Parenthood Alone: Perseverance and Self Awareness
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by Francis Colon
3w ago
Parenthood is often viewed as a journey best taken with a partner—a shared endeavor filled with joy, challenges, and countless precious moments. However, the reality is that not every relationship stands the test of time, and some individuals find themselves embarking on the journey of parenthood solo. While no one enters a relationship with the expectation of becoming a single parent, the journey of parenthood can unveil invaluable lessons and red flags that we can all learn from. In the early stages of a relationship, it can be easy to overlook certain warning signs or red flags in the pursu ..read more
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Release: Moving On From a Relationship Past Its Expiration Date
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by Francis Colon
1M ago
Breaking up with someone you once loved deeply can be one of the most challenging experiences in life. Perhaps you found yourself holding onto a relationship deep down. It’s time to let go as it’s long after its expiration date, knowing deep down that it’s time to let go? Whether the relationship ended mutually or one-sidedly, the aftermath can leave you feeling lost, confused, and emotionally drained. Moving on from a past relationship requires time, patience, and self-compassion. Here’s a guide to help you navigate through this difficult transition and find strength  to move on from a r ..read more
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The New York City Earthquake: Unveiling the Layers of Childhood Trauma
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by Francis Colon
1M ago
As the ground trembled beneath the bustling streets of New York City, a wave of panic swept through blocks and neighborhoods. The recent 4.8 scale earthquake, though relatively mild in magnitude, unearthed a myriad of emotions, leaving behind a mosaic of responses. Yet, amidst the chaos and uncertainty, lies a profound lesson about the intricate nature of childhood trauma and its far-reaching impact on individuals raised in the same household. For some, the earthquake was merely a passing tremor, scarcely felt amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life. Yet, for others, it served as a catalyst ..read more
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Navigating Romantic Relationships After Childhood Trauma: How to Identify the Type of Partner You Need
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by Francis Colon
2M ago
Growing up in an environment marked by constant trauma responses fight, flight, freeze, and fawn can significantly impact one’s journey in finding a partner. Individuals raised in such conditions often find themselves drawn to partners who mirror the dynamics of their tumultuous childhood. This tendency poses a unique set of challenges in navigating relationships and can complicate the quest for a healthy and fulfilling partnership. One of the most important steps in dating is understanding the type of man who aligns with your needs, values, and aspirations. It’s not just about finding someone ..read more
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The Loneliness Epidemic and Your Mental Health: How to Feel Connected in a Disconnected World
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by Francis Colon
2M ago
In an increasingly interconnected world, it may seem paradoxical that loneliness has become an epidemic. Yet, despite our digital connections, many individuals are experiencing profound feelings of isolation and disconnection. The good news is that there are numerous strategies and resources available to support your mental health as you confront the loneliness epidemic. From online communities to local gatherings, here are some suggestions to help you combat loneliness and nurture your well-being. Facebook, despite its controversies, can be a valuable resource for connecting with like-minded ..read more
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Navigating Co-Parenting While Healing: Strategies for Self-Preservation
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by Francis Colon
2M ago
In Keke Palmers’ latest episode of her podcast Baby it’s Keke Palmer with Dr. Drew Pinsky, she opened up about her experiences with co-parenting and the challenges of healing while sharing parenting duties with an ex-partner. Palmer’s candid discussion shed light on the complexities of navigating co-parenting dynamics, particularly when still in the process of healing from a past relationship. Drawing inspiration from Palmer’s insights, let’s explore strategies for self-preservation while co-parenting with the same person you’re healing from. Palmer’s honesty about her emotional journey unders ..read more
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Love in Blind: Unraveling Intergenerational Relationships and their Impact on Marriage and Behavior
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by Francis Colon
2M ago
The recent finale episode of Love is Blind has sparked conversations about the intricacies of intergenerational relationships and their profound impact on individuals, particularly in the context of marriage. One of the most striking moments from the episode was when Clay’s mother confronted her ex-husband, shedding light on how his past behaviors had influenced their son’s actions. This poignant scene underscores the significance of understanding intergenerational dynamics and their effects on marriage and behavior. Intergenerational relationships refer to the interactions and dynamics betwee ..read more
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Scarcity Mindset: How It Impacts Weight Loss and Overcoming Childhood Habits
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by Francis Colon
3M ago
In the journey towards weight loss and healthy living, our mindset plays a pivotal role. For many of us, our relationship with food is deeply rooted in childhood experiences and learned behaviors – and for some, this includes the scarcity mindset instilled by finishing every last morsel on our plates. Growing up in a household where food was seen as a precious commodity, I understand firsthand the challenges of overcoming this ingrained mentality in the pursuit of weight loss and overall well-being. The scarcity mindset, characterized by a fear of deprivation and an impulse to hoard or consume ..read more
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Snow Days and Screen Time: Finding the Balance in Remote Learning
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by Francis Colon
3M ago
As a mom of three children in public schools, snow days in New York City often mean a shift to remote learning. Today, the first snow storm of the season fell and the streets turned into a winter wonderland, my home transformed into a makeshift classroom, complete with laptops, books, and the occasional technology hiccup. But amidst the chaos of remote learning, I found myself pondering a question that weighs heavily on the minds of many parents how much screen time is too much for our children? In an age where technology is ubiquitous and screens are an integral part of daily life, finding th ..read more
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The Quest for a “Nice Guy”: Red Flags to Watch Out for in Your Search for Love
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by Francis Colon
3M ago
Many of us have heard our girlfriends say time and time again – “I just want a nice guy.” It’s a sentiment that’s echoed in countless conversations about dating, relationships, and the qualities we value most in a potential partner. But what exactly does it mean to be a “nice guy,” and how can we spot the signs of behavior that may indicate otherwise? As a therapist who’s seen her fair share of relationship dynamics, I’ve learned to recognize certain red flags that can signal trouble ahead in the quest for a nice guy. Here are a few behaviors to watch out for: Lacks Self-Direction: A nice guy ..read more
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