Entries by Lauren Hammer, LCSW, MS

Another First Day

September 5, 2019 Today marks the last-first day of high school for my daughter as she is now a senior and the first day that she drove herself – and my son, a sophomore — to school. After the traditional (and typical) first day of school pics, my husband and I watched as they drove […]

Are you busier than you need to be?

Busy. People are busy. Professionally overwhelmed and overworked. Personally, not meeting responsibilities. Self-care? What’s that? Stress, fatigue, and frustration kick into high gear and with no roadmap for change, busy people remain busy. Take Avery for example, a senior level attorney at a large law firm. She worked 60+ hours a week, arrived home shortly before her toddlers’ bedtime and rushed […]

Things To Never Say Or Do In A Meeting

As a rising junior in high school, my daughter is now at the point in her academic career when studying for the college entry exams is necessary. She took sample tests at a college prep program and we then met with Jim, a representative from the company, who was to review her scores and formulate a […]

May Their Memories Be For A Blessing

I did not know Kate Spade or Anthony Bourdain but I respected them and happily welcomed them into my home. I still have the Kate Spade bag I received as a gift years ago – always wanting to keep it despite not using it anymore. Kitchen Confidential was a great read and I laughed and […]

Lessons Learned From Giving Up Coffee

It has been one month since I drank coffee.  And I do not miss it.  In mid-December when I decided to stop my 1-3 cup a day habit, I used the remaining days of the year to wean off my caffeine addiction.  By December 31, I was down to less than a quarter of a […]

The Girl I Never Knew

Sitting at a café table, looking out the window at the gloomy, rainy weather and gray sky, one might consider the rain a metaphor for the tears my town is shedding for the passing of a teenager less than 72 hours ago.  In the blink of an eye Terry, a high school freshman, out with […]

March Madness

March Madness is an exciting time in my house as my husband and kids enjoy following the 64 college basketball teams (now 16) play to stay alive for another round in the NCAA tournament.  As soon as the teams were announced on Selection Sunday, bracket analysis started and the process of predicting who would advance […]

Making Changes

December 21, 2015 When deciding that a change in your life is necessary, how do you go about making it happen?  What is involved in the effort; is it a simple or complex, time consuming or a quick fix, impacting only you or others as well?  Is it prompted by personal desire or necessity based […]

How do you define helpful?

October 21, 2014 Some people graciously offer their time and energy to help those in need.  Others lend their support while some go into fix-it mode with the hopes of resolving the issue.  This gesture, as well intended as it might be, is not always helpful and can sometimes contribute to the perpetuation and longevity […]