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Licensed psychologist in San Antonio, Texas.

Was Robin Williams a Coward?

So we can all judge Robin Williams and say that he was a “coward” or “should have gotten more help” or “should have thought about his wife and kids,” but that isn’t what this story is about. Continue reading

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Make the Ordinary Come Alive

Do not ask your children

to strive for extraordinary lives.

Such striving may seem admirable,

but it is a way of foolishness.

Help them instead to find wonder

and the marvel of an ordinary life.

Show them the joy of tasting

tomatoes, apples, and pears.

Show them how to cry

when pets and people die.

Show them the infinite pleasure

in the touch of a hand.

And make the ordinary come alive for them.

The extraordinary will take care of itself.

William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching Continue reading

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Have You Lost Your ESSENCE?

Among the topics of discussion was a review of the neurological changes in the adolescent brain and the four extraordinary features that emerge as a result. Dr. Siegel believes these qualities are the ESSENCE of cultivating vitality and maintaining optimal brain health throughout the lifespan. Continue reading

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Go (Old, Boring) Spurs Go!

The San Antonio Spurs are leading 3-1 in the NBA Finals, well-poised to win their 5th NBA championship since 1999. Ironically, this team has a reputation for being “boring.” And now, with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili in their late 30’s, they are also known as “old and boring!” How could this be? How could one of the greatest basketball players of all time and a team that has won numerous championships be considered boring? Continue reading

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Turning People into Trees

When you go out in the woods and you look at trees,
you see all these different trees.
And some of them are bent, and some of them
are straight, and some of them are evergreens,
and some of them are whatever.
And you look at the tree and you allow it. Continue reading

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The Problem with Helicopter Parenting

“Helicopter parenting” has become a familiar term, referring to the tendency of parents to “hover” over their children, micromanaging every aspect of their lives in order to “help” them succeed. Some degree of “hovering” is necessary, especially when children are very young. You really do need to monitor them to keep them safe. The problem I see is that parents often don’t know when or how it’s appropriate to pull back from this style of interaction. Continue reading

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Mommy Not So Dearest

How could you not love your mother? Shouldn’t you want to be close to her? Isn’t it bad to want her out of your life? Continue reading

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