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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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  • Helping Your Teen Deal With Peer Pressure

    Sep 10, 2018
    As the parent of virtually any teenager can tell you, Mom and Dad's opinions might matter sometimes, but it's more the teen's peers who have the biggest effect on everything from hair styles to clothes and much more. Often that's not a bad thing, sometimes even a good thing, but teens can also face negative peer pressure and that's when parents want to be there to help.
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  • Can The News Affect Your Waistline?

    Sep 10, 2018
    As human beings we all react to stress. It's a natural reaction handed down from our pre-historic ancestors, but today our stress comes from vastly different sources. Today's world is filled with many types of bad news, and thanks to the Internet, TV and radio, we learn about it quickly. And that does produce stress... stress that can make us take action to try and feel better about things.
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  • Talking About Drugs Is Part Of Being A Parent

    Sep 10, 2018
    In recent years drugs have become an issue for more and more young people. From the increased availability of marijuana to the ease of securing opioids to the increasing number of deaths tied to street drugs like fentanyl, our children need to be educated about the dangers they face, and it's a job that parents, however reluctantly, have to undertake.
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  • Is It Time For That Career Change?

    Sep 07, 2018
    It can be a difficult decision to decide that it's time to seek out a new career. Most of us find it easier to let things stay as they are, even if we aren't terribly happy with the existing situation. But if your current work situation has you feeling depressed, frustrated and unsatisfied, it's probably a good time to at least begin exploring what changes might be possible.
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  • Do Your Kids Really Know How You Feel About Them?

    Aug 08, 2018
    Children today often get "participation" awards simply for showing up for some activity, but the award that really matters is when a child knows that his or her parents are truly proud, not just for reaching for some goal, but for the effort that went into getting there. Here are some tips on how to ensure that you're truly communicating to your children how proud you are of them.
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  • Easing The Way Into Retirement

    Aug 08, 2018
    Retirement isn't a surprise. It's normally a time that people look forward to and plan for. However, the changes that retirement can bring, from financial to lifestyle, often does surprise many people. We offer some advice here on how to begin planning before actual retiring in order to make the transition easier, and in order to make retirement itself more fulfilling.
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  • Good Mental Health - No Different Than Good Physical Health

    Aug 08, 2018
    Many people worry that if they admit to having mental health problems they're going to be stigmatized and looked at strangely by family and friends. The reality is that seeking out help for mental illness is a good sign, showing that someone wants to be proactive in leading a balanced and happy life.
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  • Handling A Teenager's Need To Be More Responsible

    Aug 08, 2018
    From the birth of our children we, as parents, are used to being the guiding force in their lives. We set rules, make decisions for them and generally are the authority for almost everything. And then one day we find ourselves the parent of a teenager, someone who wants more freedom, who wants to be more independent. Here are some tips on accommodating those changes with perhaps less conflict.
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  • Learning How To Handle Stress In Your Life

    Jul 02, 2018
    The world we live in can often be a very stressful place. Whether it's issues at home, problems at work, or just life in general, there always seems to be plenty of things to leave us feeling upset, anxious and worried. While there's no magic way to make stress disappear from one's life, there are lots of things you can do to better manage the stress you may be facing.
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  • Helping Children With The Death Of A Pet

    Jul 02, 2018
    The loss of a beloved family pet can be a difficult and sad experience for all members of the family. But for a young child it can be especially traumatic and often very confusing. While parents sometimes try to hide what has happened, thinking they are sparing the child's feelings, experts advise it is better to be honest and explain what has happened. We offer some tips on how to do that.
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