Live in the Moment and Stop Worrying

Just Pet the Dog is one of the strategies, or tools, I developed to help people worry less. I talk about this more in my upcoming book, Funk to Fabulous in Fourteen Days. It is a way of living in the moment, without thinking of several things at once that we should...
Looking For A 2015 New Year Resolution?

Looking For A 2015 New Year Resolution?

Look no further!  Instead of making a “to do” list for the new year, try making a “to be” list. Thinking of qualities that you would like to possess, like kindness or patience, can lead to the behavior change that  you would like to see in yourself.  Visit my new site...
A Holiday List

A Holiday List

A list of little things to do for Christmas: Do at least one little thing just for you. (You know what you like/want/need. Others don’t read your mind!) Light a candle for someone you miss. (Then smile and move on with your dayJ) All too often, Christmas is a race to...
Impulsivity and Spring Break

Impulsivity and Spring Break

Growing up in Daytona Beach, I am all too aware that almost every spring break someone does something really impulsive and tragic, like trying to jump off of a balcony into a pool. Impulsivity is when a person does something without thinking the action through.  It...
Christmas and Kids

Christmas and Kids

Keep in mind, your children have not had as many Christmases as you. Make sure you run through the order of the holiday routine with them the night before, the morning of, and throughout the day.  Let them know expectations of how everyone will behave (“Come to Mommy...
School Shootings

School Shootings

I have had questions recently about what to say to children about the recent school shooting. Parents are concerned that some of their children may be actively upset still. Rule of thumb is to answer what kids ask.  You may be assuming what is going on in their...
School Social Survival Kit Checklist

School Social Survival Kit Checklist

 Returning to school can be nerve racking for parents and kids. It does not matter if your child is in elementary, middle, or high school. We all want our children to do well not only academically, but also socially. Many times kids will not ask for help in this area,...
Make Em Smile

Make Em Smile

I was at Nathaniel’s Hope “Make ‘Em Smile” event this weekend, teaming up with Ego Booster Club of Orlando Metro Gymnastics, to offer some fun to kids and their families with disabilities.  Nathaniel was a little boy who died from a disability related condition, whose...
Has My Child Been Bullied?

Has My Child Been Bullied?

Bullying Can Be Hard to Identify There is recent news about an elementary school child who killed herself.  Bullying is being linked to this tragedy.  The child reportedly tried to tell the teacher, but was encouraged not to tattle.  The mother related on the Today...