Empty Nest Ideas To Fill Your Free Time

My kids are both in college now. Surviving an empty next is emotionally challenging and I am struggling.  While I am always happy to find new hobbies or try out a new recipe, I have been a bit lost the last few months.  I thought I would share a few empty nest ideas that are helping me stay sane while I worry about whether my college kids are staying safe and healthy.  The truth about empty nests When children are young and underfoot all day, efforts to organize your home probably include chores as simple as keeping … [Read more...]

Building Positive Relationships and Saying Thank You

This post about building positive relationships is made possible with support from the American Academy of Pediatrics through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All opinions are my own. Positive relationships are vital to your long term mental health, whether you are an adult, teen, or child. However, relationship building isn’t easy. It takes time, commitment, trust, and a strong appreciation of one another. And when you find that one person (or two or three) that supports you … [Read more...]

The Importance Of Community Support In Times Of Need

This post about the importance of community support in times of need is made possible with support from the American Academy of Pediatrics through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All opinions are my own. The last few weeks have been incredibly challenging for many families. Whether you are out of work, trying to homeschool your kids, dealing with illness, or struggling through the loneliness of social isolation, this pandemic has had massive repercussions around the world.  Now, more than … [Read more...]

Get Rid of Stress with These Anxiety Busting Tips

Stress can make our lives difficult.  It causes our health to decline, our anxiety to skyrocket, and wreaks havoc on personal relationships.  As we move into the new year, I want to get rid of stress in my life wherever I can.  I thought I would share a few anxiety busting tips that may help us all live a more stress free life.  Of course, we need to understand our own personal stress triggers in order to do that.  And stress reduction techniques will be different for everyone.  However, maybe  some of these … [Read more...]

Tips for a Smooth Online Mental Health Therapy Session

These tips for a smooth online mental health therapy session are part of a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. If you or a loved one are dealing with mental health issues, talking to a professional may help.  Our lives are filled with stress and emotional challenges that we cannot always find our way through without help from a therapist.  However, there are many challenges when it comes to finding the best mental health support.  And finding the right therapist is just the beginning.  Finding the time to attend and … [Read more...]

Mental Health and Teens: How Parents Can Help

This post about mental health and teens has been sponsored by BetterHelp.  All opinions are my own.   Parenting teens can be incredibly challenging.  This is a time in their lives when hormones are raging and they have an intense desire to not communicate with their parents.  Academic stress, societal expectations, and interpersonal relationships create challenges in their lives that they NEED to talk about.  How do parents help their teenagers tackle the stress of these chaotic years? And where can teens and … [Read more...]