Closeness is Caring: The Benefits of Dog Ownership for Your Children

Consider the following story as it relates to this topic. At around age 8, I noticed my son Dylan keeping to himself and interacting less with school peers (according to his teacher) than what was normal. My husband and I figured it was just a phase he was going through, but it lasted for almost two years. For his 10th birthday, we decided to adopt a German Shepard puppy. In the weeks following, Dylan had a complete transformation. He’s now much more open about his feelings and opinions, is more sociable and much more affectionate with us and his younger brother....

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Fortnite: Get to Know the Hottest New Sensation and What it Might Mean for Your Kids

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. Last week was the first time in months that my friend Kate and I went out for dinner. In between laughs, we began discussing my son Steven and his friends, who are almost always at our house. I mentioned that, over the last few weeks, I’d heard them talking about “victories”, laughing about “Tomato Town” and constantly saying, “Where are we dropping, boys?” around the house. Kate’s son is also making these funny references and told me that it’s from a new video game called Fortnite. Kate says it looks...

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Dealing with Stress: A Few Unconventional Things You Can do for Relief

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. These past few weeks have really taken a toll. Late last month, my youngest son broke his leg and has since needed significant help getting around. Then, three weeks ago, I was given four new projects at work that kept me at the office long after I’m used to staying. To top it all off, my husband was laid off last Friday, meaning that we’re now on a much stricter budget than before. I’ve had trouble sleeping these past few nights because I’m so worried about bills, my son’s health,...

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A Learning Moment: Teaching Kids to be Mindful Through Meditation

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. My husband and I had to drive out to Chris’ school last week because, according to his teachers, he’d gotten himself into a bit of trouble. When we arrived, his teacher and principal were explaining to us that he was initially being written up for speaking out of turn, leaving his desk without permission and talking during quiz time. Honestly, these seemed like things that kids just do. Then, according to the teachers, they began handing Chris detention after detention as he got increasingly frustrated. I have a feeling his...

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Kid’s Health: The Power of Free Play

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic.  Last week, I found out that my best friend is expecting a baby, so a bunch of us went out to celebrate during the weekend. While chatting, I was asked how I plan to raise my own baby daughter. I kind of brushed off the question at first, but truth be told, I hope I’m able to raise her the way I was raised. I mean, you rarely see kids outside playing anymore. They spend their days at school, doing homework and in front of a screen, and they rarely...

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Lights, Camera, Selfie: Can You Take it Too Far?

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. When Stacey turned 16 a few months ago, my husband and I decided to get her the latest cellphone as a birthday present. I was hesitant at first seeing as how she’d only had no-frills, hand-me-down phones up to that point, but we eventually chose to give her the upgrade. I noticed her taking selfies during the first couple of weeks and thought nothing of it. After all, I remember how excited I was when my parents bought me a new gadget. However, the selfies became almost incessant. She would...

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How to React When Seeing Your Child’s Report Card

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. My oldest son Benjamin is a very smart kid, but I’ve noticed for a while now that he’s been all over the place with his school grades. During one marking period, he’ll bring in mostly A’s, and in the next it’ll have some C’s and even a D. I know that he’s a teen and that life is starting to change for him. My husband and I don’t want to be too hard on him when he brings home a bad grade, but quite frankly, I’m freaking out! If anything,...

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A Different Path: Exploring New Avenues to Achieve Your Life Goals

Consider the following example as it relates to this week’s topic. The other day, I was talking with a parent (not a patient of mine) about their daughter applying to college. The daughter has a very specific career path that she wants to pursue and will be heartbroken if she isn’t accepted into one of the top programs that will set her up for direct access to the career of her dreams. The mother believes that her daughter needs to have a backup plan, as in a completely different career direction, in case she doesn’t get into one of these top...

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Napping: What is it Good For?

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. I think yesterday was the first time since college that I actually made time for a short nap in the late afternoon. It was a tough day at the office with three meetings throughout the day and too many tasks to count, so it just made sense to come home and snooze. I wasn’t sure if I’d wake up feeling more exhausted or more awake, and I’m pleased to tell you that I woke up feeling absolutely refreshed. I even had enough energy to go to the gym, wash the...

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The Movement Blues: Overcoming Your Procrastination with a Bit of Physical Activity

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. I don’t consider myself lazy. If anything, I enjoy doing certain things, like going out with my husband for a day of shopping, taking the kids out for lunch and even heading over to my parents’ house to help them with chores. The thing is, I have a tendency to wait until the last minute to do things. It’s rare that I complete certain things around the house on time, or anywhere for that matter. I’m also dealing with a little bit of depression and have noticed that my procrastination...

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