resolutions_option_1.jpegI’ve made a New Year’s resolution every year. From “hit the gym more” to “stop slouching at my desk” to “avoid that bowl of peanut M&Ms in the office,” my resolutions have run the gamut. This year, I’ve resolved to be more mindful: be more mindful of what my body and mind need to function and feel good, and to be more mindful of how I use my time every day. This definitely isn’t a small resolution, and it’s going take a lot of dedication on my part to ensure that I’m actively making choices that are good for me.

I’ve always had a hard time sticking to my resolutions for more than a few weeks before I slide back into old habits, and I know I’m not the only one with that problem. So, I compiled a few tips that I’ve been putting into practice so far this year: 

  1. Make sure your resolution is specific. “Be more mindful” sounds like a great resolution, but it’s still pretty nebulous, right? Because of that, I’ve broken it down into smaller, more manageable action items. To be more mindful of my body and mind in order to feel good, I’m concentrating on eating whole foods and moving more. And, to be more mindful of how I use my time, I’m making daily...

so_your_child_is_a_bully_option_2.jpegNow that you’ve learned some of the signs that your child may be a bully, here are some tips for how you can intervene and correct this behavior. 

  1. Meet with your child’s teachers. Your child’s teachers will have insight into how your child behaves in the classroom and on the playground, and can fill you in on the details you’re likely not hearing at home.
  2. Talk to your child about their behavior. Have a conversation with your child – reassure them that you will love them no matter what, and that their behavior is something you will work on together. Remind them that their bullying, whether physical, verbal, or online, is causing others pain—and ask them if there might be a reason why they are lashing out. Often, bullying behaviors can be fueled by feelings of insecurity or a lack of control.
  3. Find teachable moments. Whether you’re watching a TV show together or you witness bullying at the mall, find the underlying lesson and engage in dialogue with your child so they truly understand what bullying is and who its impacts.
  4. Monitor social media. You’re the parent and you make the rules. One rule you can implement is that you have full access to your child’s social...

child_is_a_bully_option_5.jpgWe all remember that one person in elementary school – the one who constantly teased the smallest girl in the class, or forced the boy who dropped his lunch tray all over himself to relive the moment again and again. That one classmate was a bully, someone who tries to hurt others by making them feel uncomfortable, physically hurting them, calling them names, or spreading rumors. And while some childhood trends come and go, bullying is a trend that, unfortunately, just won’t go away – almost one in three children in grades six through 10 experience bullying. Today’s bullying isn’t limited to the playground, though. Bullying has extended to the digital world as well, infiltrating social media – 35% of children report that they have been threatened online.

Children who bully others often act out because there is a deeper emotional issue, so it’s important to look for the following warning signs that could indicate your child may be the one doing the bullying:

  1. Your child is easily frustrated, or gets angry quickly. Behavioral problems like aggression and being quick to frustration at home are often indicative of bullying behaviors outside of the home.
  2. Your child is...

snow-bench-man-person.jpegThe holidays are usually seen as a joyful time spent with loved ones: good food, strong traditions, and happy memories abound. But if you have recently lost a loved one, this time of year just doesn’t seem as bright and beautiful as it once did.

It can be hard to face the onslaught of Christmas trees when carefully placing the ornaments was always Mom’s job. Latkes don’t taste the same without Bubbe there to peel and shred the potatoes. And lighting the Kwanzaa candles doesn’t have the same meaning it did when Dad was the one at the Kinara.

But the holidays are upon us, whether we are ready or not. Here are some tips for embracing and coping with your grief during the holiday season: 

  1. Plan ahead & delegate. You DON’T have to do it all, and definitely don’t have to do it all alone. Accept offers of help, whether it’s with preparing a meal, babysitting, or decorating. Or, ask others to pitch in with baking cookies, wrapping gifts, or cleaning.
  2. Prepare for parties. The holidays are full of social obligations, and it’s OK to skip out if you’re feeling overwhelmed. If you do feel up to attending, make sure you’re prepared with both a conversation strategy (“I...

Hayden was always a straight A student in middle school and high school. Finding the motivation to complete his homework and excel on tests was never a problem, and he was always able to focus when he needed to. His academic performance earned him a great scholarship to his dream school. But freshman year of college has been a different story. The Econ classes Hayden thought he’d love haven’t been up his alley, and finding the motivation to study, combined with temptations like tailgates and extracurricular activities, has been tough. With finals right around the corner, he knows he needs to keep his grades up so he can maintain his scholarship, but none of his usual study tactics are working. So he turns to a friend with ADHD, since he’s heard that ADHD meds can really help during finals time…

ADHD_meds_option_1.jpegThe situation sounds awfully familiar. A student who excelled in high school suddenly finds himself struggling in college; plus there’s far less structure (and far more fun distractions) on a college campus than in high school, making it difficult to focus on the education part of the college experience. Because of that, more and more frequently, students are turning to ADHD medication...

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