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Homeschooling Humor

Owen University is a small college in Mt. Prospect Illinois, 22 miles northwest of Chicago. It was founded by Linda Rush Hindmand. We love our students as if they were our own. We tailor each student’s curriculum and meals to however and wherever and whenever they...

Accomplishing Goals in a Time of Uncertainty

These past few weeks have left many of us contemplating on the uncertainties within our lives. At the start of 2020 we may have set goals for ourselves to make this year the best year of our lives. We may have wanted to be the best athlete or learn a new skill....

Oy Vey, Musings from a Mom and Mental Health Professional

I am going to assume that you, like me, love your children and are happy to have them home with you safe and hopefully healthy. I love having our family together but I miss my quiet house and my routine. I have always been the “nurturer” in the family - as a Jewish...

A Corona Chronicle

I don’t know about a lot of other kids, but I actually miss school. Right now, I’m kind of having that pre-midsummer vacation sort of feeling. Nostalgic for school even though the school year isn’t over yet. The Coronavirus pandemic that’s currently a threat, makes...

Meeting the Needs of Today’s Teens, Educators and Parents

For over 15 years we have devoted our time, talent and resources to create a community of empathy and education. Thanks to the commitment of educators, the backing of parents, the generosity of supporters and the passion of teens we have been able to share our...

5 Ways Music Therapy Can Support Mental Health

Music therapy is the evidence-based practice of a board-certified music therapist using music interventions to help clients achieve non-musical goals. In music therapy, the therapy happens between the therapist and client through the music.

Teachers Can and Will Make It Happen

I can’t remember a time when I’ve ever been prouder to be an educator. This world has thrown all of us a giant curveball - and it’s the educators who are seemingly unphased. We ask a great deal of our teachers on a good day, including working for very little pay, with...

None of this is Normal

Loneliness - An epidemic that might grow in the time of Covid 19 There was a recent study out from Cigna that spoke to loneliness being a serious and growing issue among adults. I can’t imagine it is much different for our youth.  The study shared both the serious...

Missing the Rituals of Departure

Today from a Teenager's Point of View It seems like it was just yesterday I walked into high school, a freshman in awe of all that was ahead of me. I looked at the seniors and thought they seemed so old, so cool, so comfortable with who they were. I couldn’t wait to...

To the Class of 2020-Your Loss Matters

We were in the home stretch, the last two months of school for my two Seniors-one in high school, one in college. We were talking about all of the lasts and all of the firsts to come. We were planning graduation parties and an extended family trip to Italy to visit...

Coronavirus and Anxiety

Is All of the Talk About the Coronavirus Increasing Anxiety? Coronavirus is all anyone is talking about - friends, family, every TV channel, and all social media (and now us too!). But - unlike many other voices and posts - Erika’s Lighthouse won’t add to your...

We Are Here For You

The importance of mental health -- especially now Many schools are taking proactive measures, shutting their doors and moving to remote learning environments. In the face of a public health crisis, it is equally important to monitor physical health as well as mental...

Driving Cultural Change Through Conversation

In a bright, cheery classroom students are buzzing as they prepare for the beginning of class. Many of the teens might be happily chatting, texting, or goofing around - however, at least a few are trying their best to pretend to be happy, while others are outright...

Looking Good on Paper — But At What Cost?

If you talk to any high school junior and senior today they would tell you these are some stressful times. The only thing adults seem to be able to talk to them about is what’s next? Where are you going to school? What are you going to study? How are your grades? Have...

Lost to Found: A Teacher’s Story

Growing up I never understood why I felt different. Now, as a teacher at a high school, I see students like me every day. While in high school, I was a three sport athlete, involved in multiple clubs, and even made prom court. I had a large group of close knit friends...

We Are Watching YOU

The series You is the current Netflix sensation. The premise of this series is about a dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by. He studies their behaviors, watches them,...

This One’s For You-The Tired Parent

You’ve heard it all before. During the monotonous long line of safety procedures before taking off to your final destination, the stewardess stands up in front of the aircraft and announces to the passengers, “Please place the oxygen mask over yourself before...