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  • Helping To Improve Your Child's Self-Concept

    Jan 05, 2018
    Your child's view of the world is a lot different than yours. As children enter early adolescence it's not uncommon for them to feel lonely, rejected by classmates, and to feel that whatever classmates say and do has a much greater impact that what their parents are saying. It can be a tough age, for both the child and the parent, but there are ways you can help smooth some of the rough edges.
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  • Don't Let The Winter Blahs Get The Best Of You

    Jan 05, 2018
    It can be easier on a bright, warm spring or summer day to feel lively, excited and anxious to get out and enjoy the world. But with the cold gray days of winter it's not uncommon to feel a bit depressed and not ready to do much of anything. Here are some tips on how to keep such feelings from controlling your life, as well as what to look for when such feelings begin to present a major problem.
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  • Getting Kids To Do Their Chores Doesn't Make You A Bad Person

    Jan 05, 2018
    Once a child's family chores might have meant getting water from the well, bringing in firewood for the stove and similar types of chores. Today, assigned family chores are more likely to involve taking out the trash, or making one's bed or keeping toys picked up. Yes, such family chores are much easier, but assigning those chores and seeing that they're completed is still essential to teaching responsibility and other important lessons.
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  • Improving Relationships By Improving Communication Skills

    Jan 05, 2018
    We probably all like to think we're excellent communicators, but in our relationships with our co-workers, friends and family members, the truth is that we sometimes get lazy and forget that good communicating is a skill that requires some thought and effort. When we put time into examining how we communicate, especially on important issues, it can make a very positive difference.
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  • How To Be A Weight Loss Helper, Not A Hinderer

    Jan 05, 2018
    Losing those extra pounds always seems to top the list of New Year's resolutions, but it's probably the resolution that more people fail at than any other. If you have someone close to you who is trying to trim down for the new year, here are some tips on how you can be helpful, and not harmful, in assisting them toward that goal.
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  • How About New Year's Resolutions That Work?

    Dec 06, 2017
    Most of us head into the New Year with positive thoughts about doing better in one area or another (okay, so losing weight seems to top the list for too many of us). But those resolutions we make always seem impossible to bring to fruition. So this year, how about setting some goals that you really can achieve?
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  • Don't Let A Holiday Family Visit Become A Holiday Disaster

    Dec 06, 2017
    The holiday season is often a time for family gatherings, but they sometimes can turn into family disasters. Getting back together with family, even during what should be a happy time of the year, can sometimes bring problems or open up old negative experiences. Here are some tips on minimizing family get-together issues.
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  • Holiday Depression Is A Very Real Problem, Not One To Ignore

    Dec 06, 2017
    The holiday season can bring many opportunities for happy experiences, but it can also be a time when someone can feel alone and sad because everyone else seems to be enjoying the season so much. Feeling depressed during the holiday season is a relatively common experience, but it's also one can be dealt with in a variety of ways.
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  • Don't Let The Holidays Get The Best Of You

    Dec 05, 2017
    The holiday season is often one of excesses. We often face multiple temptations to eat too much, too party too often, and to spend more than we really want to on gifts and holiday pleasures. So here are a few tips on how to enjoy the holidays without having a lot of regrets come January for over-doing things this year.
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  • Helping Your Kids Be Ready To Handle Drug Temptations

    Nov 06, 2017
    In today's world our children can be, and often are, exposed to a variety of risks. Even relatively young children may find themselves being offered opportunities to try anything from alcohol to dangerous drugs. As parents we have a responsibility to educate and prepare our children to successfully avoid these challenges.
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