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Archives for July, 2010

General

Parenting An Adult Child


Parenting an adult child can be tricky.  They are clearly an adult but you may still worry about them like they live at home.  While you can't exactly tell parents to stop worrying about their kids, parents can adjust the way they interact with their adult children to promote a different type of relationship.

Remember - They Aren't Five Years Old...
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General

When Someone Criticizes Your Child's Behavior


Parents Want To Think The Best Of Our Kids

We parents are quite a protective lot.  We want to think the best of our kids as much as possible, we don't want to believe they are going astray, and we worry about random hazards befalling them at all hours of the day.  But what happens when someone gives you real criticism about your child's behavior, something that surprises or...
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Family Mental Health Quick Tips

The Truth About Grandparenting


Loving Grandparents Are So Valuable

I firmly believe that one of the best things about being a kid is having grandparents.  They get to be indulged in a way parents often can't or won't.  You know, grandpa can get away with offering milkshakes at 10pm once in a while!  And grandmas are often better able to spend a whole afternoon with just one grandchild...
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Family Mental Health Quick Tips

Family Mental Health Quick Tip – Just Breathe


Breathing - it's something we often take for granted.  We can control it some of the time, but most of the work is done automatically by our beloved brain.  Have you ever gotten caught up in something exciting or stressful and suddenly notice how you are breathing?

Are you sometimes alarmed at how quick and tense your breathing becomes?  It can definitely show how relaxed or...
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Family Mental Health Quick Tips

Family Mental Health Quick Tips



Today I'm introducing you to a semi-regular series called "Mental Health Quick Tips."  I've discovered over the years that a person really needs to have a few important tools they can carry around with them at all times.  And I'm not talking about a hammer or pliers.

Coping With Everyday Mental Health Issues

Everyone gets nervous, sad, sleepless and angry sometimes. ...
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Depression

Fighting Back Against Depression – The Importance of Sleep


You may have an image of depression in your mind, especially if you have not personally experienced or witnessed depression before.  However, there are plenty of times a person who has endured depression can have little "flare-ups" of symptoms.  They may not look like depression to the untrained eye, but they certainly come from that same dark place.

I had such a flare-up today.
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Parenting

Kids and Best Friends – A Bad Thing?


I recently heard something about counselors and camps discouraging kids from having best friends.  Just today I found the original New York Times article that was referenced over the news.  I just have to shake my head with  the "solutions" people come up with.

No Best Friends Doesn't Equal Anti-Bullying

I am a bit miffed that this torked outlook on friendships is being touted as a way to promote...
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In the News

Happy Birthday, America!


Happy Birthday, America!

Today is a special and fun holiday for Americans.  Grilling, camping, hanging out in the yard or at the lake, fireworks, seeing friends, and celebrating.  We all love celebrating birthdays, and this one is no different.  America is like a giant family, not just of citizens but of states as well.  I got a whole new perspective on this last night as I...
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