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  • It Doesn't Always Have To Be A Teen vs. Parent Fight

    Feb 05, 2018
    The teenage years can often be trying times for parents. As children grow and learn to be more independent, they often are in conflict with their parents' rules and desires. While there is no way to eliminate all the conflict, here are some ideas on how to make things more manageable for both parent and teen.
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  • Laughing Your Way To Better Health

    Feb 05, 2018
    "Want to hear a funny joke?" That's a question that many of us don't hear enough. Things that make us smile and laugh are actually important ingredients in a healthy live. Laughing not only makes us feel happy while it's happening, it also turns out it has longer-lasting positive psychological and physiological effects. Here are some ideas to get more "funny" into your life.
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  • Valentine's Day - A Good Excuse To Improve A Relationship

    Feb 05, 2018
    Unfortunately, it's fairly easy to get "used to" and very comfortable in even the most romantic of relationships. That's often not a good thing. Relationships tend to die when one or both partners begin to feel forgotten or neglected. Why not use this Valentine's Day as an excuse to help revive a relationship?
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  • Learning To Listen To The Silence

    Feb 05, 2018
    In most of our lives there's a lot of noise, virtually every minute of every day. Researchers now tell us that trying to find some quiet time in our daily lives can provide a number of benefits, including very real health benefits. Here are some times on how to help "quiet down" your life.
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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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