Self-Protection is Biologically Good!

Protective instincts are good. They are God-given. They keep human beings alive. Protective impulses can go into overdrive, though, and when that happens, non-productive behaviors can occur. When others see these behaviors, they may judge them as maladaptive, bad, or even morally wrong. Upon further examination, however, it becomes apparent …

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Attachment over achievement

Many kids in foster care or adoptive placement struggle with higher level thinking. They cannot remember what caregivers tell them to do from moment to moment. They consistently repeat behaviors that no longer serve them (e.g. gorging, hoarding, lying, stealing, etc.). Their relationships suffer. Their academics suffer. Try as caregivers …

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Ways to help kids build empathy

Empathy is a 21st century buzzword, the one quality educators, and parents, and mental health professionals, and really all healthy adults want to build in children. The problem is that adults cannot force children to build empathy. They can, however, help children build empathy through a variety of experiences and activities.  First, though, let’s consider what …

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Using our breath to remain in the present

Generally speaking, people desire to experience states of peace and calmness in their lives and within themselves. However, life frequently presents many obstacles to this, such as: worries, anxiety, stress, uncertainties, and the list can continue on-and-on. The thing about Peace is that it is experienced in the present moment. The thing about anxiety (especially when it is …

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Unsubscribe from the negativity

Do you ever open your email and find yourself scrolling through countless advertisements? They start to accumulate once you find yourself signing up at different stores or websites for an extra 10% off your next purchase or whatever bait businesses use to reel you in. Fortunately, at the end of these …

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