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We all face daily challenges in today's complicated and demanding world. ACA’s Counseling Corner Blog offers thoughtful ideas, suggestions, and strategies for helping you to live a happier and healthier life.

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  • You Don't Want To Give Up!

    May 08, 2019
    When faced with a difficult challenge in life we often start out full of enthusiasm about overcoming the problem. But far too often as we get discouraged by not achieving success in a short time our enthusiasm begins to wane and eventually we may find ourselves admitting defeat. It doesn't have to be that way. Challenges we face may be difficult, but when faced in the right way are usually also surmountable.
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  • If It's A Teenager's Room, It's Messy, Right?

    May 07, 2019
    Teens have a reputation, honestly earned in many cases, for living in notoriously messy rooms. Such messes are usually a constant source of disagreement between parents and teen. But should that teen's messy space be the reason for arguing and fighting? With a few simple rules, and an understanding of why a messy room doesn't bother that teenager, parents may find it easier to live with that lack of neatness.
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  • Relaxing -- A Skill We All Need To Learn

    May 07, 2019
    Modern life seems to bring with a lot of stress for most of us. Our jobs, our families, even that daily commute, can all be sources of stress that leave us tired and cranky. And, when stress builds up and seems constant, it can have a negative effect on our health. While there's no way to make the sources of our stress just disappear, there are things we can do to limit our individual stress and to minimize its impact on our lives.
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  • Making Sports A Healthy Part Of A Child's Life

    May 07, 2019
    It's estimated that about 45 million children across the country participate in at least one organized sport. That's often a good thing as it helps our kids stay active, teaches them various skills, and helps promote cooperation and fair play. But there are times when parents put too much emphasis on a child's participation in a sport, and the result can be a negative effect on confidence and self-esteem.
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  • Are Counseling Therapies All The Same?

    Apr 04, 2019
    While professional counselors have a great deal to offer in helping people live happier, more fulfilling lives, many people find it difficult to make the decision to seek professional help or simply don't understand what counselors have to offer. They may think that their problems will just disappear, or that talking to friends or relatives may make it all better. Unfortunately, that's not always going to help.
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  • Working Together For A Healthy Weight For Your Child

    Apr 04, 2019
    Too many of our children are seriously overweight. It's a problem that can impact not only their health, but also their confidence and self-esteem. Most parents are interested in trying to help a child lose those excess pounds, but done the wrong way parental actions can sometimes do more harm than good.
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  • Don't Let The Romance Disappear

    Apr 04, 2019
    It happens. You forget an anniversary or a birthday, or make some other mistake that shows your significant other that you may not be paying as much attention to the relationship as you once did when it was young and fresh. It's never too late to change that. A few simple actions can help keep the romance alive.
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  • Yes, You Can Age Gracefully

    Apr 04, 2019
    Most of us don't really enjoy getting older. But it doesn't have to be as negative an experience as many people think it must be. There are things we can do, especially as we enter our senior years, to help ensure that we're living an active and healthy life.
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  • Learning To Let Your Children Make Mistakes

    Apr 04, 2019
    Our children make mistakes, bad decisions, errors in judgment. It's to be expected. And as parents we're usually right there to help them avoid that mistake, or to try and fix it if it's already happened. Our natural inclination may be to help, but experts advise that kids need to sometimes make the wrong choice in order to learn and mature.
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  • We Can Do Something About Teen Suicide

    Mar 06, 2019
    Most Americans are not aware of how large a problem teen suicide is today in this nation. However, the statistics show that teen suicide is the second leading cause of death among young Americans. It's vital for friends and families to recognize the signs of teen depression, and to take steps to get treatment before it overwhelms their teen.
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