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Lessons on Falling: 2020

Lessons on Falling: 2020

When my son was 2 years old, he loved letting himself fall forward on a mattress, over and over as he beamed with excitement. His entire body safely bounced up and down. He perfected his technique over the years, and then started teaching it to me.  I took these “Lessons on Falling” as a challenge to…

Wishing You Serenity

Wishing You Serenity

Upon 20 years as a psychotherapist and 45 years on the planet, I continue finding strength in the Serenity Prayer by Karl Neigbuhr (scroll down). In the past year, significant personal losses brought the value of this prayer to the forefront of my daily coping. I created the following adaptation that I’d like to share,…

The Most Valuable Gift for Children’s Mental Health

The Most Valuable Gift for Children’s Mental Health

In celebration of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (May 10), I advocate for the most valuable gift we can give to our children…mindful parents and caregivers!!! Mindfulness does not require meditating regularly (though it is helpful). Mindfulness is a way of being, rather than doing. Being a mindful parent/caretaker means being fully present in the moment,…

Build a Fort For Resilience

Build a Fort For Resilience

Having a place for psychological safety is particularly beneficial during times of stress.  Autumn is a season of many transitions that generate anxiety for children: new schools, new classrooms, new teachers, new routines, weather changes, etc.  This is a prime time to proactively support our children emotionally. Here is an idea… Have you wondered why children love…

Adults Let’s Play!

Adults Let’s Play!

For National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (May 6, 2019), I make a call to parents/caretakers of young children to roll up our sleeves, get down on the floor and… play!  Playing for a few minutes as part of daily routines is one of the best investments we can make in our children’s mental health.   I am referring…

Gracias!

Gracias!

Welcome to the holidays! The frenzy of celebrations and anticipation can drive us to overlook the accompanying stress of traveling, logistics, cooking, family obligations, shopping…and affording it all!  We may end up not taking time to rest and enjoy with our families.   Traditions and the mass media lead us to repeat habits without questioning how much they…

We All Deserve a Celebration!

We All Deserve a Celebration!

Have you thought of how much you and your children/pupils have adapted and grown in 2020-2021?  We all adjusted to the hundreds of changes brought about by the covid-19 pandemic and the concurrent socio-political events. The pandemic is not over, and is rampaging in some parts of the world. Yet, most of us have navigated the…