F**K AVERAGE!

I apologize if anyone finds this title offensive, but I imagine anyone reading this is an adult.  This is just what I thought of as I recently started seeing GNC’s new “Beat Average” slogan.  I’m not at all advertising GNC, but the statement resonated with me so I decided to write about it. Sure, average is “good enough” for someContinue reading “F**K AVERAGE!”

Back to School: Six Strategies to Ease the Transition

It’s August 1st.  You know what that means, right?  For my kids, 24 days until school starts.  Others have the luxury of starting after Labor Day (about 32 days left). But who’s counting? (haha) For most of us, summer is winding down- summer camps, vacations, barbeques, time at the pool, and so on.  Hopefully everyone has beenContinue reading “Back to School: Six Strategies to Ease the Transition”

Want to change? Then do the things you don’t want to do.

Every day we’re bombarded with messages that we should change- lose weight, eat better, save more money, and so on.  And most of us are perpetually trying to make some kind of change.  Not that we shouldn’t try to better ourselves, but we often fail because making the change isn’t something we really want toContinue reading “Want to change? Then do the things you don’t want to do.”

Why Wait? Why Summer is a Good Time to Connect to the Right Resources

  Every summer most therapists who work with children and adolescents see a noticeable dip in their caseloads.  Kids go to camp, families go on vacation, or they just want to take a break from their usual routines.  For many families, their children’s problems seem to occur mainly in the school environment, so when schoolContinue reading “Why Wait? Why Summer is a Good Time to Connect to the Right Resources”

“Only a Sith deals in absolutes…”

I enjoy a good sci-fi movie, although admittedly I’m no expert on the genre.  Like most Americans, though- and in fact most of the world, I love Star Wars.  Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of my favorite characters.  He’s smart and delivers a lot of great one-liners.  One of the best is when he tells AnakinContinue reading ““Only a Sith deals in absolutes…””

How Old is Too Old? (And 5 Reasons Why the Answer is “No”)

I came across this article last week, “How old is too old to skateboard?”  The author talks about “skate geezers”, men he says are too old to be riding skateboards and to be “thinking they’re cool”.  He brings up valid points- that falling hurts a lot more when you’re older (it does), injuries may have more consequences (like missed work or lostContinue reading “How Old is Too Old? (And 5 Reasons Why the Answer is “No”)”

Are you an adult with ADHD?

On February 22, 2014 I presented at a conference for CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD), and the topic was ADHD and Social Interactions. I talked about how ADHD affects people socially at different points in their life and gave strategies that people could use to manage symptoms and to improve interactions.  I also talkedContinue reading “Are you an adult with ADHD?”

Making SMARTer New Year’s Resolutions (Repost)

I was thinking about what to write about New Year’s Resolutions this year, and I had a few different ideas, but I realized I’m just not crazy about the topic.  I do like the idea of resolutions, and of course I’m all for self-improvement, but I also know the reality is that most resolutions comeContinue reading “Making SMARTer New Year’s Resolutions (Repost)”

Everyday Mindfulness: 5 Easy Strategies for Mindful Living

Mindfulness has become really big over the past few years, and as a psychotherapist I try to educate clients about it whenever possible. Mindfulness can be defined, quite simply, as a state of active, open attention to the present. When we’re mindful, we consciously observe our thoughts and feelings from a distance, without making judgmentsContinue reading “Everyday Mindfulness: 5 Easy Strategies for Mindful Living”

“Gateway Drugs” and Why Parents Should Take Them Seriously

Most people have heard the term “gateway drug”, which is synonymous with marijuana.  The idea is that use of marijuana eventually leads to use of other, “harder” drugs. In my work I have seen this to be true the vast majority of the time.  Still, this term is often misunderstood. People often deny that there is any such thing as aContinue reading ““Gateway Drugs” and Why Parents Should Take Them Seriously”

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