A Successful Start to the School Year

The end of summer and the beginning of a new school year can be a stressful time for children, as well as their parents. The thoughts of a new school, dealing with different social settings, a new teacher or the possibility of a tougher academic year are all worries. It is that feeling of the unknown that creates stress, anxiety, and sometimes the blues in children.

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April: Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol is by far the most commonly used and accepted drug among adults in America. While most people who drink are mild to moderate drinkers, nearly 16.6 million or seven percent, of adults in the United States 18 years old and over, have an alcohol use disorder. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol related deaths account for nearly 88,000 deaths each year, making it the third leading cause of preventable deaths.

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Mindfulness

I had the opportunity to attend the Completely Kids Author Luncheon on March 2nd where Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, professor of pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, spoke about his book Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust.

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