We are the Star Role in our Child’s Relationship Production!


Post written by Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC of Imagine Hope Counseling Group

When we think of “role models” our mind often goes to teachers, coaches, or people in our community that showed us positive ways to develop into positive people. We are better for being taught by them.

As parents I think it is easy to forget that we are on stage all the time with our kids. We are being role models to them. They are little sponges that are soaking up everything. Little ones (and big ones, too) are trying to figure out their world and how to relate to everyone in it. [Read more…]

Have Some P.R.I.D.E. In Your Life – Elizabeth White, MA, LMHC


The role of mother calls for much sacrifice and care.  When you spend your day kissing boo-boos and slicing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, it can be easy to forget all about the person you were before you became a mom.

The woman in your rear view mirror deserves a ride in the front seat sometimes.

Remember her?

She loved cuddling up with a good book or catching a movie.  Her laugh could light up a room, and she loved the company of good friends.  If you find yourself getting lost in the shuffle, don’t start 2011 in that same cycle.   Put yourself on your own “to-do” list this year. [Read more…]

Tips on Teaching Your Child Gratitude – Joleen Watson, MS, NCC


With the Holiday season right around the corner, it’s a time where kids of all ages are creating their “lists” of what gifts they want to receive—that’s a great part of the holiday season as a child!

The holidays can also be a great time to teach children not only how to receive, but also to help them learn the art of gratitude.

In Robert Emmons book, Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, his research showed that people who regularly practice gratitude have better relationships with others, report better mood, higher self-esteem, sleep better and have more energy. [Read more…]

Lessons Learned from Being Locked Out of My House – Tamara Wilhelm, M.A., L.M.H.C


One evening in early October I had the unfortunate experience of getting accidentally locked out of my house. Up to that point in the day everything was going great. I was able to get off work early (which hardly ever happens), and I had decided to take my pug for a walk before it got dark. I double checked to make sure I had my keys and off we went.

It wasn’t until I got back to the house that I realized I didn’t have my house key! Thankfully I had my phone & was able to call a friend for help (my husband was unreachable for a few hours). I was furious with myself. I had so many plans for my “early evening home from work”. I wanted to watch Glee! But here I sat on my front step waiting for a ride to a friends house. I kept thinking, “What can you learn from this?”, and this is what I came up with: [Read more…]

Depression in the Later Years – Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW


Depression in the Later Years: How to Help an Aging Loved One Cope

Do you have an aging loved one in your life? Have you ever wondered if they are depressed and not understood why or how you can help? Now is the time to equip yourself with information and tools to help them! Depression is rising among our aging loved ones. According to the National Institutes of Health, of the 35 million Americans age 65 or older, about 2 million suffer from full-blown depression. [Read more…]