Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. Every year in New England nature reminds us of this. Crocuses emerge, the landscape turns from brown to green and many animals have their babies: foxes, otters and black bears, just to name a few. I look fondly back on my grandmother’s stories about lambing season in Ireland. Human babies are born year round, of course, but my … [Read more...] about Family Wellness: New Beginnings
“Mindfulness” is certainly trending these days. Books and workshops are in abundance, aimed at children, adults and families. For some, the concept provokes rolling of the eyes, for others, curiosity, others still, an eagerness to share how helpful the practice has been for them. Perhaps in some it may provoke an urge to purchase new yoga pants and scented candles. I … [Read more...] about Family Wellness: Does Mindfulness Work for Families?
The idea for this column came from a LymeLine.com reader, but there is also a general clamor for information about this topic that I am privy to in my work with families. Anna and Rosalie Shalom were the picture of old school, imaginative play in their West Orange, New Jersey, home. The two, 5 and almost 3, labored in harmony at their task, preparing an elaborate pretend … [Read more...] about Family Wellness: Screens, Media and Family Life
We are delighted to welcome Betsy Groth to our stable of writers today. She is an APRN, PMHS – BC and a pediatric nurse practitioner with advanced certification in pediatric mental health. She is a counselor, mental health educator and parent coach in Old Lyme and will be writing a monthly column for us on 'Family Wellness.' In this introductory column, she explains the … [Read more...] about Welcome to Betsy Groth, our new ‘Family Wellness’ Columnist!