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How To Survive Inflation

By: Terry Blanton MSW, LCSW The country is facing economic issues, and you may feel the pain as the cost of food, gas, housing, and everything else increases in price. While your income has stayed the same and your needs have increased, you may feel financially pinched. So, what can you do?


I’m Glad You’re Mine

By: Jami McDermott Valentine’s Day is here, and the stores are filled with heart-shaped candy boxes, roses, and cute little stuffed animals all dressed in bright red and pink, stamped with cute little comments to tell you that someone loves you and thinks you are special. Expectations and emotions are stirred as you are inundated […]

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Developing Attachment With Your Baby During Pregnancy

By: Taylor Packard, PLPC Sometimes parents don’t always feel a flood of bonding emotions toward their baby right away. It is normal for the attachment to take time to develop and grow. It can be difficult to feel connected with your growing baby during pregnancy.

20 Free Date Night Ideas to Do with Your Significant Other

By Taylor Packard, MA, PLPC Counselor Finding intentional time for each other with the business of life and if you’re in the parenting season can be difficult. Date nights don’t have to be expensive or extravagant to make memories and build a stronger connection. It is important to fill your relationship up, so you can […]

Surrounding Yourself With a Support System

  By: Elise Newman Teen To Teen is a series of blogs written by teen authors for teens on topics that matter most to them. Please Note: “Teen to Teen” should be considered peer-to-peer advice and support. It is not given in place of professional consult or care. I’ve been pretty stressed out lately. I […]

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Take a “Parent Break”: Refresh YOU!

  Dear friend, This may be hard to imagine, but sometimes you do need time off from parenting. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about this time. Your feelings are valid. Yes, parenting is essential, honorable, and rewarding, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a break to help you reset. Mental and physical […]

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Anchoring to Joy: How to Cultivate Peace in the Chaos of Life

This time of the year is challenging and often demanding. Beginning a new year can feel like starting again with the stress of new and remaining challenges. It can sometimes feel like the chaos doesn’t stop but shapeshifts into “the next thing”—medical issues, unexpected bills, family and friends in need, car accidents, storm damage, job […]

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“When Do They Go Back” – Tips For Helping Siblings Adjust To A New Baby

The birth of a new baby can elicit various feelings for everyone in the family, including any newly minted older siblings. Every individual child will react uniquely. While some may find their new role as “Big brother” or “Big Sister” brings pride, status, and new privileges and freedoms, others may wonder – “Why’d you go […]

Teen To Teen: Learning to Love Myself, Day by Day

Seven in ten girls believe that they’re not good enough or don’t measure up to society’s standards, whether it’s looks, performance in school, family life, or relationships with friends. Over 70% of girls age 15 to 17 avoid normal daily activities, such as simply attending school, when they’re feeling insecure.