Navigating the Blended “Yours, Mine and Ours” Family Holidays

Navigating the Blended “Yours, Mine and Ours” Family Holidays

Navigating the Blended “Yours, Mine and Ours” Family Holidays
  Four parents, 16 grandparents, 10 Christmas celebrations, split holiday vacation... While this could be some strange rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" it actually represents the challenging reality blended families face. The holidays add stress every family must...

Helping Your Child Overcome Nightmares

Helping Your Child Overcome Nightmares
When children wake from nightmares, the images are fresh and seem real, so it’s natural for them to feel afraid and need comforting. Try these steps for helping your child overcome nightmares. Reassure your child you’re there Knowing you’re there...

Tips for Parenting Tweenagers

Tips for Parenting Tweenagers
Parenting tweenagers is not for the faint of heart. With each of my children, somewhere between the ages of 9 and 12 they went from wanting to spend time with me and talking my ear off, to basically wanting nothing...

Pine Rest Pella Clinic Expands Its Psychiatric Services

Pine Rest Pella Clinic Expands Its Psychiatric Services

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services expands its psychiatric services to the community. Having a new psychiatrist and physician assistant on staff will increase the Pine Rest Pella Clinic’s ability to respond to the growing mental health crisis. Monte Bernhagen,…

Preventing Suicide: Why Talking About “It” Is Essential

Preventing Suicide: Why Talking About “It” Is Essential

Suicide touches all of us. After cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more years of life lost than any other cause of death. However, unlike cancer and heart disease, most of us feel very uncomfortable talking to someone about whether they are having thoughts about harming themselves. In this article, Jean Holthaus provides talking tips to start the conversation.

Making the Most of an Unstructured Summer

Making the Most of an Unstructured Summer
Let's face it, summers aren't what they used to be. Making the most of an unstructured summer can be difficult for many families today, especially working families. Summer presents unique scheduling challenges, after all - children have a lot of...

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness

Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit…

Tips for Healthier Sleep Habits

Tips for Healthier Sleep Habits

Are you getting the very best sleep possible? Chances are, probably not, but through these simple habits, you can be well on your way to better sleep as soon as tonight!

Self Image: What Do You See in the Mirror?

Self Image: What Do You See in the Mirror?
  Mirrors are everywhere and each one provides the opportunity for self-affirmation or self-criticism. Most men and women see their bodies as a compilation of unacceptable features. As women pass a mirror they to see big thighs, jiggling arms, protruding...

Seasonal Affective Disorder is More Than “Winter Blues”

Seasonal Affective Disorder is More Than “Winter Blues”

Awakening to another gray, cold, snowy day gives many Midwesterners the urge to pull the covers up over their head and hibernate until April. However, for about 6 of every 100 people, this slightly glum feeling gives way to Seasonal…