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Pandemic field guide for parents

By Kelly Rodriguez, LMFT– During times of change and uncertainty, we try to nurture and help our children feel safe. We want to provide answers to their questions and teach them how to face tough situations. However, in recent days we’ve all experienced unexpected rapid and impactful changes in our daily lives.  The coronavirus pandemic […]

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Making the most of social distancing

You’re probably very familiar with social distancing by now. The practice has recently gained momentum in an effort to slow the worldwide spread of COVID-19, which is now present in 187 countries and territories around the globe, according to the World Health Organization.  Schools, colleges, movie theaters and retail stores are closed. Restaurants are only […]

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5 ways to improve communication in your relationships

We spend so much of our daily lives communicating in one form or another. Research from the University of Missouri shows we spend 70 to 80 percent of each day communicating, with 45 percent of that time spent listening and 30 percent speaking. The remainder of the time is spent reading or writing.  This is […]

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This International Women’s Day, equality starts with you

Activist, journalist and feminist Gloria Steinem once said, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” In the same way that good starts with all of us, the fight for equality starts and ends […]

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Finding love in the midst of heartbreak

To my mother, on Valentine’s Day. By Elizabeth Burbank – Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to celebrating love. Chocolates, relationships, flowers, etcetera. As a newlywed, I could share the story of how I met my husband. I could write all about him. I love him deeply, so it wouldn’t be hard. But I’m not […]

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The arc of identity

We grow and develop almost in tandem with the characters we love. Every good film in some way wrestles with identity—a character struggling with the gap between who they are and who they want to be. Seeing another person’s journey, no matter how far from our own, often triggers our own reflection. We are highly […]

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Why you need a true Sabbath each week 

Do you know how many times the average person touches their phone in a day? 2,617 times. A day! The American Psychological Association calls these people “constant checkers.” Is that you? Are you of the “rise and grind” mindset, day in and day out? If so, you’d better listen up. Aaron Edelheit recently appeared on […]

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for parenting in 2020

As parents, we’re doing the best we can each day to provide a great life for our children. Because, ultimately, seeing them happy and helping them thrive is all that matters. But we’re also hard on ourselves. Even the most confident parents sometimes question if they’re doing things right for their children. It’s in our […]

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10 sources of inspiration for starting 2020 with focus

How many times have you set New Year’s resolutions for yourself, only to struggle to find the motivation to start pursuing those goals? Resolutions are easy to make, but not always so easy to complete. Instead, let’s start this 2020 with focus and determination that it will be a good year, successful however that might […]

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The dramatic and lasting effects of gratitude

Practicing gratitude boosts emotional and physical well being  A growing body of research is confirming that an ounce of gratitude is worth a pound of cure. “The practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” said Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis and a leading scientific expert […]

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Feeling blue this Christmas? Here’s 3 tips to help

Behold! I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people! Could have fooled me. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! Unless you are me. Ever had such thoughts? Sometimes we can get a little cynical about Christmas. Our joy can be sapped away by the overwhelming […]

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A joyful bucket list with kids

It’s here—the season of merriment and good cheer. Use these December days to encourage joy and giving with your children, starting with these 10 bucket list ideas: 1. Send a meaningful letter. Sometimes, the best gifts are words. Who can you share good words with this season? 2. Go Christmas caroling. Gather up your family […]

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