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Author: Mary Kreitz

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

Do you use microaggressions? Are you aware of the harm this may cause?

Microaggressions are everyday slights, indignities, put-downs, and insults that people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ population and other marginalized people deal with every day.  These interactions might be comments, questions or actions that send denigrating messages to people because they belong to a minority group.  Microaggressions are rooted in stereotypes and reflect deeply ingrained biases … Continued

Conflicting Resolution advice

There are times in all of our lives when we have to deal with difficult people.  Maybe someone is upset and yelling at you, even though you didn’t cause the situation that upset them.  Maybe they’re being rude and demanding.  Whatever the case, it is always useful to have some strategies in mind to help … Continued

Start a conversation on race and racism with your children

It’s all over the news and social media.  Tens of thousands of people have shown up to protest over the killing of George Floyd, over numerous incidents of police brutality and over the systemic racism that is pervasive in this country. There are growing demands to have racism recognized as a public health emergency. Hatred, … Continued

Positive Childhood Experiences

For years now, we have all been hearing about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and the detrimental effects they can have for the rest of a person’s life. Have you heard about Positive Childhood Experiences (PCE)? Research comparing adults who reported high numbers of PCEs with those who reported low or no PCEs found that adults … Continued

Reckless youth attitude: I will not get COVID-19

You’ve probably seen the pictures, teens and young adults crowding the beaches in Florida, completely ignoring the warnings about contagion and recommendations for social distancing. What are they thinking? There isn’t a simple explanation. Teens and young adults aren’t a homogenous group. They don’t all think alike and they don’t all have the same reasons … Continued