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Entries by Arlene Schneider

YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY

It’s not only a good line from a Fleetwood Mac song.
When my younger son was a baby, allowing babies to “cry it out” when trying to get them to sleep was all the rage. My son’s cries were horrifying blood-curdling screams that tore at my heart. I tried this technique for two days, and …

Hi! I’m Arlene and I’m a positivity convert!

I was enjoying a Sunday afternoon excursion with an old friend. We were enjoying our coffee as she began talking about her sister who she described as “negative” and difficult to be around. My friend proceeded to outline her sister’s behavior and their conversations. I responded, “You know it’s possible your sister has no …

Dealing with Violence and Fear in Today’s World

It is difficult, if not impossible, to ignore the violence and destruction we see on an almost daily basis. Clients and friends share that they are frightened for their children and for themselves. This makes perfect sense, considering all the shootings, road rage, and truly tragic occurrences that take place both locally and in …

Finding Peace Within

Does this conversation sound familiar?
“How are you?”
“Crazy!”
“How’s your day going?”
“It’s crazy!”
Sometimes that does feel like reality, but how true is it really that a day in itself is crazy? Let’s take a closer look.
We have had days in which we sleep late, the car malfunctions, and the traffic is a hot …

GREMLINS & TURNING THE BIG 6-0

I’m turning sixty. It’s actually a huge step for me to admit my age or even talk about having a birthday—especially this birthday. I think most people who know me understand that I rarely disclose personal details and that my social media posts are largely regulated to cat videos and New Orleans Saints news. …

ASK THE COACH!

Dear Coach,
What is a life coach? How is it different than a therapist, and how do I know which one is for me?
JK
Dear JK,
Those are excellent questions! My feeling is that most everyone will benefit from sessions with a Certified Life Coach. Notice that I say, “Certified.” Did you know that anyone can call …

GUESS WHO’S HOME?

It’s not unusual today for college graduates to return home to live while they job search or determine what their next step in life may be. While many parents (and their children) panic at this thought, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think. Careful planning and communication are important in …

TRENDS TO UPDATE YOUR LIFE

Most of us receive daily emails from department stores, influencers, and style bloggers with suggestions on how to update our wardrobes, our homes, and our exercis3 routines. We see promises of how a blouse in a trendy seasonal color or a new set of abdominal routines will re-shape our lives and bodies.
Maybe your …

ASK THE COACH!

Dear Coach,
How do I get my teenage son to talk with me? He is a sophomore in high school. He plays a lot of video games, and I don’t think that’s healthy or productive.  We used to be close, but now all he does is grunt at me or hide in his room and …

CREATING PEACE IN YOUR LIFE

Many people complain about the stress that they feel, and it is absolutely true that we are constantly faced with many internal and external stressors. Taxes, traffic, illness, and unexpected accidents are unfortunate realities of the human condition that we simply have to live with. Others, though, are things that we can control and …