Articles written by Alisa Messana

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 By Alisa Messana    Pulse

Cold, dreary days perfect time for mental health PSA

This time of year always seems like a good time for a mental health PSA. It can start to feel like there's no end in sight to the cold and dreary days, leaving many feeling low in m... — Updated 2/15/2023

 By Alisa Messana    Pulse

If personal narratives aren't serving you, try new ones

I've been thinking a lot about personal narratives as we continue to live through one historical event after another. Our internal stories are with us day in and day out. They... — Updated 4/6/2022

 By Alisa Messana    Pulse

Tips for parents on managing conflict

Any parent knows conflict with your child is part of the territory. Certain ages and stages are known for higher parent-child conflict; however, they aren't the only time tensions... — Updated 11/3/2021

 By Alisa Messana    Pulse

Examining expectations as a new school year begins

The beginning of school is generally a steep climb for parents. Keeping up with the emails, forms to sign, supplies needed and scheduling extracurriculars is a major task. Add on... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Alisa Messana    Pulse

Delve into discomfort, shift relationship to it

Two weeks ago, I wrote about focusing on tips for dealing with discomfort, something 2020 has provided us in spades. As we continue to experience the perfect storm of physical,... — Updated 12/2/2020

 By Alisa Messana    Pulse

Practical tips for contending with discomfort

How is everyone doing? This has officially been The Year of Discomfort. We've collectively experienced uncomfortable circumstances and events, lived our lives in uncomfortable ways... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Alisa Messana    Pulse

Parent List helps parents - and relies on them, too

Five years ago, Tara DeGeer's teenage son expressed concern about the well-being of his peers after the suicide of a local high school student. He worried about how others were... — Updated 10/14/2020

 By Alisa Messana    Pulse

Manage screen time with these quarantine guidelines

Dear parents, I feel your pain. If you were ambivalent about your child's screen time pre-pandemic, now you might really be feeling that way. Our kids are exclusively learning... — Updated 4/15/2020


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