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Your Fun Days Are Killing Me!

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We’ve all seen the hilariously funny videos about going to the beach before kids versus going to the beach after kids. The carefree days of grabbing a towel and sunglasses are replaced with schleping a bag of sand toys, water toys, snacks and what feels like enough stuff to camp out for days on end. So as I’m reflecting on my “fun day” at the beach with my daughter, I can’t help but envision myself starring in those videos…. More

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Dear Mama, You've Got This

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My Dearest Mama,

I see you over there. You’re walking around as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Mentally, it may very well be. Your family is your world and you navigate the ins and outs each and every day. I’m here to remind you, you’ve got this…. More

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How to Combat the Back-To-School Blues

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It’s the end of summer and school is looming. Some kids will be excited to see their friends or even start a new school. Others will be glad to be amongst their peers again, especially if their summers left them a little bored. But for some children, especially those who might be a little introverted or shy, the start of the school year is fraught with uncertainty, fear and sometimes even depression. Lorraine Turner, a retired grade school teacher in Southern California with one son in high school and another in college, offers tips on how to quash those BTS blues…. More

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5 Surprising Postpartum Facts

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You’ve probably done a fair amount of internet searches throughout your pregnancy, and there’s no doubt that the questions and curiosity will continue after you’ve given birth and in the years that follow. While many articles outline the basics of what you can expect postpartum, we dived a little deeper to relay lesser-known mental, emotional, and bodily changes you may be surprised to experience after delivering your baby…. More

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The Real Mental Break Moms Need

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What is a NeuroReflective Pause, and why is it so important for a mother’s mental health?

In my psychotherapy practice and experience as a mom of five, I have tried to articulate a term for a very common mental health need among caregivers. Almost every client I see who has young children feels depleted in a way she is challenged to explain. Physical exhaustion is a given. And it’s not about thinking too hard all day. What overwhelmed mothers are seeking a reprieve from is intention. We seek more inward-facing, restorative moments. I have coined a term for this kind of moment:… More

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