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Teach your kids healthy habits at the Nashville Wellness Fest

By Joni Downey

Bring in good behavior with Behavior Bear, learn good manners with Manners Monkey and build self-esteem with Self-Esteem elephant into the conversation with Characters of Character. Join us on May 7th at the Nashville Wellness Fest from 10:30-11:15 at the Nashville Fairgrounds. Characters of Character creator Joni Downey will share some tips and tricks to […]

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Fitness Q&A with singer-songwriter Sheyda

By Editor

  Sheyda is a Nashville-based pop singer-songwriter. With the craziness of her work life, fitness and wellness are really important to her. Here, she speaks to PURE Living Nashville to share her well-being journey and advice for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Have you always been into fitness? If not, what kickstarted your interest in wellness? […]

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Talking about a tough topic: Child abuse prevention month

By Brittany Farrar

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since COVID-19 became part of our lives two years ago, most agencies saw a decrease in child abuse reporting due to virtual schools and fewer activities outside of the home. Of course, that doesn’t mean less abuse is occurring. As a parent, teacher, neighbor and friend, you have […]

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Fives reasons to get your ticket to the Nashville Wellness Fest

By Editor

The Nashville Wellness Fest returns this year on May 7. Once again hosted at the Nashville Fairgrounds, tickets to the event are just $5 and it is a fun, family-friendly way to spend the day. Click here to buy your ticket and read these five reasons you should be there. Take a class in our […]

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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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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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