Jamie Califf

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December 4, 2014
Holidays

Handling the Holidays

What do the holidays mean for you? Are they times you look forward to or are they times you dread? Are they full of warmth, love and family or are they lonely, dark and painful? For some, the holidays bring excited anticipation of rich food, colorful décor, festive carols and family closeness. For many though, this time of year serves as a poignant reminder of loss, regret, stress, worry, business, grief and pain. And the same is true for our children. The “most wonderful time of the year” is also the most stressful. And stress is not always bad or […]
May 27, 2014
Empathy

The Importance of Empathy

Have you ever had a rough day? Have you experienced a failure or setback at work? Have you been hurt by the words or actions of others? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, you probably also have attempted to alleviate the accompanying ache by telling someone about it. You do that because you want someone to hear you, to affirm the nature and intensity of the emotions you are experiencing and to simply be present while you verbally unload. And as a socially savvy adult, you probably know exactly who you can go to for those […]
February 11, 2014
Family

Parenting Is No Simple Task

Parenting is no simple task. Sure it happens every day, is a part of every culture, and has occurred since the dawn of time, but that does not make it ordinary or intuitive! Many parents I work with feel discouraged because they place upon themselves the expectation that they ‘should’ know what to do in every situation. They feel they ‘should’ always have a calm, patient attitude when dealing with their children, and that they ‘should’ be able to get their kids to listen and obey all the time.   While these are not necessarily bad goals to be working […]