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The Difference Between Love and Being “In Love” in Healthy Relationships

Author: Jennifer S. Kennett I recently came across a poem by Wendell Barry, written for his wife entitled “The Wild Rose” which eloquently describes the unique paradox of loving someone versus being “in love” with them. Often when I work with couples who are in my office for counseling because their relationship no longer feels [...]

By | 2019-01-18T00:22:50+00:00 September 15th, 2018|Adults, Communication, Couples, mental health, Relationships|0 Comments

5 Sleep Care Activities to Improve Your Mood and Health

Author: Jennifer S. Kennett What is is about staying on track with a consistent sleep schedule that seems so challenging? Whether it's post-holidays, daylight savings time shifts, extra pressures at work or school, or just bedtime 'drift', it's easy to lose track of going to bed on time, or how much sleep we really need. [...]

By | 2019-07-04T19:19:56+00:00 September 14th, 2018|mental health, mind body connection, Self care|0 Comments

Thoughts on My Eldest Daughter Moving Out

Author: Jennifer S. Kennett There are few moments in a parent's life more monumental than having their child move out to start his or her new life. Today, my eldest daughter moved into her very own home and embarked on her adult life. Although I haven't written any poetry for nearly a quarter century, I guess [...]

By | 2019-07-04T19:20:24+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Parenting, Teens|2 Comments

Attachment Parenting with Teens

Author: Jennifer S. Kennett How do we stay connected in the face of our teen pushing away & pushing for more autonomy? It does seem like an odd contradiction – they want less–or nothing– to do with us, and we want to stay connected to them. It seemed much simpler when they were younger… So [...]

By | 2019-07-04T19:21:05+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Attachment Parenting, Communication, Teens|0 Comments

Musings from a 16 year old

I am constantly amazed at the wisdom of young people. This was shared with me recently, and with this young person’s permission, I am sharing it with you. Through my life, I’ve learned a lot of things. Recently I’ve been contemplating a lot about what is important and what everyone [...]

By | 2019-07-04T19:21:41+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Teens, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Structure an Effective Family Meeting

Author: Jennifer S. Kennett The purpose of the family meeting is to create a culture within your family of open communication and shared responsibility. The model is simple—set aside approximately one hour per week to go over family schedules, discuss interpersonal challenges, and share responsibility for planning and implementation of new ideas. The core of [...]

By | 2019-07-04T19:22:21+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Communication|0 Comments

Stress-Free Family Holiday Tips

Author: Jennifer S. Kennett What is it about the holiday season that leaves so many people stressed and anxious? Is it the extra social commitments? The financial burden of gift-giving? For many people, it is the prospect of spending time with extended family and all the history that holds. While some of us have wonderful [...]

By | 2019-07-04T19:22:55+00:00 September 9th, 2018|Adults, Children, Communication, Parenting, Teens|0 Comments

The Value of Attunement

Author: Jennifer S. Kennett In my post on attachment parenting with teens, I talked a bit about the value of listening, and it got me thinking about the kinds of communication we use, particularly with our children. I came up with three kinds of communication—three ways in which we engage. To share or impart information [...]

By | 2019-07-04T19:23:24+00:00 September 8th, 2018|Attachment Parenting, Children, Communication, Teens|0 Comments

The Parenting Recipe: Ingredients for Success

 Author: Jennifer S. Kennett I recently lamented to a friend of mine about my challenges starting a parenting blog. “I’d be a better parenting blogger if my 14-year-old would just misbehave a little more!” Needless to say, my friend howled with laughter at my comment—I mean, who *wants* their teenager to act up more?! I [...]

By | 2019-07-04T19:24:13+00:00 September 7th, 2018|Attachment Parenting, Teens|0 Comments

Why Screen Time is Making Your Child Grumpy

Author: Theona E. Kennett Technology has become pervasive in our lives. It’s no longer surprising to see children as young as two and three playing on a tablet or cell phone. However, the convenience unfortunately comes at a steep price. Increasingly, parents are concerned about the negative impacts that screens may be having on their [...]

By | 2019-07-04T19:24:44+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments