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Finding Strength in the Midst of Loss

Missing YouDuring our last gathering, the ladies of the MGS Sister Circle shared their struggles with grieving loss.  Through the materials we shared, we came to understand that grieving does not only apply to losing someone to death.  It also applies to the loss of who someone was to you or the loss of their functioning in their life or relationship.  The Sisters shared personal experiences of how they were able to grieve and how they continue to struggle with making sense of their loss.  Some even came to realize that they are in a perpetual state of grief as they struggle with understanding the loss of who their loved one was to them even as they fear one day losing them to death.  One of the more effective ways that we discussed of working through the loss involved letter writing.  Specifically writing a two-way letter; one to our loved and one back from our loved one with how we imagine they would respond.  The other way was through offering and accepting support from others.  Sometimes all it takes is a kind word or a hug!

If you are struggling with grieving loss in your life, I would like to help.  Call Shari at (754) 999-0716 to schedule your appointment.

MGSSisterCircleThe MGS Sister Circle meets every other Wednesday evening at 6:30pm.  Call Shari at (754) 999-0716 for this month’s dates.  Like MGS Counseling and Therapy Services on Facebook for information and updates on future gatherings, topics and guest speakers.

Shari Warner, JD, LMFT is a Therapist, Attorney and Public Speaker in South Florida.  Shari works with individuals and couples to find their inner strength and resolve interpersonal and relational conflicts.  To schedule an appointment with Shari call (754) 999-0716 or email her at shari@mgscounseling.com.

Start/End

Counseling, Therapy, Therapist, Motivation, E-Therapy, Group, WorkshopStart/End

I’m going to talk a little about the importance of having a start and end time when it pertains to your job. Now for many of my mom’s I’m sure you are saying, what’s that? Well let me explain myself a little more. Typically I’ve gotten up gone to work and started my work day then I take my allotted breaks and then I’ll clock out for the day. I would complain about how hard it is to get up in the morning. Then about the stressors throughout the day. Lastly why I couldn’t leave early so I can just go home and relax and get something to eat for dinner.

Well where my start or end time when I’m a stay at home mom/parent? Who is requiring me to take a scheduled break? When do I get to leave my work where it is so I can go home and rest? The answer to all of the above questions are you don’t. Now this is not because you can’t, it’s because most stay at home moms/parents don’t even know what this looks like.

For myself it started with the understanding that I cannot “ALWAYS” be available. This means always being the one to address a situation between my kids. Having to change every stinky dipper. Giving up power and allowing another capable human being be the partner and parent I know them to be in this world of parenthood. Many moms get in this I can do it all let me save the world mindset. However they forget to take care of themselves in order to take care of those they love.

I myself didn’t even realize when I feel into that cycle of “Superwoman” and had to take a step back before I got burnt out. So I gave myself a start and end time to my day. Scheduled breaks and scheduled vacation time, I even threw in some sick days. What that entailed was letting my husband know when I needed him to take over. When to elicit help from other family members and friends and going into my office to work.

Now I know this is not the case for everyone. However everyone can still set time for self and that is what this really is about. Taking a step back and treating yourself as if you are in a courtship. Find the person you once knew and want to continue to know and date them. Find needed time to get to know yourself. So I know in the mornings I like to take some time to pray and meditate on what I need to get done in my day. I set my alarm to get up before the average time I know my kids would get up. Then I incorporate activities to keep them active so I can take my breaks at my desired time. Next I allow myself not to worry about what I didn’t do and how tired my husband may be from work. When he tells me “do you want to go out and have some time to yourself?” He wouldn’t ask if he was worn out and I shouldn’t neglect myself by not taking it.

For my single parents I understand this may seem difficult to de especially if you have young kids. However your alone time can come after the kids are sleeping or when you obtain a babysitter. It’s more than just going and doing something fun for yourself. It’s allowing yourself to see that you care about your personal wellbeing.

So moms find your time to give yourself a start and end to the role of “Parent” and a start and end to the role of “Self” If you do not see the importance in your wellbeing who else will?

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Till the next time.

Live, Laugh, Love

T.P.C (The Parent Counselor)

Gail Wilson is a Therapist, Life Coach and Public Speaker in South Florida. Mrs. Wilson works with mothers dealing with postpartum and fathers who have difficulty with transitional changes after a new child. In addition Mrs. Wilson works with individuals, couples and families to find their inner strength and resolve interpersonal and relational conflicts. To schedule an appointment with Mrs. Wilson call (754) 999-0410 or contact by email at Gail@mgscounseling.com

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Are Time Outs OK?

Are Time Outs OK?

Timeout-1I was asked to put a short article together for a site called Ihelpmoms.com Below you will find the link for the article on time outs  and some options for parents. I hope you enjoy the read. For additional assistance on this and many parenting concerns call MGS Counseling and Therapy Services, LLC to assist you in your therapeutic needs.  This is just a friendly story from your local T.P.C. (The Parent Counselor)

LIVE, LAUGH AND LOVE!

Gail Wilson is a Therapist, Life Coach and Speaker in South Florida.   Gail works with mothers dealing with postpartum and fathers whom are having difficulty with transitional changes with a new child. In addition Gail works with individuals, families and couples to find their inner strength and resolve interpersonal and relational conflicts. To schedule an appointment with Gail call (754) 999-0410 or her email at gail@mgscounseling.com.

http://www.ihelpmoms.com/blog/does-timeout-work-for-kids/

Post Partum Depression (PPD)

Post Partum Depression (PPD)

PPDMany new moms have experienced PostPartum Depression and never know what signs to look for. It is important you recognize the signs and obtain help. You are not alone in this and we at MGS Counseling and Therapy Services, LLC can assist you in working through these emotions and feeling you may be experiencing. Take a moment and read this attached article. See if you answer yes to any of the possible symptoms or if you already know you are struggling with PPD. Give us a call and we will assist you in reconnecting with the person you will like to see in the mirror everyday.

This is just a friendly post from your local T.P.C. (The Parent Counselor)

LIVE, LAUGH AND LOVE!

Gail Wilson is a Therapist, Life Coach and Speaker in South Florida.   Gail works with mothers dealing with postpartum and fathers whom are having difficulty with transitional changes with a new child. In addition Gail works with individuals, families and couples to find their inner strength and resolve interpersonal and relational conflicts. To schedule an appointment with Gail call (754) 999-0410 or her email at gail@mgscounseling.com.

http://postpartumprogress.org/2011/02/the-symptoms-of-postpartum-depression-anxiety/