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If You Want Your Kid to Get Straight A’s, Play Soccer

2022-11-28T02:21:03+00:00

If You Want Your Kid to Get Straight A’s, Play Soccer The benefits of soccer are tremendous.  Beyond the fun of the game itself, soccer teaches sportsmanship and teamwork, strengthens muscles, improves coordination and cardiovascular health, develops leadership skills, instills discipline, and increases confidence and self-esteem.  And soccer is as much a mental game as it is a physical game, with research showing a strong relationship between physical exercise and academic achievement. For example, a longitudinal study involving 5000 children and adolescents revealed a strong correlation between exercise and test score success in Science, English and Math.  Interestingly, this study [...]

If You Want Your Kid to Get Straight A’s, Play Soccer2022-11-28T02:21:03+00:00

The Psychology of Your Child’s Halloween Costume

2022-10-27T17:58:57+00:00

The Psychology of Your Child’s Halloween Costume Hero, monster, princess or something sexy? A costume can say a lot about a child's development Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year for children. The meaning of Halloween runs deep in our culture — it’s a time to celebrate, a time for treats, a time for being spooky or silly, a time for costumes, and it’s a time to enjoy family and friends. When we think back to some of our fondest childhood memories, most of us have at least one or two Halloween moments. And what costume [...]

The Psychology of Your Child’s Halloween Costume2022-10-27T17:58:57+00:00

Four tips to surviving summer with kids back from college

2022-06-05T01:14:32+00:00

Four tips to surviving summer with kids back from college Sharing the nest again and navigating how to function as a family when your son or daughter returns home from college can be challenging. Sure, your child will always be your child, and you may believe that you still know what’s best for them as mom and dad, but with every semester or quarter that passes they’re aging and separating from you. From freshman year to senior year of college, your kids are taking the steps they need to take to become more independent as they enter young adulthood. At [...]

Four tips to surviving summer with kids back from college2022-06-05T01:14:32+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

Thanksgiving 2021: 7 Ways To Be Thankful This Year

2021-11-06T01:55:36+00:00

Thanksgiving 2021: 7 Ways To Be Thankful This Year The global pandemic has made the last year and a half very difficult for many; the pandemic has forced numerous adjustments and compromises on us, and the death toll in the US alone is tragically closing in on 740,000 deaths.  Yes, we have a vaccine, and yes positive new cases across the nation (and the world) are trending down, but many of the stressors of COVID-19 remain.  At a time when there is so much negativity and disagreement in the world and within our community, I invite us to focus on [...]

Thanksgiving 2021: 7 Ways To Be Thankful This Year2021-11-06T01:55:36+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

Having a mild life crisis as a couple? 

2021-06-24T03:00:16+00:00

Having a mild life crisis as a couple?   “Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.” – Eleanor Roosevelt The Canadian psychoanalyst, Elliott Jacques coined the term “Mid-Life Crisis” in 1965. He believed that mid-life is a transitional phase rife with uncertainty and emotional conflict, pertaining to one’s sense of mortality. Later research in this area has found that to varying degrees [...]

Having a mild life crisis as a couple? 2021-06-24T03:00:16+00:00

Give Your Kids A “Yes Day!”

2021-03-28T00:28:40+00:00

“Yes Day!” is a recent movie that involves a mom and dad that usually say “no” to their children, but agree to a 24-hour period where their children get to do whatever they want (with some reasonable ground rules).  The family goes on an adventure with all sorts of twists and turns, and the story unfolds with fun, impulsive, and at times difficult emotional moments for them all.  In the end, the children and parents grow from their whirlwind day, and they become closer and better off as a family for having had the experience.  The movie is adapted from [...]

Give Your Kids A “Yes Day!”2021-03-28T00:28:40+00:00
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