The Practice of Mindful Acceptance

  When we experience emotional pain, such as a “broken heart” after the death of a loved one or loss of a relationship, it is natural and even necessary to feel such pain in order to heal and go on...

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Navigating Around Holiday Stress

Holiday stress seems to be something we all get affected by mainly because we try to do too much. Being proactive will help keep stressors low. Below are some tips to help you cope through the Holiday season: Mindset...

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What Parents Can do to Address Toxic or Unhealthy Peer Groups

The tween and teen years are filled with risky and worrisome behaviors.  Some of the most significant health risks in life are started during adolescence and in the presence of peers. These include: cigarette smoking drug use alcohol use ...

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Easy Mindfulness

We’re all busy, and many of us don’t have time (or are unwilling to make time) to formally practice mindfulness skills. However, we can practice informally throughout the day. Here are a couple of ways of practicing mindfulness:  1) Mindfulness...

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How to Recognize and Manage Safety Concerns with Teens

As a parent, it can be scary to hear that your teen is having thoughts to harm themselves. Their whole life you have done what you can to keep them safe and then suddenly, you may feel their safety...

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Reducing Risk Taking Behaviors in Teenagers

Parenting is an honorable and sometimes difficult duty. As parents, we have the awesome responsibility of raising our children to become loving and successful individuals. This includes guiding our teenagers away from risky behaviors. When it comes to risky behaviors...

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Tips for Improving Communication With Your Teen

Many parents find it difficult to establish and maintain open communication with their child during the adolescent years. In many ways, this is perfectly normal and to be expected. Adolescence is a developmental stage that is often accompanied by...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

When you think of winter time in Northern Illinois what comes to mind? Some people will think of holiday parties, winter sports, cozy sweaters, and shoveling snow. But some may experience depression associated with seasonal changes that go beyond...

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