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August 12, 2022

Surviving the “End-of-Summer Scaries”

by Allison Hurst, MS, NCC, LPC

The end of July is an all-around emotional battleground. Let’s be honest—no one in the vicinity of school-aged children feels fully back to baseline until almost October. Many parents eagerly await a semblance of routine to re-enter their homes with the start of school. They are in survival mode. Things like popsicles for breakfast and […]

August 5, 2022

The Magic of Boredom Part 2: How to Foster “Boredom With a Purpose” for Your Family

by Allison Hurst, MS, NCC, LPC

We recently discussed the often-untapped magic of boredom, especially for children. We know that time for self-directed play increases emotional regulation, executive function, and physical literacy in children. (read Part 1 here if you missed it)! But if you are anything like me, you crave some practical application of all the evidence-based information out there […]

July 27, 2022

The Magic of Boredom (Part 1)

by Allison Hurst, MS, NCC, LPC

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The Magic of Boredom: Part 1 I notice the magic in myself, sometimes—in the moments of calm-despite-the-chaos of new parenthood, where I find those precious moments when I can steal away to the delightful space of mental wandering. This is where magic happens. Often, I wonder if my creativity has waned in adulthood. Maybe this […]