You Don't Have to Have it All Figured Out

It very likely that every emotion in the history of emotions will land on every adolescent at some point. Some will come and go quickly, but some will heap themselves lavishly upon our teens and stay for way too long or appear way too many times. 

 

As loving parents, it’s understandable that we might want to lift them over the trouble and land them softly somewhere safe and bundled, but we can’t do that, and it wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing for them even if we could. The struggle is often the fertile ground where they discover the depth of their own courage, resourcefulness, and resilience.  Click here to read more...

Brains in Pain Cannot Learn

Educators want nothing more than for our students to feel successful and excited to learn, and to understand the importance of their education. We want our students' attention and respect to match our own. I believe that most if not all of our students desire the same, but walking through our classroom doors are beautifully complex youth who are neurobiologically wired to feel before thinking.  Click here to read more...

Talking with Boys About Sexual Assault

We should not be surprised by the recent maelstrom of accusations of sexual harassment and assault. It’s a common occurrence, unfortunately, and until recently, one that has been hidden, silenced or even bought off. But times seem to be a-changing – and that’s certainly for the better. We see that there’s strength in numbers as literally hundreds of women and men are speaking out about their experiences of assault. This bravery not only shows adults, some who’ve been living with painful memories for years, that it’s important to stand up to sexual bullies and predators, it’s also teaching our youth that such behavior must not be tolerated.  Click here to read more...

 

 

Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency

Dot is the wife of an alcoholic. When she and her husband met and married, she knew that he drank, but she didn't know how much, because he kept much of this behavior hidden. As their marriageprogressed, she became more aware of his drinking, and she started to find empty pill bottles in the trash — prescription opioids that didn't belong to her or her husband.  Click here to read more...

How Music Affects the Brain for the Better

Music has played an important part of every human culture, both past and present. (1)

People around the world experience universal responses to music. (2)

We’re all familiar with how certain pieces of music can change your mood, get you motivated, or help you concentrate.

And now, advances in neuroscience enable researchers to quantitatively measure how music affects the brain.

Their discoveries are exciting, and good news for music lovers.

Music is a fantastic brain exercise that activates every known part of the brain. (3)

Music can make you smarter, happier and more productive at all stages of life.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the latest findings on the many ways both playing and listening to music can enhance your brain.  Click here to read more...

A Bug in the System - Susceptibility to psychiatric disorders may be set by gut bacteria.

It's becoming an axiom of medicine: "You can't have a healthy mind without a healthy gut," as Timothy G. Dinan, one of the world's foremost researchers on the microbiome puts it. Actually, you can't have a healthy anything without a healthy gut. In many ways still not fully understood, the gut influences the integrity of the immune system, metabolism, cardiovascular function, to  name just a few systems.  Click here to read more...

Empathetic Listening – How to Listen So Your Kids Will Too

Being able to respond and interact with the world whole-heartedly is fuel for flight and healthy living. A big part of this involves being aware of how we feel and how others feel, and managing those feelings to preserve relationships and satisfy needs. None of us were born knowing how to do this. It’s why the apprenticeship towards adulthood starts at the small human stage and lasts decades. So much to learn!>Empathetic listening is a powerful way to build this emotional awareness in children, open them up to your guidance and grow their emotional intelligence.  Click here to read more...

How to Know When to Take a Mental Health Day

Madalyn Parker, a web developer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, emailed her colleagues to say she’d be using two sick days to focus on her mental health. The company’s CEO, Ben Congleton, responded by thanking her for helping “cut through the stigma of mental health.” Parker shared his positive response on Twitter, and the story has gone viral as her tweet has sparked discussions across major media about workplace mental health.  Click here to read more