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The Many Benefits of Playing Soccer for Children and Teens…At Revolution!

2022-04-21T04:53:27+00:00

The Many Benefits of Playing Soccer for Children and Teens…At Revolution! With warmer weather arriving, this is the perfect time to play soccer.  In addition to being fun, there are many other benefits to playing soccer for children and teens.  Soccer is excellent aerobic exercise and it’s great for motor skills and hand eye coordination.  Soccer also fosters children’s social skills, perseverance, and communication skills. We know from the research that children and teens who participate in team sports do better in a variety of ways.  Athletic children and teens display greater self-confidence and self-respect, possess significantly more leadership skills [...]

The Many Benefits of Playing Soccer for Children and Teens…At Revolution!2022-04-21T04:53:27+00:00

COVID-19 Prevention:  What’s Missing in the Discussion

2022-02-16T02:15:25+00:00

COVID-19 Prevention:  What’s Missing in the Discussion Get vaccinated.  Wear a mask.  Wash your hands.  Avoid crowds.  Practice social distancing.  These have been, and continue to be, the main directives from the experts when it comes to COVID-19 prevention.  And for the past two years now, news and media outlets have blanketed us with precautionary messaging 24-7.  But what’s missing from the discussion on COVID-19 prevention, is the limited attention experts and pundits have given to the importance of health and wellness. COVID-19 is a virus, and a very serious one, especially if you are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised.  Research has [...]

COVID-19 Prevention:  What’s Missing in the Discussion2022-02-16T02:15:25+00:00

How to Make (and Keep) Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2022

2022-01-09T20:03:20+00:00

How to Make (and Keep) Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2022 With 2021 coming to a close, many are looking ahead to what 2022 will bring.  And, while there are always things outside of our control (e.g., COVID-19 ending), coming up with some personal new year’s resolutions, can be a fun and productive way to start the year.  Sure, we’ve all heard that new year’s resolutions don’t last, but research has actually shown that close to 50% percent of people who make a resolution are still successful in keeping it after a 6-month follow-up. So, how do you make your [...]

How to Make (and Keep) Your New Year’s Resolutions in 20222022-01-09T20:03:20+00:00

Should I Quit My Job?

2021-11-25T02:21:20+00:00

Should I Quit My Job?     The Great Resignation, a term coined by organizational psychologist, Dr. Anthony Klotz, characterizes the trend in which large numbers of employees have quit their jobs from Spring of 2021 to the present.  It’s believed that the trend is due to many factors in response to COVID-19 including burnout, being dissatisfied, lower wages and wage stagnation, being at home for an extended period of time, not wanting to return to the work space and reprioritizing one’s work life and personal life balance. So, if people are leaving their jobs in growing numbers, what does that [...]

Should I Quit My Job?2021-11-25T02:21:20+00:00

How to Support Our Children During This Not Quite Normal School Year

2021-10-09T17:54:20+00:00

How to Support Our Children During This Not Quite Normal School Year Our children are back in school, and everything’s great, right?  Yes and no.  Sure, there are plenty of positives to being in school again – our children can access academic material better, receive more personalized and direct instruction, form and maintain better connections, and they are less distracted.  However, while research has shown that children learn more when they are in school, the return to school has been problematic for many. In my opinion, the protracted changes, adjustments, and uncertainties of COVID-19 have been, and continue to be, [...]

How to Support Our Children During This Not Quite Normal School Year2021-10-09T17:54:20+00:00

Managing your child’s back to school anxiety

2021-08-05T02:34:11+00:00

Managing your child’s back to school anxiety With the start of the school year just weeks away, so many children are beginning to look forward to returning to class.  However, the numerous uncertainties, unanswered questions and unknowns about what school will be like this year, alongside the significant life changes and adjustments of the past 16 months, has created a lot of anxiety for returning students. While back to school anxiety is not uncommon, recent surveys have shown that the number of elementary, and middle school, high school, and college students experiencing anxiety is at an all-time high; one survey [...]

Managing your child’s back to school anxiety2021-08-05T02:34:11+00:00

Three Parenting Tips Toward Healthy Technology Use During COVID-19…And Beyond

2021-03-15T13:13:46+00:00

In these technology driven times, managing our children’s screen time is a daily – and sometimes moment to moment – parenting task.  With the changes we’ve had to make societally as parents due to COVID-19, that task has certainly become even more imperative. Think about it.  Many children are on screens for full school days now, then they do their homework on a screen and then they enjoy much of their free time with screens.  If your children are awake about 16 hours a day, the majority of their waking time is likely being spent with some form of technology. [...]

Three Parenting Tips Toward Healthy Technology Use During COVID-19…And Beyond2021-03-15T13:13:46+00:00

Moving

2021-02-19T01:59:59+00:00

Dr. Mike, My husband has been offered a promotion to a new position on the West Coast, but his company needs him to relocate by March!  If he doesn’t accept, they will give him a severance package, but then he’s without a job and I stay at home.  The move would have a higher salary, which is great, but I know for certain that moving abruptly will be difficult on our 3 children since Ashburn has always been their home.  It will be especially difficult for our two older children in high school.  My parents live in NOVA and my [...]

Moving2021-02-19T01:59:59+00:00

Insane health kick

2021-02-19T02:00:40+00:00

Dr. Mike, My husband has gone on an insane health kick that is causing us a lot of problems as a couple and as a family, and I don’t know what to do.  Basically, he’s lost his mind with diet and exercise, and it started in April and right after he started working from home because of COVID-19.  He’s lost 65 pounds on the Keto Diet and he exercises all the time; I guess I should be happy for him but the problem is that we don’t see him anymore.  He won’t eat meals with us because of his diet, [...]

Insane health kick2021-02-19T02:00:40+00:00

Making Positive Change Happen in 2021!

2021-02-19T02:01:33+00:00

Making Positive Change Happen in 2021! On a societal and global level, COVID-19 has made this year a difficult one in so many ways.  Worldwide, close to 1.7 million people have died, and close to 80,000,000 people have become sick with the virus.  Statistics on COVID-19 are also imperfect given testing limitations and the lack of consideration of those who may have it but are asymptomatic, so the number of cases is likely higher.  And the virus has impacted us all individually in so many profound ways – how we work, how we go to school, how we socialize, how [...]

Making Positive Change Happen in 2021!2021-02-19T02:01:33+00:00
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