Why Your Friends Are More Important Than You Think

How can you sustain your friendships in a pandemic? The first step is recognizing their importance, argues author Lydia Denworth.   Researchers and philosophers have explored in great detail the emotional dramas of love and family. But they’ve spent much less time pondering the deep satisfaction of a good friend.   A similar thing happens[…]

Amazing Staycation Ideas That Won’t Blow Your Budget

No time or budget for a weekend getaway? These cheap staycations are surprisingly luxurious.   Remember to be safe and follow health guidelines in your community.  Be creative and turn into an online activity with family and your friends.   Or, create a bucket list for a staycation, long weekend or mental health day activities.  […]

How the Pandemic Can Teach Kids About Compassion

What if this crisis became an opportunity for children to deepen their sense of care?   As a homebound parent with a preschooler, I’ve felt an array of emotions over the past few months during the coronavirus pandemic. I’ve felt sadness and worry about how many people are becoming ill, while being confounded by trying[…]

Fun Exercises for Family Health and Fitness

The coronavirus pandemic has made group fitness a challenge, but you can still get creative with how you and your family stay fit. Here are five fun ideas.   Family Health and Fitness Day is on June 13. Encouraged by the National Recreation and Park Association, this special day reminds families everywhere of the importance of[…]

Is Watching the News Bad for Mental Health?

The media we consume daily has an impact on our thinking, behavior, and emotions. If you’ve fallen into a pattern of regularly watching or listening to the news, the majority of what you’re consuming is likely about the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.   And while staying up to date on local and national news, especially as it relates[…]

Getting Through, Making Memories & Being the Grown-Up

You can’t change the world, but you can help shape the way your children experience this and remember it. And you will. You’re the person they need.   I’m not here to tell you what the “good thing” is about the coronavirus situation, because there is no good thing about a pandemic, not ever. That[…]

Are You Leading Through the Crisis … or Managing the Response?

The coronavirus crisis, like every crisis, is unfolding over an arc of time with a beginning, middle, and end. It is useful to think what distinguishes what was, is, and will be. There was a past of relative stability and predictability. There now is chaos and disruption. There will be … a different state. As this future unfolds, some organizations will be resilient. For[…]