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A Flag’s Tale: Helping the Community

Author: Jami McDermott, Outreach Coordinator I am the American flag, and I have flown proudly over this country for many years. My stars and stripes represent the dreams and efforts of a nation built on values like liberty, justice, equality, and compassion. Today, I want to share some moments I’ve seen through the years of […]

Teens Voice: What Father’s Day Means

Authors: Jack, Claire and Mary Kate Three local high school students recently completed a service project with Birthright St. Charles. One of their assignments was to write a blog post for Father’s Day. Today, we share their thoughts on what Father’s Day means to them.   Dads have the potential to have influence and play […]

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Moms are professional self sacrificers! When something’s gotta give – it’s typically us.

Author: Sheri Petruso MSW, LCSW Somehow, the standard of a good mom became self-sacrifice and “do it” with a smile. Taking time for oneself was just wrong, unacceptable, and, dare I say, selfish. Formal maternal mental health generally refers to a woman’s health and well-being before, during, and after pregnancy, emphasizing the perinatal time frame, which […]

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Mom, the Unstoppable Force

By: Jami McDermott, Outreach Coordinator Ah, Mother’s Day – that time of year when we officially recognize the all-powerful women living among us: moms. But let’s not get too sappy; instead, let’s celebrate the rollercoaster ride that is motherhood, complete with its ups, downs, and sideways loops!   Mother’s Day is for Moms Who are […]

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Learned Helplessness: Living Beyond Your Past

By: Jami McDermott, Outreach Coordinator In our minds, we all have some funky mental stuff going on, right? It’s what psychologists call “complexes.” They’re like the mental patterns that shape how we see ourselves and the world. They come from past experiences, trauma, belief systems, and upbringings. So, what are these “complexes”? Think of them […]

The Power of Makeup: Embracing Your True Self, Flaws and All

By: Ella Bland, Teen to Teen Contributor It’s something that has always bothered me – how makeup, initially designed to enhance our beauty and make us feel our best, has evolved into a requirement to leave the house, making many feel the need to hide their true selves behind layers of cosmetics. It’s similar to […]

Love’s Comfort: A Valentine’s Reflection on Self-Adoration

By Jami McDermott, B.S. Speech Comm., Outreach Coordinator Seasonal holidays offer a wonderful opportunity to express affection and create lasting memories by exchanging gifts, planning special outings, and writing heartfelt notes. The joy experienced during these festive times is mutual, making everyone involved feel cherished and appreciated. However, once the holiday season comes to an […]

Lights On, Hearts Open: A Holiday Guide to Connecting with Neighbors

By Jami McDermott, B.S. Speech Comm., Outreach Coordinator In a world that can often seem dark, especially when focusing on the negative, our instinct is to retreat by turning off the lights, closing the blinds, and isolating ourselves. However, perhaps a few simple actions could bring about positive change, especially during the holidays—an ideal time […]