Cell Phone Rules

Cell phones. We love them, and we hate them. They are easy to love when you find yourself on the side of the road with a flat tire, or when you’re trying to track down your daughter and her friend after being separated while shopping in the mall. The love fades when your teenager daughter or son is up late at night texting and talking to who knows who or you find a litany of text messages that is XXX rated at best. Continue reading

Reduce Back to School Stress

“Returning to work after a vacation, transitioning your children to a new school, even fighting a busier rush hour as schools reopen, can all contribute to an increased stress level.

My advice is to become aware of events that are likely to increase your stress levels and take steps to actively manage your stress and promote healthy coping behaviors in your children. Continue reading

Mental Illness

Mental Illness and the Family: Recognizing Warning Signs and How to Cope
Most people believe that mental disorders are rare and “happen to someone else.” In fact, mental disorders are common and widespread. An estimated 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year. Most families are not prepared to cope with learning their loved one has a mental illness. It can be physically and emotionally trying, and can make us feel vulnerable to the opinions and judgments of others. If you think you or someone you know may have a mental or emotional problem, it is important to remember there is hope and help. Continue reading

Love Language

Improve Your Marriage by Learning Your Spouse’s Love Language
For our loved ones, for good friends and family, and for the comforts of home we often say thank you. But when was the last time you said “thanks” to your spouse ? How often do you show your partner that you value him or her? When we’re busy and stressed out, we often forget to thank or show appreciation to the very person we chose to share our life with! Continue reading