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Exercise: Want To Get In Shape?

October 17, 2012 | By

Longer days and having more leisure time make summer seem like an optimal time to work on starting an exercise program. Starting a new exercise routine can be easy, but a lot of people lose motivation and focus if they don’t start out the right way. It is important to think through your goals, how […]

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Vacation Tips For Parents

October 17, 2012 | By

(Re-written and expanded article from Summer ’07 edition of ShrinkRap) Even though vacations and travel are enjoyable, they are still tiring. Simply trying to leave town and work for a vacation seems to activate Murphy’s Law in every situation. As such, be realistic about the time it takes to get away. For example, consider giving […]

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Empty Nest Survival Tips

October 17, 2012 | By

As summer has wound down and children are off to college for the first or last time, many parents will experience “empty nest syndrome.” Realistic expectations for this transition are helpful to the child and parent alike. The separation adjustment itself may not be as intense as it once was before cell phones and the […]

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Summer Brain-Building!

October 17, 2012 | By

(Re-written and expanded article from Summer ’07 edition of ShrinkRap) Summer is a time for you and your children to have fun, and enjoy more time together than you can during the school year. It is wonderful “down time,” where we can rest, romp, relax, and recharge. Ask any teacher—it is also a time that […]

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Bully-proofing Your Children

October 17, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Your son or daughter comes home after school and tells you that the other kids are “being mean.” You listen in horror as they tell you stories of cruelty and abuse. You may have given your child ideas to ignore the bullying, walk away, report it to a teacher or counselor, but it is not […]

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Warning Signs of Pre-teen or Teen Drug Use

October 17, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Your pre-teen or teen’s behavior is changing. You are worried about him, but cannot put your finger on what is wrong. At first you tell yourself things like, “Maybe it’s just hormones” or “It’s just a phase”—but worry that you may be rationalizing or missing something. Eventually you may ask yourself, “Is my teenager drinking […]

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Caregiving: Up Close And Personal

October 10, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

“It ain’t the ‘eavy ‘auling what ‘urts the ‘orses’ ‘ooves, but the ‘ammer, ‘ammer, ‘ammer on the ‘ard ‘ighway.” This is a little verse my Dad used to quote to poke fun at the British habit of dropping “h’s” when they speak. But, it portrays rather nicely a lot of my own experience in being […]

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