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Wednesday 11/11/2015
Practical Advice: Gaining control over the feelings of stress
Posted: November 11, 2015

The holidays are upon us and our regular routines are being challenged by additional commitments which can produce stress. Much of this stress is due to conversations we have with ourselves. 

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Wednesday 08/19/2015
Practical Advice: PTSD can affect all of us
Posted: August 19, 2015

Imagine you just experienced a serious car accident without injuries and you are fully conscious, how would you respond to what just happened?

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Wednesday 08/05/2015
Heathcoate: Police deserve our respect
Updated: August 05, 2015 - 7:47 am

It’s just a nightmare…

Imagine you're driving around at 2 a.m., hearing loud yelling and screaming coming from a house in front of you … then a gunshot and SILENCE ... then you find yourself in a car accident with the driver pinned in his car, followed by a scene of a depressed man with a gun in his hand. Would you stop and find out what’s going on? 

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Friday 07/03/2015
Practical Advice: Emotional damage created by secrets
Posted: July 03, 2015

Now that we have celebrated our National Independence Day, I want to talk about the independence of individuals and their right for truth. 

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
Practical advice: Finding purpose after your child graduates
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:27 pm

This time of year for graduating seniors is both exciting and scary. Exciting because they have completed one journey and scary because it is the beginning of another.

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Sunday 04/19/2015
Practical Advice: Healthy parenting means being attentive to your child’s interests
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:27 pm

In my last article, I discussed the five rules of setting boundaries for kids. This time I want to look at what parents can do regarding their own behavior. 

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Saturday 03/14/2015
Parenting a teen must come with attainable rules
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:27 pm

If you are a parent of a teen, you will most likely agree that parenting a small child is much easier. When your child is young, the biggest task you have is to keep him safe. But, when your child reaches his teens and needs to individuate, your responsibility increases ten fold. Now your job description includes preparing your child for adulthood. So, what should teen rules look like? Mark Gregson who is a Christian author, speaker and CEO of Heartlight Ministries gives five important rules for parenting teens.

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Sunday 03/08/2015
Practical advice: 10 ways to avoid raising entitled children
Posted: March 08, 2015

If your children are under 12, you still have time to help them develop an overall sense of appreciation by following these helpful tips.

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Making your relationship great every day of the year
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:27 pm

Every year, just a couple of weeks after Christmas, Valentine’s Day decorations pop up everywhere. Valentine’s Day is a day that many couples look forward to, hoping that their partner will demonstrate to them how much they are appreciated and loved. But, if every day you show your loved one how much he or she is valued, I believe that Valentine’s Day will hold less importance.

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Friday 01/23/2015
The subject of forgiveness
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:27 pm

We hear a lot about forgiveness, but do we really know what it means? Webster’s dictionary defines forgiveness as a release from the guilt or penalty of an offense. Wikipedia says forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Avoid gift-giving chaos and enjoy the spirit of the holidays
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:27 pm

As we approach the holidays, family get-togethers are often anxiously anticipated. Unfortunately, the holiday season often brings about family chaos and hurt feelings.

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Monday 10/27/2014
Prevention of violence in children
Updated: August 05, 2015 - 7:46 am

October is Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness month; DV takes many forms, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child maltreatment, bullying, suicidal behavior, and elder abuse and neglect. These forms of violence are interconnected and often share the same root causes. They can also all take place under one roof, or in a given community or neighborhood and can happen at the same time or at different stages. Understanding the overlapping causes of violence and the things that can protect people and communities is important, and can help us better address violence in all its forms.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Life after work
Posted: August 21, 2014

Most people believe that retirement begins around the age of 60, give or take a few years. It is a time when we are no longer at work, and we are free to spend our time doing whatever we want. That is likely true for many retirees, but it is also partly true for everyone with a job … at least for some of the time.

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Friday 08/01/2014
Who all is going back to school?
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 9:44 am

It’s that time of year again when the kids are going back to school. Some students, who are on the year-round schedule, have already started. Others are going to start on Monday. From pre-school to college, students, parents and teachers are getting ready. But what about the rest of us?

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Friday 07/04/2014
Volunteering can add a little meaning to retirement
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 2:30 pm

When the subject of retirement comes up, it often conjures up images of lazy afternoons on a hammock, leisurely walks in the morning sunshine, floating peacefully on a raft in the pool, and other such restful, relaxing ways to spend time. Or retirement often implies completing all of the things on a “bucket list” before becoming too old to do so. Although these can certainly be some of the well-deserved choices of retirement, they don’t necessarily have to define the entire experience. Creatively and conscientiously spending one’s time in retirement is worth a little thought and consideration. One of the ways to create a meaningful retirement is volunteering. It offers purposeful activity and a sense of giving back to loved ones and the community.

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Saturday 06/07/2014
Eating and exercising on vacation
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 4:49 pm

With summer just around the corner, most of us are dreaming of our long-awaited vacations.

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
Underage drinking is risky business for homeowners
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Some parents enjoy planning celebrations for their high school-aged children, whether it’s for a birthday or school-related event like prom or graduation, or a team or club gathering. Unfortunately, these celebrations can also mean underage drinking. Some adults believe if they supervise drinking of young people in their homes, that it’s a better or safer alternative to unsupervised parties.

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Saturday 04/19/2014
How to pick the personal career coach that works for you
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 9:22 am

When you begin your workday you have two individuals who are competing to be your personal career coach for the day. The first, whose name is Donald (of the Trump variety) is dressed in a sleek, dark, and expensive suit and is waiting to take charge. Don carries all of the latest technology with everything organized, easily accessible, and he responds to emails, texts, and phone calls instantly. Don is very opinionated about everything relating to business and has the right to be since his experience and resume are perfect. Don is everything corporate America desires. Donald is going places!

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Saturday 03/22/2014
So what about those New Year’s resolutions?
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 4:49 pm

By March, many of us have long forgotten the New Year’s resolutions we made back in January. The diet, exercise and other promises we made seem long ago and far away. The responsibilities and demands of daily living often get in the way of our best intentions.

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Saturday 02/08/2014
How to make friends (and peace) with stress
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Stress! Stress! Stress! It’s a buzz word that seems to be in almost everyone’s vocabulary.

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