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Everyday parenting struggles

Does your child throw a tantrum in the middle of a store? Does your preschooler refuse to get dressed in the morning? Does your 10 or 11 year-old sulk on the bench instead of playing on the field?  As parents you know your children’s bodies. You know what temperature is considered a fever, what medication and which dosage to give …

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Depression & Ruminative Thoughts

Often depressed teenagers and/or adults spend hours dwelling and ruminating on the negative and fearful thoughts. Instead, your focus and attention needs to be on the positive, the good, and on thoughts that will move you in the right direction. The reality is that you amplify what you focus on. You can choose to pay attention to the positive. If …

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Children Anxiety Disorders

Approximately 5% to 10% of children in the general population struggle with anxiety disorders. Among children with ADHD, the rate appears to be even greater. A first step in helping a child manage and overcome anxiety is recognizing it, and sometimes this can be difficult. Anxious kids can also be quiet, shy, cautious and withdrawn. They may also be very …

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Healing a relationship after infidelity

Why did s/he cheat on me? Many people ask themselves that question every year. Their self-esteem is destroyed and they ask themselves the larger question: Why? Is it me? Is it him/her? Is it that woman/man? What does s/he have that I don’t? Have we lost touch with one another and grown that far apart? Betrayal is painful!  The process …

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Relationships & Intimacy

Why do some people, singles and even some married people alike, go to great lengths to feel close to someone the opposite sex?  Sometime, the need to feel close to someone of the opposite sex is stronger than logic and good sense; sometimes it results in poor relationship choices such as relationship with someone who is married, a one night …

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TEENS & SUICIDE

ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2012) — reported that Untreated depression is one of the leading causes of teen suicide, and signs of depression can also be a warning that a teen is contemplating suicide. In an article published this week in the quarterly journal The Prevention Researcher, University of Cincinnati researchers are describing how positive connections can help offset these tragedies. …

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Preventing harm in your relationship

One of the most concerning patterns that I have noticed in several of the struggling couples I have been working with lately is that they have an apathetic attitude toward their relationships. They feel that if they pretend that “we are doing fine”, they will not have to do the hard work to change the relationship. They are often not …

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Teach your child moral values!

Children spontaneously develop moral motives, an inclination to care about others and treat them kindly and fairly, at a very young age. But they also develop aggressive, greedy and selfish motives. Both kinds of motives are part of every child’s nature and will create tension throughout the child’s life. However, children’s moral motives are readily susceptible to moral instruction by …

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Always Angry ?

Anger is a difficult emotion. Modern anger therapies have made great progress in treating angry people. They recognize that anger can be destructive to one’s relationships and teach them to understand manage and redirect their anger appropriately. Anger involves the mind, the body, and the ineffective behavioral habits that people have acquired over the years in coping with emotions. People …

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Is Your Child Angry?

Is your child angry? Is his behavior aggressive? Are you turned off by your child’s aggressive behavior? Does your child have challenging relationships with peers? Does your child have a poor self image? Clinical and field studies of aggressive boys in angry families show that a pattern of violence and disobedience is established early, and quickly get out of control …

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