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The Path to Good Communication for Couples

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The Path to Good Communication for Couples

In relationships, communication is like the ground beneath your feet. Everything you build relies on the stable ground of mutual communication. You and your partner stand on that ground, and together, walk the path your relationship leads you down. To walk smoothly down that path, the ground needs to be level and sturdy, but often you will come across rocks, hills and even broken bridges. These obstacles in your communication often stem from confused meanings. Something is taken the wrong way, someone doesn’t feel heard, or someone...

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Three Ways to Holiday Happiness featuring The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Three Ways to Holiday Happiness featuring The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Christmas, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. At least, we hope it will be. Once you factor in the preparation, expenses, responsibilities and travel arrangements, you can end up with just as much holiday stress as holiday cheer. The key to a joyful holiday depends on 3 things: connecting with your family, making a difference in your community and keeping your stress levels low. Focus On Family: In the popular book and cartoon How The Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss, the Grinch spends years hating holiday merchandising...

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Dealing with Deployment

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Dealing with Deployment

Saying goodbye is never easy. This is something military families know all too well. For the 2.7 million Americans who serve in the Armed Forces, saying goodbye to loved ones can be a frequent and emotional experience. Learning how to deal with deployment is a challenge on its own, for the deployed and their families. If you are among this group, the first thing to remember is: you are not alone! There are many online communities for military families who need advice and support. Family & Child Development recommends Military OneSource as...

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Pre-marital Counseling: Things to Consider Before You Say “I Do”

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Pre-marital Counseling: Things to Consider Before You Say “I Do”

During courtship, people tend to be on their best behavior to impress their partner. Many couples also experience a blissful “honeymoon phase.” But after the newness and excitement of a relationship has died down, challenges often arise. Fortunately, most of these challenges can be addressed and resolved before they dissolve a relationship, if the couple is willing to discuss their issues in pre-marital counseling. The earlier pre-marital counseling is introduced, the better. It’s important to keep an open mind about what therapy can do...

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Is your teen using their social media and apps safely?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Is your teen using their social media and apps safely?

When you purchase an iPhone it comes with instant access to social media, as well as a small army of apps already installed, with hundreds more available to download. Each app is unique in its security and features. This wave of social media and app usage has opened a whole new world of communication technology, and it’s a world youths are very invested in. As a parent, navigating this world can be challenging and confusing, especially if you don’t know how it affects your child. But it’s never too late to learn. Most...

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Bullying

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Bullying

Every parent hopes their child will never have to deal with the pain and trauma that bullying creates. Unfortunately, with another school year beginning in a few weeks, parents must face the reality that many children are still bullied in school environments, and it’s an issue that won’t stop without adult intervention. Bullying comes in different forms: it can be physical or verbal, face-to-face or through social media. Whatever forms it comes in, bullying negatively affects a child’s behavior, emotional and psychological...

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Healthy Sleep Hygiene

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Healthy Sleep Hygiene

Are you tired? The question is almost inane in our fast-paced, media-saturated society. With cell phones buzzing, laptops glowing and TVs beckoning, it can be hard to shut down the electronics, and shut down our brains for bedtime. Poor sleep hygiene (not getting enough hours of uninterrupted sleep per night) is a rampant problem in western culture, and people’s health is suffering because of it. Lack of sleep affects physical, mental and emotional well-being. People with poor sleep hygiene have a higher risk of depression, heart...

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Summer Visitation

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Summer Visitation

Family & Child Development offers advice for divorced or separated parents on how to create a healthy and happy environment for a child who is switching homes for the summer. Another school year has come to an end. And when the school year ends, a summer of fun begins, but summer sometimes creates challenges for divorced or separated families. For these families, summer often means summer visitation. Residential parents will say goodbye to their children for several weeks during the summer while children visit with the non-residential...

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Surviving the Teen Years: A Plan for Parents

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Surviving the Teen Years: A Plan for Parents

Written by Taylor Ferguson, Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, specializing in counseling adolescents and parents.   Are you and your pre-teen or teen constantly butting heads? Does your teen tend to say or do the opposite of whatever you say or do? Is your teen’s attitude frustrating, hurtful, or just downright annoying? Well you are not alone!   The teen years are challenging for many reasons. Chief among them is the adolescent’s development into an independent adult. Normal and healthy adolescent development...

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Helping Your Child With Homework

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Helping Your Child With Homework

At this point, most children have started the new school year, and back-to-school also means back-to-homework.   One of the things that parents can do to make homework go more   smoothly is to establish a clear routine. During the summer it is very easy to let things slide – bedtime, video games, TV time, etc. However, once school begins, kids should get back into a regular routine.   To establish a homework routine, there are several things that parents can do. First, find a consistent place in the house where homework can be done....

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