Creative Ways to Sneak in Family Time

Alicia Skiles, MS, NCC, LPC, SAC-IT Let’s face it, families are busy. Between cleaning the house, rushing your kids places, checking your work emails or even responding to extended family and friends on Facebook, there seems little time to cram in that “quality family time” that blogs like this go on and on about. So how […]

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Internet Safety for Kids

With summer in high swing, it is inevitable that kids will be spending more, often unsupervised, time on the internet. As a modern parent, there is great responsibility to protect your children from online dangers. Let’s take a look at how you can monitor your child’s internet usage. Talk with your child. Children look to […]

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Benefits of Kids who Play

Play is fun for everyone and is full of benefits for all participants… children AND parents! Play is the language of children and toys are their words. Watching a child play, especially imaginative play, gives lots of insight into the child’s take on the world. Is it friendly, scary, full of problems, or a hopeful, […]

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Mental Health Month Quiz–How much do you know?!

1 in 4 adults experience mental illness each year. They are your neighbors, friends, colleagues and family members, and they cope silently, afraid they will be labeled as crazy, psycho or dangerous–rather than just another person living with a chronic illness. The stigma of mental illness helps no one. It prevents those who are ill from […]

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13 Reasons Why Not

Ryan Knutson, MS, CSAC, LPC-IT, Professional Counselor                                                There has been a lot of hype in the media surrounding the recent Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. The hype comes from the fact that the series revolves around a very delicate topic. That topic is suicide—more specifically, teenage suicide. Rather than go into detail about points from […]

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How to Protect Kids: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Brienne Shaker, Family Advocate and Forensic Interviewer, Family & Children’s Center–Stepping Stones Child Advocacy Center You have been hearing a lot about child abuse prevention lately and I bet you are asking yourself, what can I do to protect my kids? Well here is what you can do… get educated. You can educate your kids and […]

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Sleep and Mental Health

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Dating After Divorce

Dating isn’t the easiest thing to do no matter where you’re at in life, but it’s especially tricky after divorce. There are lots of loose ends, baggage, children might be involved or multiple other issues might be making it difficult to start dating again. But before you begin to date again, you should take some […]

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The “simplest difficulty” to make your relationships thrive

Mike Hodson, MS, LAMFT Think of a time when you interacted with a significant other who “just didn’t get it.” Throughout time you have developed an expectation for interacting with others, especially in relationships. You expect others to act in a certain way, but remain flexible for when you don’t act a certain way. When […]

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Depression or the Blues

This time of year, it’s not uncommon for people to feel sluggish, unmotivated and even feeling dissatisfied with life. Some may rightfully shrug it off as a case of winter blues, but for others, those feelings may indicate they are suffering from depression. Differentiating between the blues and depression can be tricky. While symptoms of […]

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