The power of giving thanks all year round

November is a month people often reflect on what they are grateful for. Grateful for the fall weather, the delicious food, and the joy of seeing all the family around the table. Gratitude though is an action that can be…

Don’t be Afraid to Share your Opinion

What has become truly fascinating to me is the number of people who simply don’t want to share their opinion or say the truth to another person. The amount of self-censorship that most people put on themselves for no real…

Myths About Mindfulness

Say the word mindfulness and images of people sitting in silence, softly breathing with eyes closed may come to our minds. We imagine these individuals are in some sort of Zen-like state with thoughts pushed to the side, the mind…

How to Recognize Signs of Anxiety in Children Under 10

You can already predict the scenario as you begin the bedtime routine with your child. Baths are done, stories are read, and now it’s time for bed. Your child needs exactly the right things in bed that are positioned in…

Culture Doesn’t Teach Grit Anymore

I don’t know about you, but I’m frustrated. The more I look around, the more I see young people not being able to tolerate struggle and adults who believe its their duty to remove struggle from the lives of young…

A Personal Story: Suicide Prevention Week

The morning of June 4, 2013, I was at the local library with my four children for the summer reading program. My kids were excited for new books and to collect prizes. I was at a kiosk, looking up a…