I was rather taken by something Laura Pensiero owner of Gigi’s Trattoria in Rhinebeck said the other day: “Food tastes better when it’s shared.” That goes right to the point of the Pilgrim holiday we’re about to celebrate.
And it goes right to the heart of all that they’re trying to accomplish with the annual Thanksgiving feast for the children and staff of Astor.…
Over 20 years ago, I discussed theses seven steps of grieving in a book called “Bereavement: Counseling the Grieving throughout the Lifecycle” and while some are self-evident others require more explanation.
It is important to stress to a child what you keep after a death.
September 28th Employee Mixer at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie
We recognized employee milestones from five to forty years, and celebrated in a culture of value, appreciation… and gratitude.
I can only imagine how its making, or rather how the entire arts program at Astor calms, soothes and encourages the children. It gives them a voice, rouses their creative spirit and ensures that the mission of Astor – that every child deserves a childhood – is fulfilled.
Mental health treatment providers and educators must work collaboratively with children and families to identify their unique skills, talents and interests.
Last fall, I wrote about self-regulation, the important “brain training” that is needed for children to be competent and confident. Parents can help their babies develop this important skill with warm, responsive, and predictable parenting. When your children are toddlers, you can continue to train their brains by developing your own calmness, telling your toddler what to expect, and teaching them how to behave.
As the images of the victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School are being broadcasted throughout our country, we are confronted with the reality that these children look so much like our own children. While we mourn the victims of Sandy Hook, let’s not forget that in many communities, the death of innocent children by gun violence happens way too often. This was the seventh mass murder in this country this year. Let’s not forget the past victims. And most important, let’s act.
Do people my age self analyze their past and their future, while applying present circumstances, and ever feel completely satisfied?
My answer is of course we do—constantly!
Personally, I find most things in my present and future connect to the past. Over time, I have experienced how these connections make themselves known, how as they unfold or envelope the present and reveal just who I am now.…
The holiday season seems to start earlier every year!
This year, when I went to look for Halloween candy I saw some Christmas decorations at the supermarket! And we all know that, when the season is here, we see images of happy, healthy, wealthy folks who seem to have it all together all the time. But anyone who is raising kids knows…
The most influential and inspiring messages, with the greatest impact on my life, have always been something spoken quietly to me.Thinking back on the people and staff of Astor always made me wonder about their work and how I can now appreciate what they do. Out of these thoughts came ideas regarding good-works vs. work, career vs. job, calling vs. transitional employment.…