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Four tips to manage your kids’ screen time

By Brittany Farrar

You’ve probably seen dozens of stories over the last decade, particularly in the last three years, about social media and its impact on our kids. While it can serve as a positive outlet and way to connect for some kids, others find themselves bullied and triggered because of their participation in various platforms. As a […]

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Top 3 ways to help your child sleep better

By Kelley Thompson

Sleep is one of those things we take for granted until we become parents and then suddenly you realize you wish you had slept more before welcoming your precious little one. “Although casually regarded as a consequence of pregnancy or postpartum, there is emerging evidence to suggest that women with significant sleep disturbance, characterized by […]

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Five healthy habits to incorporate into your life

By Laura Yazdian

Are you confused and overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition advice? It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you; you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. You are not alone in your frustration! Healthy eating doesn’t have to be overly complicated! A healthy diet is not about […]

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Four tips to talk to teens about unhealthy relationships

By Brittany Farrar

It’s February! Love is in the air, and yes, that means Cupid is doing his work among our teenagers, too. Understanding healthy relationships, learning about boundaries and knowing how to recognize unhealthy situations is all part of growing up. As parents, we want to ensure we are good role models, so our kids can understand […]

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Four Steps to be Mentally Strong When You are Alone on Valentine’s Day

By April Meyers

Love is in the air, and at pretty much every corner you turn during the month of February. Every store that you visit this month will bombard you with hearts, perfect gifts, flowers, and lovey-dovey cards. And you can see people actually buying these gifts, no matter how much they cost. A total estimated amount […]

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Nashville Stamp

More Boundaries, More Love

By Elizabeth DeVaughn

More boundaries, more love… sounds counter-intuitive, yes?  For many of us raised in homes with codependency (lack of boundaries), the concept of having more boundaries can feel not only foreign, but more selfish, mean, and cold-hearted than loving. Before we dive into how holding boundaries creates a greater capacity for love, let’s get clarity on […]

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Mindfulness in kids: The power of choice

By Joni Downey

Choice is the most powerful tool we have. Everything boils down to choice. We exist in a field of infinite possibilities. Every choice we make shuts an infinite number of doors and opens an infinite number of doors. At any point, we can change the direction of our lives by a simple choice. It is […]

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New year, new goals: Mentoring

By Brittany Farrar

January is National Mentoring Month, a time when we can celebrate and note the importance of both serving as and having a mentor. At Youth Villages, we work to provide good mentors and counselors to our children, our families, and young people involved in programs like LifeSet. Whether through Youth Villages’ Chris Crye Mentoring Program […]

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Three common mistakes of health and fitness New Year’s resolutions

By Jonathan Lutz

If we are being honest with ourselves, most people who make New Year’s resolutions will fall off within the first month or two. An even more daunting reality is that most people will end up in a worse position than when they started. According to multiple resources and experts, 80-95% of people will gain back […]

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Four tips for navigating life with a chronic illness

By April Meyers

You’ve recently learned that you have a chronic illness. While having an explanation for the mysterious symptoms you’ve been experiencing can be a relief, you might also feel lost when it comes to your next steps. With tips and recommendations from Pure Living Nashville, you can begin making healthy lifestyle changes that support your wellbeing. […]

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Top six spots to embrace your Christmas spirit

By Jamie Lober

Families don’t have to wait until December 25 to enjoy all the Christmas fun. These holiday happenings will make you feel the spirit, all December long! Writer Jamie Lober shares some suggestions: Holiday Cruises on the General Jackson Showboat.  Enjoy a truly authentic celebration with accomplished country musicians and delicious dining during the Music City […]

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Five ways to combat depression in the holidays

By Brittany Farrar

When it’s more than the holiday blues: 5 ways to combat depression in the holidays The holiday season is upon us and with it can come a bevvy of emotions for adults and kids alike. Attending family events, programs, services, preparing and shopping… this season can feel like a stressor more than a joy. Avoiding […]

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