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Dreams Fullfilled Beyond Adversity
Grandparents as Positive Role Models
Emotional Breathrough Using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
Building Trust with Your Child
Healthy Relationships - Part 2
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Dreams Fullfilled Beyond Adversity


Dreams Fulfilled Beyond Adversity
The following is a true story . . .
In the 3 grade, a young boy’s teacher told his parents that their son was not “just a slow reader,” but that he had a reading disorder. It was at that moment that the mother understood why her son would sit for hours in tears trying to learn ten vocabulary words.  The parents hired a reading specialist who worked with him and taught him some tools to improve his reading ability. Even with these helpful tools, the specialist told the parents that he would never be able to go to a four-year university because it would be too difficult and too fast paced for him.

Grandparents as Positive Role Models


GRANDPARENTS AS POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
 
I’m writing this article not only from a psychological perspective, but also as a personal perspective. I am grandmother to four grandchildren and five step-grandchildren, all unique and special. I can honestly say the changing of the guard (going from parenting to grandparenting) takes on a new perspective which is rewarding, fun and interactive, and sometimes challenging trying to provide the needed support and relief for parents.  I thought it would be interesting to ask my husband what his thoughts are concerning the influence of a grandparent as a positive role model in today’s society.

Emotional Breathrough Using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)


Emotional Breakthrough using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
 
Horses were domesticated about 5,000 years ago. That’s a long time. They have been used in all areas of life from travel, ranch and farm work to leisure and sporting events. Much has been learned about these majestic animals. They are a “herd” animal as opposed to a “pack” animal like dogs or coyotes. Because they are a herd animal, they have a basic instinct to protect the other horses in the group and they travel in their group.

Building Trust with Your Child


Open Communication with Your Child – Ages 5 to 13
 
Trust and dependence upon the parent or caregiver begin the moment a child is born!  As your child grows,consistency with positive parenting skillswill set the tone for a closely connected relationship between child and parent. By the time your child reaches school age (5 or 6 years old) they will have hopefully formed a relationship with you based on trust. Children’s psychosocial development from the ages of five to thirteen begins with more self-awareness, awareness of others and the world around them.

Healthy Relationships - Part 2

Healthy Relationships - Part 2 (pg, 40 of Living Well Magazine)


Healthy Relationships: Part 1

Holiday Cheer or Challenge

 Article written for Living Well Magazine:Holiday Cheer or Challenge

The holiday seasons can be stressful and anxious. Keeping our holiday "cheer" during the season can be difficult. We have enough challenges and the holidays should be a time of happiness, joy and thankfulness. I hope you find this article helpful with a few suggestions on how to keep the "cheer" in your holiday! Enjoy and I hope you have a blessed holiday season.

Pruning Season of Life, written for Living Well Magazine, April, 2017

Pruning Season of Life by Georgia Smith


Are You In A “Pruning” Season of Life
Imagine you are a tree, but not just any tree. Imagine you are a beautiful, majestic apple tree of Washington, or a lovely orange tree which grows in California orange country. Or would you rather be a juicy peach tree from Georgia? No matter which tree you favor, the process of growth year by year is similar for all fruit bearing trees. Pruning fruit trees is necessary for new vibrant growth to occur. The definition of pruning is “trim by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stem, especially to increase fruitfulness and growth; cut away; reduce the extent of something.

Nutrients Affect on Emotinal Wellbeing and the Brain


Nutrients Affect on Emotional Wellbeing and the Brain
 
In 2012 I attended a continuing education course on the affects of specific nutrients in relation to mental health and brain functions. I was pleasantly surprised to see those who attended were varied in professions from doctors, nurses, trainers, massage therapist, chiropractors and mental health counselors like me. My first impression was there must be factual and scientific evidence to support this topic or there would not be such a wide array of professions (those professions who help people with their physical and emotional problems daily).

Mercy Falls Like Rain

Mercy Falls Like Rain

Grace and Mercy have Kissed
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7 Christ pours out His mercy over and over again, strengthening us for the race set before us. The strength to overcome is His unstoppable grace. Because of His mercy, we have been given His grace. They are intertwined and woven together working always for our benefit, even when we do not realize they are at work. Think of mercy and grace’s interaction together in comparison to a sailboat. A sailboat cannot sail without the wind. The sailboat is at the mercy of the wind. But without the actual sail being hoisted in the right position and turned at the perfect angle, the sailboat has little strength which is the grace. Mercy and grace always work together. In fact, mercy propels us to seek the grace (strength) to continue. Mercy brings encouragement where there has been devastation. Mercy brings restoration and life. Why would we want to give up on life and God’s love when we continuously see His mercy poured over us. His mercy gives jump start to His incredible grace (strength).