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Difficulty keeps the struggle away

A difficulty a day...

Months ago, I began to think in earnest about my notions surrounding struggle. Actually, what happened was that I asked myself why everything has to be so fucking hard. Why, with as much gratitude as I have for the changes in my life and my daughter’s life, was I finding it so hard, still, to be a wife and a mother and a friend and a writer and, well, just about everything.

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  • 27 October 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 2405
  • Comments: 11

To attend my first every cyber-bookclub!

You're invited. . .

Details are still forming, but I hope you'll join me for my first ever cyber-bookclub. We're going to read Rising Strong, by Brené Brown.

I hope you'll join us.

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  • 21 October 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 2424
  • Comments: 9

Wendy Goldstein

And the winner is. . .

 

The winner!

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  • 16 October 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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  • Comments: 1

My top ten tips for a smooth IEP process

Individual Education Plans or IEPs

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and a great time to think up one idea you could do to help eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness or to advocate for a friend or family member.

Two weeks ago, I volunteered to go to a local high school and present the NAMI signature program, Ending The Silence, to three sections of freshman health classes. The presentation's purpose is to combat stigma, raise awareness of mental illness and its warning signs, to break the taboo of discussing suicide, and to provide guidance on steps the kids can take if they or someone they know need help.

Twenty percent of youth ages 13-18 experience a mental health condition in a given year. As a parent, you may find yourself in the position of needing to get help for your child from the school.     

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There are so many ways to help! Get involved and spread the word. Hope is real. Recovery is real. Help is real.

  • 5 October 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 3843
  • Comments: 5

What I'm reading and how it helps. . ., Part One: Answering a couple of questions

Just Finished

There's so much great stuff in this book I'm going to write two posts about it.

First, I want to employ Dr. Siegel’s help to address a couple of questions I received on the Just Finished post I wrote about empathy and Paolina Milana’s book, The S Word. I provided the following definition from the NAMI Family To Family material:  Empathy is “The intimate comprehension of another person’s thoughts and feelings, without imposing our own judgment or expectations.” The questions were specifically related to judgment.

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  • 26 September 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 2055
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