Skills and Strategies

9 Ways to Manage Stress and Enjoy the Holidays

When you're a mom, chances are, a vast majority of the traditions during the holidays fall on your shoulders. The reality is, women create, cultivate and are responsible for a significant proportion o...

Skills and Strategies

The Voices in Your Head: 14 Ways To Manage Negative Thinking

In 1994, I was mid-way through completing my Master in Counseling. In the early part of June, I walked into Prince William Community Mental Health Center in Virginia, to start my counseling internship...

Skills and Strategies

7 Ways to Create Meaningful Resolutions

2015 is officially coming to a close, and the New Year brings a sense of hope, optimism and possibility. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to watch the end of the year recaps in the...

Self-care | Skills and Strategies

6 Ways To Put Self-Care on the Holiday To-Do List

This time of year, it can seem as if there is a shortage of time with a growing to-do list for the holiday. And to increase the adrenaline, winter break and school vacation is a mere week or so away, ...

Gratitude | Skills and Strategies

10 Ways to Combat Holiday Materialism

Last week I was driving my seven-year-old daughter to dance class when she spotted Christmas decorations on a store front. She said. "Mom ,what do you think I should ask Santa for?" "I'm not sure, is...

Children | Skills and Strategies

Terrorism in the World: How to Cope and Help Your Children Cope

The world of late seems overwhelmingly saturated with awful, heart-wrenching events in local, national and world news. Every day there seems to be negative, scary, and overwhelming information bombard...

Child Development | Children | Featured | Skills and Strategies

12 Tips on How to Raise Kind Children

Kindness is an important character trait. We all have varying degrees of how we express kindness, whether it be through words or actions, or more obvious or subtle. Many people believe kindness is inn...

Communication | Skills and Strategies | Social Relationships

10 Ways to Improve Your Listening

Have you ever stopped to consider how powerful it is to listen to someone? When was the last time you felt someone truly listened to you? Listening is transformative, not only for the receiver o...

Mental Health | Positive Psychology | Skills and Strategies

Thank You Tom Brady for Inspiring My Husband

My husband Jim loves football and is a huge Patriots and Tom Brady fan. In the twenty years we have been together, I don't think he has ever missed watching a game. This week, my husband picked up an ...

Marriage/Partnership | Skills and Strategies

Ask Dr. Claire: No Interest in Sex

Dear Dr. Claire, My husband and I have been married for nine years and have two children, a three-year-old and five-year-old. My husband works long hours and travels; I am in charge of the kids from ...

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...