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Have the Best Holiday Ever by Managing Conflict

Thanksgiving can be a bit of an emotional mess. And so can Christmas. In fact, any time your family gets together there is the possibility for a replay of years' worth of problems and concerns. This year many of us got a reprieve of sorts. The COVID qu ...

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Journaling as a Mental Health Tool

Recently at a lunch break in a busy cafeteria, a young woman slumped over her table. She was writing in a journal. When asked what she was writing, she responded, “A little bit of everything, really.” When I paused, she filled the silence with a bit ...

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Co-Parenting Tips

Our neighbors across the street generally kept to themselves after moving in two years ago. We seldom saw the kids outside, and even less often the parents. Some of us only know their names because Jennifer, our neighborhood busy bee, talked to them on ...

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Mask-shaming Doesn’t Work. Here’s What Does.

You’ve seen the viral videos, people capturing moments where they confronted maskless shoppers in the store or at an event. Or, more often, there was no confrontation or direct contact at all. Instead, there was a snarky comment on social media, or a phot ...