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Ways to Connect with your Child in a Fast-Paced World
posted by Gary Gilles, LCPC on Oct 17th 2014
Ways to Connect with your Child in a Fast-Paced World"So, it is no secret that we live in a fast-paced world and we aren't going to slow it down much by ourselves. But we can focus our limited attention in ways that seem to slow it down enough to make meaningful contact with our children. And that is something worth your limited time. You want to stay connected to your child and the best way to do this is to deliberately make an effort to talk with them. Here are a few suggestions of how to slow down your world and your child's enough to make meaningful points of contact." More...
9 Clever Ways to Gain Confidence
posted by Mandy Kloppers on Oct 16th 2014
 9 Clever Ways to Gain Confidence"How do you gain confidence? Many people seem to think confidence is something that you find. An elusive substance that you can obtain through certain activities. Common examples I come across:" More...
Conscious Uncoupling - Vital for Mental Well-being
posted by Annie Gurton, MA on Oct 15th 2014
Conscious Uncoupling - Vital for Mental Well-being"If getting a divorce is bad for mental health, having an acrimonious divorce is ten times worse. So it's good to hear that couples and their advisors like lawyers and clergy, are becoming increasing aware of the movement towards 'Conscious Uncoupling'. Made famous by Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin and popularized by a handful of other celebrity couples, the idea that separation can be a respectful, compassionate, private process and need not be bitter or vicious is growing." More...
OCD and Values
posted by Janet Singer on Oct 15th 2014
 OCD and Values"When I talk or write about my son's journey through severe OCD, the topic of values often arises. Values are the things that are very important and meaningful to us. Examples include the people whom we love, our favorite activities, important experiences, and guiding principles. Of course each of us has our own unique set of values, and I believe it is crucial to our well-being that we all pay attention to our personal values." More...
The Challenges of Parenting in a Time-Starved World
posted by Gary Gilles, LCPC on Oct 14th 2014
The Challenges of Parenting in a Time-Starved World"Do you ever feel like you are stretched in so many directions you can't keep your life in balance? Many parents live that way perpetually. There was popular book published several years ago by sociologist Arlie Hochschild called the Second Shift. After the daily grind of the workplace, we would come home to start the "second shift," which involved more errands on the way home, fixing and cleaning up from dinner, kid's homework, an evening school activity or soccer practice, bills, emails, and getting ready for the next day. I feel tired just talking about it." More...
Love, Lust or Addiction?
posted by Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT on Oct 13th 2014
Love, Lust or Addiction?"Wonder whether you’re in love or in lust? Whether your obsession about someone is a sign of love or addiction? Whether you’re staying in a troubled relationship because you’re addicted or in love? It’s complicated, and lust and love and addiction don’t always exclude one another. Endless analyzing doesn’t help or change our feelings, because we’re often driven by forces outside our conscious awareness." More...
The Fastest Way to Boost Your Mood
posted by Pat LaDouceur, Ph.D. on Oct 13th 2014
The Fastest Way to Boost Your Mood"Do you ever feel stressed out about the demands of day-to-day life? My clients Ava and Leo were doing their best to balance high-pressure jobs with the needs of two school-aged kids and time for themselves. Their work got done, and well. But the number of tasks they juggled every day made it hard to stay connected to the people they cared about most – their daughters, their friends, and each other. They started feeling less like marriage partners and more like roommates, and weren’t sure how to stop the sense of drifting apart." More...
10 Ways Elder Caregivers Can Accident-Proof a Home
posted by Gary Gilles, LCPC on Oct 10th 2014
10 Ways Elder Caregivers Can Accident-Proof a Home "Most caregivers already know that the home environment is full of natural hazards. In fact, accidents at home rank among the leading causes of injury and death in the United States and most result from falls. The risk of serious injury from home accidents begins rising at age 65 and increases four-fold by the time an older adult reaches 75 years of age. Add one or more chronic conditions that you and your loved one may be managing and the risk of an accident at home increases even more. Fortunately, it's possible to prevent most home accidents with a little planning." More...
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