Jim Kleveter, MS, LIMHP, NCC

Three Ways to Influence Good Sportsmanship in Your Child


Mental Health, Parenting, Wellness

Well, it is that time of year where spring youth sports are beginning or have already started. Those of us who have children playing spring sports know all too well how the weather can change dramatically from day to day. One day it can be 72 degrees and sunny and the next day it can be 55 degrees and windy. It is also a time where we are cheering and encouraging on our children to perform to their best abilities. Cheering and encouraging are the key words here. I have witnessed a variety of behaviors that parents display at their children’s sporting events; ranging from yelling encouraging statements to disparaging remarks about the umpires/referees and even their own children. I have … Continue reading

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Tim Hron, MA, LIMHP

Why Putting Yourself First is Important as a Parent


Mental Health, Wellness

Hello, fellow parents! How’s everyone doing at taking care of themselves? Have you been balancing your responsibilities by relaxing and taking care of your own emotional needs? This is something I think we all can relate to on several levels. If you’re like me, when life gets too busy with work and family I tend to become run down – not just physically, but also emotionally. I will have trouble focusing, become irritable, have difficulty sleeping and overeat (especially carbs).  Then I start down the path of making poor choices (not showing up professionally at work, being unsupportive with my family and friends, and putting myself at risk of becomingly physically sick). I’ve learned that this is when I need to take a … Continue reading

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Stephanie Levy, LMSW, LCSW

The Benefits of Mindfulness


Mental Health, Wellness

Mindfulness is such a buzz phrase lately. I wanted to take some time exploring mindfulness and how it can be beneficial to all of us. Psychology Today defines mindfulness as, “a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.” My first lesson in mindfulness came in one of my very first yoga classes. At the beginning of class when we were all seated on our mats the instructor said, “Instead of worrying about getting here, let’s just be here”. I suddenly noticed how my mind … Continue reading

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Jim Kleveter, MS, LIMHP, NCC

5 Ways to Overcome Information Overload Today


Mental Health, Wellness

  Cell phones are a way of life Have you ever thought about how many times a day you check your cell phone because of notifications that you have set on your phone, or just because you are curious if any new information about a current event has been disseminated? What is your emotional reaction when you realize you left your cell phone at home and you cannot go back home to retrieve the device? Cell phones are like pacifiers for adults and adolescents. Instead of wailing like infants do when they don’t have their “binkey,” we have a wash of anxiety and terror run through our bodies just like the experience we have when we lose or misplace our wallet. … Continue reading

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Tim Hron, MA, LIMHP

For Parents Practicing What You Preach is Key


Mental Health, Wellness

Hello, fellow parents! I want to address a concern that has occurred recently in my family. Here is a situation that may sound familiar: It’s dinner time at the Hron home and as my family sits down to eat I become frustrated when my two teenage boys at the table are on their phones playing games, texting, or surfing the latest social media app. When I begin to tell them to put their phone down and tell me about their day, I become frustrated when they say, “My day was fine,” then back they go back to their phones. Oddly enough, when I continue to address their cell phone use at the dinner table, my boys react with a negative … Continue reading

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