Holiday Season Is Here…I’m Not Ready

If you are like most people, you feel the holiday season is already here!  Yes, and like most, you say that every single year.  Thursday is Thanksgiving Day!  All the turkey dinner fixings are front and center in every grocery store. While many of us will still be savoring our dinners, others will be hitting those early bird Black Friday specials. Christmas now too…

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When Bullying Looked Like This

Bullying back in the day was limited to the school and playground. Now we also have cyberbullying. Whether we experienced it as kids or are now parents to a kid who is bullied or is bullying, we know the behavior can be destructive and deadly. We tell kids bullying is wrong. As parents, we tell our children not to engage in verbal, social or physical intimidation of their classmates. For the kids on the receiving end, we encourage them to seek help and speak up before it becomes a disruptive cycle.

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College Graduates: Moving Back Into Your Old Room

Many families will celebrate college graduations this month. For some families, a college graduate will be a first for the family, for others it will be a long tradition of turning tassels and tossing caps in the air. It is a milestone that conjures a range of emotion for both parents and college grads. Parents are proud to see their children earn degrees. Graduates immediately feel the pressure of being thought of as…

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A Mother’s Celebration

Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day. In the United States, it is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May.  Some countries celebrate on the same day. Others honor mothers on a different day.  It is an international celebration of the many things mom do. The modern day history of Mother’s Day in America dates back to 1905 after Anna Jarvis lost her mother. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist…

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Less Holiday Stress: Let Go Of Perfect

The pressure to have the perfect holiday is a breeding ground for stress.   We compare ourselves to  magazines, store displays, television and what our friends/family do with their holidays.   While those holiday advertisements  are perfect, they are staged.  They are not a real families, real homes, real gifts or even real food!   Our friends/family are real and their…

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Less Holiday Stress: Prep Early

This weekend is the first full weekend of the holiday season.  If you live New York City, the tree at Rockefeller Center has already made its way to the plaza.   The local mall in my community welcomed Santa with a parade, fireworks, snowflakes and other activities that left smiles on people’s faces. Retail stores are fully committed to reminding us the holiday…

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Autism: Behavioral Disorder Or A Public Nuisance?

A judge last month order residents of an area in Sunnyvale, CA into mediation in response to a lawsuit filed against parents of an autistic child. The 2014 lawsuit  asked that an 11 year old autistic boy be declared a public nuisance because of his alleged violent behavior.  Parents say their children have been slapped, kicked and hit by the 11 year old.   The neighbors say the…

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The Awareness And Fitness Combo

During the year, each month  spotlights a wide variety of issues through awareness campaigns. Many of the campaigns are associated with particular colors.   Profiling an issue for an entire month creates the opportunity to educate  the public on various health and safety matters.  The campaigns provide useful information and resources.   Organizers host  5k runs, walks, games, fairs or other community outreach. With cooler weather, our minds  turn to…

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Football Widows And Orphans

Do you feel your home is suddenly on pause during football season?  Many households will feel the stress of the gridiron.  It’s that time of the year when women feel they and their kids have taken back seats to football.   Men across America will  start holding vigils for all things football.  Football will seemingly take a hold on life only to let loose in February on Super Bowl Sunday.  Or is the shorter…

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