Graduate school brought Laura from her beloved home state of Colorado to Texas (hard to beat the Rocky Mountains!), and meeting her beloved husband Jonathan convinced her to settle here. Now the two are overjoyed and exhausted parents to sweet Christopher (2015) and a little girl on the way (2017). In addition to her role as a mama, she also works full time as a clinical psychologist working with military veterans who continue to amaze her with their strength and humor. When she’s not busy juggling career and parenthood, you can find her cycling, enjoying local culture (and food!), baking, “hiking,” and embracing her love of travel.

The Hidden Emotional Trauma Parents Don’t Realize They Inflict

The better we understand our emotions and internal experiences, the better equipped we will be to healthfully navigate whatever life throws our way. The experience of being emotionally validated is the foundation of this "emotional IQ." 

Eating My Feelings :: Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Eating

So it's no wonder that most of us have used comfort foods to soothe uncomfortable emotions at some point. I mean, it works . . . temporarily. Personally I've eaten away sadness, anger, boredom, anxiety, you name it. And yeah, it helped me to escape my awareness of that feeling . . . temporarily. 
Learning to ride a bike and other events can cause anxiety in children and adults.

The Number One Way to Make Anxiety Worse in Kids and Adults

if my years as a clinical psychologist (and human) have taught me anything, it's that one of our most common reactions to anxiety is what actually makes it WORSE. Yep, way worse.
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Mommy’s Top Sleep Mistakes and How to Turn Them Around Tonight

There are also habits of our own we can change to improve sleep. I've narrowed down my top five sleep strategies for moms.
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An Ode to the Working Mom During Summer

We have nothing but love for our stay-at-home mama sisters (who most definitely deserve an ode of their own), but sometimes it just helps to know you're not alone.
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What It Actually Means to Be Mentally and Emotionally Healthy

Sometimes this expectation can feel like just another thing we're failing at, like showering every day. I'm here to share a professional perspective on this question. (And, full disclosure: Today was a dry shampoo day.) Because when I'm not momming, I'm focused on helping others improve their mental and emotional wellbeing as a clinical psychologist. 
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The One Key Concept to Know About Healthy Attachment

Our children "serve" us a message verbally or nonverbally (e.g. I'm hungry, I'm happy and want to play, I'm bored, or I'm angry) and we "return" it with our response (e.g. feeding, playing, changing activities, or comforting). Sometimes our responses are right on -- score! We get the message, read it accurately, and lob it back with the perfect amount of oomph and spin.