What’s in a Label?

Recently, I was talking with a mom whose son is having some emotional and behavioral issues. She wishes she had a better understanding of why he’s struggling, but her husband is adamant that they not have him tested. Dad doesn’t want his son to have the stigma of a label. Who does? He’s not the … More What’s in a Label?

Scented Escapes

In our bones we need the natural curves of hills, the scent of chapparal, the whisper of pines, the possibility of wildness. We require these patches of nature for our mental health and our spiritual resilience.  –  Richard Louv Yesterday I was getting that frazzled feeling you get when you’re thinking about everything that needs … More Scented Escapes

Reframing: 3 Powerful Ways to Change Your Parenting Outlook

The Boston Marathon was a rainy, chilly, hypothermia kind of day this year. Some might have called it miserable, but that wasn’t the common sentiment. Instead, there were loads of fan posters that pointed out the bright side, with messages like this: ‘At least you’re not at work.’ ‘At least you won’t have to shower … More Reframing: 3 Powerful Ways to Change Your Parenting Outlook

Does the Concept of Self-Care Make You Cringe?

“You should really take care of yourself…” “Put your own oxygen mask on first…” We hear advice like this all the time, but many of us choose to dismiss it, or cringe, or rebel. What makes self-care such a turn-off? “Indulgent” I’ve been casually surveying parents of children who struggle (with anything that requires extra … More Does the Concept of Self-Care Make You Cringe?

Stress Less – Back to School and Any Time – with a Mantra Boost

Commercials make the back-to-school process look so carefree. Arm in arm, parents and smiling children pop into big-box stores for pencils and notebooks, maybe a new outfit or backpack… and off they go! If only… For some of us whose kids need extra support, or have a hard time with transitions, this time of year … More Stress Less – Back to School and Any Time – with a Mantra Boost