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Dear inner critic: you are only partly right

We all have critics. Especially as parents, it can feel that everyone suddenly has a strong opinion about what we’re doing wrong. Our third cousin from Kansas. Our former co-worker at the drive-thru coffee stand. That dude in the check-out aisle at Target. But for many of us, the most vicious critic is the one […]

Know when to walk away. Know when to run. (Literally.)

The chorus to a 1978 country song might not seem like the obvious place for sage parenting advice, but parents, take heed! Is there a better skill then knowing when to walk away from a wailing tot to give everybody a minute to cool down? Or when our eight year old discovers a baby skunk […]

Want to be a great parent? Master the art of making mistakes.

We know that everyone makes mistakes, but for some reason many of us feel our shame uniquely, as though we are the first and only person to have our portable stroller collapse while jay-walking across a four-lane. And worse, we worry that our mistakes will have life-long impacts on our child. Because we missed the […]

Are you stuck in a loop? (And would you know if you were?)

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, and expecting different results.” That’s often misattributed to Einstein (along with many other proverbs), but the wisdom holds. At some point, we all find ourselves living a sequence of habits that consistently cause more harm than good. Let’s say that last night […]

What was I thinking?!? Strong Moms News, June 2019

There’s a reason why many of us struggle to eat right or exercise or stay sober or simply floss our teeth, and it’s not lack of information. In fact, many behavior specialists use a “two brain” metaphor to describe the driving forces behind how and why we do the things we do. One of the […]

This Mountain Home Staffer is Running Like a Mother!

Mountain Home is teaming up with Runner’s Edge this Mother’s Day, May 12, for a fun-run 5K called “Run Like a Mother.” In the short interview below, a Mountain Home Case Manager shares with us why she’s excited to run, and why you should be, too! (Sign up now here!) Can you tell us a […]

Harvard Policy Paper Affirms Mountain Home’s Approach

A recent “Science to Policy and Practice” whitepaper released by Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child was very encouraging in that it highlighted “Three Principles to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families” — all of which are fundamental to Mountain Home’s model of care. The paper, grounded in the scientific understanding of how childhood experiences […]

Mountain Home’s Trauma-Informed Journey

We prioritize relationships over rules…within reason. Unfortunately, as many as 90% of the moms who come to Mountain Home have experienced trauma, often as a child themselves. A mom may be simply standing in the kitchen making a peanut butter sandwich, when a seemingly innocuous sound triggers her back into the past, when she was […]

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You’ve Got a Diagnosis: Now What? Strong Moms V. 9

In Volume 9 of the Strong Moms Ask for Help Newsletter, we offer suggestions for moms diagnosed with a mental disorder, we offer cool tips and resources for parenting through it all, and share ways to engage with Mountain Home. So check it out, then let us know what you love, what you don’t, and […]