Playfulness for Everyone

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. One of my favorite sayings is “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. There are so many different types of adversities whether war, death, illness, divorce, challenging children, accidents, finances, relationship, work, schedules, auto or home repairs, etc. How [...]

By |2023-02-01T00:44:36+00:00January 30th, 2023|Categories: Depression, Spotlight on Seniors|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Playfulness for Everyone

Managing Holiday Stress

How do you manage holiday stress? Holidays signify family togetherness. We envision warm, loving, happy people connecting in special ways…except when it is not so warm and fuzzy. What goes wrong? What are your expectations? If you expect everything and everybody to flow perfectly, this may [...]

By |2022-12-20T01:07:50+00:00December 20th, 2022|Categories: Anxiety, Relationship|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Managing Holiday Stress

The Value of Halloween for Children

What is the value of Halloween for children? Some things are spooky. Some are scary. Even so, some are fun and silly. There is candy to beg for, maybe some tricks, too. There is dress-up and imagination. There is nighttime and darkness to consider. There is [...]

By |2022-10-21T20:16:43+00:00October 20th, 2022|Categories: Children, Parenting|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Value of Halloween for Children

Parental Burnout

What is burnout in general? Most people have experienced burnout at some time in their lives. When we hear someone say they feel burned out, we can resonate with feelings of being swamped, exhausted, drained, or having difficulty keeping up with life tasks. Yet not everyone [...]

By |2022-08-24T20:58:15+00:00August 24th, 2022|Categories: Children, Parenting|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Parental Burnout

Balancing of Life Amidst Fear

Do you feel paralyzed with fear of COVID? Like me, you probably know people who seem paralyzed with fear over COVID and new strains of the virus. As a psychologist, this becomes a topic of discussion with many, if not most, patients. Do vaccines work or [...]

By |2022-01-15T04:14:17+00:00January 15th, 2022|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , |Comments Off on Balancing of Life Amidst Fear

“Bang-ups & Hang-ups” of Good Parenting

You grow up and decide to become parents. If you are anything like me, you wish for a crystal ball to forecast the results of your parenting. You want to provide good parenting, healthy parenting. You have some ideas about parenting from your parents, caregivers, [...]

By |2021-09-08T16:09:37+00:00September 8th, 2021|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , , |Comments Off on “Bang-ups & Hang-ups” of Good Parenting

Article Excerpt: 10 Ways of Showing Compassion

1. START WITH YOURSELF The best way to learn how to be compassionate toward others is through self-acceptance. As they say: you can’t learn to truly love others until you learn to love yourself. Praise yourself for your successes (even with small things) and forgive yourself [...]

By |2021-07-09T15:39:06+00:00July 9th, 2021|Categories: Relationship|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Article Excerpt: 10 Ways of Showing Compassion

And Social Isolation Continues

Previously, I wrote an article entitled: How to Combat Isolation During Coronavirus. I began that “I like to think that out of adversity, we can create positives—whether more family time, quiet time, going outdoors, being creative.” By now we all know ways to be proactive [...]

By |2021-02-17T16:56:48+00:00February 17th, 2021|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , |Comments Off on And Social Isolation Continues

The Importance of Human Connection

Imagine looking into a baby’s eyes. You smile, the baby smiles. You laugh, the baby laughs. But what if you just look expressionless with a blank stare? Do you know what the baby does? The baby cries from a feeling of detachment and lack of emotional [...]

By |2020-12-22T02:28:09+00:00December 18th, 2020|Categories: Relationship|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Importance of Human Connection

Psychology of Gratitude

“Thank you” One of the earliest phrases children learn to say is “thank you”. That is when we are introduced to good manners. It is a way we learn to express our appreciation and convey our gratitude. It is a demonstration of respect to someone who [...]

By |2020-11-10T21:09:15+00:00November 10th, 2020|Categories: Relationship|Tags: , |Comments Off on Psychology of Gratitude