Author: Tara Michener

Twenty Random Acts of Joy

A smile, card or a bit of active listening could change the mental health outlook of a suffering person. Before someone walks into my office they have to at least feel motivated to get there. These small steps can inspire them to know that they are worthy of taking the...

Counselor’s Corner: Being Polite – When Manners Don’t Matter

Micro-Aggressions revolve around Intention and Impact. In too many scenarios there is a dismissive and callous approach to stereotypical statements, racial jokes, and obvious offensiveness. Yesterday in Target a lady and a man waved at my son. He did not wave back (which is unusual for him I usually have...

Oh the Places You Will Go…Goal Planning As a Family

 Weight loss, potty-train, get organized…what are your parenting goals this year? Think about that for about ten seconds before contininung to read. Okay got it? Good. The goals or goal that you thought about is one that must be of some importance to you so I want to propose a...

Random Acts of Thankfulness

What does it mean to be thankful? Better yet what does it do for us as parents to showcase gratitude to our little ones? Well I tried an experiment for myself shortly after having my son. I vowed to keep a daily gratitude list. Every day as a new mom...

Counselor’s Corner: Little Children Big Losses

As a mom of an extroverted, spunky and fun child I am always learning. My kid knows more people than I do which I consider a big deal. We were in the library recently when he yelled out “Owen” to a random kid. I thought this child is making up...

Counselor’s Corner: Teaching Our Children Not to Bully

Let’s stop saying and let’s start doing. Parents, one of our number one fears is that someone will hurt our kids. Will they bruise their self-esteem or even their eyes? Will our kids be called names or made to feel inferior? The answer unfortunately is yes. To all of these?...

Counselor’s Corner: Speaking Up

Hello Mommy friends! In our little corner of Metro Detroit Mommy we talk about a lot of things right? Bullying, wellness, healthy development and activities that help our kids to be better and us to be happier. We also take the time to discuss current affairs. In today’s column I...

Taking a day… to take a second.

I have found in my life and in the lives of those who I help that many of us are very busy. We have full schedules, rampant deadlines and many people who require so much of us. Our children also have their own schedules to a degree…sports, homework and playdates...

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