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If An Orangutan Can

Parenting

My wife and I are recovering helicopter parents.  Helicopter parenting is a form of over involvement in a child’s life, taking away the child’s ability to learn coping skills and healthy independence. It is linked to higher anxiety, higher depression, higher substance abuse, and lower coping abilities in the child’s later life. 1 2  Being a parent, and well, living...

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Being Real

Parenting

As a parent, I’m always trying to find ways to connect with my teenagers and so I decided to start using the app BeReal with them. BeReal will daily, at any time of day, notify you that it’s time to "be real". When the alert comes on, you capture the photo from both directions on your phone. Typically it's a picture of me and...

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Cultivating Self-Compassion

Self Care

Self-compassion is such a gift we can give ourselves. But what does it mean to be self-compassionate? Compassion means “to suffer together.” When we see someone suffering, we are moved by their suffering and want to alleviate it for them. And yet somehow it continuously feels so challenging, even impossible at times, to turn some of that compassion toward ourselves. ...

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Holiday Season Happiness Challenge

Thoughts to Ponder

The journey to adulthood is paved with countless moments of childhood.  In a child we see innocence, wonder, hope, and unknowing dependency. Oftentimes, in reflecting on our childhood, we find precious memories of meaning coupled with aches of desires unfulfilled for the child we once were. Leo Tolstoy begins his greatest novel Anna Karenina with a stunner line, “All happy...

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Sometimes I want to Hit

Parenting

Validation from others helps us feel understood and safe. Validating different parts of ourselves – especially the parts we are ashamed of – helps to align our goals and gain self-assuredness. I was out with my toddler son when he became tired and absolutely hangry. He quickly delved into full tantrum mode as he repeated that he wanted to hit....

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Why Validation Matters

Thoughts to Ponder

Is wanting validation from others a sign of weakness? Yes, and that’s not a bad thing. When we validate someone, we make them stronger. In fact, the words “valid” and “value” come from the same Latin root “valere,” or what we now call “valor,” which means be strong. Understanding validation is so important because it communicates that who the other...

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Where Is My Mind?

Brain

Neuroscientist Dan Siegel defines the mind as an embodied, relational, self-organizing entity that processes and regulates the flow of information and energy. This means that the mind is not simply the brain or brain activity—the mind is connected to the entire body. EMBODIED Mindfulness is key to deepening self-awareness, acceptance, and emotional regulation. There is a pre-sensing activity of being...

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