Youth Depression & Suicide Prevention: It does Get Better. There are SO Many Reasons to Live. Thank You for Staying Here!

Youth Depression & Suicide Prevention: It does Get Better. There are SO Many Reasons to Live. Thank You for Staying Here!

This is article is long. It's not short and pithy. There are no quick fixes to depression and suicide. Quick, cliched, trite, pat answers don't work. Real answers take time and patience and lots of empathy and love. I am going to share some things here, though, that aren't elsewhere from my clients and my experiences together which may be helpful in addition to all the great information that is out there on this topic.

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Dear Moms Who Feel Bad, Guilty, or Not Good Enough on Mother's Day,

Dear Moms Who Feel Bad, Guilty, or Not Good Enough on Mother's Day,

As a family therapist and parenting expert for 20+ years I have heard mom after mom after mom tell me how guilty they feel because they didn't do this or that right in their parenting, how they should have done, or should be doing, more, who are stuck in the comparison trap of how other mom's seem to be able to do it all, and on and on and on.  I have a three words for them and three words for you...

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Finally Politicians I Can Get Behind! 5 Funny Campaign Ads

Finally Politicians I Can Get Behind! 5 Funny Campaign Ads

I'm very much a moderate, which is super beneficial as a marriage and family therapist where being able to see both sides is a great asset. However, politically, being a moderate drives me nuts as there's never a candidate in a polarized bi-partisan system that appeals fully to me. Ah well. However, there are a few (fictional) politicians I've found that I can get behind—not necessarily for their politics but just for their sheer honesty. So if you, like me, need a breath of fresh air amidst the political circus here are five funny campaign ads to give you a chuckle...

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Family Fun: Killer Candy Land

Family Fun: Killer Candy Land

The following is just complete nonsense. My 21 year old son, 16 year old daughty, and I played made this up one Sunday afternoon.  Obviously it's a little kid's game they wanted to play for nostalgia's sake. I groaned and complained it's so boring. So we agreed we would make it more interesting by calling it "Killer Candy Land." Here are the rules...

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Are You a "Real Man"?

Are You a "Real Man"?

My son, with the fantastic beard, shared this video from BeardBrand founder, Eric Bandholz. Amen! In school and society I grew up with that "real men" macho stereotypical, limiting crap. I'm grateful that at home my more sensitive, creative self was supported and "real man" crap wasn't taught in my home. But boy I really struggled with it at school and I didn't feel I fit, but I sure did try... So what is a "REAL" man?

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