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Author: Mary Kreitz

Trauma crosses generations through learned behaviors

Multigenerational trauma is trauma that is passed down from one generation to the next.  Often the people affected by multigenerational trauma aren’t even aware of it.  They might describe their lives as difficult, but because it doesn’t fit the typical profile of trauma, they wouldn’t use the word trauma to describe what they’ve experienced. One … Continued

How does one traumatic event affect a family for generations?

Trauma has occurred throughout human history.  Awful things have happened to people that overwhelm the ability to cope and have effects that last for a long time. Most of the time when we talk about trauma the focus is on individuals – how individual persons experience and are affected by traumatic events.  However, recent research … Continued

A history of self-care

With so many stressful events happening in close succession over the past few years we have all heard reminders to make time for self-care.  Some of these come in a paternalistic tone, like a concerned parent reminding a child to brush her teeth.  Others come across more like a supportive friend who’s been there for … Continued

Suicide in Children

When we talk about suicide usually the discussion is about teens and young adults.  In fact, many people believe that younger children aren’t capable of intentionally ending their own lives because they assume that children don’t really understand what it means to be dead. Unfortunately, this type of thinking is not only incorrect, but also … Continued

Planting the Seeds of Self-Care in Children

As is often the case when we are talking about children, self-care for children begins with their parents.  To have the resources that they will need to properly care for their children, parents must remember to take care of their own needs and business.  As the old adage goes, you can’t serve from an empty … Continued

Self-Care Tips for Teens

When you’re little adults are supposed to take most of the responsibility for taking care of you. As you get older the responsibility shifts so that you are supposed to do more to care for yourself. Here are some important concepts that will be useful as you develop healthy self-care habits. Enough – Giving 110% … Continued

Self-Care that really works for you!

We’ve all seen them, the articles urging us to improve our lives by practicing good self-care.  There are countless books, blogs, videos, and workshops designed to teach us simple strategies to make our lives better.  The suggestions typically involve everything from indulging ourselves with bubble baths and sugary deserts, to spending time in nature, to … Continued

College students struggle through unusual learning and living experience

For many students attending college during 2020 and 2021, the college experience hasn’t been at all what they were expecting.  Many colleges and universities shut down in the spring of 2020 as a response to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Although most have since re-opened with heavy reliance on online learning and social distancing, … Continued