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toxic masculinity

Raising Our Sons to be Human: Fighting Toxic Masculinity

No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child. – Abraham Lincoln The term “toxic masculinity” has been around for decades. At its root, it is defined as the belief that masculine attributes are inherently undesirable–sometimes even evil–and that “manliness” has a negative impact on women, children, and society as a

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toxic masculinity

Raising Our Sons to be Human: Fighting Toxic Masculinity

No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child. – Abraham Lincoln The term “toxic masculinity” has been around for decades. At its root, it is defined as the belief that masculine attributes are inherently undesirable–sometimes even evil–and that “manliness” has a negative impact on women, children, and society as a

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toxic masculinity
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Raising Our Sons to be Human: Fighting Toxic Masculinity

No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child. – Abraham Lincoln The term “toxic masculinity” has been around for decades. At its root, it is defined as the belief that masculine attributes are inherently undesirable–sometimes even evil–and that “manliness” has a negative impact on women, children, and society as a

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have your people
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We All Need People; Who Are Yours?

“You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.”  ~~Anton Chekhov There is a scene that has been immortalized from “Grey’s Anatomy”–do you know which one I am referring to? Two friends are seated at a bar when Cristina matter-of-factly tells Meredith that she put her name down as an emergency contact. “The

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making time for ourselves
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Making Time for Ourselves

“It’s okay to take time for yourself. We give so much of ourselves to others, and we need to be fueled both physically and mentally. If we are in balance, it helps us in all our interactions.” — Faith Hill This summer, I have been taking things a little easier on myself. As you may

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porn and shame
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Breaking the Cycle of Shame

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” ~ Brené Brown Recently, I was out to eat with a friend when her teenage daughter called several times in a row. My friend knew it was important or her daughter would not call repeatedly. She stepped away

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managing anger
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Healthy Ways to Handle Anger

“Anger helps straighten out a problem like a fan helps straighten out a pile of papers.” — Susan Mancotte What makes you angry? Do you fume when someone cuts you off in traffic? Does your blood pressure skyrocket when your child refuses to cooperate? Regardless of what sets you off, anger is a common and

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hobbies add to happiness
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Hobbies Add to Our Happiness

“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” ~ Wayne Dyer Recently, I went to the funeral of my friend’s father. I have–fortunately or unfortunately–been to my fair share of funerals in my short life. They can be uplifting and inspiring, as they celebrate the whole life of the honored

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Melissa Cluff, MS, LMFT, CSAT

Melissa Cluff is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in North Texas, providing face-to-face and telehealth therapy options to clients in Texas.