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Setting Boundaries with Social Media

Setting Boundaries with Social Media

Are we ever really alone anymore? The truth is, we can have an audience anytime we want with the simple use of an app or two. Wherever I am, whatever I'm doing, I find that I have a choice. I can keep my experience to myself, or I can post about it online and make my...

A Gentle Hand

A Gentle Hand

It was a long and tiring day. Bedtime had finally arrived, and I was going through our nightly ritual with my youngest son. Every evening we have the same routine: he climbs in bed, arranges his stuffed animals, and snuggles with his special blankie. Then I cover him...

Living into Your Role

Living into Your Role

Years ago, as a young and insecure new therapist, I remember feeling overwhelmed and inadequate. I was navigating my role amid various counseling theories and paradigms, and I was helping a host of clients coming from different backgrounds. My supervisor joked with me...

Adapt or Grow

Adapt or Grow

A few years ago I attended a professional conference for therapists and clinicians. The plenary speaker talked about technology and how it affects our brains and behavior. He posited a unique position. Rather than touting only the evils of too much technology, he...

Layers of Healing

Layers of Healing

Sometimes I think and write in layers. Please indulge me while I take you on a journey down three layers of a story. Layer one: We have been battling fleas all summer. First, we noticed the problem with our cat. She received a flea treatment at the vet, but we still...

Summer Slow-Down

Summer Slow-Down

Let me share with you how God abundantly showered me with a good and unexpected gift this week. It was the gift I most needed in this particular season: an unhurried and free schedule. He gifted me the kind of week that summer dreams are made of. Now, let me share...

When Grace Overflows

When Grace Overflows

I'm not proud to admit it, but apparently I underestimated my child's ability. Swimming lessons started this week. Due to fear of water on their part, laziness on my part, and a pandemic that put us behind a year, this Mom was late in putting my two youngest in...

Anxiety, Anger, and Transitions

Anxiety, Anger, and Transitions

The last year is one for the record books. Literally. We certainly haven't seen anything like a global pandemic in our lifetimes, and hopefully we won't see one again anytime soon. Considering the magnitude of the life changes and grief that many have undergone this...

Mind Full or Mindful?

Mind Full or Mindful?

Occasionally, I like to play a game with my youngest son. This is a game I pull out when we need a distraction, when his potty talk has hit its limit, or when we're on a walk and he's getting tired. I'll say to him, "Let's play: what do you hear?" Then I fall silent...

Being The Soil

Being The Soil

Parenting has come with unique challenges for which I often feel unprepared. I don't know what I expected raising children would be like, but I certainly did not anticipate many of the scenarios I've found myself in over the years. I grew up with one sister. One very...

Gas Fill-ups and Gratitude

Gas Fill-ups and Gratitude

My oldest son and I sit in the van, biding time and creeping forward. It's 3:14, and the school bell will soon ring, releasing my three youngest boys from their school day. Here we sit, just like we do every Monday, waiting in the school pick-up line. I glance at my...

On Being Relevant

On Being Relevant

Dr. Sullivan was my honors English teacher during my freshman year of high school. She was a unique individual to say the least. She dressed like a left-over hippie, was quick to laugh, and didn't take life too seriously. She could have been a college professor, but...

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