Holiday Season Is Here…I’m Not Ready

If you are like most people, you feel the holiday season is already here!  Yes, and like most, you say that every single year.  Thursday is Thanksgiving Day!  All the turkey dinner fixings are front and center in every grocery store. While many of us will still be savoring our dinners, others will be hitting those early bird Black Friday specials. Christmas now too…

When Bullying Looked Like This

Bullying back in the day was limited to the school and playground. Now we also have cyberbullying. Whether we experienced it as kids or are now parents to a kid who is bullied or is bullying, we know the behavior can be destructive and deadly. We tell kids bullying is wrong. As parents, we tell our children not to engage in verbal, social or physical intimidation of their classmates. For the kids on the receiving end, we encourage them to seek help and speak up before it becomes a disruptive cycle.

College Graduates: Moving Back Into Your Old Room

Many families will celebrate college graduations this month. For some families, a college graduate will be a first for the family, for others it will be a long tradition of turning tassels and tossing caps in the air. It is a milestone that conjures a range of emotion for both parents and college grads. Parents are proud to see their children earn degrees. Graduates immediately feel the pressure of being thought of as…

A Mother’s Celebration

Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day. In the United States, it is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May.  Some countries celebrate on the same day. Others honor mothers on a different day.  It is an international celebration of the many things mom do. The modern day history of Mother’s Day in America dates back to 1905 after Anna Jarvis lost her mother. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist…

Less Holiday Stress: Let go of perfect

Less Holiday Stress: Let Go Of Perfect

The pressure to have the perfect holiday is a breeding ground for stress.   We compare ourselves to  magazines, store displays, television and what our friends/family do with their holidays.   While those holiday advertisements  are perfect, they are staged.  They are not a real families, real homes, real gifts or even real food!   Our friends/family are real and their…

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The Sandwich Generation: Caretakers

In 2013, a Pew Research Report, found  about  47% of middle-aged adults have a parent age 65 or older who needs some care and are either raising  young children or financially supporting a child who is 18 years or older.   The term “sandwich generation” was coined in 1981 and was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary  in July 2006. The term is used to…