1. Breadcrumbed by a TikToker on Valentine’s Day

    Q: My best friend has been talking to a “famous” local TikToker online. She has been telling me all the details and it sounds like she is really into him. Problem is, it doesn't sound like he feels the same. Every time they plan to do something he cancels at the last minute or he just won't answer her. He seems to be a player based on the things I read in his comment section and I've heard som…Read More

  2. 3 Steps To New Years’ Resolution Success

    Q: Every year it’s the same: make a resolution and lose motivation for it in a week or so. Two years ago, it was going to the gym every day and last year, it was going outside with the family two times a week. Both dissolved in a matter of weeks. How do I make resolutions that stick? A: You are not alone; a lot of people tend to make resolutions that are abandoned fairly quickly. In fact, 80% of…Read More

  3. Grief During The Holidays

    Q: The holiday season has always been a grand affair at my house with family reunion meals, festive decorations, and endless eggnog. My family always took it very seriously, especially my dad who dressed up as Santa and partied the hardest. Unfortunately, my father passed away in February with COVID. Now, I’m dreading the holiday season and my house feels so heavy. I can’t even bring myself to…Read More

  4. Did I Get Ghosted?

    Q: I was talking to a girl for a year, and we finally started dating in July. We hung out together constantly over the summer. Then college started and after a couple of weeks of texting, I suddenly stopped getting replies. I thought she got grounded or something, but it’s been a month, and still nothing. I don’t even see her in person, so it’s been really hard. Should I give up? A: It’s p…Read More

  5. Growing Up Too Fast

    Q: I’ve noticed my 14-year-old daughter is choosing clothing that, in my eyes, are meant to be worn by older women like crop tops, short shorts, tight fitting shirts and everything in between! When I express my concern she accuses me of not wanting her to be proud of her body. Her friends dress like this too. As Halloween approaches, I’m already concerned about the costumes she’s considering…Read More

  6. Kindergarten and Covid Concerns

    Q: School is starting soon and I’m really worried for my 5-year-old daughter. I’m just not comfortable sending her, unvaccinated, to a new school. Let’s be real, we know kindergarteners are not going to keep their masks on. But she’s bored at home. I know she needs more than a weekly playdate pod. She missed her preschool friends from the “before times.” School feels like a germ factor…Read More

  7. Five Signs Someone May Be Lying To You

    Originally published in our Laudable Life advice column in the Lakelands Leader We’ve had a lot of questions about deception lately and how to tell when someone is being dishonest.  Here are a few strategies professionals use to tell fact from fiction. First, let’s look at body language and facial expressions. When someone is lying they may shift their weight causing a rocking motion or pace.…Read More

  8. How to Have a Healthy Timeout

    Question: Whenever I get into a heated argument with my husband he says he “can’t talk about it anymore“ or “I’m impossible.” Sometimes he storms out of the house and drives away. It makes me crazy. I text him asking where he is and when he’s coming back. He says I need to give him space to cool down. How can I get him to stop this? Answer: Breaks, or timeouts, can be healthy during …Read More

  9. Having a safe halloween with food allergies

    Q: Our son has food allergies, peanuts, dairy, and gluten. It’s bad and it’s a pain, but we manage. We cook a lot at home and we know which treats he can eat. I send him to school and friends’ houses with his own cupcake when there’s a party; but Halloween is tough. He loves the costuming but he can’t eat much of what he gets. It’s a bummer. Sometimes people get offended when he’s pi…Read More

  10. Freaking out during social events

    People who have experienced traumatic or distressful situations are more likely to be triggered by certain events or social interactions. The familiar intense emotions and physical trauma can suddenly appear when you least expected. Johanna Koenig's, extensive knowledge about the Polyvagal Theory can provide a better understanding of these unanticipated trigger moments by teaching you ways to deal…Read More