22 Nov

Navigating Romance When You Have a Demanding Career—Is It Even Possible?

Trudy Jacobsen If you have a demanding career, then you know all too well the sacrifices that come with it. Less free time, higher workload, and perhaps not the most eventful love life. Obviously, there are great perks to your career, but maybe you now find yourself wanting a little more romance. You may ask yourself: Is it even possible? Can someone truly balance a demanding career and maintain a healthy romantic...

29 Oct

Parenting with Understanding: How to Talk to Your Children About Sex

Trudy Jacobsen Parents often dread or fear having conversations about sex with their children. They fear the awkwardness of the conversation but there is nothing awkward about it! It’s a parent’s job to safely and maturely guide their children into adulthood, and one of the biggest factors is learning about sex. If you’re dreading that talk, don’t worry! There are ways to make the conversation easy to approach. Keep in mind that your children...

15 Oct

Creating a Happy and Healthy Relationship: 7 Keys

Trudy Jacobsen Are you and your partner out-of-sync or going through a rough patch lately? Every couple struggles with something from time to time, and disagreements are a normal part of relationships. If your “funks” repeatedly last more than a few days or so, however, you may need to take a closer look at your relationship. Creating a happy and healthy relationship is not always easy, but you can learn how with a little...

15 Oct

Parenting: How You Can Support a Child Suffering from Anxiety

Parenting is one of the toughest endeavours to take on. This is especially true when you’re the parent of a child who suffers from anxiety. Yet, raising a well-rounded and emotionally intelligent child is completely doable. Some people don’t fully understand that children of all ages can experience anxiety. Plus, it’s not uncommon to assume that children express anxiety in the same way that adults do… which they don’t. As a parent...

08 Oct

How Play Therapy Can Help Your Children Through Divorce

Trudy Jacobsen Divorce can be a particularly difficult time for any family, and a child’s reaction can vary depending on age, personality and circumstances of the separation. The prospect of mum and dad separating is often challenging for children and can elicit feelings of sadness, confusion, anger and sometimes, guilt, shame and responsibility. While it is very normal to grieve the breakup of a family, there are...

08 Oct

How to Keep Money Fights from Hijacking Your Holidays

Trudy Jacobsen The holidays are always meant to be a time of joy, giving, and…money fights?! Even though we want this time of year to be as special as possible, arguments over money can hijack even the best planned holiday. Instead of being able to focus on what really matters, such as family, friends, and the joy of the season, you get trapped in money fights. These fights, on top of the pressure already...

08 Oct

What Is the Difference Between Being Shy and Suffering From Social Anxiety?

Trudy Jacobsen It’s easy to confuse shyness and social anxiety. However, while they may seem similar, this misconception can make it more difficult for people with social anxiety to seek the help they need. Social anxiety goes beyond sweaty palms and nervous butterflies. It’s a condition that can affect every aspect of a person’s life. Unfortunately, many people who struggle with social anxiety don’t realize that this is a serious mental health...

08 Oct

3 Concrete Ways to Tell the Difference Between Anxiety and Stress

Trudy Jacobsen It’s not uncommon for people to use anxiety and stress interchangeably. After all, they do have their similarities. For example, both anxiety and stress display physical symptoms such as stomach issues, muscle tension, insomnia, and more. And both can wreak havoc on your peace of mind, disrupting your regular routine. Yet, they aren’t exactly the same. In fact, there are a handful of very important differences that separate anxiety from...

08 Oct

Why is Communication in Relationships So Hard? – Consider 3 Main Factors

Trudy Jacobsen At the beginning of a relationship, it can seem very easy to “get” eachother. After all, you’re in love. And cupid has a tricky little way of blinding you from most other negative emotions. As time goes by, however, negative feelings can build up, makingeffective communication very necessary. The problem is that communication is usually one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish in arelationship. In fact,...

08 Oct

Are You an Enmeshed Parent? – 4 Ways to Tell

If you’re a parent, the relationship you have with your child is likely the closest of all your relationships. However, there is a line between a close relationship and an unhealthily close relationship. Enmeshed parenting is when a parent/child relationship is seen as more important than the individual themselves. In other words, you define yourself more by your relationship with your child than as an autonomous person. Enmeshed relationships are very similar to co-dependent...