When Delivering Praise Backfires

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A new study published in Child Development may have you questioning the way you provide praise to your children. You might be used to telling your child they did “an amazing job” or “that was terrific!” But the way you deliver praise might be impacting your child’s self-esteem. The study conducted by Brummelman and colleagues (Brummelman, Nelemans, Thomaes, & Orobio … Read More

Real Men Don’t Cry (or do they)?

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Is it true? ‘Real men’ don’t cry? How sad – maybe they should. There is often a negative stigma surrounding men crying. Some men are afraid to cry and be classified as being ‘weak’, ‘unmanly’, or a ‘wuss’. Maybe it’s because some people feel uncomfortable being around a crying man? I remember one lady telling me, “Ugh – I don’t … Read More

“It’s JUST a headache”

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No!!  In reference to a migraine, I and anyone who experiences migraines will attest that it’s not just a headache. Yet the messages — that we should just take an Advil, just get some sleep, just think positive or exercise more – undermine the impact migraines can have on your life.  I try never to speak for another’s experience, but … Read More


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I recently watched the movie Gifted on an airplane ride back from a conference. It is a heartwarming tale of a brilliant, young, first grader with advanced mathematical abilities. The movie opens with Mary reluctantly attending school for the first time, after being homeschooled by her uncle. After Mary demonstrates exceptional skills in class, her teacher discovers that Mary’s deceased … Read More

Squish your Ego!

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Ego, to me, is your big head getting in the way of a big heart. If we stripped away all the layers like an onion, there sits the bulb or the core of what is, or who we are. Instead, we allow this thing we call our ego, to get in the way of truly hearing with compassion, listening to … Read More

Yoga People and Their Mats!

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As some of you may know, I am an Integrative Somatic Yoga Practitioner, and I am so passionate about supporting clients to better health, by means of integrative health modalities. But the truth is, these words literally came out of my mouth about 11 years ago. I couldn’t figure it out. Nor had I given it a chance. The dedication, … Read More

Learning to Carry Grief

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It’s no secret that holidays or special occasions can be a difficult time! Busy schedules, stress, family, commitments, the list goes on! Often special occasions are difficult for other reasons, including grief. This Thanksgiving is my third without my dad, who passed away from aggressive brain cancer. Nothing prepares a person for how a few words – “terminal brain cancer” … Read More