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  • How To Tell When A Marriage Is In Trouble

    Oct 01, 2018
    Every relationship is liable to hit rough spots, but the secret to any good relationship is to be able to recognize when there are trouble areas and to act to overcome them. There are often early signs when a marriage is not working as it should, but it takes some effort to spot the problems and to do something about them.
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  • Sticking With Exercise For Better Physical and Mental Health

    Oct 01, 2018
    If you aren't already exercising regularly you've probably found it can be difficult to get started. It can also be hard to stick with an exercise program. It's far too easy to let a busy life get in the way of staying physically active. Here are some tips on starting a sensible exercise program and keeping it going.
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  • Understanding And Overcoming Road Rage

    Oct 01, 2018
    While today's cars have more safety features than ever, there's one danger that the automobile companies can do little about -- the person behind that steering wheel. It's often easy to get upset or angry when faced with traffic jams, road repairs and bad drivers. It's a pointless reaction, and sometimes a dangerous one, that needs to be controlled.
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  • Don't Let Tests Overwhelm Your Child

    Oct 01, 2018
    Many students, regardless of grade level, find that tests and quizzes produce high levels of anxiety. And while school exams are almost always going to produce some amount of nervousness for most students, there are ways the students can better prepare, and parents can help, to reduce such test anxiety.
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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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