Four Steps to Help Parents Reduce Holiday Stress

Below, is a great article I found on handling the holidays with a house full of excited kids. Simple, straightforward parenting advice and helpful tips from Dr. Phelan’s award-winning, best-selling 1-2-3 Magic Parenting Program. The holidays are coming up, and although many parents look forward to having their children home from school, they also find that after a few days it isn’t so easy having the kids underfoot all the time. The youngsters are all excited about Christmas, they start fighting more often, and when they’re not doing that they complain to their parents that they’re bored. The Christmas holidays
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Thanksgiving Continues On

November is the month of Thanksgiving, the time of year when many of us turn our thoughts towards the many things we are grateful for.  Throughout the month I have read many blogs and updates from friends who have taken on the challenge to post their thoughts of gratitude online every day of the month.  Now on day 30, I would hope that they have created a habit and continue in their attitude of gratitude. New research shows that practicing gratitude may be the fastest single pathway to happiness, health, long life, and prosperity. In a remarkable study performed by Dr. Emmons, people
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Finding Lessons in What is Around You — Survivor

One of my favorite shows on TV is CBS’s Survivor.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s about 16 strangers that are sent to a deserted location (usually an exotic island) to fend for themselves for 39 days and see who can outwit, outplay, and outlast their competitors.  With limited supplies and no comforts from home, they are required to build their own shelter, gather food, and survive the elements of nature.  Every three days they compete in physically and mentally strategic challenges to determine who will have immunity from getting voted off the island by their fellow tribe members.  Then they
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What Is She Really Saying to You? Ladies, Be Careful With The Hidden Messages in Your Communication

This is a sample of some of the hidden messages we find in our communication when we don’t really mean what we say.  I pulled this off of a funny email that a friend sent me. I have to admit, that I’ve dished out a few of these myself. Ladies, be careful with what you are saying and how you say it.  Men, if the women in your life are communicating this way, we need to get you some help so the words that are said match the meaning intended.  In the meantime, hopefully this will help you translate. What Women really mean
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Summer is Coming to a Close. What Now?

Hopefully you have had a great summer and you are now headed back into the routines of your regular life. For many families this includes kids going back to school. As a kid I remember being so excited for summer break to start and then not more than about two weeks into the break, I found I was bored out of my mind. Come August, I found myself counting down the days until I went back to school. For many kids going back to school in the fall is a time of excitement: summer boredom is over, they get to see
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