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  • When Moms Think Of Returning To The Work Force

    Sep 11, 2017
    There might be any number of reasons why someone has decided to go job hunting, even though it may have been several years ago that they were last earning a paycheck. Making that decision, and getting out for those first few interviews, can be highly stressful. Here are some suggestions on how to make the process less intimidating.
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  • This Year Take Advantage Of All The School Counselor Has To Offer

    Sep 11, 2017
    What do school counselors do? Most parents aren't really aware of all the services that school counselors can provide. From elementary through high school, your school's counselor has a wide range of advice and assistance to offer. It's well worth contacting your child's school counselor early in the school year and finding out more about how he or she can help make the school year more successful.
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  • Recognizing An Abusive Relationship

    Aug 24, 2017
    Abusive relationships are not an infrequent occurrence. It's important to be able to recognize the elements that make a relationship abusive, whether it's one you're in yourself, or one that someone close to you is experiencing. There is help available.
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  • Suggestions For Surviving Your Child's Teenage Years

    Aug 24, 2017
    Many parents find themselves confused, frustrated and angry as they try to deal with that teenager in the house. But if one understands what that teenager is experiencing, and learns to take some time and patience with the relationship, it all can be much easier.
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  • It's Important That You Feel You Matter To Others

    Aug 15, 2017
    We all want to feel that we matter to the people with whom we interact. Whether it's a marriage, a romantic relationship, a friendship or even a work relationship, knowing that we matter to others is important to our self-esteem and happiness.
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  • What Can You Do To Restore Someone's Trust In You?

    Aug 01, 2017
    We all make mistakes, and sometimes a mistake might mean that someone close to us, someone whom we care about a great deal, suddenly feels that he or she can no longer trust us. That can hurt a great deal, but there are ways to try and rebuild that trust and once again be close.
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  • Nervousness Is Okay... Anxiety Not So Good

    Jul 25, 2017
    It's a common experience to sometimes feel nervous about an upcoming event. But some people may find that their nervousness can spiral into anxiety that can have real and serious negative effects on their lives. It's important to be able to recognize the differences and to deal with severe anxiety.
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  • Facing The Challenge Of Mid-Life Dating

    Jul 17, 2017
    Dating is no longer an activity just for high school students. For a variety of reasons lots of people well past the high school years are finding themselves back in the dating pool. It can be a stressful experience at first, but if undertaken with some common sense approaches, can be an interesting and enjoyable experience.
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  • Tips For Encouraging Good Behavior In Your Children

    Jul 10, 2017
    Most parents would like their children to be perfectly behaved little gentlemen and ladies all of the time. But most parents are well aware that isn't going to happen. However, there are easy, positive things parents can do to encourage better behavior.
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  • What Are Your Dreams Trying To Tell You?

    Jul 03, 2017
    Do you dream? The answer is yes you do, even if you don't remember those dreams when you wake in the morning. Researchers report we all apparently dream every night, and when we do remember our dreams they may be telling us things about ourselves.
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