Children | Parenting

Five Life Lessons from Teacher Classroom Placements

Every August, there is great anticipation, a rite of passage, for parents and children, finding out what classroom and teacher they have for the upcoming academic year. It is a rite of passage I remem...

Parenting

Obsessed with the Nest: The Washington, DC Eagles Are Just Like Us

Late winter of this year, on the grounds of the Washington, DC Arboretum, a pair of eagles, named "Mr. President" and "The First Lady," returned to their nest in a Tulip Poplar tree to care for their ...

Parenting

What Type of Parent Are You? Four Parenting Styles Summarized

Time and time again, whether it be in the therapy room or in my mind or talking with friends and other moms, I hear: "I wonder if I'm doing this whole parenting thing right?" If you haven't ever thoug...

Motherhood | Parenting | Positive Psychology

7 Steps to Increase Compassion in Your Life

It's been a while since I've posted. Instead of writing, I was focused on my family, work and coping with unexpected health issues with a family member, which thankfully have resolved. All is well aga...

Children | Parenting | Skills and Strategies

What I’ve Learned About Helping a Child Cope with the Loss of a Pet

When pets come into our lives, they become part of our families. In the day-to-day hustle of family life, pets fold into our routine and habits. In turn, we make accommodations for them creating feedi...

Children | Motherhood | Parenting | Skills and Strategies

Practical Mindfulness: Back to School Advice

I can hardly believe we're thinking about back to school when it seems I just started to settle into a summer routine. For years now, this time of year brings a twinge of melancholy as I'm bombarded w...

Mental Health | Motherhood | Parenting | Writing Life

Excited to Share: Announcing DrClaireNicogossian.com

I am excited to share that I have created and launched a new website, DrClaireNicogossian.com. A couple years ago, when I developed MomsWellBeing.com, I never could have imagined this site and writing...

Mental Health | Parenting | Self-care | Stress in Motherhood

Postpartum Depression: What You Need to Know

The birth of a baby brings about a range of emotions-joy, relief, elation, and feelings of being overwhelmed, tired, and sometimes, depression. The hormonal fluctuations and changes after a woman has ...

Career | Parenting | Self-care | Writing Life

Listening to Your Heart

Turning 40 is a right of passage, its getting closer to middle age, which can elicit panic and fear amongst many people. I didn't want to be the person to freak-out on her fortieth birthday. The numbe...

Parenting

Enjoying the Little Things When There is So Much To Do

When I first became a mother, thirteen years ago, I didn’t fully understand the saying I frequently heard, mostly from women, “enjoy this time, it won’t last forever.” Those words felt like a ...

Children | Parenting | Skills and Strategies

Why Family Meals Matter

Parents all over ponder this question daily-"What are we going to have for dinner?" Here is an important question to add-"Can we make it a family dinner?" There is a growing body of social science ...

Healthy Tasks in Marriage | Marriage/Partnership | Motherhood | Parenting | Social Relationships

Nine Tasks for A Healthy Marriage

Browse your local bookstore or search online-book retailers and you will find many self-help books for couples on marriage. One of my favorite researchers is Dr. Judith Wallerstein, a psychologist, ha...