America – that’s almost 20 percent of high school students overall – reported vaping. In middle schools, that number was 5 percent. While lower, it’s still a shockingly high statistic for children 11-13 years old. […]

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How to Talk to Children and Teens About Natural Disasters

By any reasonable standard, the past year has been a doozy. We used that special technical term because we’re all tired of writing and reading the word unprecedented. Let’s leave the pandemic out of it for a moment – as a simple thought exercise – and look back at the events we typically think of […]

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Research Report: Boost Happiness and Wellbeing by Getting Outside

The shelter-in-place guidelines that have been in effect for millions of people in the U.S. since March take their toll. Evidence shows an increase in the symptoms of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, as well as an increase in binge-drinking, consumption of recreational drugs, and opioid-related overdose deaths. Over the past year, we’ve […]

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ADHD, Girls, and Sports

In years past, adults limited the types of sports girls played. In many cases, adults – both male and female – discouraged girls from participating in sports at all. They’d say things such as: “It’s not ladylike.” “Sports are for boys.” “Girls should learn…” We won’t even finish that last sentence, because simply typing these […]

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January is Codependency Awareness Month

Most of us have heard the term codependency and carry a working definition of what it means in our heads. Most of us also believe it’s an official clinical diagnosis, like those found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Behavioral Disorders (DSM-5), the go-to reference manual mental health professionals use every day to diagnose […]

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National Hobby Month: Where do Hobbies Come From?

Every year during the month of January, people in the U.S. celebrate National Hobby Month. Enthusiasts around the country share information about their hobbies with friends, try new hobbies that interest them, and dive deeper into the hobbies and activities they love. It seems like hobbies have been around forever. They’re a natural way to […]

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Five Steps to Achieve and Maintain Mental Wellness

Now that we’re well into 2021, we won’t mention why we want it to be an amazing year, or why we – at the very least – want it to be better than 2020. To be fair, we give January and February 2020 a pat on the back. For most of us, they were fine, […]

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