Conscious Parenting

By Lesley S. Cunningham, MA, LPC I want a do-over! I want to have the wisdom I have now acquired through time, experience, and training and get to re-do being a mother, a wife, a daughter, and friend. If I knew then what I know now, all of my relationships would be beneficiaries of consciousness. For the purpose of this article, I will stick to “Conscious Parenting,” because of all the relationships I wish I had known more about, it is that between my children and me. My son was born ...
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Teen Marijuana Users Risk Lower IQs

By Peter Lear, LCSW, RYT Researchers in New Zealand have demonstrated that those who begin using marijuana before their 18th birthday risk lower IQs that those who wait until after their 18th birthday. [1] New Zealand ranks as the fifth highest nation in marijuana consumption in the world, behind the United States, whose population has the third highest consumption of marijuana, according to the United Nations.[2] This long-term study gave an IQ test to 1,000 13-year-olds from the same to...
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Why I Can’t Say, “Good Job!”

  By Jaime Davila, MA, LPC, NCC Becoming a father can be a great and frightening experience all at the same time. Once the household settles down a bit – well, at least to the new normal, we are quickly physically and emotionally consumed beyond what we previously thought was possible. As we grow into this new role of father and our partner into his or her new role, we witness many enjoyable and challenging life events – from the transition from foods that don’t really resemble food t...
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Where are You on the Trauma Map?

By Alexandria Hayes, MA, LPC, NCC What happens in your body when you are faced with a threat? And, more importantly, what happens afterwards? The Trauma Map, first developed by Peter Levine and modified by Eric Wolterstorff at Trauma Dynamics, can help explain the process. In this model, there are five stages of experience, 0-4. These stages represent the reactions of a threat response system, the autonomic nervous system (ANS), headquartered in the most primitive part of the brain of all ma...
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