Angie E. Mielke, Ph.D.

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  • Child and Family Psychology Center, LLC
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Contact me for: Whole-family wellness • Perinatal, infant, and early childhood mental health • Clinical services within the parent-child relationship • Infant and child emotional health.

I am a clinical psychologist with advanced, post-doctoral training specializing in perinatal, infant, and early childhood mental health, I provide clinical services within the context of the parent-child relationship supporting the transition to parenthood and infant/child emotional health.

Expert Articles by Angie E. Mielke, Ph.D.

Tackling Family Problems and Conflict

Cooking as a family fosters fun and creativity in the kitchen
Getting kids cooking in the kitchen is beneficial in so many ways. The no-pressure environment fostered by cooking as a family creates fun and creativity in the kitchen.Here’s a great recipe to try ...
Recipe: Black-eyed pea salsa
Here is a great salsa recipe that you can make with your kids that fosters fun and creativity in the kitchen. Make it as a side dish with dinner -- or ask your kids to make it for a snack during an a...

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Anxiety and Stress

Reduce and manage stress at work and at home to enjoy life more
Work stress is part of work, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Learning how to manage stress is a challenge and sometimes may feel like too much work, but if you are able to take small steps t...
Reduce stress and anxiety by unleashing your happy hormones
If you find yourself exhausted, overwhelmed, up and down and about to meltdown, its time to stop being stressed and depressed and learn how to unleash your happy hormones.You could be one of the 40 mi...
Manage and reduce stress by turning negative thoughts into positives
With a world filled with stress and us exposed to it at almost every turn, it can seem overwhelming. But these techniques can allow you to decrease your response to that stress and put yourself back i...
Energy EFT Tapping Points
Below are the EFT tapping points....
Practicing meditation can help you greatly reduce and manage stress
Above all, enjoy your meditation.Meditation is about you experiencing peace, joy, love, relaxation and more. So relax and have fun. Allow yourself the freedom to discovery your way of meditating. Who ...
Energy EFT and Emotrance can help your body heal from trauma
Energy EFT and Emo-Trance finally help solve problems in life that until now have been confusing and frustrating. With a little bit of help and dedication, you can help your body’s energy heal from ...
Manage your emotions to help you with stress, anxiety, and depression
Taking control of your mental health begins with recognizing what comprises a healthy emotional state and how to maintain it. During any transition, it is vital for students to obtain a healthy mental...
Expert advice for holistically reducing anxiety and learning to cope
Life is a skill that must constantly be developed and adapted with mindful and dedicated attention. To that end, individuals can certainly learn to employ a number of strategies and cultivate certain ...
Hidden stressors to be aware of to help you reduce anxiety and stress
Stress is one of the leading killers in the United States and given our fast paced lifestyle this is not likely to ever change. One area where stress impacts us is its affect on our blood sugar, which...
Holistically uplift your mental state, reduce stress, and enjoy life
Let’s begin to minimize our stress and achieve a clear mind. Try the above tips and remember, a stable mind is the key to total wellness....
Manage and control stress by learning coping techniques
Stress is an intrinsic part of our busy and overscheduled lives. It’s something unavoidable and we all face a certain amount on a daily basis. The amount of stress and how it manifests both physical...
Expert advice for understanding and treating your anxiety disorder
A very important do and don’t for anyone diagnosed with an anxiety disorder is reading all the information available online. There is a lot of great information about anxiety disorders on the intern...
Confront and overcome your fears and phobias with this expert advice
Fear is something that we all live with in some form or fashion. And, despite how real and scary it can feel, it is actually just an illusion we create in our own minds. The good news is we can work o...
Holistically reduce anxiety by instilling a healthy lifestyle
Anxiety affects an overwhelming amount of Americans. While some anxiety and stress can help to optimize your potential, unrelenting anxiety and stress can be detrimental to your health and well-being....
Hypnosis is a great way to help you overcome your fears
Like every kind of treatment, hypnosis doesn’t have a perfect success rate, and it’s not for absolutely everyone. But it can be highly effective for treating fears and phobias. Just make sure you ...
Stress relief advice to help you chill out and enjoy life
Life is not a race, so why rush? Slow down and your stress levels will drop significantly.Many people get so caught up in the stresses of everyday life that they accept that there is nothing they can ...
What you need to know about understanding and overcoming anxiety
Anxiety can easily make us feel trapped and disempowered. However, it is really not the emotion that keeps us stuck, but the ways we approach it. We either start frantically looking for potential dang...
Defeat anxiety by healing past memories and empowering yourself
There are many ways that you can change your thinking when you feel anxious. Apply the techniques and you not only can eliminate anxiety, but you will feel empowered that you can control your thinking...
Overcome your fear of flying when nothing else seems to help
Fear of flying can be overcome. But if the things you have tried have not worked for you, that doesn’t mean you are hopeless. It only means the things you tried were inadequate. ...
Naturally manage stress and anxiety during the holiday season
Adding even just a few of these tips will help you manage stress, reduce anxiety, and enjoy the holiday season more fully! Be sure to breathe, exercise, and not overcommit yourself to too many things....
Talk to a therapist to help manage and overcome your anxiety
Anxiety can be at its worst, debilitating, and at its best, annoying. It is also very common among people for a variety of reasons. If you feel anxious, do not be embarrassed or too stubborn to get he...
Reduce your holiday stress and enjoy the season
By following these steps during Christmas and New Year’s, this time of year can really be an opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. Make the decision that this year you’re going t...
Take charge and reduce stress on a daily basis with this advice
Simple, yet powerful, reminders of the heavy loads of life that we carry around with us each day, and that all too often we simply accept rather than address, is helpful in learning how to manage your...
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) helps treat PTSD
EMDR is a comprehensive treatment approach that incorporates components of a number of different psychotherapies. It proposes that a traumatic event can be so overwhelming that it freezes the informat...
Simple tips to help manage anxiety and stay in control
Be encouraged and enthusiastic! You are not alone and many understand and empathize with your plight and the very real ramifications it can have in one’s life, including damaging relationships in so...
Meditative techniques throughout your workday can reduce stress
Calming the nervous system by engaging the parasympathetic response, lowers stress hormones, signals to the brain that it is ok to relax, and allows the body and mind to start functioning at a more op...
Control your emotions and reduce anxiety without therapy
This article teaches you basic ways to stop feeling the way you do not want to feel. It also helps you to accept your thoughts as they are, so that you are able to move past them, control your emotion...

Marriage and Couples

Get help if you are unsure of your marriage or relationship
Making a decision about changing a relationship is one of the hardest things that people do. When there are kids involved, that decision making process is even harder. Give yourself the time that you ...
Date night is a must for parents to ensure a healthy relationship
Finding the opportunity, and the courage, to spend time alone with your partner isn’t easy for many parents. Not only are there the very real demands of modern family life, fear and hesitation may b...
Parents can still have a romantic relationship while raising kids
Most long-term couples - especially parents - go through periods when their romantic life loses its vitality. While it can be pretty distressing, try to regard it as a normal stage in the life span of...
Admitting when you are wrong supports a healthy relationship
Remember, the one who apologizes or gives into their partner is not admitting they are wrong, but supporting their relationship over their point of view. And true love always overcomes self-righteousn...
Save your relationship with an experienced marriage counselor
You want to pick a marriage counselor who has a good amount of experience and who focuses on marital issues as his focus of work. It is also important to get a counselor who will help you experience c...
Expert advice for a strong and passionate marriage and relationship
Strengthening your marriage is a necessity, not a luxury. Marriages cannot afford to be in an inert or status quo state. We need to work on ourselves and the relationship to get the most out of it. As...
Expert advice on meditation and how it can improve your relationship
Meditation, being mindful, and appreciative will improve all aspects of your life and relationship. Just like going to the gym, the most important thing is to start and be consistent, and all the bene...
Get the love you want in your relationship with help from a therapist
You may ask yourself, what can I get out of couples therapy? The answer lies in what you are hoping to learn about yourself, your partner and/or your troubled relationship. People go to couples counse...
Maintaining sexual and emotional intimacy is vital for parents
Many couples will make changes in their lives for the sake of their children before they will do it for themselves. But having a thriving, robust sex life is possible when you have children. In fact, ...
Expert advice for keeping the romance alive after having a baby
Most new parents feel daunted by the difficulty of keeping their sex life alive. Faced with the multitude of challenges that come home with the baby, it can feel like an unsolvable riddle. But with so...
Do you tell your fiancee that you don't love the engagement ring?
The Maybe Factor: If it’s a family heirloom, all bets are off and a whole new set of rules apply.Prevention is always best. If you slip your partner hints from the beginning, most of this could have...
Emotionally connect to make it a good relationship and marriage
Emotional connection is an essential ingredient in a healthy relationship. It is built and destroyed by the way you handle little everyday things. As the saying goes “The devil is in the details.”...
Parents can rekindle their intimacy to create a strong marriage
Intentional acts of love, kindness and sensuality stimulate the part of our brain that thinks, “Yes, I am a sexy person and not just a parent.” These small connections may not be explicitly sexual...
Great first wedding anniversary gift ideas for your husband
Whether it’s a special watch, cufflinks or a ring, there are many unique jewelry pieces that you can purchase for your husband on your first wedding anniversary. Consider these tips to find the perf...
Fostering strong connections is essential to family well-being
Creating traditions of connection in your relationship is vital for building a lasting bond. Work with each other on introducing and nurturing behaviors that will put you back on the path towards each...
Create meaningful relations by nurturing fulfillment and intimacy
Sustaining long-term intimacy is real and attainable. By following these steps and making a commitment to practice, you can achieve new levels of happiness and fulfillment with your partner and in you...
Understand the 4C's and get the best value when buying a diamond
From understanding diamond grades to knowing your lady’s preferences, from asking if a diamond is color treated to watching out for simulants, it’s important to have background knowledge before yo...
How to create the perfect marriage and avoid divorce
The power to create a successful marriage lies in our very own hands. Divorce can truly be avoided if we each do our part to foster a climate of love, devotion and commitment. We must recognize the pa...
Plan the perfect Valentine's Day for your wife or girlfriend
Valentine’s Day is about celebrating your relationship, and expressing your love. It’s the thoughtful little things that show you truly care; so swap the pricey present for a new experience togeth...
Tips to ensure parenting does not interfere with your marriage
Being a parent is tough. But it doesn’t have to interfere with your marriage. Parenting and marriage should both be fun. And if one is causing problems for the other, that’s a sign that you are do...
How to put the sizzle in your sex life regardless of your age
Acknowledge, address and resolve your issues in and out of the bedroom. We all need more fun in our lives. So beginning today, talk to your partner and jointly make a decision to take whatever steps a...
Improve your marriage and relationship through better communication
Even if your relationship is on a rocky road at the moment, smoother sailing can be just ahead. Strengthening your communication skills and making time to connect every day will go a long way to impro...
An unplugged weekend getaway will do wonders for a relationship
A change in scenery and pace creates the opportunity to change your perspective. Getting out of your routine shakes things up and helps you rediscover and rejuvenate yourself and your relationship. Th...
How can married couples thrive when one partner has adult ADHD?
It is possible that you are one of the millions of couples whose relationship is on the rocks because of undiagnosed adult ADHD. If you think you detect symptoms of ADHD, such as chronic distraction a...

Raising Teens

Help your teenager cope with their anger management problem
When a person expresses their anger, that is a normal human emotion. To expect people not to get angry is not realistic (unless you have a lobotomy). It is how we present our anger that is important. ...
Viewing your teen as a developing adult can improve your relationship
Your teenager needs your love and support to succeed. Work to see your teen as a developing adult, who can be frustrating, and whose actions can be alarming. Try to treasure the child you have and to ...
Raising preteens and laying a positive foundation for the future
The preteen years can be incredibly fun and enriching for parents and children. However, you must rethink your parenting style from when your children were younger. Be sure to enjoy their energy and e...
Support your teen's academic success and healthy development
Support your teens in their academic pursuits in practical ways, such as leaving time for homework, as well as in emotional ways, such as empathizing with challenges and talking through possible appro...
Helping your teen navigate the college admissions process
The college search and admissions process is a complicated one, and it is natural for parents to want to help their children through it. By following these tips, you can make the process less stressfu...
Independent college consultants can help teens apply to college
Given the lack of college counseling in many of our nation’s high schools, it is completely understandable why families are relying more on independent college consultants. By following the advice i...
Teach your teenager how to avoid substance abuse
Hopefully this article has made it a little easier for you as a parent to understand how to better prevent your child from developing a substance addiction as they grow older. Raising a child can be o...
Keep your teenage driver safe behind the wheel and on the road
When it comes to driving, teens are young and inexperienced. As a result, we expect them to have a few bumps in the road when learning such an important skill. Because this is the first legal responsi...
Learn the facts on teen driving safety
Use this infographic to encourage your teenager to take responsibility on the road, and to help them be a safe driver now and into adulthood....
Raise a respectful, polite teen by setting appropriate boundaries
Parenting tweens and teens is tough. They are emotional, dramatic, egocentric and strong in their beliefs. But they are also watching, listening and wanting a parent to parent them. Always keep in min...
Supporting your teenage daughter through the dating experience
The dating experience is full of joy and heartbreak. It is vital to be supportive and encouraging, while also setting boundaries and limits. Remember to help educate your daughter about her body and h...
Improve your teen parenting by understanding the teenage years
When raising teens, remember that children of all ages, including teenagers—replete with raging hormones and drama—make us smile, energize us, frustrate us, annoy us, anger us, pull for others to ...
How do I relate to and communicate with my teenager?
Raising teens in today’s complex world can be quite challenging. The key to success is understanding your teenagers and their behavior, as well as learning to effectively communicate and connect....
Help and protect your teen who practices self-injury and cutting
If you have discovered that your child is self-harming, this is an extremely difficult time for the both of you. Please find professional help for them and for yourself. Cutting, burning, and otherwis...
Are there any signs of abuse in your teenager's relationship?
Teens must understand that healthy relationships are about feeling good and feeling safe. And they should never settle for less. Deciding whom to have a relationship with is one of the most precious g...
Effectively communicate with your teenager about substance abuse
Preventing drug use is an important part of parenting, which can be made easier through awareness, education and understanding. Active involvement in communication and teaching by example are effectiv...
What's the best way for parents to discuss sexuality with boys?
Sexuality is a complex topic that deserves lots of conversation and parental input. For the vast majority of teens and adults, dating, romance, and sexuality form a central part of their identity and ...
Teen sexting: What all parents need to know
With the advent of many new picture/video sharing apps, it’s easier than ever to share with friends, family - and even strangers - across the globe. While picture/video sharing can be a wonderful wa...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in teenagers
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Help teens build resiliency, improve coping skills and ease stress
Although parents can feel helpless when they see teens suffering from stress, we have the power to greatly reduce their pressures and promote their resiliency. Knowing how chronic stress undermines su...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in your teen
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Parenting your rebellious teen and encouraging healthy independence
It is a challenging time for the both of you. Your teen is trying to be an individual and may be struggling with low self-esteem, peer pressure, anxiety and depression and you are struggling with thei...
Get a plan and the tools to communicate with your college freshman
Undoubtedly, freshman year is extremely challenging for most families. However, if you keep the communication channels open, the process can be a little less painful and far less stressful—for the e...
Teach your teens to recognize the dangers of distracted driving
There are only two types of distracted drivers: Those who already have caused harm and those who will. Safe drivers are different from lucky drivers. The good news is that distracted driving is preven...
How can you help your child sustain long-term addiction recovery?
Addiction is a disease, and recovery is a process that can be navigated successfully. Like all teenagers, youth with a substance use disorder, who are in recovery, still need structure, reinforcers, c...
How should you talk to your teenage daughter about dating violence?
Make the conscientious decision to discuss dating violence with your daughter as early as possible. By having these conversations with your daughter, she will become educated about what dating violenc...
Parents must create an addiction prevention family plan for teens
Addiction and substance use/abuse is a complex problem. There are no definite rules on how to deal with it in the home. It intersects both biology and behavior, and is one of the most debilitating and...
How should parents talk with their teenagers about substance use?
It is a fact that adolescence is the primary period of risk and onset for substance use. Parents must keep in mind that smart parenting is essential during this time. When talking with teens about use...
Support teens in making good choices regarding drugs and alcohol
Parents must be aware of how to help teens manage the use of alcohol and drugs. Remember that teens will be more influenced by the example you set than what you say. Teens want your attention, whether...
Help your teenagers leave home with resilience and perseverance
“A teenager learns what he lives, and becomes what she experiences.”When you are an active listener and limit your preaching and passing of judgments, you will elicit conversations where teens sha...
Parents can lead teens to a connected life free from addiction
We live in a society of disconnection and competition. We are bombarded with messages to get ahead, be thinner, faster and smarter than our competition. Since we are herd animals, this disconnection f...

Kids with Special Needs

Sustain a happy marriage while raising a child with special needs
Successful marriages lead to successful families. Parents are capable of stronger parenting only when their marital relationship is healthy and solid. As a result, it is important to recognize the imp...
Build a positive sibling relationship within a special needs family
Because a great deal of complexity and individuality exists within families, the effects of having a sibling with disabilities can vary greatly depending on the child. Typical siblings are at risk for...
Giving much-needed support to parents of children with special needs
Parents raising a child with special needs must work to rebuild their dreams to accommodate the reality of their child’s disability and limitations. They must re-imagine the life their child will le...
Educate and communicate with special needs children to prevent abuse
When parents think of abuse prevention for typical children and for children with special needs, they may assume that information should be completely different. In truth, the same information needs t...
Special needs children's skills improve with Applied Behavior Analysis
Starting an ABA program for a child with special needs can be overwhelming for any family. Your ABA providers should help you navigate through the process and create a plan that will help you and your...
Helping your child overcome anxiety is not an impossible task
Helping children overcome anxiety can be quite overwhelming for a parent, caregiver or teacher. However, it is not impossible. Focusing more on “being” with the child, instead of “doing” for t...
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of applying empirically-validated principles to improve socially-significant behavior, such as language, adaptive living skills and social skills. It is ...
Managing a child’s mental illness begins with an informed parent
Parents raising a child with mental illness have a choice: View your child’s illness as a huge life setback -- or consider this an opportunity to grow in a way you never dreamed possible. The tips i...
Successfully tackling learning challenges at school begins at home
Life is one, big learning experience. As parents of students with learning difficulties begin to apply the advice described above, they may witness a renewed sense of academic self-esteem in their stu...
Music therapy can help improve learning, growth and development
Music is an extremely useful motivator for children with special needs. Because they are constantly exploring their environment, music therapy is an excellent modality to achieve learning, growth and ...
What is music therapy?
Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship....
Successfully manage disagreements and conflict in the IEP process
Parents play an active role in their child’s IEP process, but this experience often feels extremely daunting and overwhelming. Successfully managing disagreements and conflict within the process is ...
Inclusive education for students with disabilities benefits everyone
Inclusion brings about many wonderful benefits for ALL students. With a few simple tools and a strong belief that it can work, teachers will be successful at welcoming students of all abilities into t...
A successful IEP meeting requires effective parent participation
The IEP is the most important tool parents have when their child is receiving special education services. However, in order for the tool to be effective, parents must learn how to navigate the process...
Preparation is critical when relocating a family with disabilities
Relocating a family to a new state or city can be very stressful and overwhelming--and this stress tends to increase when a child has disabilities. Because it is critical for families to be prepared b...
Focus on basic human needs to help kids with difficult behaviors
Children with disabilities have basic needs just like everyone else. If you don't have the time or energy to follow all of these do’s and don’ts, be sure to remember these two critical ideas: Taki...
Animal-assisted interventions are beneficial for kids with needs
AAI can be very helpful for kids with special needs. If you are interested in trying this therapy modality, research local therapy dog groups in your area. Another option is training your own dog -- i...
Ensure a smooth new school year for your child with special needs
It is very important to get the school year off to a great start and keep the momentum going throughout the entire year. Develop positive relationships with your child’s entire educational team, as ...
Well-planned vacations are critical for kids with special needs
Most importantly, never forget that your family vacation is supposed to be FUN. A little extra planning may take time, but could make your adventure more enjoyable....
Planning transportation services for students with disabilities
The best educational program for a child will not be effective if the child can’t get to and from school. Thus, special education law requires that students with disabilities, who need transportatio...
Addressing the issue of sexuality with kids with special needs
As parents and supporters, we need to be ready for puberty. Unfortunately, there are no manuals that tell us how to talk to our children with disabilities about sexuality. This advice provides parents...
Choose a safe therapeutic barn for kids involved in equine therapy
There is a growing trend in the use of horses as a fun, therapeutic tool. This trend ultimately leads to more and more barns and riding centers providing EAAT. Choosing a safe barn with qualified inst...
Dads must be present when helping raise a child with special needs
Raising a child with special needs is a moment-by-moment experience. Average men show their love and support through action. However, sometimes pausing, taking a step back and being calm and present i...
Develop open communication with the teacher of your special needs child
It is very important to create consistent and open communication with your child’s teacher. Keeping a daily communication log is the key to this communication. Be sure to develop two-way communicati...
Emergency preparedness is critical for individuals with disabilities
Emergency preparedness is the personal responsibility of every individual and every family. Individuals have the duty to think about--and plan--for their own safety and the safety of their family. Whi...
Encouraging independence is critical for kids with special needs
Families need to decide how much their child with special needs is able to make educational, vocational and medical decisions. From an early age, children should be encouraged to be as independent as ...
Make airline travel easy for families with physical disabilities
Flying is the most convenient and safest way to travel. Once you master the details, traveling with your disabled child will be no more difficult than getting out of bed every day. The travel experien...
Encouraging friendships between kids with disabilities and peers
The grade school years should be filled with friendships and learning for all students, including those with special needs. Teaching typically-developing students how to be friends with those who are ...
Helping sibs of kids with disabilities manage embarrassment
Growing up is not always easy. Standing out in a crowd and managing extreme feelings of embarrassment can make life even more difficult. While you may just want to belong to a typical family at times,...
Helping sibs advocate for people with intellectual disabilities
Don’t be afraid to use your creative skills in advocating for individuals with disabilities. The ideas are endless. Just remember that even though you are just one person, you can make a difference....
Helping children with special needs improve health and fitness
To become ambassadors for our own health, we have to start somewhere. Using this advice will help your family make the right choices for a healthy lifestyle, so that they, too, can become ambassadors ...
Help your child with sensory processing disorder to succeed
Children with sensory processing disorder may have difficulty completing everyday activities, leading to frustration and behavioral difficulties. Consistency of approach, predictable routines and plan...
Navigating swim lessons for kids with and without disabilities
Swimming is a great physical and social activity that promotes health and wellness for all individuals. The key to having successful swim lessons is preparing your child for expectations and the envir...
Support groups help mothers raising kids with disabilities
Being a member of a support group can provide moms with strength and help them feel less alone in the world. A support group gives them a much-needed outlet when they have difficulty communicating wit...
Easing the stress of airline travel for children with special needs
Parents must be thoughtful and strategic when traveling with a child with special needs. While the advice in this article will make travel less daunting, it is important to have an open, frank discuss...
Meltdowns: help for kids with special needs and their parents
It can be extremely stressful to experience a meltdown. But with a little planning and organization, you can stay calm to provide support, structure and reassurance....
Help to prepare your kid with disabilities for employment success
Young adults with developmental disabilities are capable of incredible things, including careers that allow them to live happily and independently. But finding this career involves a great deal of pla...
Providing access to dance classes for kids with special needs
Every individual who enjoys dance should have the opportunity to participate. The experience of enjoying the movement, costumes, music and social interaction of dance is quite fulfilling. Giving child...
Providing lifetime care for your child with special needs
Handling all aspects of special needs planning creates the greatest piece of mind that a caregiver can have. If one aspect is missed, it can disrupt all of the other planning, creating disastrous resu...
Expert advice on helping your child with dyslexia learn to read
Understanding dyslexia and how it works is the first step in helping your child. While dyslexia can make it quite challenging for kids to learn to read, it is not an impossible feat. There are numerou...
Planning for the future care of your child with special needs
These financial conversations are not fun. They are uncomfortable, scary and overwhelming. The key is to surround yourself with the appropriate supports and commit to take action to reduce the stress....
Using music to bring together kids with and without special needs
Having typically-developing siblings and peers join in musical experiences with children with special needs can be wonderful if done correctly. The key is to create a positive, fulfilling experience f...
Obtaining a school evaluation for kids with possible special needs
It is difficult for parents to watch their children struggle in school. However, parents should not feel alone. It is the job of the school to help your child. As a result, it is very important for pa...
Managing embarrassment of a brother or sister with special needs
During embarrassing situations, all siblings and parents must remember that this is their family and the best support they can receive is from each other. Talk to each other and, most importantly, lis...
Teach home and community safety skills to kids with special needs
It is important to teach safety skills to children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Having a good safety plan, teaching safety skills across a variety of settings and situations, and ens...
Donating your child's blood and tissue samples for research
One of the main barriers to finding treatments or cures for rare, genetic diseases is the lack of available human cell and tissue resources for scientists to use to test potential drug compounds or ge...
Art therapy helps cultivate development in children with special needs
Children living with special needs, like all children, want to be able to express themselves and be successful. Art therapy is a beneficial and enjoyable way to help support your child’s development...
Self-care is critical for parents raising kids with disabilities
The greatest gift that parents can give their children is to be a healthy mom and dad. While we often start the New Year with promises of changing our lifestyle--and improving our lives and the lives ...
Find the best adaptive dance class for your child with special needs
There are many benefits to enrolling your child in a dance or movement class. As advances are made in adaptive dance education, more options are becoming available. With just a few extra steps, you ca...
What is sensory processing disorder and how parents manage it
Children with sensory processing issues live in a world that is confusing, disruptive and often scary to their nervous system. Tackling these issues therapeutically can be a lot of work for children a...
Your special needs child can feel free and bloom at summer camp
Going to camp is an exciting experience for any child--and it is an opportunity worth pursuing for your child with special needs. Take time to review each and every camp opportunity. Don’t limit you...
Families with disabilities must help maintain balance for siblings
Siblings of kids with disabilities are in a unique position and require extra caution and sensitivity from parents. Helping your typical kids to have a balanced life without overwhelming expectations ...
Advocating for your child's IEP goals requires planning and vision
Deciding IEP goals and designing your child’s special education plan can be one of the most frustrating and rewarding experiences. The law supports not only your child receiving an appropriate educa...
Understanding how to achieve inclusion for kids with disabilities
Any question of school inclusion can be answered with an enthusiastic YES! With intentionality and care, inclusion can be planned and carried out joyfully and creatively in direct consultation with th...
Parents must effectively communicate with their child's IEP team
As a parent, communicating effectively with the IEP team is a skill you must master to assure your child is receiving an appropriate education. You are your child’s IEP team leader. Documenting conc...
Stress-free IEP meetings can lead to better outcomes for students
It is possible to have less stress at IEP meetings, which will lead to better outcomes for students. Meetings are more successful when parents come prepared to give their valuable input, are committed...
Planning for the future needs of your child with a disability
When you are gone, nobody can replace the love and understanding you have for your son or daughter. However, with proper planning, you can leave family members and professionals with the tools they ne...
Advice for choosing care providers for kids with special needs
Caring for your child is a lifelong obligation. By assembling a team of care providers whom you trust and can rely on when things are tough, your family will be able to navigate the challenges with co...
Parents raising kids with special needs must manage their stress
Parents of special needs children suffer increased levels of stress. For the sake of their own health and sanity, they need to learn to manage their stress. Taking time to nurture yourself as a parent...

Being a Better Parent

Mom-trepreneupship: how to be successful as a mother and a mogul
Small things like taking deep breaths to center yourself, and pacing yourself by doing one thing at a time can help you maintain your professional career while not making your children suffer. Finding...
Empowered mothers can help raise happy and healthy children
Mothers need to focus on the important business of raising happy and healthy kids with confidence, inner strength and support. If you’re a member of the motherhood club, give yourself a pat on the b...
Empowering mothers: The National Motherhood Decisions Survey
In conjunction with the StrongMoms Empower program, the National Motherhood Decisions Survey was conducted to gauge how moms feel supported or judged. This infographic illustrates the survey findings,...
Striving to be a better parent means being a better human
What does it mean to be a good parent? What does it mean to be human? If you look into another person’s eyes, you will find a human who is tender and vulnerable, one who pursues security, happiness ...
Helping families manage stress throughout the holiday season
While some holiday stress is negative, some aspects are positive. This is an exciting time of year, ripe with new possibilities. But when it comes all at once with no reprieve, holiday stress can plac...
Being playful and bonding with kids through inventive games
There are many potential moments throughout the day for play. When you want to get things done quickly, have your kids act like Lightning McQueen. And when you want things to be slow, channel Eeyore. ...
Parental behavior can stimulate brain and body chemistry in kids
Today’s parents and children experience a great deal of stress. Being in a constant state of stress upsets the body and brain chemistry, and can cause ill health. This high level of stress requires ...
Creating enjoyable indoor movement games for your entire family
Playing with your children is a wonderful way to connect, lighten the mood and reinforce skills. A simple game can turn a difficult moment into a fun experience, while also enhancing coordination and ...
Parenting strategies to discipline kids and help them thrive
Remember that by understanding your child’s threshold for stress and connecting with them in meaningful ways will have a positive effect on their development. Don’t shy away from being vulnerable ...
Expert advice for being the father you always dreamed of being
Raising children has been described by many as the most difficult and rewarding challenge that life has thrown their way. It is vital to remember that in all the chaos and joy, you need to take care o...
Prepare for and manage the challenges of parenting a preemie
Most parents expect to have a healthy, full-term birth, so having a premature baby sets off a rollercoaster of emotions. Having a premature baby is a challenging experience that will expose you to a u...
Achieving successful work-life balance is possible for parents
Work-life balance for working parents will look different for every parent and every family. To make it work, be sure to define it for you and your family, take stock of your current situation and wha...
Making the journey of fatherhood rewarding for dads and kids
Whether by looking inward or expressing outward, the sometimes choppy waters of dadhood can always be sailed with confidence, courage and calm when love provides the unwavering underpinning of every d...
Run your family like a business to improve parental effectiveness
Running your family like a business can help improve parental effectiveness. And creating a family mission statement is the first step in parenting effectively. When parents are intentional in designi...
Teaching girls the importance of learning to accept compliments
If we are attempting to raise a generation of strong boys and girls, parents must be able to teach them that compliments are a good thing. A genuine compliment tells us that someone appreciates a look...
Educate your kids about the value of saving money and budgeting
Keep in mind that your kids do not need the “stuff” money can buy half as much as they need the time you give teaching them how long it takes to save for that “stuff.” It is vital for parents ...
Enhance your family connections by adding the joy of laughter
Laughter is extremely important to our overall health and well-being. Not only is it beneficial for our individual well-being, but also for our relationships as well. Laughter facilitates creativity a...
Fathers have the power to influence the lives of their daughters
The important thing to remember is that you are her daddy. Moms are wonderful and they can be many things, but they cannot be dads. A divorce is never a reason to stop being a dad, nor is moving far a...
Teaching responsibility to children means holding them accountable
Many parents search for answers on how to help their kids get their lives on track. The answer is that parents must actually change the way they raise their kids. This involves actions, not words. Mak...
Teaching dads how to build emotional safety within their families
Dads have a very special gift they can give to their families. They can build trust when they choose to consistently shower their family with approval, acceptance and unconditional love. A dad can bui...
Nurturing yourself leads to nurturing the development of your kids
Mindful awareness is the practice of stillness, the awareness of the present moment with acceptance. When we practice observing our FITS, we may uncover underlying beliefs and attitudes that are limit...
Getting organized can improve family order, calm and relationships
Your home is your sanctuary. By following these simple do’s and don’ts, you can restore order and peace to your home and family. Remember, the steps are simple, but not always easy. Make a commitm...
Mindful parenting: cultivate greater awareness, presence and joy
The goal of parenting is to raise a secure, confident, well-adjusted adult. A happy childhood is a bonus. Mindful parenting allows you to become the best parent you can be by providing the skills to c...
How can parents help their children enhance motivation and focus?
Parents must help undo what culture has done to today’s kids by creating a counter-culture within our environment. To be successful, we must get kids used to only one choice, slow down our pace, set...
Teach gratitude to your children through everyday interactions
Teaching children gratitude is extremely important. Children who display high levels of gratitude are less materialistic, have more self-discipline and are likely to engage in less dangerous behaviors...
Moms must let go of the supermom mentality and embrace each day
Letting go of the supermom mentality might not be easy, but it will be liberating and fulfilling. And it will allow you to embrace at least some of the moments in the day, rather than rushing through ...
Help your kids make a positive difference through volunteering
If none of these ideas appeal to you, get together with your kids to put on your creative hats and come up with your own ideas. Better yet, get your kids and their friends together to brainstorm as a ...
Prepare daughters to live happy, fulfilled lives through empowerment
Empowerment breeds confidence--and confidence is a key component to successful living. Girls often face unique challenges as they grow up that can prevent them from learning how to successfully naviga...
Advice for parents striving to raise strong, confident daughters
Your daughter is a one-of-a-kind superstar. Parents can ensure their daughter achieves her potential by creating an environment where she grows up believing in herself and her abilities.Providing a go...
Everyone can play a parenting role to help teens stay connected
Apathy is a common problem in young people today. It is more than a lack of motivation. Apathy is lacking a reasonable goal or worse, being focused on the wrong goal. Parenting our young people (and t...

Raising Healthy and Happy Kids

Helping kids feel comfortable and safe in the water is key
Time spent at the pool can be some of the happiest experiences in a person’s life. Enjoy these moments, always stay positive, and laugh and play with your children. Pick out fun bathing suits, caps,...
Optimizing brain enrichment through positive digital screen time
MRI studies show that the use of imagination and multisensory experiences increase blood flow to the brain. This is connected to neuronal activity, where new synapses can be created and dormant ones a...
De-stressing doctor visits fosters a lifetime of health for kids
By following this advice, regular doctor visits will be a piece of cake. Remember, it is possible to turn potentially dreadful experiences into fun events for your children. And making a visit to the ...
Being proactive can help emotionally traumatized kids to heal
Children can be traumatized as a result of bullying, violence or threats. However, by being prepared and knowledgeable, parents can help minimize the effects and begin the healing process....
Proper nutrition can improve kids' learning and behavior problems
Providing and encouraging a healthy diet can be a big challenge for busy parents. And in some homes, a child’s diet is non-negotiable because it is so important for health. However, the bottom line ...
Help guide your child’s path to effectively coping with anxiety
Anxiety is a normal emotion that all humans--including children--experience on a routine basis. However, children can experience anxiety to such a degree that it negatively impacts life or causes subs...
Establishing safe, fun and productive bath time for children
Safely bathing oneself is an extremely important skill for children to learn as they develop and become independent. However, bath time tends to be a stressful experience for many parents and children...
Jumpstart your family’s day with a positive morning routine
The morning routine contributes to children’s overall health and happiness. Following a good morning routine can squash speed bumps and get the day started in a positive way for the entire family....
Parents should influence their children to eat healthy and exercise
Don’t let your child be a statistic in the obesity epidemic. Start putting these tips into practice, creating healthy habits for you and your children, who will then be more likely to do the same fo...
Finding a happy medium when enrolling kids in afterschool activities
Before you commit your child to an activity, make sure you examine your needs, your child’s needs and what is best for the entire family. Remember to focus on the big picture when making these decis...
Advice for raising emotionally happy and healthy twins and triplets
Raising multiple-birth children is a challenge. It is important to avoid or diffuse competition and fighting. Additionally, respecting your children’s need for individuality, while respecting the tw...
Creating healthy and happy mealtimes for children and parents
Family mealtime is a crucial time to connect with your children and family--and to truly embrace each other. This is the time to create rituals and togetherness, as well as to serve healthy, nutritiou...
Helping the entire family achieve a stress-free holiday season
The holidays are a wonderful time of year because they encourage families to spend time together. The season also presents the perfect opportunity for parents to reinforce the importance of giving, sh...
How you can boost your children’s self-worth and self-esteem
Via positive reinforcement, strength based therapy and promoting socialization along with several group activities, children can become the most productive, capable citizens they can be as opposed to ...
How can parents raise happy children with balanced priorities?
There is no magic bullet that will guarantee your child’s long-term happiness. But the good news is that parents are in the best possible position to help their children develop a skill set that wil...
Family meals foster healthy eating habits and close connections
While many parents understand that family meals are important, they are not making the effort, due to conflicting schedules and the need to multitask. But separate meals result in a lack of cohesivene...
Advice for motivating your kids and supporting their successes
Every child wants to achieve success. No child wants to fail. So it is important to protect your child's motivation. If you see your children becoming discouraged in their school work or in a new acti...
Parents can help kids make a difference in the lives of others
The benefits that kids get from volunteering are quite amazing and life changing. It is important to show children early on that they can have a positive impact on the lives of others. While Alex woul...
Help your children develop confidence and a healthy body image
The Girl and Boy World will inevitably attempt to convince your children that they must conform to a specific way of looking and acting. While it is extremely difficult to completely protect your chil...
Teach your anxious child better ways to cope and manage behaviors
Remember that anxiety is a normal part of life, but some children struggle with it more than others. Collaborate with your children to find effective strategies to decrease their anxiety, such as an a...
Helping girls love their bodies and cultivate healthy self-esteem
Girls must stop viewing themselves as imperfect pieces, but rather as unique and a one-of-a-kind creations. They must be taught to practice self-acceptance in each moment, and to stop hating themselve...
How can parents help their children minimize unnecessary stress?
You cannot escape all stress. While it is important to recognize that some stress is good, when your child becomes anxious, weepy and unable to focus, it is time to make changes in your family’s lif...
Parents can teach children to recognize and label their emotions
Young children deal with many of the same emotions that adults do. They feel happy, angry, embarrassed, sad, frustrated and nervous. However, they often do not have the words to talk about how they ar...
Expert advice for parents trying to raise emotionally-healthy twins
Whether it is relationship problems, career concerns or existential dilemmas, if you have a close connection to each of your twins, they will likely come to you for your guidance and input. Understand...
How can you raise body-confident kids in an image-obsessed society?
While body image issues are on the rise in children, parents are not powerless when it comes to helping their kids grow up with the confidence they deserve. By being vigilant of the messages they are ...
Expert advice on raising honest children
Being honest is a lifelong process that begins early. Use every opportunity to nurture and grow your child's honesty....
Broaden your child's diet and establish healthy eating behaviors
Every parent wishes to raise a good eater who is excited to experiment with new foods. But kids are notoriously picky. Instead of giving up and making the same three dishes over and over again, try to...

Coping with Death and Grief

Cope with grief in a culture that tends to not honor bereavement
Perhaps you’ve already noticed, the most important thing we need to do when we’re grieving is to love ourselves deeply. This is easier for some and not as easy for others. If we already know ourse...
Learn how to cope when a loved one commits suicide
I hope that this discussion of an admittedly difficult topic helps. Perhaps the best reaction to suicide is re-dedicating our lives to creating a better world in which those who are suffering so have ...
Use memories of the person you lost to help you grieve
There are many ways to use your memories to help yourself through the loss of a loved one. You can enjoy thinking about the happy memories, and you do not have to stay angry, sad, or have regrets. Goi...
Participating in a grief support group can benefit your well-being
Groups that are created to support and provide community for those dealing with grief make an important impact. There is one constant in the journey of someone who has lost a loved one: something big ...
Grieving is normal, but it's vital to do so in a healthy way
While grief is often described as a “process,” the truth is the process is never the same for anyone. Just as our interpersonal relationships with friends and family are different and ever-changin...
How to explain death and terminal illness to your loved ones
Knowing how to start this important conversation and what to say and what not to say can help ease your own fear and anxiety during this time. Odds are you are also grieving over this diagnosis or los...
How to respond to a friend when their loved one has passed
While you may feel awkward in knowing how to respond when a friend loses a loved one, this is a time when you can show your support and true friendship. Ignoring the death is the wrong reaction. Keep ...

Death and Loss of a Dog

Keep your dog happy and comfortable in its last days
In summary, the most important things are for you to know what to look for in terms of Quality of Life for your pet and signs of pain and illness. This will be a key to your dog’s comfort and happin...
When is putting your dog to sleep the right thing for your dog?
Euthanasia is an uncomfortable subject. But, as loving dog parents, when our baby’s quality of life is no longer good, love suggests we let them go with ease. Including friends and family in the eve...
Keep your senior dog happy and healthy during its final years
For most of us, our pets become members of our family. They deserve to be treated with the same attention and concern we would offer any of our loved ones, especially as they age. Most dogs don’t co...
Advice for when you find a stray dog in your neighborhood
All in all, taking in a stray dog is a good deed, but it also comes with some expectations of responsibility and accountability. One needs to be patient, understand the constraints of their local anim...

Children and Death

Mourning can help children navigate grief, loss and crisis
Grieving is a very complicated and difficult process, especially for children. It is our wit and our wisdom that help our children, and us, through the passages of grief. It is in our grieving that we...
Helping children navigate loss after the death of a loved one
There is no life without loss. Helping children navigate death and loss is extremely important because they are beginning to assimilate new information, which can be painful. The role of parents is to...
What parents need to know when talking to children about death
Talking to your children will not be easy, but if you are honest and thoughtful, it will be one of the most meaningful conversations you will have with your child. Children grieve and when we give the...
Helping kids with autism spectrum disorder navigate bereavement
Bereavement is a universal loss. While many are resilient in the face of loss, individuals on the autism spectrum may not always be so resilient as their neurotypical counterparts. It is important to ...
Effectively communicating with your kids about illness and death
When we as parents must face the painful realities of death and illness, we must first understand our own emotions and manage them. Central to good parenting is the ability to be emotionally supportiv...
What's the best way for parents to help their kids deal with loss?
Do children grieve differently than adults? Ultimately, the answer is best summarized by the phrase, “monkey see, monkey do.” But it doesn’t start out that way. Children respond normally and nat...
From helpless to helpful: Parents can assist their grieving kids
When you are grieving the loss of a loved one or a pet, it is difficult to cope with your personal grief, while also helping your children cope with theirs. Reach out to support systems, attend suppor...

Men's Health

Recognize symptoms of erectile dysfunction and get help
Whomever you receive medical attention from should be able to assess your health concerns, symptoms, and potential treatments tailored to your specific situation. If you don’t feel comfortable with ...
Using marijuana can be a contributing factor to erectile dysfunction
There has been a scientifically proven link between marijuana use and an increased risk for erectile dysfunction due to the discovery that THC inhibits the penile muscles. This does not mean, however,...
Using marijuana can have adverse effects on male fertility
Infertility is a sensitive and complex issue among couples. The best way to combat this issue head on is to speak with a medical professional together as a couple, without placing blame or injecting g...
Address the psychological effects of erectile dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction can become a serious health concern if left untreated, impacting both your physical and emotional wellbeing. Neither issue should be neglected, as each can negatively influence th...
Satisfy her and have better sex by reducing premature ejaculation
Men can help women achieve more orgasms if they change the way they have sex. Instead of mounting her in missionary position, slow down your movements and focus on what will pleasure her the most. Als...
Men's mental health issues are often misunderstood, get help now
Men can benefit from therapy when they have the right attitude and keep an open mind about it. If you follow the leads from this article, it can help you get the help that you need and maximize your u...
How to speak with your loved one about erectile dysfunction
Although opening up to your partner might seem scary at first, you’ll soon discover that doing so (if done following the above advice) will actually bring you to a place of greater acceptance and re...
How men can supercharge their fertility
These measures should help men supercharge sperm and aid in the goal of becoming a father. If you have any questions about whether or not you have fertility issues, be sure to speak with a fertility s...

Loss of a Child

Creatively coping with the loss of a baby is essential for healing
Losing a baby is one of the most difficult losses that anyone can experience. It is incredibly painful and life-transforming. However, it is important to know that you are not alone and that it is pos...
How can parents manage their grief after the death of a child?
Living after your child has died is difficult at best. The journey through grief is necessary, but there are no maps to get you through to the other side. Hopefully, these suggestions will help start ...
Healing after the loss of your child: Expert advice for parents
Parents who lose their children are survivors. Each parent will travel their own unique path through healing. It is a lonely and arduous journey of losing yourself, losing your child and losing your i...
Learn how to live after loss and cope with the death of a child
The death of a child is an earth-shattering, life-altering event that no parent ever wants to experience. The pain and devastation bereaved parents feel is often overwhelming. Nevertheless, bereaved p...

Depression

A mental illness doesn’t have to keep you from staying healthy
As a result, staying healthy affects your mind and body. Having a mental illness makes it harder for anyone to have a healthier simple lifestyle, but they can with the right kind of treatment plan and...
Choose dual-diagnosis treatment center for addiction and mental health
You want to find a dual diagnosis treatment center that is going to carefully listen to you and your needs. When you do your research and call an admissions counselor; you want them to understand wher...
Solve chronic depression when no other treatments have worked
Remember that there can be multiple causes of depression, so work with your holistic health care team to identify all of the causes and design your revitalization program accordingly.Don’t feel over...
Don't despair: Restore hope for those suffering from depression
Hope is not out of your reach once you learn how to channel your energy into what you want deep down, in your heart of hearts. Take action instead of being passive and feeling disappointed....
Overcome depression by healing bad memories and thinking positively
There are many ways that you can change your thinking when you feel depressed. Apply the techniques and you not only can eliminate depression, but you will feel empowered that you can control your thi...
Yoga is a great way to help with depression and anxiety
Yoga and meditation can be great tools for helping with depression and anxiety. Yoga is an instant mood lifter and when combined with meditation and breathing few things are better at creating calm. U...
How to beat depression naturally
Whatever your life has been like up until this point, please know it can change. These are simple tools that have worked for thousands of people to change the depression and anxiety they thought would...
Help your teen cope with depression for the best chance of recovery
The initial step in helping your teen cope with his/her depression is to recognize the signs. If unsure, err on the side of caution. Go to your teen and express your concerns openly. Let your teen kno...
How to make a full recovery from depression and feeling hopeless
Although depression can be very overwhelming, finding the right help from both professional and personal supports is important to your recovery. Remember to never give up hope or listen to that negati...
How to avoid getting depressed after a big performance or event
If you ever have had a letdown after a show you were in, a big game, a party you organized, or a vacation, you can avoid it in the future. Follow the advice above and help yourself feel better....
Get the most out of therapy when seeking treatment for depression
Therapy is a safe confidential forum in which you should feel cared for, heard and valued. The dynamic that exists in treatment will help shape your determination and perseverance. It is crucial for y...
How to love, support, and help someone who suffers from depression
Supporting someone with depression can be difficult and exhausting. Support their wellness and recovery by learning about their unique symptoms, collaborating with them on self-care, supporting their ...
Men: You don't have to suffer from depression in silence
Men are often socialized to remove themselves from their emotions. This pattern encourages men to ignore the signs of depression and causes negative physical and psychological consequences. Chronic de...
How you can fight depression through technology and mobile apps
We’re at a unique point in history in terms of what we understand about depression and anxiety disorders, and more importantly how we treat them. With the advent of technology and mobile convergence...
Create a safe, open family environment to talk about mental health
You don’t have to be directly involved with a traumatic event to be deeply affected by it. In your family, it can be very beneficial to maintain open conversations about what you see in the news. Pa...

Eating Disorders

How to stop binge eating and live a healthier life
All in all, trust yourself and listen to your body. All of the above is just an elaboration of that one basic piece of advice....
Support your loved one to help them overcome an overeating problem
The best thing you can do when a friend or family member has an overeating problem is to just be there for them no matter what. Be a ready and willing listener and a constant support. Be the cheerlead...
Treat compulsive eating by taking the power away from food
I encourage you to take a minute and ask yourself, “Does food feel more powerful than me?” If the answer is yes, even sometimes, and you really want to find a way to improve your relationship with...
Expert advice to help you address anorexia and bulimia
Getting help for a feeding or eating disorder can be scary. It requires you to be vulnerable and to ask for help. You will have to face and discuss aspects of your life that may not make you proud. Re...
Navigating insurance coverage for the treatment of eating disorders
Many people are unsure about what to do when an insurance denial occurs. When your insurance company denies access to health benefits, it only intensifies an already distressing situation. It is imper...
Midnight snacking out of control? It's called night eating syndrome
Night Eating Syndrome is a real problem for many people. If this resonates with you please seek assistance with a licensed professional. Even if you don’t fit the description exactly but you believe...
Overcome compulsive, binge, and over-eating with this advice
Binge eating, like most compulsive behaviors, is merely a distraction from feeling your emotions. You learned this way of feeling a shot of pleasure at an early age and have practiced many times since...
Athletes are more susceptible to eating disorders: Get help now
Eating disorders are life threatening; in fact, they have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. At the very least, they can hamper an athlete’s performance and make the athlete mor...
Advice for avoiding midnight snacking
Late night eating doesn’t have to be a lifetime struggle. The more we understand about the reasons it might be happening, the better chance we have of changing the pattern. Eating regular and balanc...
How to end emotional eating once and for all
Basically, turning to food when you’re upset is less an eating problem and more an emotional one. If you never learned effective emotional management skills as a child, it’s time to learn them now...
Lose weight by breaking free of emotional eating
When you make the decision to never diet again, you let yourself out of the food prison. By focusing back on nutrient dense food choices, you are essentially embracing a ‘Live-It’, a lifestyle shi...
How athletes can beat anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders
Athleticism is seemingly so positive—especially in our country where obesity is such a growing concern. However, there is a dark side to the world of athletics. Eating disorders are more prevalent t...
Food and sugar addiction: Why you can’t stop eating
Over time, appetite dysregulation and disrupted eating patterns lead to an addictive process wherein the brain becomes chemically dependent on certain foods. Like addictions to alcohol and other drugs...
Control your appetite and binge eating using supplements
Diets don’t work, but appetite control does.Appetite is not an issue of willpower or psychological weakness. It’s an issue of biochemistry. When your biochemistry is adjusted, your appetite can be...

Urgent Mental Issues

Help your friend who is having major depression and suicidal thoughts
We want to think that those whom we love and care about will lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. When we are faced with the reality that someone close to us is in pain, unable to function, losin...
Help your loved one who is having a PTSD episode
PTSD can occur following a traumatic event. PTSD develops differently in people and one may not experience all of the symptoms. The symptoms can occur immediately, gradually, or over a period of time....
Help calming yourself down when having a panic attack or anxiety
Remember that in many cases panic is a habit, and the neural pathways have been established over years of believing that panic was your only answer to a problem or crisis. Perhaps someone stepped in a...
Help your loved one heal after a suicide attempt by drug overdose
Here the advice surrounding the support of a loved one who has tried – or you think will try – to commit suicide. Remember to be supportive and watch the warning signs of suicidal behavior. Though...
Learn to heal and take back your life after a attempting suicide
This difficult chapter in one’s life is likely to be agonizingly stressful. Suicide attempts and all the factors leading up to it are traumatic. Having the courage to seek professional help, and cre...
What to do if your loved one is having a severe panic attack
Panic attacks can be a debilitating experience for an individual, as he or she is faced with terrifying anxiety and subsequent feelings of embarrassment, isolation, and even helplessness. Watching a l...
What to do if you walk in on someone trying to commit suicide
Suicide can affect all individuals regardless of their age, gender, cultural background, socioeconomic status, or religious affiliation. People who have attempted suicide are typically overwhelmed by ...
Managing migraine triggers and help getting treatment
We all want our headaches to have a clear cause. We also want the cause to be avoidable! When we are in pain, we often attribute the attack to an immediate event. These observations are not always acc...
Get past the danger zone safely when having suicidal thoughts
It is a most heartbreaking situation when someone takes their life. Those that knew the person wish they had known the pain this individual was experiencing. They wish they had the opportunity to help...

Improving Family Communication

Strong parent-child relationships start with boundaries
As parents, you are the role models for your children. To create healthy relationships, you must be present and attentive to their needs, take interest in their hobbies and activities, and carve out t...
Teach polite communication to kids and put an end to backtalk
Backtalk is a rite of passage. Almost all children try it on for size, so it is actually “normal” childhood behavior and communication. However, how parents respond to backtalk will determine whet...
Nurturing your family relations by encouraging strong communication
Due to our fast-paced lives, effective communication is essential to maintaining strong family connections. By encouraging each other to communicate freely with love and respect, family members will f...
Accepting differences to create effective family communication
The key to strong family communication is understanding each other’s beliefs on what it means to communicate and by regularly and openly discussing opinions, feelings and ideas with one another.Tony...
Teaching kids about money will help them avoid debt issues as an adult
Teaching kids about money and debt will have a profound effect on their futures in virtually every area of life. Taking the time to model responsible choices, discuss the realities of debt and focus o...
Accept differences to create effective family communication
The key to strong family communication is understanding each other’s beliefs on what it means to communicate and by regularly and openly discussing opinions, feelings and ideas with one another.Tony...
Your child's challenging behavior is their way of communicating
All behaviors carry a message. Quite often the message is about a basic human need going unmet. It is necessary to take the time to form a relationship with the person and discover what message is bei...
Strengthening communication brings family members closer together
As with most parenting techniques, love, understanding and patience prevail over aggression and frustration. Always take a moment to cool down and approach the situation in a calm and concise manner. ...
Recognize the best ways to discuss serious family issues with kids
After slowing yourself down, getting clear on how you are feeling and connecting with your children, communicate. Let them know what’s going on and keep them posted as things unfold. Reach out for s...
Support your child athlete to create great experiences and memories
In every athletic competition there are only four roles: players, coaches, spectators and officials. Before you get to the game, it is better for the athlete if everyone just chooses one of those role...
Fostering a positive communicative environment for all children
Declarative language encourages experience sharing. This is the essence of what communication and language use is all about....
Talking to your children about coping with the loss of friendships
Friends are friends because they support our decisions and stand behind us when we feel weak. A friendship is about sharing these times and being there for each other’s support. When this ends, it c...

Tackling Family Problems and Conflict

Cooking as a family fosters fun and creativity in the kitchen
Getting kids cooking in the kitchen is beneficial in so many ways. The no-pressure environment fostered by cooking as a family creates fun and creativity in the kitchen.Here’s a great recipe to try ...
Recipe: Black-eyed pea salsa
Here is a great salsa recipe that you can make with your kids that fosters fun and creativity in the kitchen. Make it as a side dish with dinner -- or ask your kids to make it for a snack during an a...
Embracing and accepting autism can help kids build friendships
Our world is made up of many different kinds of people. Embracing and accepting difference, and being open to friendships with individuals who are unique creates strength and compassion. Remember: nev...
Good parenting can help prevent teens from using drugs and alcohol
Remember that you can influence your teen, even though you may feel powerless at times. Do your best to be supportive, interested and knowledgeable about your child’s life. Talk to your teen about d...
Supporting kids through the healing process after a disaster
As a parent, remember that you know your child better than anyone else. Therefore, if a disaster occurs, you will already have a good sense of how to speak to your child and how to help him or her und...
Manage difficult child behaviors with collaborative problem solving
Parenting kids with challenging behaviors can be exhausting and frustrating when the behaviors result in explosions, meltdowns or behaviors, such as shutting down or withdrawing. Rewards and punishmen...
How can families successfully manage their stress together at home?
Stress can be quite difficult to manage, but is easier when approached as a family. Using easy techniques, such as affirmations, visualizing and mindfulness, you will find success in your stress manag...
How can parents support children when a marriage turns rocky?
Life can be challenging and marriage is difficult. Marriage with children is even harder. It is impossible to agree with your spouse about everything. There are days when agreeing with your spouse abo...
Put an end to clutter and arguments by organizing your playroom
In today’s fast-paced world, getting organized is not a luxury--it is a necessity. By implementing some simple organizing systems and regular routines, you and your child can create a functional pla...
Positive prevention strategies can decrease a child's behaviors
Teaching positive behaviors and decreasing challenging behaviors can seem daunting. But with a few changes to your approach, you can achieve real change. Don’t get bogged down in negative behaviors,...
Create daily routines for children with weak executive functions
Working with your children to institute a chore or organizational routine does not have to be a stressful process. Focus on your children’s strengths in order to develop a system that allows them to...

Families in Divorce

Teenagers: You can get through your parents' divorce
There’s no sugarcoating the fact that divorce is trying for everyone, especially for the children. Remember though, that this will pass. Your parents will eventually be their normal selves again, an...
Creating a safe, open space is key to talking to kids about divorce
Children thrive when they grow up in a conflict-free environment, and this initial conversation about divorce is the first opportunity for parents to create this safe space. By telling children togeth...
Single moms have healthy social lives by managing kids' expectations
It is vital for adults to engage in a social life post divorce. Having no interests outside of children is unhealthy and sends the wrong message to kids. While it is common for children to fantasize t...
Sensitivity is vital when talking to toddlers about divorce
Toddlers thrive when their needs are understood and met. Remember, your children may not have the words to express themselves at all times. Be patient, keep the routines as steady as possible, and rea...
Ease the transition for kids between two homes after divorce
After a divorce, it can be very difficult for children to adjust to living arrangements between the new homes of their parents. While the constant moving can become taxing, it is possible to make the ...
Help your kids by moving on after divorce and reclaim your life
Divorce can leave you feeling like your life is spinning out of control, but tying up the remaining ties that bind you will help you reclaim your life. It is important to remember, especially for pare...
Managing the effects of divorce on kids with and without disabilities
A divorce is challenging for any family to endure. When a family with disabilities is divorcing, some of the same guidelines apply to the family in terms of how to minimize stress and maximize positiv...
Expert advice for protecting your children during and after divorce
To avoid making regrettable mistakes and to safeguard our children’s peace of mind following your divorce there’s one crucial question every parent should ask themselves: Do I love my children mor...
What to do when your teenager wants to move in with your ex-spouse
When your teenager tells you they want to move in with your ex you may feel overwhelmed, upset, betrayed, or hurt. It is important to not let these feelings cloud your judgment. If you are certain you...
Navigating divorce while raising a child with special needs
Divorce is challenging for the entire family, but smart planning is vital when caring for a child with special needs. Make the system work for you and your child by taking a practical look at what spe...
Ensure a happy and healthy future for kids by divorcing with dignity
How you divorce and how you behave after the divorce affects your children for the rest of their lives. When you divorce with dignity, you are teaching your children how to behave by your example--not...
Make your divorce easier on kids by divorcing only your spouse
Divorce is traumatic for the entire family—especially for children. Always think about your words and your actions. It is crucial to help your children understand that although their family has chan...

Death of a Spouse

Advice for surviving the death of a spouse or partner at a young age
The journey of young widowhood is not easy. However, there are many healthy ways to cope with your loss that will help you move through it and even uplift you. Reach for support when you need it, spea...
Learn to accept and embrace the death of a loved one
Can you recall all the love, intellect, caring, humor and other positive qualities of your departed loved one? All that continues on beyond bodily death! That’s the great news that will help you get...
Advice on helping a loved one through the first year of grieving
Supporting a loved one through their grief journey can be challenging. You might feel a bit lost at times and unsure about how to best offer support. There are many tips and tools that can help you as...
The death of a spouse: Rebuilding your life after the first year
The second year after the loss of a spouse is a time of change. Grieving takes second place to refiguring and rebuilding your life. This is a time to not only reclaim your life and refocus on a new, s...
Live, love and laugh again after the loss of a loved one
At first it’s hard to make the transition to a new ‘you’. It requires not feeling guilty for smiling again, laughing again….to face your fears head-on by taking risks again. Above all else, th...
Take care of yourself emotionally after a loved one dies
Coping techniques may help you emotionally after someone dies. Help yourself by learning to identify what normal grief reactions are and then utilize the coping techniques that best work for you. If y...

Surviving Divorce

Have a healthy and successful pregnancy while getting a divorce
Divorce during pregnancy can be fraught with emotion. You are not alone, and you will get through this. Give yourself time to grieve and focus on yourself and the new life you are carrying!...
Successfully move on and start over after the divorce is final
At the end of the day, only time will heal your wounds. However, the more time you spend doing other things, the less time you will have to spend on what used to be. The past is gone, and the future i...
Take the right steps to help yourself and reduce stress during divorce
Although divorce can be quite painful, it is also a brand new beginning. New beginnings can be exciting, and if you focus on the positives ahead of you, you can create new, exciting dreams and hopes....
Move beyond dependence-like behaviours to help heal from heartbreak
The sufi poet Rumi reminds us that the way through the pain is to feel the pain. However, even in the midst of those feelings, if you can catch even a glimmer of the fact that healing is possible, and...
Expert advice when your spouse surprises you with divorce
Being surprised by something as big as a divorce is almost impossible to imagine if you have never been in that situation, and is something no one would wish on their worst enemy. However, if you find...
Rebuild your self-confidence and self-worth after divorce
As far as changing “your relationship” goes, focus on the relationship with yourself and what your life would be like as a woman whose essence will be restored. Begin a self-embracing path which w...
Divorcing your sugar daddy: a zero-calorie drama-free action plan
Divorcing your sugar daddy can be an icky, sticky process. There will be times you want to give up, give in, or simply get even. But in the long term, divorce is just another challenge to overcome. Le...
Get a divorce coach to help and support you in your divorce
A divorce coach may be the only person completely in your court, who is your support for handling your divorce challenges in the most effective way possible; and at the same time helping you to gain c...
You win when you remain civil with your ex during the divorce
Divorce will always be a difficult experience. But your actions and your choices can help you to avoid adding unnecessary pain and unnecessary expense to the process....
What to do if you disagree when dividing assets during a divorce
Dividing assets is an important part of the divorce process and one you do not want to shortchange or overlook. Reaching a fair division of property is the goal. To do that, you need to identify the a...
Advice and help when your husband has cheated on you
Cheating is not a death sentence for a relationship. There are many factors that play into whether or not divorce is inevitable. Remember it is not possible to be committed to two people at the same t...
Keep a level head and productive dialogue with your soon to be ex
When we get divorced for the right reasons, and go through the process lovingly and respectfully, it offers an opportunity for growth and paves the way for a bright future.These spiritual tools can of...
My way or the highway is a road to nowhere in divorce
Effective negotiation relies on effective communication. In divorce this is very important especially if you have children that you will be co-parenting after the divorce. Co-parenting and new relatio...
Stand your ground and get what you want out of the divorce
Many people find it difficult to be assertive, especially in a divorce situation. It is important that you take the right steps so that you do not give in to fear or intimidation and that you get what...
Life after divorce: How to rebuild your self-esteem and confidence
As long as your inner core is not strong, your divorce will affect your sense of self confidence and self worth. Making that core strong will pave the way to the next chapter of your life as a single,...
How to survive divorce and still get what you and your family need
Throwing in the towel is giving up. Sometimes we justify it by saying it just isn’t worth it to keep fighting the fight! And what if you weren’t fighting the fight? What if you were paying attenti...
Women in divorce need to understand division of marital assets
In order to divide assets you first need to be aware of your total financial picture. Getting good advice and representation is also critical to understanding your needs and rights before you sit down...
How to make a trial separation work and not always end in divorce
A trial separation may be the next step; a well-planned trial separation can be enormously helpful. When approached with considerable thought and planning they do save some marriages. Just as importan...
Reduce the stress of divorce by being cooperative and rational
The better a couple is able to cooperate, the sooner you can complete the divorce, which is the ultimate goal. Divorces are not about win or lose; it’s about finding salvation and taking the appropr...
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