Dr. Karen Ruskin, PsyD., LMFT https://www.drkarenruskin.com Relationship Expert Tue, 22 May 2018 19:13:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Marriage Tips https://www.drkarenruskin.com/marriage-tips/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/marriage-tips/#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 18:09:00 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9085

Marriage Expert Dr. Karen Ruskin & NECN Anchor Joy Lim Nakrin

Marriage – empty nest, pre-marriage, newlyweds, long time marrieds – looking for a few practical tips? During my bi-weekly segment on NECN’s morning news with Joy Lim Nakrin, where I provide analysis and tips on timely topics, today I discussed: marriage, including my marriage book: Dr. Karen’s Marriage Manual. If you wish to watch this interview on demand, here is the link: Marriage – what you need to know. If you wish to learn more about my much talked about marriage book discussed on air, check out this link: Dr. Karen’s Marriage Manual.

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Digital Media – Effects on the Developing Brain https://www.drkarenruskin.com/digital-media-effects-on-the-developing-brain/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/digital-media-effects-on-the-developing-brain/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 18:34:34 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9070

Keynote Dr. Karen Ruskin at Foxborough Regional Charter School

This weekend I had the pleasure of being the keynote speaker for the Foxborough Regional Charter School’s annual Family Engagement Conference – Parenting in the 21st Century. My keynote: Digital Media – the effects on the developing brain.

My intent for this keynote was to provide the most up to date research, as well as real life practical tips. Thus resulting in parents feeling both informed and empowered to make the best choices for their family in creating a healthy digital media plan (AKA screen time plan), for their children and family.

A few of the topics I addressed included:  

  • From distraction to addiction
  • Digital media addiction
  • The effects of digital media on the brain (neuroplasticity, neural pruning, creating problematic symptoms due to living in the cyber world, social skills, anxiety, self esteem, depression, concentration, attention, focus, memory, behavior, mood, communication skills,…).
  • The effects of digital media on the body
  • Tech jumping/unrelated screen jumping, AKA digital multi-tasking
  • Quantity vs. quality of digital media
  • Life outside of cyber world (family time, physical activity, socialization, parents role in creating activities,…)
  • Conscious, mindful decisions about digital media
  • Digital media is here to stay, and is a needed skill. Being in control of digital media vs. digital media in control of your kids
  • Video games, attention seeking selfies, social media, watching the lives of others vs. living your own life,…
  • Boys vs. girls
  • Healthy relationship with digital media/what’s your kids’ digital media diet?
  • Parent role modeling, avoid distracted parenting symptom
  • Plan for each age and stage of children’s lives: digital media management
  • How you help your children create a digital media plan matters
  • Strategy for making a shift in one’s life including: releasing anxiety and ending digital media addiction

Post the keynote speech it was deeply moving to me to have mini break-out sessions with those parents who desired to share with me their personal situation and ask me their questions. Providing concrete tips and strategies tailored to their children and family was meaningful.

A huge thank you to the Foxborough Regional Charter School’s Family Engagement Coordinator Karen Harris, who made this happen. As well as a shout out to communication specialist Amanda Mathias (thanks for taking pictures), and the rest of the FRCS team who worked hard to make this a success. Till next time…

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Santa Fe School Shooting – Boys and Violence https://www.drkarenruskin.com/santa-fe-school-shooting-boys-and-violence/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/santa-fe-school-shooting-boys-and-violence/#comments Sat, 19 May 2018 19:24:59 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9064

Boys are getting lost, in school and at home. They don’t have a voice. Boys becoming men is an important topic that is not being addressed, and we are seeing the problematic outcome of this. The tragic Santa Fe School Shooting, is one of far too many cases of a young male expressing inner turmoil with outward violence. Boys express deep emotional pain with outward anger resulting in violence.

FOX News At Night’s Shannon Bream with Dr. Karen Ruskin

This is but a few of my points during an interview on FOX News at Night with Shannon Bream. If you missed it on air live on 5/18/18, the link is available for you to view on demand: Sante Fe Shooting – Psychotherapist Commentary.

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Summer Jobs For Teenagers – Value of Work https://www.drkarenruskin.com/summer-jobs-for-teenagers-the-value-of-work/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/summer-jobs-for-teenagers-the-value-of-work/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 21:21:49 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9049

Psychotherapist Dr Karen Ruskin, Anchor Joy Lim Nakrin on NECN

Teenagers: to work this summer or not to work? That is the question, and my most recent on air discussion during my regular bi-weekly appearance on NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin, where I share analysis and tips on timely topics through my lens as a Psychotherapist/Family Therapist.

My answer: oh yes! There is much value for a teenager to work over the summer, which absolutely includes mental health. If you missed this live interview, check out the why and the what for summer jobs by viewing it now: Teens and the value of working over the summer.

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Vote yes to ban marijuana recreational shops https://www.drkarenruskin.com/vote-yes-to-ban-marijuana-recreational-shops/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/vote-yes-to-ban-marijuana-recreational-shops/#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 16:27:45 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9008

On air today on Sharon Community TV (SCTV) I hosted a panel discussing the importance of voting yes to ban recreational marijuana shops. Each panelist provided through their lens of expertise, factual information to the public as to why voting yes to the ban is absolutely the decision urged.

Dr. Karen Ruskin , J.J. McGrath, Connie Dai, Jill Katz

We provided our viewers with the information that on Tuesday May 8th at 7pm at the Sharon High School gym 66% of those in attendance must vote yes to ban recreational marijuana shops here in our town of Sharon, otherwise, it is coming…. Therefore, every vote counts. If you are interested in viewing our 30 minute informative panel discussion program to learn more, it airs daily starting today leading up to voting day & beyond on local Sharon TV Channel 8 (check what times on SCTV website). Or, view now: Dr. Karen Ruskin & Panel: Vote Yes To Ban Recreational Marijuana Shops. Below in this blog you will find the following: panelists information, a summary of a few of the points explored on air, and links to various videos and articles to learn facts and details about Marijuana so that you can be ‘in the know’ with evidence based research and factual information rather than simply having emotional based bias that is far too often posted on social media.

Panel included:

  • Dr. Karen Ruskin, Psychotherapist (show host/panelist)
  • Former Deputy Chief of Police and Current Selectman; J.J. McGrath (panelist)
  • Sharon Cares Spokesperson Connie Dai, attorney by profession (panelist)
  • Jill Katz, Registered Nurse in various MA schools (panelist)
  • A statement from one of the town of Sharon’s highly reputable physician’s Dr. Heather Boxerman

A few of the highlighted topics during our panel discussion includes as follows:

  • Explanation of all four articles that are up for voting as summarized by Connie (as there’s been much reported confusion in town), as well as explaining why voting on May 8th is so imperative, and if the ban does not occur, the voting that will take place on May 15th.
  • The company Four Daughters initial agreement and assurance to the Selectman as explained by J.J. was that the marijuana facility was for medical purposes only, which led to the approval. J.J. shared that recreational was absolutely not what was agreed upon, promised directly to him, and yet here it is. (hmmmm, was the town of Sharon duped?)
  • Real life account and patterns observed through J.J.’s lens of when he was a narcotics officer, of the role marijuana played in problematic behavior of the youth population and concerning family dynamic issues.
  • Concerning facts about Marijuana use explained by Dr. Karen Ruskin (e.g., mental health issues, social conformity vs. teaching our kids to be leaders not allowing the collective group to make decisions for us, addiction/diagnosis, dependency, negative medical health effects, negative societal effects, driving accidents).
  • The Federal and State governments ongoing disagreement, and the significance of that fact explained by Jill. Additionally Jill provided the most up to date mandates in the school system in our changing time due to Marijuana, and how our youth are affected. (Additional points check out comprehensive one sheet, side picture).
  • The negative impact a recreational shop would have on Sharon including it’s health, public safety, and reputation as stated by Dr. Heather Boxerman. Included in Dr. Boxerman’s stance/statement is that marijuana is a gateway drug causing further addictions to drugs such as heroin and cocaine, proven to lower one’s IQ, trigger psychiatric illness, and associated with reckless driving and an increase in motor vehicle accidents.
  • To date our neighboring towns in Norwood, Walpole, Foxboro and Stoughton banned recreational marijuana shops.
  • Recreational marijuana and recreational marijuana shops is a critical public health issue effecting us as individuals, our children, our family, our neighbors, our town, our community, surrounding towns, our country – in a wide variety of ways.
  • And more… check out the panel discussion

Panel Discussion – Vote to ban recreational marijuana retail shops in Sharon MA

Each panelist cares about Sharon. Additionally we each have in common with one another that we work and/or reside in Sharon, and all our children either currently are or have gone through the Sharon school system. A big thank you to each panelist for taking the time to provide education to our community.

A big thank you to all of those in the community behind the scenes taking part in playing a role in spreading the word.

A big thank you to Sharon Community TV’s team for pulling together a slot for our show at the last minute with fast turn around time.

Links to varied timely videos and articles to learn about the implications of marijuana:

(As I mentioned during the panel program, I desire to assure that the public has a varied range of information to digest to learn the facts. Due to limited time constraints of which is the reality when on TV, each article and points are not mentioned on air, rather offered here for the public to review at their leisure):

The case against recreational marijuana shops:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics Reaffirms Opposition to Legalizing Marijuana for Recreational Use: http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=AONE&sw=w&u=mlin_b_simmcol&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CA398876456&sid=ebsco&asid=886ceb55#.Wuh8N81_vPM.gmail
  • Colorado’s results: various evidence based articles in this link from Colorado.gov for the wide range of topics people ask about including; brain effects, addiction, traffic/injury and more: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/marijuana-health-report
  • A rehabilitation center providing information about the negative effects of MJ including the social societal impact: http://www.nber.org/digest/oct14/w20085.htmlhttps://luxury.rehabs.com/marijuana-rehab/social-impact-and-effects-of-marijuana/
  • Ed Gogek, MD is a psychiatrist specializing in addiction, and author. In this video he explains the case against MJ and it’s link to opiod abuse addressing why law makers and the public should not be going in the direction of legalization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeVRaU7L7HI&feature=youtu.be
  •  Documentary video – detailing the negative impact of MJ on society, addiction, and more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mFglI7KEpI&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop
  • MJ negative effects on medical health specifically the lungs: http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/marijuana-and-lung-health.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwwPfVBRBiEiwAdkM0HfHBffhIDWAKjiAzdnYohqBu-7SA_UFlJScYP-ovGNPPubTC1en7XBoCAgIQAvD_BwE
  • Spike in MJ- fueled crashes: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/04/washington_state_traffic_official_to_talk_spike_in_impaired_driving?amp
  • Statistics on traffic and accidents related to MJ: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0tmPQ67k3NVc2lFeDFoMUJ1N2c/vie
  • Since facility went up in Brockton, MA- MJ negative effects on students: http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/20180327/brockton-superintendent-cites-spike-in-marijuana-incidents-at-schools
  • Link between MJ use and psychiatric disorders: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana/there-link-between-marijuana-use-psychiatric-disorders
  • Facebook page in MA to opt out of MJ: https://www.facebook.com/Be-Smarter-Opt-Out-Massachusetts-1698272567119112/
  • Facebook page – Smart approaches to MJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/581144218912057/?fref=nf
  • Negative effects MJ legalization caused in Colorado: https://www.dailysignal.com/2014/08/20/7-harmful-side-effects-pot-legalization-caused-colorado/
  • MJ effecting American’s in the long term: http://thefederalist.com/2017/03/31/legalizing-marijuana-will-hurt-americans-long-term/
  • Negative effects of MJ and legalization: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/07/marijuana-devastated-colorado-dont-legalize-nationally-jeff-hunt-column/536010001/

Summary/bullet points of 3 additional informative articles:

Ghosh, T. S., Vigil, D. I., Maffey, A., Tolliver, R., Van Dyke, M., Kattari, L., … & Wolk, L. (2017). Lessons learned after three years of legalized, recreational marijuana: The Colorado experience. Preventive medicine104, 4-6.

Points
  • Increase in hospitalizations with marijuana-related codes by 70% between 2013 and 2015 (CDPHE, 2016).
  • State Patrol data for the first 10 months of 2016 show that DUI’s where marijuana was noted as an impairing substance were 16% higher than the same period in 2014 (Colorado State Patrol, 2016). 
  • Fatalities where the driver tested positive for cannabinoids increased by 80% between 2013 (55) and 2015 (99) (Colorado Department of Transportation, 2016).
  • Calls for children 0–8 increased 63% in the first year after legalization from the Poison Center Data (Ghosh et al., 2017).
  • Spending money for education: Colorado developed a general media campaign on awareness of marijuana laws which had nearly 170 million media impressions within nine months (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2016e) and
  • Colorado campaign focused on youth, which has had 23.5 million media impressions in the last five months (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2016f) and
  • Colorado has a campaign targeting pregnant and breastfeeding women which has generated 4–6 5 million impressions in its first five months (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2016h).   

Berg, C. J., Henriksen, L., Cavazos-Rehg, P., Haardoerfer, R., & Freisthler, B. (2018). The emerging marijuana retail environment: Key lessons learned from tobacco and alcohol retail research. Addictive behaviors

Points 
  • Greater density of medical marijuana dispensaries in 50 midsize California cities was associated with higher odds of past-month use and greater frequency of use among adults (Freisthler & Gruenewald, 2014). 
  • Among US adults who tried marijuana at least once, living in a state with a higher density of marijuana dispensaries was associated with higher odds of using marijuana in alternative forms (e.g., vaping, edibles) (Borodovsky et al., 2016)
  • Neighborhoods having medical marijuana dispensaries had a 6.8% increase in the number of marijuana hospitalizations with a marijuana abuse/dependence code (Mair, Freisthler, Ponicki, & Gaidus, 2015). 
  • Collectively, this literature suggests that spatial access to tobacco and alcohol retailers and exposure to the widespread marketing these sites contain may contribute to substance use and disparities in patterns of use. 
  • Drug retailers are disproportionately located in neighborhoods characterized by socioeconomic disadvantage and higher proportions of racial/ethnic minorities, and that retail marketing differs by neighborhood demography. 
Endsley, P., Embrey, M. L., & National Association of School Nurses, (NASN) (2014). Marijuana and Children. Position Statement.
National Association of School Nurses
 
Points
  • NASN supports smoking marijuana for medicinal use is not recommended for children.
  • NASN recognizes that marijuana made available for adult recreational use poses the potential for  increased prevalence and abuse potential among youth. 
  • There are well‐documented, serious cognitive effects; health implications; and safety concerns of recreational marijuana use. 
  • NASN concludes that the legal availability of marijuana presents more accessibility to the student population and, therefore, puts students at higher risk of use and health consequences.   

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Social Media – Healthy Debate or Hurtful Personal Attacks? https://www.drkarenruskin.com/social-media-healthy-debate-or-hurtful-personal-attacks/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/social-media-healthy-debate-or-hurtful-personal-attacks/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 23:19:09 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=8998

So many people are on social media. Thus, many know what it is like to post their opinion about a debate-worthy topic to only get blasted personally rather than the focus being on the debate topic at hand.

NECN – Anchor Joy Lim Nakrin, Psychotherapist Dr. Karen Ruskin

Why is the communication style for some on social media attack oriented and aggressive? What are tips to be a healthy social media communicator? How to respond to the unhealthy communicators? If you are interested in the answer to these questions, check out my latest interview on NECN where anchor Joy Lim Nakrin and I discuss this very topic. Social Media: healthy debate vs hurtful communication

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Two Marijuana Locations Approved in Sharon Unless… https://www.drkarenruskin.com/two-marijuana-locations-approved-in-sharon-unless/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/two-marijuana-locations-approved-in-sharon-unless/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:44:49 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=8980

 

Sharon Town Meeting TUESDAY MAY 8th at 7pm (updated from Monday May 7th) is important to attend if you do not desire to have one of the largest Marijuana (MJ) cultivation/growing facility (large half acre) in MA, specifically located in Sharon, as well as a 2nd location in Sharon for a recreational Marijuana retail store. As a mental health practitioner in Sharon and as a Sharon resident, I feel it is my duty to take the time to assure that my fellow residents are aware of this upcoming vote. As it has come to my attention that many Sharon residents are not only unaware of the date of town meeting, additionally many are unaware of what is on the docket that specifically, unless 2/3 rd’s of the voters (that’s 66% of those attending) say YES to ban the facility, both facilities WILL be going up. ‘Say yes to say no’ details below:

‘Say yes to say no’ on Tuesday May 8th means that you are saying yes to the ban to say no to having a MJ recreational cultivation facility and recreational MJ retail store. If this is a topic that is important to you, if you do not want this in our town, then attend the meeting and say yes to the ban to say no to having a recreational MJ facility and retail store.

If the ban is successful, then the proposal is that the facility will be a distributor. If the ban is unsuccessful then Sharon will have a large growing and cultivation facility for recreational MJ in MA, and will be the only town in MA to date to have 2 locations.

Background summary of details. The company Four Daughters Compassionate Care initially proposed to Sharon the following:

  • A Medical MJ facility
  • One location

Status of surrounding neighborhoods: Walpole, Foxboro, Mansfield – these are a few examples of neighboring towns who made a recreational MJ facility in their town illegal. Significant note is that it is with great frequency that the police chiefs of towns are typically against it. Four Daughters Compassionate Care’s selling point is the promise of money for the town. Experience tells us that the promise of x-dollars for the town will likely not materialize as unforeseen expenses and offsets will occur (potential examples: additional police details, additional emergency services due to car accidents). And even if money did materialize, is this the vision as Sharon business owners and home owners we have and want for our town?

If you wish to learn more about the problems of MJ, provided below are links to various topics:

  • Colorado’s results: various evidence based articles in this link from Colorado.gov for the wide range of topics people ask about including; brain effects, addiction, traffic/injury and more: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/marijuana-health-report
  • A rehabilitation center providing information about the negative effects of MJ including the social societal impact: http://www.nber.org/digest/oct14/w20085.htmlhttps://luxury.rehabs.com/marijuana-rehab/social-impact-and-effects-of-marijuana/
  • Ed Gogek, MD is a psychiatrist specializing in addiction, and author. In this video he explains the case against MJ and it’s link to opiod abuse addressing why law makers and the public should not be going in the direction of legalization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeVRaU7L7HI&feature=youtu.be
  •  Documentary video – detailing the negative impact of MJ on society, addiction, and more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mFglI7KEpI&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop
  • MJ negative effects on medical health specifically the lungs: http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/marijuana-and-lung-health.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwwPfVBRBiEiwAdkM0HfHBffhIDWAKjiAzdnYohqBu-7SA_UFlJScYP-ovGNPPubTC1en7XBoCAgIQAvD_BwE
  • Spike in MJ- fueled crashes: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/04/washington_state_traffic_official_to_talk_spike_in_impaired_driving?amp
  • Statistics on traffic and accidents related to MJ: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0tmPQ67k3NVc2lFeDFoMUJ1N2c/vie
  • Since facility went up in Brockton, MA- MJ negative effects on students: http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/20180327/brockton-superintendent-cites-spike-in-marijuana-incidents-at-schools
  • Link between MJ use and psychiatric disorders: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana/there-link-between-marijuana-use-psychiatric-disorders
  • Facebook page in MA to opt out of MJ: https://www.facebook.com/Be-Smarter-Opt-Out-Massachusetts-1698272567119112/
  • Facebook page in MA- Smart approaches to MJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/581144218912057/?fref=nf
  • Negative effects MJ legalization caused in Colorado: https://www.dailysignal.com/2014/08/20/7-harmful-side-effects-pot-legalization-caused-colorado/
  • MJ effecting American’s in the long term: http://thefederalist.com/2017/03/31/legalizing-marijuana-will-hurt-americans-long-term/
  • Negative effects of MJ and legalization: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/07/marijuana-devastated-colorado-dont-legalize-nationally-jeff-hunt-column/536010001/
  • Dr. Ruskin on FOX New’s Neil Cavuto’s Show, discusses concern regarding MJ: https://www.drkarenruskin.com/obamas-marijuana-comment-sparks-debate-psychotherapist-with-neil-cavuto-its-dangerous/

Say yes to the ban to say no to having two Marijuana locations in Sharon: one of the largest MJ recreational cultivation/growing facility in MA in Sharon and a recreational MJ retail store in Sharon by attending town meeting on Tuesday May 8th at 7pm. Both locations WILL be going up in Sharon, unless 2/3rds of a vote defeat it, thus your vote truly counts. Spread the word if this matters to you.

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Digital Heroin- The effects of screen time on the developing brain https://www.drkarenruskin.com/digital-heroin-the-effects-of-screen-time-on-the-developing-brain/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/digital-heroin-the-effects-of-screen-time-on-the-developing-brain/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:08:19 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=8976

As the keynote speaker for Foxborough Regional Charter School’s Family Engagement Conference 2018 I shall discuss: Digital Heroin- the effects of screen time on the developing brain. This will be my 3rd year in a row as a speaker for FRCS, and I am proud to be invited back. Each year is a different timely topic as a school that provides up-to-date information and tips that parents want to know. Save the Date: Saturday May 19, 2018. Sign up NOW, reserve your spot today. Details below:

  • Date: Saturday May 19, 2018
  • Check in/arrival 8:30am
  • Keynote: begins at 9am sharp
  • Topic: Digital Heroin- the effects of screen time on the developing brain
  • Location: Foxborough Regional Charter School (FRCS) (K-12) 131 Central Street, Foxborough, MA
  • Fee: no charge
  • Attendees: open to the public
  • Sign up now, reserve your spot today!

Immediately following the keynote includes the choice of attending 2 of the 4 break out sessions held by guest speakers, topics include:

  • 21st century math
  • STEM learning
  • Drug abuse
  • Male engagement-watch dogs

A big shout out of thanks to Karen Harris, FRCS Family Engagement Coordinator, for setting this all up.

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Football Coach – Job Opening at Sharon High School https://www.drkarenruskin.com/football-coach-job-opening-at-sharon-high-school/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/football-coach-job-opening-at-sharon-high-school/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:23:14 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=8968

Football! The season is coming closer. For anyone who is the parent of a High School football player, or for anyone who currently is a player or has played football knows how meaningful football is in the lives of the players, the school, and the community. The connection and bond teammates have is undeniable, the life lessons and life skills is significant in terms of what is received by the High School football player. This is the one sport that kids of all social groups come out and cheer together. The town comes together. Here in Sharon where I am the proud parent of a football player, there is a wonderful opportunity available for this upcoming football season for a football coach to be an important part of Sharon High School, a top rated school, and top rated town to live in. Sharon High School has an opening for a head football coach and/or for an assistant football coach. Since this news has been uncovered just but a few months away from practice starting and the beginning of the season, we are all excited about who will be apply and ultimately be hired.

This group of boys are passionate about football, they are a solid team who work together on and off the field and have heart. Whoever the coach is that joins this team will have a fabulous opportunity to be a part of a great group of kids in an excellent school. The team is excited about the opportunity to find out who is going to be their coach for the 2018 season. Seeing that the job opening is public on the MIAA site, I took that advertisement and provided below the key points as a summary. Why would a parent of a football player who has a counseling practice in the town of Sharon, and therefore typically writes on her blog about mental health topics decide to go outside of her usual writing to post a job opening? Well, the answer is obvious. I care. This matters. And, thus anything I can do to play a part in spreading the word I am game for and thus took it upon myself to do so. Hey, take action on what you believe in, right? Isn’t that what I help people everyday to do? Word of mouth can at times be the difference that makes the difference, right? You never know. Here’s the information below on the job description and where to apply, spread the word.

Full Time position: Head Football Coach for Sharon High School

  • Job Description: Lead the football program in all aspects including varsity and sub-varsity levels. Hire capable certified assistant coaches to run an effective multilevel program in the Hockomock league, one of the most competitive leagues in Massachusetts.
  • Job Requirements: High School Coaching Experience. College or HS playing experience preferred. MIAA Certified, or willingness to obtain.

Email resume and cover letter to: Athletic Director Dr. Nick Schlierf
N_schlierf@sharon.k12.ma.us Contact phone number: 781.784.1554 x 8038
Contact 2: Dave Morse
d_morse@sharon.k12.ma.us (781)784-1554
Employer: Sharon Public Schools, Sharon, MA

Part Time position: Assistant Football Coach for Sharon High School

  • Job Description: Assist the Varsity Head Coach in running any and all aspects of the football program.
  • Job Requirements: Football Coaching Experience, preferable High School. MIAA Certified, or willingness to obtain.

Email resume and cover letter to: Athletic Director Dr. Nick Schlierf
N_schlierf@sharon.k12.ma.us Contact phone number: 781.784.1554 x 8038
Contact 2: Dave Morse
d_morse@sharon.k12.ma.us (781)784-1554
Employer: Sharon Public Schools Sharon, MA

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Teens, Sexting, Parenting Tips: What is normal sexual development? https://www.drkarenruskin.com/teens-sexting-parenting-tips-what-is-normal-sexual-development/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/teens-sexting-parenting-tips-what-is-normal-sexual-development/#respond Sun, 08 Apr 2018 03:17:13 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=8953

Dr Karen with Joy Lim Nakrin on NECN

If you are the parent of a teenager, then it is quite possible your teen is sexting. As NECN’s trusted go-to Psychotherapist/Family Therapist, this past week I had the opportunity to provide viewers with education regarding teen sexual development, my reaction to JAMA’s latest study about teenagers and sexting, share my timely analysis, and offer concrete parenting tips.

I invite you to check out my latest live-on-air discussion with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin to learn more: Teenagers and Sexting: Parenting Tips.

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