Brain Basics, Part One: Your Brain Is Complex!

Have you heard of Interpersonal Neurobiology?   It is the emerging science of how the brain develops in response to our relationships.  As mammals, we literally cannot survive without relationships. And subsequently, the kinds of...

Best Ways To Keep Your Kid From The Summer Slide

While the summertime break from school is enthusiastically welcomed by students and teachers, the “summer slide” is a very real challenge for families to overcome each year. According to the National Summer Learning Association,...

Leave Home Without Sunscreen

Before you slather yourself and your kids with sunscreen this summer, let’s talk about sunscreen. Sunscreen is a multi-billion-dollar industry, yet there are no studies that prove that the use of sunscreen protects us from...

What I Said To My Son About The Fourth Of July

This morning I sat down at the breakfast table where my son was happily slurping up his bowl of cereal. I told him that it was the first day of July, to which he...

10 Mom Skills I Never Knew I Had

c You know what I was just thinking…  What if I never became a Mom? Then I wouldn’t have known what I am made of. Because of my kids, I’m PROUD of who I am! The best animal...

Drink More Water!

June 23rd was National Hydration Day! "Do you drink enough water?" This is a question I ask every patient during a new patient evaluation in my job as a physical therapist. The responses usually fall into...

7 Ways To Be A Positive Parent For Your Picky Eater

Not long ago, my husband was on call and I was home alone with my 3-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. Both kids were crying and vying for my attention, so I did the best...

Teaching Our Children Empathy 

With all that is going on in the world today, it is easy for me to become disheartened with humanity and the direction our world seems to be going. Watching the news these days...

Raising a Child of Color with Grace

Sometimes I linger…. As I pull the blanket over my sleeping little one and stand in the doorway, sometimes I linger… I listen to his breathing. I take in his peacefulness. Our bundle. Our joy. I’m thankful and sometimes...

Why I Love Our Small Family

Why I Love Our Small Family: Our extended family isn't nearby, but that's okay. Here's why: I grew up in small town northern Michigan, where it seemed like we were either related to, or close...

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