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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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AHHHRRG!… Learning to Manage Your Stress

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Blog, Stress | 0 comments

AHHHRRG!…    Learning to Manage Your Stress

If you are feeling stressed out these days, you are not alone. Trying to manage the demands of daily life – job, finances, parenting, etc. – can be very difficult. Although stress is a natural part of life, there are times when we can start to feel overwhelmed with the demands. How well you understand the sources of your stress and how you perceive the situation has a lot to do with your ability to handle that stress. Short-term versus Long-term Some stress is short-lived. For example, if you have a deadline approaching at work or if...

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Infidelity Trauma

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Blog, Infidelity Trauma | 0 comments

Infidelity Trauma

Learning about the ongoing affair (affairs) by one’s partner is incredibly traumatic.   While this experience can be devastating, it doesn’t mean that the real relationship is over; however it does mean there is serious work to be done to salvage a family.  We often find that the unfaithful partner is using the sexual fantasy (or a toxic relationship) to self-medicate the guilt or shame he/she is feeling.  Fear of a failure to reconcile can be just as anxiety provoking as the fear of success for both parties.  It is a significant...

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