Archives for December, 2012

Empathy

Teach Children the Gift of Giving

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."    -Winston Churchill

"Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy."      -Gautama Buddha

This is the time, beginning with Thanksgiving and lasting through the arrival of the new year, that most people think not only about themselves but also about how to help others less fortunate. Given the difficult parts of...
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Families

10 Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

"Gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."  -Oren ArnoldBelieve it or not, the holidays rank right up there on the stress scales with asking the boss for a raise, moving, or starting at a new school or job. If the timing coincides with other current stressors such as...
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Anxiety

Give the Gift of Laughter This Year

"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing."     -Mark Twain

Every year, at this time of year, tensions mount. The arrival of the gift-giving holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah ("What should I get my mother-in-law?") accompanied by impending vacations from school ("What will we do with the kids all cooped up in the bad weather?") collide with the week-long visits of friends and relatives ("Will my divorced parents fight in front of the kids? What will...
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Boundaries

Parents, Tend Your Own Garden: Practicing Self-Care

"The best gift you can give your kids is to tend your own garden--cultivating strength, humor, and kindness."   -from How's Your Family Really Doing?

It's tough to be a good parent. Actually, let's be honest. Sometimes it's tough just to show up, let alone be good at it. Personally, I think it is one of the hardest jobs in the world. What other job demands you be available 24/7, offers...
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