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Understanding and Healing from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Do you feel blue as winter approaches? Do you struggle with wintertime sluggishness and feelings of depression? Does the change of seasons have a noticeably depressive effect on you or a loved one? If so, seasonal effective disorder—often termed SAD—might be the culprit. As with any mental health issue, exploring and understanding the root causes …

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Familius Family Holiday Traditions

Every family is unique in their own special way—this includes holiday traditions. Some of us celebrate with our extended family, or maybe just our immediate family; still others have a small group of chosen friends who have become family. We celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and, yes, some of us even celebrate Festivus. However …

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For A Blended and Peaceful Family Holiday Season

We are in the season of beautiful holiday traditions. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, and Day roll around about the same time of the year. Many families can feel overwhelmed by all the shopping, decorating, cooking, and celebrating, but it is an exciting, meaningful time for families to come together. Time is …

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Navigating Body Image During the Holidays

In a society where multi-billion-dollar companies profit from our insecurities, we must actively work towards creating body-positive spaces to combat negative body image. On a good day, it’s important to practice habits that promote positive body image amongst your family, but during the holidays, it is critical. It is a time when marketers strategically plan …

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Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others—Then and Now.

When I was asked to write an article on “caring for ourselves while caring for others,” I thought about you, the reader, and what your life might be like, and what you might be needing to hear. I imagined myself back when I was in the thick of the early years of mothering and wondered what I would say …

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How a Growth Mindset Benefits Kids’ Social-Emotional Development

Carol Dweck, professor of Psychology at Stanford University, introduced the concept of the growth mindset in her best-selling book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. A growth mindset is when individuals believe their skills and talents can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and input from others. Alternatively, a fixed mindset is a belief …

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Keys to Communicating with Our Children

Meaningful conversations are something every parent desires to have with their children. As a mom of three boys ranging in age from fourteen to twenty, I’ve learned that those heart-to-hearts don’t just happen. Foundational relationship building is a necessary first step, and it’s not always convenient. Show an Interest in Your Child’s Interests Many conversations …

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