How to Enjoy Summer: 8 Tips for Parents

Perhaps you have been enjoying your summer, getting extra time to have fun with your kids without the pressure of homework and extracurricular activities. Perhaps not. Let’s face it, summer is a mixed bag. For working parents who don’t get time off in the summer, it means an extra set of 30 hours to figure […]

Back to School Blues: How Family Matters

A three year longitudinal study confirmed what family therapists have observed clinically for decades–namely that patterns of family interaction have profound effects on children–both for better and for worse. Here’s the bottom line: if you want your kids to succeed in school, build a stronger, more loving family. Melissa Sturge-Apple, a researcher from the University […]

Surviving the Summer Blues

If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. — Edgar W. Howe Perhaps you have been enjoying your summer, getting extra time to have fun with your kids without the pressure of homework and extracurricular activities. Perhaps not. Let’s […]

Are You Tending Your Garden of Love?

“Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.” -Jim Rohn The wish for a deep sense of human connection and commitment is universal. Ask people what is most important to them and their first answer is always […]

Helping Yourself by Serving Others

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Mahatma Gandhi “Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.” ― Mother Teresa This is the time, […]

Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” -Voltaire Although we have known instinctively for millennia that laughter, like crying, can be a powerful antidote to pain and suffering, the scientific world is finally catching up. According to the American Association for Therapeutic Humor, laughter may have a direct […]