diversity children

How to Talk to Children about Difficult Topics

Our first instinct as adults is to protect children from information that contains violence, depicts the suffering of others or is deemed as “too difficult to understand.” While this is true when the information serves no purpose, when the information is fake (like TV shows and movies) or when it doesn’t have applicable meaning, you do not want to shield children from difficult conversations wh

trauma

No Time for Silence

This has been a very difficult week in Minneapolis and across our communities. We are deeply saddened and upset by the death of George Floyd.

grief

It's Okay to Grieve for Traditions

There are many different ways we have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If we are fortunate enough to not be personally affected economically or medically, we have most certainly been impacted by the ways in which we have had to change our daily routine.

Personality or Mental Health

Is it Your Child's Personality or Their Mental Health

Have you ever wondered if your child is struggling with mental health? How does a parent know the difference between a child’s regular personality and a mental health issue that should be addressed?

foster care

The Top Five Myths of Foster Care

There are many myths about becoming foster parents that people believe to be true. Some of these myths may even stop an amazing potential foster family from inquiring because they do not believe they would qualify.

wellbeing

The Elements of Wellbeing

We all share the same fundamental needs to wellbeing regardless of who we are. These five universal needs are equally important and interconnected and if one need is lacking or having a negative impact on another, our wellbeing is out of whack.

image of a broken Japanese bowl put back together with gold metals

Our Beautiful Broken Vase

I'm not sure if its legit to start a blog by referencing another blog, but there’s an image stuck in my head from a Scientific American piece:  a kind of Japanese pottery that puts broken pieces back together not by trying to make the cracks invisible but by using powdered metals in silver and gold to fu

In between

Making the In-Between Time Matter

We seem to be in this phase of in-between time – the lingering phase that follows the immediate emergency of COVID-19, but precedes a return to normalcy, however “normal” is defined.

kids telehealth

5 Things to Know if Your Family is New to Telehealth Therapy

During a time of social distancing and heightened anxiety, telehealth therapy provides continuity for children, individuals, couples and families who typically receive mental health services face to face. It's also an option for those who may suddenly find themselves wanting and needing mental health services for depression, anxiety or stress.

parenting mental health

A Time to Manage Expectations

One of the most important things we can do to manage our emotional and mental health is to be realistic - it’s all about managing expectations.

Because of this pandemic, none of us are living the same life we were just 4 weeks ago. This means there is no guide book, expert advice, or model to lead us through. Remember, nobody has ever done what we are all doing right now.