What’s Behind the Anger?

Anger, though it may feel intense and hard to handle in the moment, is a normal human emotion.  It signals to us that something is not right, and we need to pay attention to it.

Parental Self-Regulation Helps Kids with Big Feelings

As parents, we have no doubt observed our children (of all ages) experiencing big feelings. Big feelings are bound to happen, and big feelings are tough! I have been thinking about parent mindfulness a lot these days. The act of being mindful of ourselves as caregivers and being aware of what is going on in our bodies helps us be the calm, secure presence our kids need when big feelings come up for them. It is important to know what is going on in our own bodies and care for ourselves to meet the needs of our kids.

It’s Almost Bathing Suit Season! Achieving Body Acceptance

Body Acceptance

For many years, the “body positivity” movement has been in our public discourse, as an argument against diet culture and its impact on our emotions and economy. Body positivity centers on the message that all bodies are beautiful – inclusive of all sizes, genders, ethnicities, ages, and abilities.

Practicing Radical Acceptance in Parenting

Radical Acceptance

Practicing Radical Acceptance in Parenting No matter how old your child is, there are likely times when you feel a high level of distress, frustration, and/or anger at their choices and behaviors. In those moments, you may find yourself thinking things like: “why can’t he/she just do X?!” or “I did not raise him/her to … Read more

The Diagnosis Debate

Most visits to a medical doctor involve a similar sequence of events; the patient presents their
symptoms and the provider goes through a mental checklist and/or administers a series of tests
until they eventually deduce the reason for the patient’s ailment – a broken bone, an ear
infection, a ruptured appendix, etc.

Parenting Adult Children When They Move Back Home

Parenting Adult Children When They Move Back Home About 45% of people between18 and 29 years of age are living at home according to a 2023 Harris Poll for Bloomberg. According to the poll, the primary reason that young adults return home is to save money. Moving back home also can give adult children an … Read more

Accepting What We Cannot Change, and Changing What We Can

Accepting What We Cannot Change, and Changing What We Can Most of us are familiar with the Serenity Prayer: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” This has become such a commonly known invocation that it is … Read more