Why Your Sarcastic Tone Is Such a Turn Off to Friends, Family & Co-workers

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Words matter, yet sometimes how you say something is heard more loudly than what you said. Your tone greatly impacts how your words are perceived. As we know from experience, kind and gentle tones are welcoming while snarky or sarcastic tones rarely go over well. This holds true whether you are in a difficult parenting …

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How to Practice Mindfulness and Self-Care

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A BIG shout out to those of you who answered my survey. Of particular note, it is apparent that many of you are exhausted and not practicing self-care. I am therefore dedicating this blog and newsletter to How to Practice Self-Care and Mindfulness in times of stress. I personally find the exercises below to be …

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How You Can Help Your Kid with ADHD by Understanding a Theory by Relationship Guru’s John & Julie Gottman

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What is the “Distancer and Pursuer Dynamic?” This dynamic, from the work of Dr. John Gottman, Julie Gottman and Terry Gaspard, affects all of one’s relationships over a lifespan. In this post, we address specifically the impact on family relationships when a child or partner has ADHD. How Do John and Julie Gottman Explain this …

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How To Stop Letting Things Bother You So You Don’t Take Things So Personally

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A rebuff, sideways glance or roll of the eyes can make us question our worth. Why is this and how do we stop letting things bother us? What is it that makes us cringe when we see friends out together and we weren’t invited? Why do we fear a rebuff when our invitations are denied …

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Helping Your Teen with A Broken Friendship When They Started Out as Close Friends

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Breaking Up is Hard To Do! It’s heartbreaking. Watching your teen lose a close friend that started out as a close friend. Right now, your son’s peer group is one of the biggest factors influencing his choices and behavior.  When a friend that has been a close confident is no longer in your teen’s inner circle, …

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Kids Need Your Support, Not Passive Parenting: Help Them Stand Up to Bullies

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School is back in-person (for many) and your child was placed – again – with “those” kids—the mean ones, the cliquey ones, the ones who dictate the terms of how the year will go. Kids know who they are, and so do parents. We talk around it because we don’t really know how to help …

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Frustrated With Distractions At Work? 10 Hacks To Quiet The Noise Around You

Do you find yourself stopping what you are supposed to be doing because of distractions at work? Who doesn’t get distracted when the phone rings, co-workers talk about work or weekend activities, and social media notifications hit every few minutes? Sometimes distractions happen while we’re at work, school or at home that make us stop …

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6 Tips to Self-Regulate and Communicate Better This Holiday

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Now more than ever, we need to be reminded of skills to listen, show respect and empathize. Practice these social skills with gusto. There are probably many areas where you agree or where you have a mutual fondness – even if you have to reach as far back as a shared favorite movie or family memory – than you don’t. Reconnecting with that touchstone comes with listening, really hearing the perspective of another person and trying to support another.

How Social Development Fell Behind Last Year and 7 Ways to Help Your Kid Catch Up with Their Peers

As parents, we do our best to ensure our kids don’t fall behind in the “lost year” and yet many parents don’t know what to look for regarding to social emotional development in children, or how to even help if needed. Age-appropriate social development in children includes taking responsibility for actions, evaluating risks and opportunities, …

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