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How to help your child establish a routine

By Youth Villages

If you’re a parent, especially of young children, you know that teaching them how to keep on a morning routine can oftentimes be challenging. There’s getting dressed, brushing teeth and hair, eating breakfast, gathering school materials, packing a lunch, just to name a few. We use the term ‘executive functions’ to describe these routine patterns […]

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The Floating Tao

By Carey Ott

The Tao Te Ching is essentially folk wisdom passed down from time immemorial. Said to have been written down about 2,500 years ago, the tao eventually coalesced in the form of 81 poems that speak to the common source of man’s perpetual dilemma. How can I be a more compassionately aware and loving person in […]

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Suicide Awareness Month: Growing resilience in kids

By Youth Villages

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. For more than two years, we’ve seen study after study proving the declining mental health of our kids and teens. There has also been an uptick in crisis calls received by Youth Villages across the state of Tennessee. This month, we’re going to focus on strength-building exercises you can […]

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22 Fun facts about your body 

By Paul Rowney

Here’s a fun list of things about the human body you probably didn’t know-but fascinating nevertheless A Blink is a ‘micronap’ You probably thought that a blink was just something you did to keep your eyes moist or keep dust out of them. In fact, closing our eyes briefly has been found, according to a […]

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Is inflation affecting your kids?

By Brittany Farrar

Maintaining a mental health balance has been a struggle across the globe for several years, really peaking with the introduction and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Inflation and economic struggles are hitting Americans hard and have been for several months now. Gas prices, grocery costs and/or rent hikes are affecting everyone. Financial struggles have long been recognized […]

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Tips for providing mental health support for kids going back to school

By Brittany Farrar

By the end of this month, you’ll probably have your kids’ class assignments and back-to-school lists. The return to school and planning around it can often bring anxiety for kids, especially those starting a new school, moving from elementary to middle school or having an older sibling move up schools or those who have experienced […]

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Utopia or Hell on Earth?

By Paul Rowney

The 18th and 19th centuries spawned countless groups of people who wanted to create their own communities in the freedom America offered at that time. From the ultra religious to those advocating free love, here we look at some of their stories. By Paul Hunter   Since the arrival of the Pilgrims, groups have come […]

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Keeping track of your child’s mental health

By Brittany Farrar

As a parent or adult in a child’s life, mental health awareness is so important, and issues sometimes increase over the summer months. Here is what you should be aware of when tracking a kid’s mental health Types of mental health issues present differently amongst youth and all need to be addressed by professionals: General […]

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Life Would Be Better if You Stopped Doing These Things Today

By PatriciaSarmiento

Would you like to be more successful, happier, or just more stable and settled in life? As the person living your life, there comes a point where you must accept responsibility for how it has turned out. Yes, it may not be (entirely) your fault – other people may have pushed you to places you […]

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Support foster kids in Tennessee this May

By Brittany Farrar

May is celebrated as National Foster Care Awareness Month to bring awareness to the need for more foster care families. In Tennessee, approximately 8,000 children are in foster care at any given time. With fewer than 4,000 open foster homes, the need for more foster families is considerable. Jawyanna and Jonathon Neal knew that fostering […]

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The True Purpose of Meditation

By Kimberly Revereza

Join us at the Nashville Wellness Fest on May 7 to experience a meditation session with Kimberley Revereza of Flourish Meditation. We’re too busy. Far, far too busy. To combat the overwhelm we feel on a daily and even hourly basis, we download apps where we listen to meditation recordings in order to help us […]

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Practicing mindfulness with present moment awareness

By Rosa Castano

Rosa will be leading a mindfulness session at the Nashville Wellness Fest on May 7. Click here to reserve your ticket. Scenario: Imagine yourself at the doctor’s office, your phone is neatly tucked away out of reach. Suddenly, your phone buzzes…Your mind starts to wonder about what it could be notifying you of. Did someone […]

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