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Acknowledging and working through grief and loss during the pandemic

By Mary Kreitz | March 30, 2021

We are a nation in mourning.  In February, we passed the landmark of 500,000 deaths in the U.S. due to the effects of COVID-19.  That’s half a million people who died.  Add to that the nearly three million people who died of other causes over the past year.  Those are staggering statistics, but they aren’t the whole picture.  In addition to our grief for loved ones who have died, we are grieving for a way of life.  We grieve for the ability to gather with groups of friends, … Continued

College students struggle through unusual learning and living experience

By Mary Kreitz | March 16, 2021

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, everyone would agree that attending college is not the same as it was in past years. A Different Educational Expereience Online learning is very different from attending class in person.  Many college students … Continued

Acknowledging your child’s feelings will lead to resilient kids

By Larissa Haring | March 2, 2021

“One of the most important tasks of parenthood is helping children learn to deal with their emotions.  All children experience periods of stress in their lives and need the emotional skills to deal with it.  Children’s emotional resilience, or ability to cope with their feelings is important to their long-term happiness, wellbeing and success in life.  Emotional resilience involves six key skills: recognizing and accepting feelings, expressing feelings appropriately, having a positive outlook, developing effective ways of coping, being able to deal with negative feelings, and being able … Continued

Kids staying connected to classmates while learning virtually

By Larissa Haring | February 17, 2021

Social and emotional learning is an important element of development across all school aged children and adolescents.  Many social and emotional skills are learned naturally throughout a school day when in person; listening, following directions, problem solving, waiting, taking turns, regulating emotions and interacting with peers.  With many students learning remotely from a computer screen, questions and concerns about social development have been asked.  How do we teach or promote social and emotional development remotely? Fortunately, we do have technology to help us out with this.  Using video … Continued

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

By Mary Kreitz | February 3, 2021

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 that people may not be aware of having. One of the things that makes microaggressions disconcerting is how easily they fly under the radar.  Microaggressions happen casually, frequently and often without any intention … Continued

Conflicting Resolution advice

By Mary Kreitz | January 20, 2021

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 with handling these situations. Check in with yourself  Before you do anything or say anything, check in with yourself. Did you do something wrong or offensive? If so, perhaps an apology is in … Continued

Drinking while pregnant will lead to birth defects and lifelong issues

By Dan Mucci | January 5, 2021

The holiday season just ended with fewer social gatherings and parties and increased isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic may lead some people to seek comfort in having an adult beverage. But if you are pregnant or perhaps are not even aware you are pregnant, one glass of wine today, could lead to a whole host of problems later. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is the result of a pregnant woman having one or more drinks during pregnancy. Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health’s FASD Clinic Supervisor Dr. Marysa … Continued

Parenting tips to balance work and the holidays

By Dan Mucci | December 16, 2020

Relieving holiday stress During a normal year, parents start to feel tension and stress surrounding the holiday season. Presents need to be purchased, activities planned, Christmas cards sent and holiday gatherings need to be organized. And this year, families are dealing with added anxiety – should we get together with family due to the pandemic? If we do get together, how many should gather? The most enjoyable season of the year sometimes turns into a miserable experience – much of that misery is brought on by the expectations … Continued

Understanding inappropriate sexual behavior in teenagers

By Dan Mucci | December 1, 2020

As a parent, after a long day at work, the kid’s homework is complete and they are in bed, you sit down to watch television. Grabbing your child’s phone, you do a check of text messages, apps and their internet browser. You are caught off guard when you see a sexually explicit image sent from the phone to another person. Panic suddenly sets in. Do you wake your child up and yell at them? Do you sit on the information until you can think clearly? Upon further investigation … Continued

Navigating the Unexpected: The Effects of COVID-19 on My Senior Year of College

By Brenna Walker | November 17, 2020

My wonderful friends and family have been chanting these words to me for the past 12 weeks. I can honestly attest: senioritis is real- especially now. My senior year is turning out to be very different from how I envisioned it. I was supposed to take a few trips, all of which have been canceled. I was supposed to intern at a hospital, but now they can’t let me. I was supposed to sing with my university’s choir for Homecoming weekend, graduation and Christmas. Instead, I’m sitting at … Continued