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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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  • Does Your Temper Sometimes Take Control?

    Nov 06, 2017
    We all encounter things most days that make us feel stressed or even angry. When such feelings are quick to pass they don't present a problem. But when anger boils over and causes someone to strike out, either verbally or physically, it is a very real problem that needs to be recognized and treated.
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  • A Positive Attitude Can Help A Sick Child Get Well Faster

    Nov 06, 2017
    Yes, when cold and damp weather hits it isn't unusual to see our children come down with the sniffles or even the flu. At such times it turns out that providing your child with warm and loving care, rather than a worried and anxious look, may do more to help them feel better faster than any over-the-counter cold remedy.
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  • Ways To Communicate More Effectively With An Aging Parent

    Nov 06, 2017
    Modern healthcare has helped extend the lifespan for many people, but with that has also come a number of problems. While many of us are happy are aging parents are still alive, many of us are also facing difficult discussions with those parents in regard to their still being able to adequately care for themselves.
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  • Depression Is More Common Among Teens Than Many Parents Realize

    Oct 12, 2017
    Teenagers can often seem moody and uncommunicative. Sometimes that's just a teen being a teen. But if there are a number of similar and troubling signs it could be clinical depression, an all-too-common ailment among teenagers and the leading cause of teen suicide.
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  • Making Sure Disagreements At Work Don't Get The Best Of You

    Oct 12, 2017
    It can be a difficult situation when something is happening at work that you know just isn't right. While you can't change your boss's work style, or the type of person he is, you can handle disagreements in a way that can at least leave you feeling good about how you handled things.
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  • Don't Wait For Life To Come To You

    Oct 12, 2017
    Most us find that our lives may not be exactly as we once planned them. We may be disappointed in our relationships, our jobs, even our physical appearance. Such things can leave you feeling sad or frustrated, or it can inspire you to begin taking steps to change things more to your liking.
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  • Some Handy Tips To Make The College Application Process Less Stressful

    Oct 12, 2017
    When it's time to get those college applications completed and submitted, it can produce a lot of stress in many families. The whole choosing and applying to college is extremely stressful, but there are ways to take a logical approach to the whole process, and to solicit some help, that can make it all a bit easier.
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  • Even Remote Tragic Events Can Affect You Personally

    Oct 12, 2017
    Vicarious trauma is when we are negatively affected by happenings, usually terrible, tragic and frightening events, that have occurred far from where we live and to people we don't actually know. Yet the negative effects such events can have on us are very real and quite common.
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  • Volunteering As A Way To Reduce Senior Stress

    Sep 11, 2017
    As someone ages it isn't uncommon to find the amount of stress in one's life increases. From health problems to financial worries, there are a variety of ways that life becomes more difficult and the stress of daily living becomes a real factor. But there are ways to decrease that stress. One of the best is to have a more active social life, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to begin volunteering.
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