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Now It Is Time To Write

Reading and ______. What is the blank? You guessed it – writing. Reading and writing go together and since a pervious post focused on reading it is only fair to discuss writing as well. We spend a lot of time at school learning how to write so why not put it to good use? What are the benefits of writing? Morning stream of consciousness – Stream of consciousness writing can be fun because there are […]

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Read, Read, and Read

Books can take you so many different places. You can travel through time and go meet characters that make you smile. Reading can be such a fun activity and as it turns out really does benefit us. So all those teachers who spent years telling us how important it is to read have science to support their encouragement. Stimulate the mind – More and more research is showing how important it is to keep the […]

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The Science of Love

During February, the month of love, I thought it would be a good time to present a different perspective on the importance of love within the family.  In my experience as a child therapist, parent coach, and mother of two, I see love as the backbone and the most essential element in parent – child relationships.  Not only does love help deepen our connections with each other, but leading research shows us that the biological […]

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The Benefits of Sadness

Our ability to feel sadness may not always be our favorite thing but being able to be sad is important for our emotional and psychological well-being. Memory Improvement – Our memories are by no means unalterable. They can be altered by subsequent misinformation. Negative moods, however, reduces the likelihood that false information obtained later will distort the original memory. Research continues to show that happiness has the potential to result in less focused and attentive […]

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Anger Does Have A Purpose

As humans we have the ability to feel a range of emotions from happiness to sadness to disgust. We also have the ability to feel anger. Anger though sometimes gets a bad wrap even though anger is an important emotion. What becomes the issue is how anger is expressed and whether it is constructive or destructive, not anger itself. Anger can motivate us! – Every once in awhile you may hear someone talking about using […]

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Sleep Away!

Many people may remember their parents saying how important it is to get a good nights sleep when they were kids. Maybe you even find yourself saying the same thing to your kids. In either case the recommendation to get some sleep is well founded. Sleep plays a big role in our lives. The average person, assuming 8 hours of sleep a day, will sleep for around 229, 961 hours in their life time. That […]

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Laugh Away!

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. –Victor Hugo Being able to laugh is one of the joys of being human. Poets, authors, creators, artists, researches, and many others have spent years contributing to making us laugh or sharing with the world the importance of laughter. There must be a reason why so much time has been spent playing in the land of humor. As it turns out, there is good […]

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Long Live Friendship

From the television show “Friends” to the song “You Have A Friend In Me,” friendship is a popular theme and maybe for an important reason. Having a good friend or friends can be of big benefit. Here are just a few benefits: You have someone to celebrate good times with. You have someone who can provide support during bad times. Having a friend can help prevent loneliness and in return gives you a chance to offer […]

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The Joys of Pets!

Dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, and lizards, oh my! Yes the focus today is on the benefits of having pets. Helps ward of allergies – Sounds strange but it is true. Research out of the University of Wisconsin-Maison conducted by pediatrician James E. Gern showed that by having a pet in the home a child’s likelihood of developing allergies related to the pet can be lowered by as much as 33%! He also demonstrated that children […]

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Drink Your Water

Water is important to us as living beings on the plant. Our bodies are made of mostly water and the plant is covered mostly in water. For those of you that are interested in some numbers and percentages to go along with what was said above: The brain and heart are composed of 73% water. The lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water. The muscles and kidneys are 79% water. The bones […]

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