neon letters on black background: parentingSLACKS is a blog about motherhood and mental health

Kids are complex & mental wellness is vital. 

Join me on my journey through motherhood as an addict in recovery. 

Determined to break the cycle of inherited family dysfunction, I navigate the world of mental health & intentional parenting through age-old wisdom and scientific research.

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Vol. 26: The Introvert's Guide to Friendship

"Friendship is one of the most critical relationships in our lives; buddy bonds provide an essential source of social support. In addition, a strong network of friends can help cushion stress, loneliness, anxiety, and other potential mental health problems. Research shows that people with close friendships are more likely to experience positive emotions and live with greater satisfaction. So even one solid homie can do wonders for your mental health!"

Vol. 23: Unpacking Ancestral Baggage

“I'm trying realllllly hard not to drive this blog straight into Woo Woo town. But I am a strange ranger. I'm into weird shit; not serial killer weird, more like nerd weird—cool your jets. For years, I have written and spoken about generational trauma and how emotional wounds get passed down throughout our familial lineage. But, after recently listening to an interview with Aubri Hathaway, a Family System's Constellation therapist, I was introduced to the idea of inherited hardships slightly differently than in my previous experience.”

Vol. 18: How to Train Your Monkey Brain

“ Now, as our brains are the most complex structure in the known universe, let's keep it simple and describe your brain as if it has two characters living inside of it. One is sensible, positive, organized, and considerate—we'll call this your human mind. The other one we've been talking about, who lives in the primitive part of your brain, tends to be judgemental, negative, emotional, and selfish. Zen Buddhists, amongst others, call this part the monkey mind.”

Vol. 15: The Phenomenon of Craving

“For decades, people erroneously considered a craving a symptom of alcohol withdrawal. However, several studies show that alcoholism-related compulsion can appear after long-term abstinence, typically provoked by the first drink or situations associated with alcohol use. At its core, physical craving is a phenomenon in the brain that, when activated, creates an intense yearning to use the addictive substance or do the addictive behavior.”

Vol. 8: Emotional Sobriety

"Although coined by Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, the term "emotional sobriety" applies to anyone with a sympathetic nervous system, regardless of whether you're afflicted with addiction. Emotional sobriety is a body/mind phenomenon. It encompasses the ability to experience and talk about feelings alongside learning to live life in balanced ways so that both the mind and the body can live in harmony. As we sober up emotionally, we expand our ability to tolerate what we're feeling, to live through fierce emotions without acting out or self-medicating."
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