Category Archives: Kid’s News

Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research shows // News // Research at Notre Dame // University of Notre Dame

I think we have done pretty well on these factors in parenting.  Interesting research for those who have small children.

Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research shows // News // Research at Notre Dame // University of Notre Dame.

CDC: Childhood obesity rates falling in many states

Finally, some good news!

CDC: Childhood obesity rates falling in many states.

New Reviews of “Know Thyself: A Kid’s Guide to the Archetypes”

“This book is an easy and fun read, a very friendly tool that can help kids get to know and befriend the different dimensions of themselves. It also provides their parents and therapists with a way to help them along their path to self-knowledge and rich and ever greater wholeness.” — Dr. David Stern

“Know Thyself” is a lovely, accessible introduction to Jung’s archetypes. It is suitable for kids of all ages (and the Jung at heart). Marek’s delightful workbook deserves a spot in any child therapist’s (or parent’s) library. — David Jaffe, LICSW

“Know Thyself” is available here:

Know Thyself: A Kid’s Guide to the Archetypes by Kiersten Marek now Available for Purchase

I am proud to say that my book is now available for purchase! Also, there will never be a better time to buy the book — with a 10% discount on the list price, and an additional 20% off through the month of June by using promotional code JUNEBOOKS12. Here is a link to the purchase page on

Know Thyself: A Kid's Guide to the Archetypes by Kiersten Marek (Paperback) – Lulu.

Image from Know Thyself, a Kid's Guide to the Archetypes

The Destroyer can take many forms, one of which is destroying other people’s special things out of anger, jealousy, or feelings of worthlessness.

I wrote this book because as I have practiced therapy with children and families over many years, I have found that talking about archetypes and having a visual tool to use when doing so is an excellent way to start meaningful therapy conversations. I also saw that the archetypes model was less stigmatizing than talking in diagnostic terms.

I wanted to create a visual tool that could help kids articulate their experience, and that they could make their own and recreate in their own special way. That is why “Know Thyself” is a workbook and can also be used as a coloring book — it is meant to be a co-creation between child and therapist, or child and parent, or child and teacher, or child and other child — a way to feel bonded to others and on the same team as we find our resources, both internal and external.

Please take a look at the book in preview of “Know Thyself” and consider making it your own.

What Happens To 3 Out Of 4 Girls After Leafing Through A Fashion Mag For 3 Minutes?

In following up on Nancy’s post about unequal pay for women, here is a good video for considering the question of how to get more girls and women into leadership roles.  What Happens To 3 Out Of 4 Girls After Leafing Through A Fashion Mag For 3 Minutes?

Students Rally for Teachers in Providence

Bake, Baby, Bake!

From Cranston Councilman-Elect Steve Stycos (Congratulations, Steve! I am proud to have worked for your campaign!), some advice for the season and news of upcoming events:


The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market will have plenty of good food left this Saturday, Saturday November 13 and at our big final Thanksgiving market Saturday November 20.

It’s getting cold, so it is a good time to bake and keep your kitchen warm too. Barden Orchards has several varieties of apples for pies or crisps. The Xiongs have potatoes, carrots and greens. Zephyr Farm has eggs, onions and squash for frittatas. Bob Fratantuono has green house tomatoes. Bernie Bieder has honey.

The recently concluded political campaign was loaded with talk about supporting small business, but the best way to help small businesses is to buy local. Many other Rhode Island markets close at Halloween, but we stay open for another three weeks of growing and buying local.


Saturday November 6th, 10 AM-12 PM: Read to a Dog. Children in grades 1 and up are invited to read to Abby, a certified therapy dog. Space is limited. Call Megan at the Hall Library to register for a time slot.

Sunday November 7th, 2 PM: The “Jazz in the Hall” series concludes with a newly formed band from the Edgewood area. The Philtones play everything from the American Songbook to bebop classics. The band is made up of Phil Mullen, sax; Phil Plant, guitar, Bob Asprinio, bass; and Rick Couto, on the drums. The audience will enjoy their enthusiastic and professional style.

Wednesday November 17th, 6:30 PM: Reading in the Hall. The library book discussion group will discuss This I believe: the personal philosophies of remarkable men and women edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty essayists from the famous to the unknown, completing the thought that begins the book’s title.

See you Saturday at the market.

I especially like the library event for kids to read to Abby, the certified therapy dog! Sounds like fun!

Energy Independence Day in RI — July 11

It’s fun, outdoors, educational and has food and music — what could be better? Energy Independence Day in Rhode Island is just 10 Days away! More information is available at the event website.

Chipotle Chips in For Better School Lunches

One of the better food places to locate in Cranston of late is the Chipotle in Garden City. So imagine my delight when I heard that they are sponsoring a campaign to give $50,000 to a fund to improve the quality of school lunches. From a blog called Love and Trash:

“We don’t like junk. Not in our inboxes and not in our food.” – that’s the campaign slogan. Participation is simple: when you get a junk email, you forward it to For every 100,000 emails they receive, they’ll give $10,000 to The Lunch Box to advocate and educate for better school food. Their top limit: $50,000.

Sounds good to me. I would LOVE to see the quality of school lunches improve — there is so much long-term value in feeding our children well.

Educate Yourself to Protect Your Body: Personal Care Products May Contain Toxins

Since 2004 the Environmental Working Group (EWG) launched Skin Deep, an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products. The aim was to fill in where companies and the government leave off: companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish, and our government doesn’t require companies to test products for safety before they’re sold.

EWG’s scientists built Skin Deep to be a one-of-a-kind resource.  Take your shampoo or your child’s lip gloss or moisturizer and read more about the danger here:  Our epidermis is the largest body organ and approximately 60% of what we put on our bodies is absorbing these toxic ingredients.  Those who know me know that I am committed to researching and sharing information about potentially harmful facts.  We all are trying to attain a healthy lifestyle and yet, we daily sabotage our bodies (through hair, hygiene, and skincare products) with carcinogens so monstrous they are literally harming our future abilities to procreate, fight off cancers and the like. 

It is sickening that the Personal Care Industry is undermining our abilities to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Cancer has become a common affliction or fatality and will further continue to rise.  Science reflects that toxins sit in the fatty cells of our bodies (i.e., breasts). Water, food, air, materials and personal care products all have toxins and this is completely unacceptable when you do the math and see how a combination has violated the EPA and FDA acceptable toxin limits. 

I plan to update the blog with information to aid you in making better choices.  In doing so, I am hopeful to you will see the damage that is being done and make a lifestyle change.  For now, here are some facts to ponder.  

U.S. President Barack Obama started to take action and recognizing that toxic chemicals exist in most of our skin care products and are penetrating our skin and causing cancer and reproductive problems. He stated that he wants to change the current laws in order for the government to start properly assessing the chemicals that go in our products and not allow any that have risk associated with them, and he’s not meaning tweaking ~ rather, a complete overhaul.

Currently 1,100 toxic ingredients which are banned in Europe but we allow them here.  I have studied toxins for years and I am sick to death of what has only been available to my children.   

Cancer is amongst us, therefore you must ask yourself… can we really be sure of the toxins we have been absorbing through our skin, and that they have no inpact on our other means of ingestion such as food, air and vaccines/medicines?  Work with me and let us remove one of the straws from the camels back, and alter the equation to a lesser number.   
December 1, 2009 in Barrington, Rhode Island ~ 15 year old Ava Anderson teamed up with her mother, Kim Anderson and they launched a first of its kind “Ava Anderson Non-Toxic” product line (  Ava read this article last year ( and was driven to find an answer as to the toxic potions available and make them truly “free” of such harmful ingredients.  Recently, Ava was asked to go before Congress and testify, and further plead for the Cosmetic Industry to change in support of President Obama suggested legislation in September 2009.  For now, I would just like the opportunity to inform people as I feel “Knowledge is power, and Power is Knowledge”, and our children depend on us to make wise choices.   I pledge to you that this is about a toxic message, which you need to unravel.  Please take one minute to look at some of your products.  
Be well, Suzanne Arena

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