Coping with the "Holiday Blues"

“Tis the season to be jolly”? “It’s the hap-happiest time of the year”? Well, not necessarily. At least not for all of us. According to the National Mental Health Association, as many as four out of ten people will experience a “mild depression” during and after the coming holiday season. By “mild” depression, I think […]

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Parenting Teens 101

All parents are aware that parent-child communication can be very difficult at times.  Most parents are also aware that these “difficult” communication patterns can quickly become “impossible” during the teen years. Even though it’s normal for teens to begin to separate from their parents during adolescence, they need to know that the safety net of […]

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Financial Stress

Those of us who are old enough to remember “Popeye”’, also remember the quote made by hamburger-loving Wimpy, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”  This notion of having what we want now, with the intention of paying for it later, seems to have become a mainstay of American life. For many people, […]

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 Building Self-Esteem

The development of a healthy level of self-esteem in our children is perhaps the most important building block for their future success and happiness.  Without it, their talents may not be adequately developed for fear of facing necessary challenges, taking appropriate risks, or having the confidence to stand up for what they believe in.  Success […]

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