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Raising a teenager can feel lonely, especially when they struggle with mental health issues, substance abuse, behavioral problems, or other difficulties. When it comes to raising children, we’ve all heard the phrase: “It takes a village” and it’s no different when your babies and toddlers turn into teenagers. Those teen years are hard to navigate, …

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“Where’s my (fill in the blank),”  “I totally forgot (fill in the blank),” and “(fill in the blank) is stressing me out!” Do these phrases sound uncomfortably familiar?  Productivity and time management is an important part of everyday life, but we often don’t prioritize it as we should. Organization plays a huge role in success …

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Fear is a necessary part of life, but if it becomes too intense or frequent, it can hinder your ability to live a normal life. Learning to recognize fear and use it as a catalyst to propel you forward instead of holding you back is important. I sat down with transition coach Brooke Hersh to …

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Not long ago, I had the opportunity to meet with the experts Dr. Tim DiGiacomo, Rachel Morin, and Brittany Little of the Mountain Valley Treatment Center clinical team. We had a great conversation about the development and reduction of anxiety. It’s no secret that we are going through a type of epidemic with mental health …

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8-Minute Read According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, stamina is “the bodily or mental capacity to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity,” and “the moral or emotional strength to continue with a difficult process, effort, etc.” When you’re in the thick of parenting, it can feel like you are running out of stamina—especially during emotional, stressful, and …

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Parents want their children to be successful and happy.  It’s universal. While many of us are intimately involved in directing our children’s academic or extracurricular lives, we can often feel inadequate or uncomfortable in advising them in their social/love lives.  That’s understandable, but not an excuse. Popular culture has tried to brainwash us into thinking …

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Twenty years ago, as a graduate student in Marriage and Family Therapy, I co-presented my first family seminar.  My target audience was what was referred to in the literature as “The Sandwich Generation.”  This four week class targeted people in their 40’s and 50’s who’s lives were being squeezed like a sandwich with the demands …

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Yesterday I was at a cattle auction barn in Colorado selling my small herd of Black Angus cows. They looked so good. Their ear tags were all new and matched. All but one of the cows was pregnant, and the bull was big and healthy. I had taken two of my sons out of school …

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