Anxiety and kids

Seems like wherever you go, people are stressed, including children. The fact that I left being a counselor at a high-needs, low-income school doesn’t mean I don’t have to help students with their problems and stress anymore. The problems and stress at a  predominately white, middle class school are sometimes just different from the problems poor children…

Instead of…

Yesterday, a ‘girl’ or woman in her 20’s was at my house.We were chatting about our neighborhood and I was telling her what I like most about it. Mainly, I love our neighbors and the fact that my children can play outside without me worrying about them. She smiled and said she doesn’t have kids…

“I feel like I belong!”

Isn’t so important to feel like we have a place and sense of purpose in this world? Isn’t it easier when you fit in and are accepted for who you are? Don’t we all want to be liked and appreciated? A sense of belonging is vital at all stages, yet many times is undervalued. I…

Memories….Campers, ribs, and dips! Oh, my!

Creating a happy childhood takes some work and planning. Like yours, my kids don’t know how great they have it. When we are young, we are oblivious to the planning, packing, money, sweat, and stuff, lots of stuff, it takes to make a trip and experience happen. It is A LOT of work, and Bo…

If I can do one thing, it’s make them feel loved!

You know, School Counselors are like teachers. We always want to be effective and see growth, but try as we might, it only happens sometimes despite the best teaching strategies and effort. There are so many X-factors. We can control our climate and tone, our attitude, and our own mindset, even if our time and resources…

What I really want….

Kids in this country have a lot. Even those who don’t at home, may at school. With I-pads, computers, gaming systems, hover boards, bikes, and American Girls dolls, most children are privileged with many material items in the United States. And, then there’s the extracurricular activities that our children have access to. Dance classes in preschool, gymnastics…

Jury Duty

Have you ever had jury duty? I was a lucky citizen that was chosen to serve my civic duty this week and next. Monday was a long, long day with a lot of sitting, waiting, and sitting some more- two things I don’t do well! Making it worst was the federal charges against the defendant were ridiculous…

PTSD

I now have a new level of empathy and understanding of people experiencing PTSD. Throughout my years as a counselor, I have read countless articles and books explaining the impact of trauma on a child’s brain. I find it fascinating, and it’s one reason I spent a year working for Helen Ross McNabb post-undergraduate. Family…

Glad to be Back at School

The children have been out of school for a record two-weeks straight and now after three days back, we have yet another day home! My own children are thrilled. In fact, they were not looking forward to going back to school. They have too much fun when they’re not at school. Whether they were playing…

A Cup of Hot Chocolate a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

This title is a little inaccurate because we are actually averaging just a tad more than this. And, when you add on some marshmallows, cookies, cupcakes, and brownies, we are definitely having our daily allowance of sugar and then some. With freezing temperatures and lots of sledding, we need to keep the metabolism up, though! This…