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Jamie Scaccia

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Jamie is a Des Peres mom and clinical psychologist with a specialization in child development and trauma. She is married with two little ones and is just entering the world of elementary school! While she has lived throughout the country, St. Louis has always been home and she is so grateful for the community here! She also enjoys running, true crime, and baking for everyone!
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Cookie Exchange Treat Alternatives!

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Looking for creative options for your cookie exchange? Keep reading! Cookie exchanges are my favorite! They are such a fun part of the season and a close second to the lights that I see all...

Self-Care, But Not What You Think (All You Need is 2 Minutes … )

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With the end of the year chaos on its way, thinking about self-care can just add to the overwhelm. It has become so cliché that it is almost ignored. Let’s be honest, do you...
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Go to Bed Angry!

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Sometimes, maybe we should go to bed angry ...   We have all heard it, written it on advice cards for newlyweds, and taught it to others: Never Go To Bed Angry! I think the intentions...
teachers in a classroom

Teachers Deserve a Gold Star!

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When I was little, I could not understand why an athlete would make millions of dollars, and teachers seemed to make so little. I have never had a great concept of money, something that...
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Happy National Sugar Cookie Day!

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Here’s a favorite cookie recipe for National Sugar Cookie Day!   Baking sugar cookies is a favorite family activity for us, and not just because I’m a baker at heart. For us, it represents creativity, tradition,...
macarons

Five Additional Things You Can Do in the Face of Societal Crisis

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What can YOU do in the face of societal crisis (other than writing, calling, and sending pigeons to your lawmakers)?     After the school shootings, the weather scares, Ukraine, politicians that actually seem like they don’t...
a child having a meltdown in a grocery store

What is Co-Regulation?

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How can co-regulation help you and your child?   Little Billy has started fussing at the grocery store. It is white noise because when does a child not fuss at the grocery store? He wants cereal....
a teddy bear on the ground, hands over its eyes

Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse

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  April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.     At the start of the pandemic, there was a dramatic decrease in child abuse hotline reports. While that sounds positive, it is actually terrifying. Instead of a decrease...
a heart with a stethoscope wrapped around it for American Heart Month

A Story of Parent Loss and Heart Health

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February is American Heart Month.   Honestly, I don’t think I’m ready to talk about it … but the 13th marks 14 years. It’s easy to remember because it is sandwiched between my sister’s birthday and Valentine’s...
a drawing of one person pulling another person up a hill to symbolize mentoring

Let’s Lean into Each Other Instead of Perfection: Parenting Mentors

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Happy Mentoring Month! Mentoring is an underrated source of healing, connection, and proactive problem-solving. When it comes to difficult life events (even those that are legitimately traumatic,) relationships and connections make the difference between someone healing...