Do the children really know how you feel?

Experts will constantly tell you that good communication is a necessary element in any successful relationship. While we generally think of that advice in relation to spouses, friends and co-workers, one of the most important relationships to evaluate for good communication is with our children. Do your children really know how you feel about them? […]

Helping your child reach a healthy weight

The percentage of children who are overweight, or even obese, is still very high. And while most parents are anxious to try and help their children get to a healthier weight, it can be a difficult task to accomplish. However, it’s a goal for which it is worth striving. Overweight children often have self-esteem issues, […]

So who are professional counselors?

Too many people know only one aspect of the counseling profession and may be unaware of all that professional counselors have to offer. In many cases, the only contact a family may have had was with a school counselor when their children were in elementary, junior or high school. Yet while the counseling profession includes […]

How to help a friend in need

It usually isn’t difficult to offer help to a friend or relative. Maybe they need short-term financial assistance, advice about an upcoming vacation or maybe just a ride to a doctor’s appointment. Most of us are ready to step up and help when it’s small things like that. But in some cases, offering help can […]

Don’t Let Depression Sneak Up On You

Depression is a serious health issue, yet often its warning signs are ignored. Not acknowledging the symptoms of depression not only means the person’s day-to-day life is being affected in many negative ways, but it can also have a significant impact on physical health issues, including cancer and diabetes. Today, we know that depression is […]

Test anxiety can be overcome

Warmer temperatures, longer days… all sure signs it’s time for students to face a barrage of testing. From end-of-year subject exams to standardized national tests, there’s more than enough to challenge the average student. Unfortunately, for some students, any testing presents a significantly stressful situation. It’s called “test anxiety.” Students who haven’t studied or who […]

Making your point without arguing

We all face problems that crop up again and again. Most of us have probably yelled, “How many times have I told you?” and yet the behavior that drives us crazy continues to occur. The reason for our frustration may be that we talk when we really ought to be acting. You’ve heard the expression, […]

Allowing our children to be children

It seems obvious that “Children are not little adults.” But we often forget that simple truism in interacting with our children, resulting in unnecessary frustration for both us and them. The world appears very differently to children than it does to adults. Children do, in fact, exist in their “own little worlds.” They usually can’t […]

Surviving a broken heart

Yes, Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but perhaps it wasn’t a happy holiday for you. Love may be wonderful, but not every relationship is going to last forever. When the present love of your life announces that they are out the door, it’s anything but wonderful. So how does one cope with the loss […]

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