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Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

December 26, 2016

New Year’s brings out the optimist in all of us. We write a list of things we’re going to do differently to become a better version of ourselves. Whether it’s your weight, your work habits, or your parenting, everyone has things to work on. Improving your relationship...

December 22, 2016

If you’re like most parents, the week before Christmas is a buzz with your little one’s (and maybe your not-so-little one’s) holiday excitement. Letters to Santa and gift guessing is fun, but Christmas can take on an attitude of “me, me, me” if we’re not careful.

Teachi...

December 19, 2016

For most of us the holiday season is an exciting time of the year. You go to more parties and school activities and socialize more than you do any other time of the year. You may be the jolliest person at work or the life of the party, but for some people that all ends...

December 16, 2016

A forty-year old single mom who was online dating in Washington thought she’d found the man of her dreams. Recently divorced, she had three daughters, ages 12, 10 and 7 who will never see their mother again. This mom met a guy online and began a relationship. Her mothe...

December 12, 2016

It’s tough being a parent, especially at Christmas. You know your child doesn’t need another gadget or toy to distract them, yet you love seeing the joy on their faces as they open their gifts on Christmas morning. You may struggle with the materialism of it all, knowi...

December 5, 2016

Ribbons, wrappings, and bows are beautiful, but once you open the package and see the gift the moment of sheer happiness is short-lived. Psychology research has shown that experiences bring more happiness than possessions. Anticipation of the experience brings joy to t...

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