Growing Up Social: Does Too Much Screen Time Have an Effect on Mental Health?

My daughter would stay in her room for hours and sometimes days at a time. I’d slipfood under the door and supply her with water to keep her hydrated. I’d poke my head in every so often to make sure she was still in there and offer a trip for ice cream. My daughter is an extreme introvert and a...[ read more ]

Q & A With DK

Why do I feel like crap when I wake up ? Changes in weather and light affect your sleep patterns not to mention the anticipation of the upcoming holidays.  Your body suspects there is something up!Shorter days and colder temperatures translate to less motivation, more couch time and comfort food.  All contributing factors to healthy sleep.  Is it time for a...[ read more ]

Growing Up Social: Screen Time and The Brain

Empathy is not something we are born with. Self-centeredness present in the early years of life is a necessary component of the cognitive stages of development.You are born into a conversation that goes something like this:  Do your best. Life is hard. You’ve got this. If I cry someone will come. Sometimes I’m on my own.  You learn early on...[ read more ]

Q & A With DK

How do I handle stress related to all of my deadlines?When you look at all you have to do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis the tasks ahead can seem daunting. How am I going to do this? There are not enough hours in the day you tell yourself. This sets you up from a place of panic before you...[ read more ]

Growing Up Social: Some Healthy Guidelines

As long as your children are living at home, it’s not too late to become more active in guiding them in healthy directions. Screen time usage becomes a question of not whether how much is too much, but more important, what is being missed when our faces are in a screen?Here are some strategies :Create viewing guidelines-What factual data is...[ read more ]

Growing Up Social: Don’t Let Children Get Too Much Screen Time

I’ve researched this topic for some time mostly to prove to my kids -  18 and 21 - that too much screen time is NOT good. At least that’s what I thought. I knew about 10 years ago that this facebook thing was going to be a problem when I used threat of removal from it as a consequence for...[ read more ]

Q & A With DK

What's a good way to handle back to school stress? Make sure your vitamin D and B levels are in range. Low levels can cause fatigue, depressive symptoms and loss of appetite. Proper nutrition is important to get your though those first weeks of the school year. Easier said than done, but taking one day at a time (even one hour...[ read more ]

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