#2 Modern Issues in the Transitions to Parenthood: Dealing with Judgment!

Most people have heard the quote, “Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle” (J.M. Barrie) but what does that really mean? When I think of battles, I think about the most common “battle” we are fighting on a daily basis, which is the “fight” to feel OK about ourselves! Brene Brown has famously called this “the hustle for worthiness” in...
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Listening Passionately: The Five Deceptively Simple Habits to Foster Greater Peace, Intimacy and Connection

Share Hi Everyone! This past week, I had the honor of being chosen to present at an event called FanFare, a yearly event hosted by a wonderful organization called the Family Action Network. (To check out their website click here: http://www.familyactionnetwork.net/) FanFare is an event showcasing speakers on a variety of parent education topics, and each speaker gets 10 minutes to put forth...
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Guidelines for a Healthy Relationship (in a nutshell)

ShareHi everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season! As we approach the new year, I am cleaning out my old day planner and starting a new one (yes, I am old school!) and found a sheet of paper from some notes I took at one of my Bowen family systems consultation groups this past year. The note is short, but sweet, and contains the gist of Bowen’s ideas on cultivating...
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Decoding tantrums

A toddler having an emotional meltdown is one of the most provocative situations that a parent can face. It’s intense, irrational, seems out of the blue, and worst of all, completely out of your control! A study published recently in the journal, Emotion, took an in depth look at the emotions present during a tantrum, and found distinct and predictable patterns in the madness. Most...
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Multitasking more stressful for women

NPR featured a story recently on a study published in the American Sociological Review looking more deeply at the emotional experience of “multi-tasking” for women and men who are parents in dual income families. This is a really interesting study because it goes beyond the stats and numbers that support overall work hours and work loads have increased at about the same rate for both...
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A step towards more sensitive and comprehensive care for mothers

National news was made last week when the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Center for Women’s Mood Disorders in Chapel Hill opened our nation’s first, specialized, inpatient clinic for pregnant and postpartum women.  The mental wellness and emotional needs of women during pregnancy, and after delivery have received increased attention in the United States over the last...
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