Archives for October, 2012

Conflict

Are You a Good Loser?

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."  -Vince Lombardi

A week from tomorrow, on Election Day in America, there will winners and losers galore. Many people will be happy but just as many will be disappointed and upset. The same thing happens over and over (although certainly not...
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Anxiety

10 Tips to Help My Child Overcome Fears and Phobias

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."                             -Eleanor Roosevelt
We know from the previous blog that a certain amount of anxiety is a necessary part of life, but what do we do when fear begins to rule someone's life? And especially if that someone is our child?
Short of getting professional help or using medication, what tools can help build more strength and resiliency to face common fears and phobias? What's the best way to help our children move forward in a world that will always have dangers?
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Anxiety

My Child Is Afraid of the Dark–Is That Normal?

"Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other."  --Francis Bacon

Young and old, child or adult, fear is one of our companions in life, and we should be glad that it is. Our brains are hard-wired to notice signs of danger and to alert us to take protective action. A certain amount of anxiety can actually...
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Empathy

Lessons from Lars and the Real Girl for World Mental Health Day

I was thinking about how to celebrate World Mental Health Day today. If I could make a wish that might make the world better for people suffering from mental illness, what would my wish be?

I'm not sure why but my thoughts landed on the ways that mental illness has been portrayed in TV and film. What if we could spread the word about the lessons from the 2007 film, Lars and the Real Girl...

For...
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Empathy

Loving Families Practice Compassion: Here’s How…

"Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”  -Rumi

Everyone makes mistakes. Lots of them, big and small. Even the people you love and look up to. In healthy, loving families, parents teach kids to learn from  mistakes and keep moving forward. Unfortunately, many of us were punished or ridiculed for mistakes. We came to believe...
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