Think the arts are frivolous, impractical and over-priced? Then why not watch the film, Billy Elliot, and discuss it with your spouse afterward. Ask yourself whether your biases toward the arts prevent your children from pursuing hopes and dreams that could bring more satisfaction and joy into their lives.
Relocations, new babies and other life transitions can throw a wrench in your social network, leaving you feeling disconnected and lonely. Use the adjustment period as a chance to make a fresh start. Carefully consider your priorities and build connections that support your personal health and the well-being of your family.
How many times do we all talk about, or even set about, making that proverbial ‘fresh start’ or ‘new beginning’ only to find ourselves drifting back to the trusty shores of habit? Sometimes we instigate change, or a change just occurs, bigger than our own sense of willpower and we have to handle it - we don’t have a choice.
As a professional who regularly meets with students and listens to the concerns of their parents, lately I have sensed a shift in ‘I just want my kids to be happy’ to ‘I wish my kids were less stressed.’ Our students are not immune to cultural demands, our changing society and even financial woes. Since kids regularly experience stress, we can all benefit from expert advice.
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