Everyone gushes about how being a grandma is the best thing ever…and honestly, I was skeptical. But…it IS the best. It’s like parenting, but only the good parts of parenting–the love, the joy, the snuggles. Grandparent is like parenting, but without the work, stress & expectations. It’s only love & joy. My friends at KSL’s Studio 5 invited me to show off baby pictures and gush about Kate, and to share some professional advice and tips I’ve learned in becoming a grandma.
Delightful video interview with Mallory Grimste about the importance of women speaking up, how to learn from resentment, and personal experiences that inspired my new book The Assertiveness Guide for Women
Mindfulness is becoming somewhat of a movement; mental health professionals and wellness advocates are singing its praises as a way to become more in touch with ourselves in the present moment. And it’s not just talk, either. There’s a lot of research to back up the idea that mindfulness can lead to greater happiness.
So what is mindfulness exactly? Some may think of practicing yoga or chanting mantras of peace and calmness. And while mindfulness may include meditation or have a spiritual component, at its core it simply refers to paying attention to ourselves on purpose. What clues is your body telling you? What emotions are you experiencing? What does your breathing sound like? We are such a distracted generation, and sometimes we need to slow down and tune in. The RAIN strategy is a simple technique to help you practice mindfulness:
We’ve all faked a smile to get past a rough patch, but there are ways to actually increase our happiness naturally. It’s true that some people may be more prone to having a positive outlook- whether because of their genetics, environment, or upbringing. However, there are still strategies that all people can use in order to train themselves to “look up” a little more. Here are some ways to cultivate optimism in your life:
We’ve all known someone who is judgmental. It’s an unfortunate character trait and is often easy to spot in other people, but can be a bit more difficult to see in ourselves. But the truth is that we all could stand to be more kind and accepting of others. Here are 4 strategies to become less judgmental:
Games are a fun family activity. But how important is winning for children? Should parents play full out, or are there times when they should let kids win?
In an article that’s going viral, a blogger who goes by The Lunchbox Dad says when he and wife “play board games, sports, card games, or hopscotch with our kids-we don’t let them win. We never have.”
Don’t let perfectionistic tendencies hold you back. Try these 5 phrases!
What happens when a therapist gets behind the wheel of a race car?
This has got to be one of the most fun TV segments I’ve ever done! As part of Studio 5’s series “5 Days 5 Dares” I got to do something I’ve always wanted to do but didn’t dare—learn how to drive a race car! Miller Motor Sports Park graciously allowed me to enroll in their Ford Racing School. Watch what happens when a therapist gets behind a the wheel of a Mustang!
Families come in many constellations and mother figures come in a variety of forms–bio-mother, step-mothers, mother-in-laws, lesbian mothers, adoptive mother. Watch this lively HuffPost Live panel discussion on celebrating multiple moms on Mother’s Day!
Hosted by: Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani
Dana Rudolph @mombian (Boston, MA) Founder of Mombian: Sustenance for Lesbian Moms
Josh Silverman @DashiNoodleBar (Bellingham, WA) Has 7 Women to Celebrate on Mother’s Day
Julie Hanks @julie_hanks (Salt Lake City, UT) Psychotherapist, Owner and Executive Director of Wasatch Family Therapy
Kellen Kaiser @momsandbombs (San Francisco, CA) Contributor at TheNextFamily.com
How many moms are you recognizing this Mother’s Day?
We talk a lot about developing good self-esteem: an inner confidence rooted in how you evaluate yourself. Studio 5 Contributor Julie Hanks, LCSW, owner of Wasatch Family Therapy, says self-compassion matters more.