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Protecting Yourself Against Domestic Violence

Protecting Yourself Against Domestic Violence

  What is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence is physical, sexual or emotional assault performed by one person in a relationship against the other partner. Typically the partners live together, which makes the situation more difficult to escape from. Domestic violence occurs all over the world and can affect people of any age, race, gender or sexual orientation. The range and forms of domestic abuse vary. Some relationships involve only verbal and emotional abuse, while others involve extreme physical or sexual assault. Any form of abuse or violence, including verbal, is traumatic and can impact the victim’s life negatively.   Recognizing the signs of...

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Moving Past Divorce

Moving Past Divorce

Ending a marriage can be both devastating and life changing. Long after the final papers have been signed, we can continue to experience feelings or loneliness, anger, sadness, and frustration. However, just as we might tell a “heart-broken” teenager, “life goes on,” it is important to remind ourselves of the same thing. Learning to heal and move past the divorce is a process of forgiveness and acceptance. Acknowledge your feelings Accepting and facing your feelings is the first step to moving on. The marriage is over, but it’s likely that feelings of anger, fear, stress, and sadness are still present. As much as it hurts, we must face our grief in order to move past...

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Disciplining Your Child Without Spanking

Disciplining Your Child Without Spanking

Learning to discipline your child and teach good decision-making skills is one of the most important tasks of parenting. While discipline is necessary in order for children to learn self-control and the consequences of poor choices, how they are disciplined is important to the development of their self- esteem and self-confidence. As they grow, develop and learn, they make mistakes and need some form of guidance. Parents have different methods of guiding their children and teaching them rules and responsibility, but not everyone agrees how these rules and responsibilities should be taught. A parents’ method for helping their child learn good decision-making skills and...

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Six Rules Every First Time Parent Needs to Follow

Six Rules Every First Time Parent Needs to Follow

If you are a first time parent, or about to be one, you’re probably experiencing what every other first time parent experiences: pure panic. It’s completely normal to have anxiety about how parenthood will change you and your partner’s lives. It will affect your relationships, finances, social lives, physical health, mental health and more. Take a deep breath. Even though parenting is one of the greatest challenges you will ever face, it is also the most rewarding. The transition to parenthood will be tough, but if you follow these five rules, the transition will be much smoother. Rule 1 – Prepare There’s no such thing as over-preparing....

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How Much is too Much Screen Time for Kids?

How Much is too Much Screen Time for Kids?

In the digital age, children use technology from infancy. Movies, video games, books, maps, music, social media, even schoolwork – all are convenient and accessible by simply focusing on the unnatural glow of a digital screen. Many parents scramble to keep up with the ever-growing technological boom; they buy family plans for smart phones, download apps for monitoring their child’s online activities and provide educational video games. It’s made life easier; a child’s entertainment and education is now one finger-tap away. You might not realize it, but scientists, doctors and psychologists are also scrambling to study the health affects of the...

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Back to School for Children with ADD/ADHD

Back to School for Children with ADD/ADHD

Parenting a child with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) can be challenging – particularly once school begins. For these parents, a new school year often means meeting with teachers, monitoring homework, encouraging good study habits and establishing new routines. As a parent, you want your child to have a successful school year. Below are some strategies and resources to help make that happen. Daily Routine Strategies • Structured, consistent routines greatly benefit children, especially those with ADD or ADHD. Once a favorable routine is established, stick to it. • Post a copy of the weekly schedule where it is clearly...

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