helloHappy2 December 09

Spread the Happy

Contributed by Sarah Pichardo During this time of year, there’s a lot of talk about compassion and giving. And in a world where we tend be extremely self-centered, this reminder to focus on other people is particularly important. According to good ol’ Webster, compassion is “the sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate […]

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Give till it Hurts

Contributed by Eva Fleming George Muller stared at the beggar girl who could not have been older than five and was piggybacking her even younger brother through the streets of Bristol. Her mother had died in the cholera epidemic that swept through England in the nineteenth century. Her father had never returned home from the […]

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Compassion is not Pity

Contributed by Eva Fleming My son had not seen his friend for over a year, but when he heard that his father had died un-expectantly, he knew he wanted to be present at the memorial service. When we got there, I was pleased to see that my son and I were not the only ones […]

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Why We Should Stop Comparing Our Children

Contributed by Eva Fleming I am always disappointed when after only a few days of school, the first thing my kids’ teachers have to say is, “your son is finally breaking out of his shell.” What does that mean anyway? Does it mean that they didn’t work hard the first two weeks of school? That […]

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Powerful Parenting: Anger Management Tips for Children

Contributed by Nadia Persun, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist Anger occurs when a person of any age is feeling overwhelmed and overpowered. It is our way to say “No, stop it! I don’t like it. It is unfair. I can’t handle it,” and so on. Since children have many rules to learn and follow daily, they […]

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Lessons Learned from Ray Rice

Contributed by Alicia La Hoz, PsyD There are a lot of take aways from the Ray Rice story taking the internet by storm. It took seven months for the video of Ray Rice punching his now-wife to become public. Lesson learned: Secrets eventually make their way to the public light and efforts to submerge them […]

ANXIOUS September 08

It’s a Jungle Out there

Contributed by Eva Fleming We make a big deal about sending our children back to school, and to show them our support we buy them an entire closet full of school supplies, designer clothes, and costly shoes. Sometimes we do it out of guilt because deep down inside we know that we are about to […]

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Are You Ready for the School Year?

Contributed by Elsa Monroig Back-to-school time can be either a pleasant or a stressful experience – it all depends on your attitude. Sometimes we lose the perspective of how important it is for kids to be emotionally ready for school. This tends to happen when all of our focus is on the economic impact of […]

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Thou Shall Irritate Your Spouse

Contributed by Alicia La Hoz, PsyD Do you wake up in morning purposely thinking how you can irritate your spouse by doing, or not doing, something that irritates him or her? Leaving the toilet seat up, leaving the half empty cup of coffee on the kitchen table instead of in the sink – or better […]

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Your Kids and their Different Personalities

Contributed by Eva Fleming I knew I was in for a treat when I brought my third child home from the hospital. He had to be rocked all the time and never, I mean never be put down in his crib. The experts encouraged me to put him down and let him wail all night […]

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