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Outside the Box” Books: Holiday Gifts for the Kids on Your List

Lacey Byrne, Staff Writer I’m a book lover and love sharing new authors with friends or discussing a book that I couldn’t put down. I get excited when I find a gift book that I think is “perfect” for someone in my life. Lately I’ve been SO impressed with all the inspiring books that I’ve […]

Losing Your First Love – A Guide for Teens

by Donna C. Moss, MA, LCSW-R As many of us have learned from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross on death and dying, “the five stages, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what […]

Teaching Our Children to Be Allies

By Lacey Byrne, Yellowbrick Staff Writer At Yellowbrick, we strive to provide resources for parents to help them foster inclusive and socially conscientious children. We’ve been talking a lot lately about bystanders and becoming allies to disenfranchised groups. We need to create a climate of outspoken bystanders in the face of bullying, overt racism, or […]

Fighting the Shadows: Learning and Fearing Other

By Jody Gerbig Juvenile male birds have been attacking my windows recently, or rather they have been attacking their own reflections in the windows. Feeling threatened, they flutter into and peck at the clear panes until are stunned and fall to the ground. Every afternoon I hear the thump, thump of their heads hitting and […]

What This Mom of Kids with Special Needs Wishes People Wouldn’t Say to Her

By Valli Gideons Challenge: chal-inj ~ something that by its nature or character serves as a call to battle, contest, special effort, etc. Raising kids is hard. Like, really, really hard. Period. Throw in a diagnosis like hearing loss and you may find yourself thinking this is not for the faint of heart. My children […]

Trauma or Trigger – 3 Ways to Know the Difference

By Donna C. Moss, MA, LCSW-R These days trigger warnings and PTSD are all over college campuses, counseling centers and popular culture. But if you’re confused, you’re not alone. I find it troubling that these two have been conflated to mean the same thing. They are, in fact, very different. A trigger is like when […]

It’s Not Their Fault: 6 Reasons Why Young Adults Can’t Launch

By Donna C. Moss, MA, LCSW-R In a couple of weeks I’m going to be on the radio again with my new topic “It’s not Their Fault: Why Young Adults Can’t Launch.” I think it’s because in the last decade, the loan situation re: college costs, even if you just take a certificate like massage […]

Busted! 3 Reasons Not to Sext. Ever!

By Donna C. Moss, MA, LCSW-R The family came in ashamed and scared. They wanted me to dictate what to tell their 12-year-old child about her sexting with a 16-year-old boy. I said wait, slow down. Just like a journalist’s job is to show not tell, a therapist’s job is to guide not do. I […]

Why boys need to have conversations about emotional intimacy in classrooms

By Amy Schalet, University of Massachusetts Amherst   An award-winning, veteran Bronx high school teacher, handed in his resignation after colliding with the school’s principal in 2016. Tom Porton had distributed HIV/AIDS education fliers listing nonsexual ways of “Making Love Without Doin’ It” (including advice to “read a book together”). What does it say when a […]

Dear Taylor Swift

By Jane Lang   My mother privately smashed plates in the basement when she was angry. I knew nothing of this until decades later when she was working on an autobiography. She told me then about the tremendous emotional pain and fear she experienced as a child when her parents fought regularly and furiously with […]