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Divorce & Children

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Effects of Divorce on Children

In the last few years, higher-quality research has shown the negative effects of divorce on children have been greatly exaggerated. In the past we read that children of divorce suffered from depression, failed in school, and got in trouble with the law. Children with depression and conduct disorders showed indications of those problems before divorce because there was parental conflict …

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Shielding your Relationship from Divorce

The break of a relationship is a painful experience. Who starts a marriage expecting to divorce? Yet significant percentage of marriages end eventually in a divorce. So what does it take to insulate your relationship from series of choices that bring the relationship to an end? Professionals agree that to value and prioritize the relationship and consistently nurturing the relationship …

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Outlook on Obstacles and Challenges

I like eagles. They face storms with courage and boldness. When a storm is coming every other bird runs away from the storm. The eagle flies into the storm. We, like birds, can run way, be paralyzed when we think that our circumstances are more than we can handle or succeed and grow tremendously in overwhelming circumstances. What makes a …

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What About Panic Attacks?

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Dealing With Stress And Anxiety

One of the most debilitating manifestations of anxiety is the panic attack. These dramatic episodes of anxiety seem to come out of the blue and happen even when there is no real danger. They are usually intense for a few minutes and then subside. The sufferer may experience chest pains, the feeling of smothering, dizziness, heart pounding, depersonalization, hot and …

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Managing Anxiety Skillfully

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Dealing With Stress And Anxiety

Those who deal with anxiety in a positive way usually have: • a sense of self-determination • a feeling of involvement in life’s experiences, and • an ability to change negative into positive thinking. Self-determination refers to a personal ability to control or adapt to the events of everyday living. A great deal of anxiety is perpetuated by how we …

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Most Common Anxiety Disorders

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Dealing With Stress And Anxiety

An anxiety disorder lasts longer than normal anxiety, is more intense, and can lead to fears that interfere with the ability to function in daily life. Here are some of the more common types of anxiety disorders : Generalized Anxiety Disorder occurs when a person has endured, for at least six months, a state of excessive worry, feeling on edge …

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Using Anxiety as a Clue

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Dealing With Stress And Anxiety

Anxiety can be helpful when it prompts us to take action to solve a problem. We can use our anxiety as a clue, in fact, that there is a problem, and that we need to confront it. Public speakers, athletes, and entertainers have long known that anxiety can motivate them to perform much better. When we don’t recognize our anxious …

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Stress or Anxiety?

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Dealing With Stress And Anxiety

Stress happens when we perceive an event as disturbing or threatening. Our primitive ancestors experienced stress when they had to fight off wild animals, invaders, adverse natural events, and other threats to their survival. These days we are more likely to feel the anxiety that emerges from stress when we face overwhelming responsibilities at work or home, experience loneliness, rejection, …

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Positive Discipline

TIPS FOR POSITIVE DISCIPLINE – Show respect, and focus on the behavior not the child. – Be firm, fair, and consistent. Discipline with love not with frustration. – Do not use physical punishment. It teaches children that violence is acceptable. – Fit the consequences to the behavior. For example if you child color the kitchen counter the consequences should be …

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Avoiding & Diffusing Tantrums

TIPS TO AVOID & DIFFUSE TANTRUMS: – Give choices. Say “you have to eat vegetables but which would you want carrots or broccoli? “ Choices empower your child and feelings of empowered helps decrease frustrations that leads to tantrums. – Prepare your child for what to expect. Say “we are leaving to go grocery shopping in 15 minutes.” – Set …

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