Why Does it Hurt So Much? Grieving the Loss of a Pet

As many as 63% of American households include a pet, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers.  And many of these pets are full-fledged members of their families.  Sharing in holidays, meals, vacations, and family photos – pets are an important part of our lives and our mental health.  Much has been written about the …[Read More]

American Stories of Recession Despair and Resilience

As we commemorate the first anniversary of the Wall Street meltdown, much will be made about the recession’s economic impact. Last fall more than 80 percent of Americans surveyed by the American Psychological Association said they felt significant stress because of the economy. As the year has gone on, the APA now reports, fewer people …[Read More]

What Really Happens When You Call 911?

While not popular to talk about, suicide is a sad reality in our society.  The Centers for Disease Control estimated that more than 32,000 Americans died as a result of suicide in 2004.  And contrary to some of our stereotypes about suicide, it occurs in all age groups, not just teenagers.  Men, women, children, adults, …[Read More]

Good, Old-Fashioned Manners

As I watch Joe Wilson, Serena Williams, & Kanye West, I cannot help but wonder, what has happened to good old-fashioned manners? As parents, we often find ourselves striving to instill respect and common courtesy in our children. Yet, it seems that we have taken a detour on the road to good manners.
On a daily …[Read More]