Category: Family Issues

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The Back-to-School Transition is for Parents Too

For the past three years, the process of getting my kids ready for school has proved to be quite arduous, to say the least. We spend the last few weeks of summer hunting for (and spending a small fortune on) school supplies and clothes, going to student orientations to meet the teachers and collect all kinds...

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Surviving the Holidays with Dysfunctional Family Members

If you come from a dysfunctional family, the holidays are emotionally draining and you usually walk away feeling like you’ve been through World War III instead of a happy time. For some of us, it is best to avoid getting together with our families at all. For others, you can’t imagine not getting together with your...

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Supporting a Loved One with an Eating Disorder

February 22 – 28 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, the theme for this year being, “…until eating disorders are history”. What an amazing day that will be — the day eating disorders no longer exist. Until then, however, they are a real-life nightmare for some families and individuals who are lost in a confusing maze...

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Keeping Your Pets Safe During The Holidays

The holidays are a noisy and confusing time for pets. Their normal eating and sleeping routines can be disrupted, but more importantly, they can be the victims of the seeming kindness of humans. Dr. Jim Cook, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) spoke in a recent interview about one way in particular that humans are...

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Four Financial Reasons You and Your Spouse Shouldn’t Retire At The Same Time

For many years Americans have held this notion of the idyllic retirement in which husband and wife stop working and spend the rest of their days traveling to white, sandy beaches, and dining by candlelight at some trendy, new eatery. However, since the real estate market took a tumble, bringing every other sector of the economy...

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Protecting Your Pets from Mosquitoes and Other Pests

Even though winter is still holding on to some areas of the country, spring is thankfully just around the corner. However, warmer temperatures and sunny weather bring a handful of problems of their own. In addition to returning allergens, spring leads to the buzzing and biting of a number of outdoor pests which can lead to...

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Tips To Help Your Loved One with Alcohol Addiction Issues

Watching a friend, family member or a colleague struggle with alcoholism is very difficult. You may desperately want to change this situation, but the big confusion is whether he/she wants your help or not. Excessive consumption of alcohol affects all the social and professional relationships of a person. However, appropriate treatment and therapy can help addicts...

Be Ready For Family Discussions

Be Ready For Family Discussions

The average family is scared to death of certain conversations. Not only are the children blush-till-I’m-beet-red-embarrassed about certain topics, but the parents aren’t any less embarrassed about it. As children age from innocence to teenage years the importance of these topics sky-rockets. The availability of time goes down and the average must-have conversations are not mentioned...