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 ...

Communication | Mental Health | Self-care | Skills and Strategies | Stress in Motherhood

Self-Care is Not Selfish

The past winter has been anything but typical in my household. Living in the Northeast, we've had massive amounts of snow, which equals lots of snow days and missed school. Add to the mix, colds and v...

Communication | Marriage/Partnership | Mental Health | Stress in Motherhood

Part I: Sexual Desire-What You Need to Know

We live in a world bombarded with images, ideas and influences about sex. It's challenging to sift through sexual truth versus sexual myth. Many people wonder what is a healthy and normal sex life. ...

Family of Origin | In-law Relatioship | Mental Health | Self-care | Skills and Strategies | Stress in Motherhood

Detoxing After Thanksgiving Visits

How was your Thanksgiving? Peaceful, relaxing and enjoyable? Did everything go just as planned with no stress? Did you have moments with your parents, in-laws or siblings that were enjoyable,...

Mental Health | Self-care | Skills and Strategies | Stress in Motherhood

Overwhelmed with the Holiday Season? You Are Not Alone

Ready or not, time is ticking and the holiday season is upon us. Although retailers have us convinced the season started back in October when Halloween decor and candy shared space along Christmas and...

Child Development | Mental Health | Skills and Strategies | Stress in Motherhood

Stressed About the World? How to Cope in Unsettling Times

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...

Mental Health | Stress in Motherhood

The “Why” of Suicide

My heart has weighed heavy the past few weeks. Last week, suicide was brought front and center following the suicide of Robin Williams, beloved husband, father, actor, and comedian. The man who spent ...

Motherhood | Stress in Motherhood | Writing Life

The Story Behind the Story

The two roles which take up most of my time are mother and psychologist. Of course, there are other roles I am asked to step into every day: wife, sister, friend, writer, etc. Balancing all of these r...

Child Development | Parenting | Skills and Strategies | Social Relationships | Stress in Motherhood

Part 2: Resolving Conflict:15 Strategies to Teach Your Child

The most influential social experience a child encounters are with family members. A child's family experience creates the foundation on how a child learns and understands the world. Relationships w...

Child Development | Parenting | Skills and Strategies | Stress in Motherhood

Part 1: Sibling Bullying: Twelve Strategies Every Parent Needs to Know

Sibling relationships have been described as conflictual and close. To think our children will always get along and always enjoy one another's company is simply unrealistic. As parents, we expect and ...

Self-care | Skills and Strategies | Stress in Motherhood

Part 2: How to Increase Self-Care in Your Life

In last weeks post, Part 1: The Confusion with Self-Care, I introduced, Sarah, a married mother of two, working part-time, experiencing significant stress, decreased energy and little enjoyment in he...

Self-care | Stress in Motherhood

Part 1: The Confusion with Self-Care

Several years ago, I met Sarah*, mother of two school-age children, married for eleven years, working part-time as dental hygienist. Sarah had been referred to me by her primary care physician when he...