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Do This And Feel Better About Yourself As A Parent

Do This And Feel Better About Yourself As A Parent

If you don’t struggle as a parent then you must be doing something wrong.  Or that is what I like to tell myself on the occasion.  Okay, weekly.  Maybe make that daily.  Child therapist or not, I struggle.  In fact because I do carry that […]

How A Hug Promotes Calmness

How A Hug Promotes Calmness

  Hug it out.  No really. Hug it out.  There is a simple reason why we crave human contact and affection – it calms us.  A hug from a safe, caring adult sets off a cascade of biology that recalibrates our child’s body.  The same […]

The Moms Of Moods And Foods 4 Kids

The Moms Of Moods And Foods 4 Kids

Tell me a little bit about your background and family? My husband and I have three little boys (7, 6, and 3) and live just outside of Chicago. I am a former middle school/high school teacher who eventually went into educational publishing and software development. I […]

3 Ways Your Teen’s Mental Health Impacts Their Sexual Health For Life

3 Ways Your Teen’s Mental Health Impacts Their Sexual Health For Life

Not many topics can make parents possibly more uncomfortable than those of sexual health and mental health.  But I am about to tell you why you should adjust your comfort meter and snuggle in for a chat. First of all, we don’t want any confusion.  […]

Try This Free Antidepressant With Your Kids

Try This Free Antidepressant With Your Kids

When children and adults are living with depression it can be difficult to motivate yourself and family to move.  But move you must. Exercise is proven to be as effective if not more effective than medication in the treatment of depression.  Absolute fact.  NCBI illustrates […]

A Conversation About Childhood Depression With Grace Lester, LMFT

A Conversation About Childhood Depression With Grace Lester, LMFT

  Grace, will you tell me a little about your education and background? I received a sociology degree from Hanover College and went on to earn my MSSW at the University of Louisville.  I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT ) and I […]

5 Reasons Why It Is Easier To Feed Your Kids Real Food

5 Reasons Why It Is Easier To Feed Your Kids Real Food

  We can make up all kinds of reasons as to why it is easier to feed our kids processed food.  But I am here to tell you we have been sold a bill of goods by real fine advertisers and the general population at […]

3 Reasons Living In Wichita Improves Your Child’s Mental Health

3 Reasons Living In Wichita Improves Your Child’s Mental Health

  Looking for reasons to feel good about living in Wichita?  Well, stop right here.  Really, don’t move your mouse or swipe your finger.  If you are visiting this site and, in particular, my post then it’s safe to bet you have children.  And if […]

Why You Need To Get Your Kids Talking

Why You Need To Get Your Kids Talking

Kids who live with depression, anxiety and/or OCD spend an extraordinary amount of time in their head. Ruminating over negative thoughts, worrying about past and future situations and focusing on scary and sad feelings leaves many children and teens zapped emotionally and physically.  They are […]

Call Me Anything But A “Stay”-At-Home Mother

Call Me Anything But A “Stay”-At-Home Mother

  You can shout, “Hey You!”  Call me “Old girl.”  “Lady.”  “Middle-aged mother.” I would even answer to: “Hey woman with the stray black hair on her chin.”  Because the names would all be true.  Call me anything but a “stay”-at-home mother.  This name is […]