Creating Structure: Arts Umbrella Half-Day Immersion Programs

Back to school time – which means those of us without school aged kids are looking at what classes to put their toddlers and preschoolers in. I was so honored to be invited to participate in a sneak preview of the new Early Learning Immersion Programs at Arts Umbrella. Arts Umbrella is a wonderful space for […]

Learning to Swim: Accepting the Limits of Long Term Mental Illness

Breccan is learning to swim this summer. He is a fearless fish, which is good in many ways because he is already diving down to 4 feet and has mainly figured out swimming. It’s bad because I feel like, without a little bit of fear of the water and understanding his own limits, he’s a […]

Illumination: An Art Show Supporting Mental Health 

Full disclosure: My kids are in a very tough stage. Breccan is turning from 3 to 4, which is mostly amazing (good riddance threenager stage), but he’s super kinetic and wants to be out and active all the time. And Olin has his the fussy 16-month stage and GETS. INTO. EVERYTHING. And he is STILL […]

Family Roadtrips – Kamloops, BC Part 2: Animal Encounters 

We feel very fortunate to get to spend time at our family friend’s hobby farm in Savona, about an hour outside of Kamloops. They have goats, chickens, alpacas, and rabbits, plus a few barn kitties. The boys were thrilled. Kamloops is a great place to have an animal adventure. Because farming and ranching are a […]

DBT Skills for Parents: Reality Acceptance 

Years ago, Nick and I were sitting in our living room in Montreal, having what could have been a make-or-break moment. Our credit cards were maxed. Our job prospects were nil. We were feeling isolated and broken. My anxiety was at an all time high, and both of us were probably a little bit depressed. […]