Posts Categorized: Helpful Articles

Getting a Divorce? Helpful Tips and Guidelines to Assist Your Kids

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There can be such upheaval, emotional and physical, during the process of divorce for all family members. Here are some tips to assist your family and your kids, as you process and adjust to your new reality, and work to move forward in a positive way. 1. It is so important that kids have predictable […]

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Finding Balance in Preparing for College

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Recently, I attended the first Georgia showing of Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture, a documentary about the stress-filled, anxiety-provoking lifestyles many students face in high school today, while focusing heavily on the impending future of college admissions. I urge you to watch the original trailer. My junior parents who viewed this […]

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I’m Bored: Does This Mean I’m Stressed?

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Boredom, like pain, is an entirely subjective experience mediated by personality, needs, wants, past history and contingent upon one’s perceptions of the experience, and thus very difficult to describe with precision and quantify. The state of boredom has been variously described as a dullness of the mind, mental inertia, sloth, or ennui. Its characteristic features […]

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A Quick and Easy Technique to Improve Marital Communication

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Do the arguments between you and your spouse quickly disintegrate into a heated battle without any chance of reaching a win/win conclusion?  Check to make sure that a harsh start up is not dooming you to failure.  A harsh start up is when you or your spouse begins a discussion with a harsh or critical statement. This statement […]

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How Good Arguments Are Good For Your Health and Can Save Your Marriage

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What makes a good marriage last? According to the best evidence provided by case studies and well-documented research (most prominent that of Dr. John Gottman), the best chances of success are within marriages where the spouses can provide a safe haven for each other and a secure base from which to face the world together. […]

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The blended family: Be careful before you “step” when involved in kids transitioning between households

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He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23:11-12 One of the most confusing and humbling jobs to have in life must be the job of a stepparent.  Even the name is confusing.  Is this a step-up, a step-down, […]

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How Science Helps Us Understand Addiction

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We want to make a terrific resource available to you.  This publication from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) presents what current science has to say about substance abuse and addiction, with special focus on how substances affect the brain. The resource is entitled The Science of Addiction and is a free download from the […]

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