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Dr. Francine Lederer is a Clinical Psychologist, and is known by many as the Life Transitions Specialist®. She is the Founder of LA Talk Therapy and specializes in working with new mothers, couples, caregivers and major life transitions. Dr. Lederer is a certified Bringing Baby Home educator and helps couples and individuals make better sense of their past and current experiences and ways to improve life circumstances. She utilizes Emotional Focused Therapy in her work with couples. Dr. Lederer has contributed to numerous magazine and online articles. She also runs a number of support groups and is available for consultations.

Expert Articles by Dr. Francine Lederer

Marriage and Couples

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...

Expert Articles Sponsored by Dr. Francine Lederer

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...
Expert advice on communicating with your teenagers about drug abuse
These tips can help provide important guidance for parents. It is essential to take the time to talk to your teen about drug use and abuse. Boundaries are effective when set with loving intentions. An...

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...

Pregnancy

Nutritional advice for you and your baby while pregnant
By achieving optimum nutritional well-being prior to and during pregnancy, you are optimizing the environment for your baby draws their nutrients, as well as maximizing your own body's ability to adap...
Hypnosis can remove stress and hormonal cravings when pregnant
Pregnancy is the journey of creation, happiness and health moving forward for a mother and her family. What a wonderful expression of health and well being when this journey is successful and health, ...
Successfully treat postpartum depression after having a baby
Being depressed does not mean you are a bad parent. However, it is a sign that something chemical or situational may be going on. There is help out there. You deserve to enjoy being a parent, and your...
Your wife needs your support to help her beat postpartum disorder
Postpartum disorders are serious business. Men often feel helpless when they can’t fix their partners mood. However, you are being a great husband by supporting her in these other ways mentioned. Do...
Prevention and treatment for pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders
Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety can overwhelm women both during pregnancy and after having a baby. We call these Perinatal Mood Disorders (PPMDs).If you are a pregnant or postpartum woma...
Cope with the loss of a baby after having a miscarriage
The loss of a baby can also mean the loss of a dream. Your journey will be individual and different from someone else that you may know. It’s important to give yourself time for that journey, and st...
Help surviving a summer pregnancy and staying cool in the heat
Pregnancy is an exciting time for expectant mothers. Although the summer heat and humidity can make you uncomfortable, it’s still possible to enjoy and survive the summertime while pregnant. By know...
Have a healthy baby and pregnancy with this expert advice
When planning the arrival of your newborn, you want to do everything you can to ensure a healthy baby and pregnancy. With so many tips and decisions associated with pregnancy, it’s easy to feel over...
Holistically treat post-pregnancy nutritional deficiencies
The more pregnancies a woman has had, the more likely she is to suffer afterward with physical and “mental” ailments due to nutritional deficiencies. These symptoms may occur soon after the pregna...
Control the risk factors of autism and ADHD prior to pregnancy
With the prevalence of autism and ADHD increasing, most people know someone with a child affected by these disorders. The good news is that researchers are studying autism and ADHD, and they are learn...
Collect and store cord blood to protect your newborn's future health
When it comes to your child’s health, it’s important to have options to ensure he or she will grow up to be strong and healthy. Cord blood banking can provide you and your family with reassurance ...
Treat common pregnancy ailments at the first sign of discomfort
Pregnancy can bring its own set of challenges before you meet your new bundle of joy at the end of a long nine (technically, ten!) month waiting period. Don’t be afraid to speak up and talk with you...
Reduce and treat pregnancy swelling in your feet and ankles
After your baby arrives the swelling should subside. Your body will shed the excess fluid throughout the first few days, mostly through urination. If you are concerned about your swelling or have any ...
An online baby registry is a great way to get the gifts you want
The best way to avoid unwanted gifts and those that you will need to return is to create an online registry. No longer restricted to weddings and baby showers, online gift registries have become commo...
Avoid developing gestational diabetes to ensure a healthy pregnancy
Your risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus can be reduced by the choices you make before and during pregnancy. And if you develop GDM, you can have a successful pregnancy if you work with y...
How you should prepare for pregnancy when you have diabetes
Monitoring diabetes is even more important leading up to and during pregnancy. In order to ensure the health of you and your baby during pregnancy, you should work closely with your doctor beginning b...
Exercising while you are pregnant is healthy for you and your baby
Exercise during pregnancy is important for many reasons, including reducing your risk of excess weight gain and gestational diabetes, preparing your body for labor, and helping with returning to your ...
Varicose veins can be prevented during and after pregnancy
Varicose veins are common for women to develop during pregnancy. By following this advice you can prevent and deal with varicose veins. It is important to remember to keep your blood flowing, exercise...
How to recover after experiencing a traumatic birth
Having a baby rarely goes as planned, and sometimes, things that are completely out of your control happen, which can cause a lot of emotion, and sometimes lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Usin...
Reduce the worry, anxiety, and stress experienced during pregnancy
Preparing for the birth of a baby can bring up all sorts of complicated and exciting feelings. It is often a time of stress, but can also be a time of profound introspection and contemplation. If the ...
Adjusting to life after having a baby and coping with postpartum
The birth of a first child is a wonderful experience that brings with it much stress. This article attempts to explore ways the new mom can learn to accept that which she does not yet know, and the mi...
Exercising while pregnant is safe and eases recovery after delivery
Pregnancy presents an opportune time to exercise. Regular exercise has benefits for both you and your baby. Following a regular exercise schedule can help to maintain fitness throughout pregnancy and ...
It is important to protect your back and spine during pregnancy
As with any medical recommendations, be sure to check with your doctor first. Any severe back pain or rhythmic back pains could be signs that warrant medical care or signs of preterm labor. During pre...

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...

Dieting

Use hypnosis to lose weight and achieve your weight loss goals
There are many implications of good health. Weight control is one health factor visible to others and determines how others see us. Many studies conclude people who are fit, live longer and are genera...
Avoid weight cycling to achieve long term weight loss
When it comes to permanent weight management, stop thinking in terms of “doing” a diet to lose weight. There is life after weight loss, and a better transformation strategy is one in which you reo...
Use self-hypnosis to satisfy cravings, eat less and lose weight
Self-hypnosis is a very effective and natural method for weight loss without having to diet or go to the gym. There are absolutely no side effects and you can lose up to 5 pounds a week by practicing ...
Advice for the busy mom on healthy eating and losing weight
Busy moms don’t have to sacrifice in order to eat healthfully and be at a comfortable weight. By paying attention to appetite signals and to physical signs of tiredness and stress, they can teach th...
Using self-hypnosis to control cravings and loose weight
When you truly understand the dos and don’ts of emotional eating you get to make different choices. You get to enjoy eating and most importantly create an incredible life where food doesn’t contro...
Stop overeating to more effectively lose weight and live healthier
With a few simple behavioral changes in your eating habits you’ll discover you can eat sensibly, enjoy nutritious foods, and stop overeating. My recommendation is this: instead of implementing these...
Lose weight, feel great, and get rid of the peri-menopausal muffin top
We know more about our computers and our cars than we do about the care and feeding of our bodies. Take time to learn: if you give your body what it needs to operate optimally, you may be surprised wh...
Help your partner lose weight without harming your relationship
Just because there are some behaviors you want to avoid like the plague doesn’t mean that you need to sit back helplessly gnawing at your nails and fretting that your partner will never enjoy the he...
Lose weight with a gluten free diet and balanced meals
Starting a gluten free diet can be overwhelming at first. Once you learn how to incorporate healthy meals then it will get easier. Gluten free diets can be a very healthy lifestyle and is not a fad di...
Deal with physical side effects of weight loss and enjoy your new body
The physical side effects of weight loss will vary from person to person, but there are some things you absolutely can anticipate - the need to take care of your skin, easing into new physical activit...
When losing weight make lifestyle changes to avoid yo-yo diet trap
Healthy, sustainable weight loss is best achieved through small changes to your existing lifestyle. Magic potions, pills, and powders are nothing more than marketing hype designed to lighten your wall...
A vegetarian diet can help prevent child obesity
Transitioning your kids to a healthy, whole foods plant-based diet may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s the greatest gift you can give them, as it protects their future health. Takin...
Cope with the mental challenges of weight loss and embrace your new body
By reaching your target weight, you’ve done something to improve your physical health. Your mental health is just as important. Significant weight reduction brings about more changes than a smaller ...
Women: Lose weight the healthy way with this expert advice
Losing weight starts with a decision. This is a rewarding journey that will benefit not only you, but also those who love you. Take some time to review this advice. Choose just one ‘do’ and apply ...
How to lose weight with long-term healthy eating habits
Healthy choices repeated over time will eventually become habit. Making an effort to be aware of the connection between your state of mind, your emotions, and your physical well-being is one of the mo...
Master your mindset for weight loss results that last a lifetime
Mastering your mindset to lose weight is the most incredible way to lose weight if you want freedom and choice. So remember, it’s not about your willpower or your ability to force yourself to do thi...
Holistically lose weight by finding a program that is personalized for you
Dieting is a journey. You will have ups and downs but don’t give up. Exercise and keeping active in any form is important. Find lower calorie foods that you like. You can eat as much of the food you...
How to curb your 9-5 cravings with healthy eating habits
Cravings are clues the body provides so that it can work better for you. It’s in your corner! To stabilize your body’s battery, eat meals with healthy fats at regular times and remember to feed yo...
Men: encourage healthy and efficient weight loss to feel your best
By cutting out bad fats and starches and working out effectively to promote whole body, high intensity calorie burning, you can and will lose weight. If you ever find yourself in need of some extra ad...
Lose weight the healthy way and stop the obsession with being skinny
It is evident that most of the dieting that occurs in our culture is more closely aligned to eating disorders than it is to a healthy form of dieting. This alone should completely change your view abo...
Healthy weight loss will keep the pounds off for the long run
With the right tools, education and support, healthy and sustainable weight loss is achievable and shouldn’t be painful. Set realistic goals, eat clean, natural, whole foods, surround yourself with ...
Skinny habits that easily help you reach your weight loss goals
Fad diets, detoxes or quick fixes won’t give you the long term results you want and need to maintain a healthy body. The 5 Skinny Habits program has helped thousands of people worldwide lose weight ...
Enjoy your life while losing the weight and keeping it off
Life is about more than losing weight. Once you have checked that box and done it be sure to create new goals and create new journeys. Once you are no longer focused on your weight, life is so much mo...

Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Children with autism need special care to ensure oral health
Children with autism cannot always communicate their needs. Consider the aforementioned tips to make sure your child receives the care he or she deserves. A child’s mouth is a gateway to the rest of...
Early detection for autism can significantly impact your child's life
The best policy is to be open with your pediatrician. No question is a silly question. When it comes to your child’s health and wellness, being a little over-cautious is a good thing. If you find th...
Children with autism spectrum disorder will grow with help at home
Every child progresses at different rates and has different interests. Be patient with your child and celebrate the small achievements. As a parent, join an autism parenting group where you can meet o...
Communicating at home with your child on the autism spectrum can be rewarding
First, take care of yourself. Second, you should start thinking about communicating in a fun way that is natural and doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Think about how to interact with your child i...
Understanding a child on the autism spectrum can help them thrive
Parents raising children with ASD no longer need to feel hopeless and lost. As the number of children with neurobehavioral issues steadily increases, so has the number of resources and programs availa...
Exercise is vital to a healthy lifestyle for kids with autism
Exercise is extremely important for kids, whether it takes place in a class setting or at home. Be sure to make the exercises appropriate for your child by changing the movements, environments or prog...
Doing your homework before using nutrition to treat ASD
Before starting supplements or a new diet, it is important to check with your child’s doctor or a registered dietitian. Because few studies have looked at the total intake of nutrients from food and...
Helping kids on the spectrum learn to use their vision is vital
To function optimally, every individual needs a visual system that works efficiently and correctly. Allowing kids with ASD the opportunity to learn how to effectively use their vision will help them r...
Helping kids on the autism spectrum to use their vision is vital
To function optimally, every individual needs a visual system that works efficiently and correctly. Allowing kids with ASD the opportunity to learn how to effectively use their vision will help them r...
Advice for providing grief support to kids on the autism spectrum
Grief is a chaotic and difficult time for all of us. It is a normal and natural response to the death of someone we love. Each person mourns and grieves through the lens of their own particular way of...
Help kids on the autism spectrum improve language and reasoning
The key to helping children with ASD is to understand what causes them to become emotionally dysregulated. By helping them use language to express their feelings, they can help us better understand wh...
Making exercise part of life for children on the autism spectrum
Exercise is the gateway to improve self-esteem, fitness and relationships for individuals on the autism spectrum. While physical activity promotes a healthy lifestyle, it is vital to adapt to your chi...
Reaping the benefits of exercise for those on the autism spectrum
Physical activity has been shown to improve fitness levels and motor coordination in individuals with ASD. Increasing aerobic exercise can greatly reduce negative, self-stimming behaviors that are com...
Managing picky eating in children with autism spectrum disorders
It can be very difficult when your child doesn’t have a healthy diet and you end up cooking two dinners every night--a hotdog for your child and roast chicken for the rest of the family. But it is n...
Helping your children to understand their autism spectrum disorder
Don’t keep secrets. Help your children to conceptualize their ASD in their own way, on their own developmental terms, so they can explain themselves to themselves--and to others. Not understanding t...
Helping children with autism spectrum disorders face their fears
Children with ASD and anxiety face a variety of obstacles in school, home and community environments. However, these children also have tremendous strength. With the right tools and support from an al...
Teach social skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Social skill proficiency is an integral and essential part of our daily life. By diagnostic definition, individuals with ASD often struggle to learn and demonstrate appropriate social behavior in acad...
Ensuring safety and security for children on the autism spectrum
As adults, we practice our risk management skills every time we lock a door or put on a car seat belt. Taking these precautions becomes part of our daily routine. While developing the resiliency to ad...
Evaluating educational programs for kids on the autism spectrum
Evaluating educational programs and determining which one is best for your child is an arduous task that takes much time and patience. Remember that you are the person who knows your child best. Be pr...
Helping kids with autism spectrum disorder bond over music
Music is a powerful way to express oneself and feel connected with others. Bringing music into the home setting can help family members bond with each other in a creative and motivating atmosphere. No...
Creating Halloween traditions with kids on the autism spectrum
It is vital for kids with ASD to feel safe and comfortable. However, the holiday of Halloween is full of traditions that do not support these needs. As a result, families must find a way to create the...
Teaching vital safety skills to kids with autism spectrum disorder
Safety is critical for all kids--especially kids on the autism spectrum. Teaching the skills necessary to maintain personal safety is essential to promoting independence for those with a developmental...
Learning to connect with nonverbal kids on the autism spectrum
Children with ASD often develop on a different timetable or in a different order than is expected. It is important to relax, respect, and be authentic and humble. Remember to try and connect with the ...
Positive behavioral supports for children on the autism spectrum
When building habits, it is vital to rehearse in order to create synchronicity and behavioral momentum. To implement positive guidance techniques, don’t forget to keep it simple and achievable. Prac...
Build connections and self-esteem with Autism Movement Therapy
By using Autism Movement Therapy with kids on the autism spectrum, the brain can be cognitively redirected or re-mapped. AMT’s repetition of movement patterns and sequences establishes pathways for ...
Kids on the autism spectrum can improve social skills through play
Every child speaks the language of play. Kids know when you are playing to get something versus when you are playing to have fun. All parents have witnessed their child’s tenacity and persistence wh...
Celebrating a happy holiday season with kids on the autism spectrum
Be sure to have fun this holiday with all of the members of your family. Let each one know how much you enjoy their company. Don’t forget to meet kids with ASD at their developmental level, which ma...
Communicate and connect with children on the autism spectrum
Many people have a difficult time communicating with children with ASD. While communication can be challenging at times, it is possible if you meet each child with the intention of connecting and you ...
Managing the wandering tendencies of kids on the autism spectrum
The issue of wandering is a serious concern for many families in the autism community. But with appropriate precautions and education, caregivers can significantly reduce the risk of wandering....
Using service dogs to help kids with autism spectrum disorder
Service dogs can help children and their families--not the disability. A service dog can be valuable medicine for a child with ASD. In a world that is frequently marked by criticism and loneliness, a ...
How can kids on the autism spectrum get the most out of an iPad?
Getting familiar with your new iPad is just the beginning of a steep learning curve. It is not that the iPad is so difficult to access. In fact, it is fairly intuitive and simple. The learning comes w...
How to parent siblings of a child with an autistic spectrum disorder
Parenting is a challenge, and that challenge may be complicated if you have neurodiverse children. Creating a bond between siblings when one has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder takes understanding. The ...
Help young kids on the autism spectrum avoid behavior challenges
Parents usually see a huge improvement in their child’s behavior when they begin to use visual strategies for challenging situations. It’s not difficult for parents to learn how to use simple visu...
Dining out with kids on the autism spectrum requires preparation
Being out in public with a child on the autism spectrum can be difficult. Not only are there judgmental stares from others and uncomfortable situations, but being confined to a restaurant table means ...

Caring for Aging Parents

Advice for elderly families in transition
Having parents or elders age forces conversations between parents and children around elder’s wishes on housing, care and end of life directives. These can be uncomfortable conversations but are nec...
Help your elderly parent maintain independence with good communication
Many of these suggestions are common themes in successful communication between adults. Mutual respect and courtesy is a must, and developing new skills, along with practice, is a constant. The reward...
Get help caring for an elderly parent with this expert advice
This can be a tough time in your life, and your parents won’t make it any easier on you if you don’t know how to approach them about it. Enlist the help of a qualified elder care manager and don�...
Get long-term care that is the right fit for your elderly parent
Finding long term care for your loved ones is not something to be taken lightly. There are many options and it’s important to know the wishes of your loved ones and to be informed about the differen...
Discussing difficult life issues with aging family members
Talking with aging family members about difficult life issues is not easy. But mapping out the conversation ahead of time and avoiding major pitfalls can make important family discussions more positiv...
Managing the stress often associated with family caregiving
Reaching out for love and support can be a sure-fire way of sustaining yourself as a caregiver and the well-being of your loved one. When done mindfully, respecting your own needs and preferences, as ...
Minimize the holiday blues for seniors suffering from depression
As a caregiver or family member of a depressed older person, make it your responsibility to get involved. You can make a significant difference and remove or lessen the holiday blues for seniors suffe...
Talk openly by starting a care conversation with aging parents
After conversing with a loved one’s doctor or care provider and determining what type of care center is most appropriate, a family can explore options within their community that fits their budget a...
Preserve the dignity of your elderly parents by caring for their needs
Together we can work toward making a difference in the overall well-being and preservation of dignity of the elders in our communities, who, indeed, are deserving of our care and respect. Help your el...
Navigating the challenges of becoming a caregiver to aging parents
Caring for aging or sick parents can bring rewards, but it also comes with challenges. Take the steps to assist your parents in getting their legal documents in order before caregiving becomes require...
Advice for seniors moving to a smaller home or retirement community
Move while you are the one in charge. If you put in the work up front, during the planning and sorting phase, your move will be much smoother. Let experienced movers, such as Senior Move Managers, ass...
Advice for managing the depression of your aging loved ones
Depression is the most common mental illness affecting seniors, and the signs should not be ignored. In fact, the elderly have the highest rate of suicide out of all age groups. While today’s treatm...
How to best approach your parent on moving into a nursing home
Responding to the needs of aging parents is a difficult and emotional process for everyone. Adult children need to communicate clearly and directly with the parent while being respectful and caring. A...
How to find a good home care agency and stay in your home
Mom and dad have made the decision to stay at home instead of moving to a assisted living facility. You know that in order for them to be safe and comfortable they are going to need assistance. Home C...
Loved ones can help seniors though the progression of Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s affects more than 5 million Americans, and the disease has an impact on the entire family. While adult children become caregivers for aging parents, young children and teens need support...
How to ensure the safety of your aging parents behind the wheel
Aging does not necessarily mean a person's driving days are over. However, it is vital to ensure the safety of your loved ones on the road. This begins with learning more about how to detect problems,...
Maximize rewards and minimize stress when caring for aging parents
Having parents age and fail is unsettling emotionally and disruptive in many other ways. Caregiving can be extremely taxing and very tricky to navigate, but it can be deeply rewarding. A major key to ...
How to help and support your aging parents as they grow older
Keeping these simple guidelines in mind will not only help improve the relationship you have with your parents, but it will also ease the stress that invariably accompanies changing roles. We all want...
Advice on what to do when an aging loved one wants to hasten death
There was once a hospice patient who was the stereotypical Italian mama, who cooked all day, everyday, and for whom every problem could be solved by lasagna or tiramisu. As her breast cancer advanced ...
Pay careful attention to your elderly parent's hospitalization
Elderly hospital patients have special medical, emotional and legal interests that must be protected. Often they are too weak, ill or confused to speak up for themselves. Family members, partners or c...

Cancer

Expert advice on undergoing breast reconstruction due to breast cancer
Breast reconstruction is complex. It requires time, energy, and patience. There are a wide variety of options - implant or tissue. Do your homework. Seek an experienced, board-certified reconstructive...
Take a DNA test to avoid a breast cancer biopsy misdiagnosis
If you or a loved one is going through this difficult process, talk to your physician about steps that can be taken to ensure you receive your confirmed biopsy results. With the emotional, life-changi...
Integrate acupuncture and Western medicine to help treat cancer
There are many benefits to utilizing acupuncture therapy along with traditional Western medical treatment. Further research, education and clinical trials are being conducted to continue the validatio...
Advice on getting lymph node transfer for lymphedema patients
Lymphedema is a common problem when it comes to mastectomy for breast cancer treatment. A lot of times the problem doesn’t show up right away and may take years for it to become apparent. Lymphedema...
Recognizing moles and skin as cancerous and getting help
It’s important to remember that you are not responsible for making a diagnosis! Your task is to identify any suspicious lesions and have your internist, family physician, or dermatologist check them...
Maintain your femininity when diagnosed with breast cancer
When first diagnosed, it can be an overwhelming experience; however, taking the right steps to breathe, learn and release emotion, as well as find ways to exude your personal style, will lead to a str...
Breast cancer treatments: How to choose the best option for you
Hundreds of thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer and begin treatment each year. While the discovery of a positive diagnosis can be difficult, choosing a treatment option doesn't have to...
Cancer rehabilitation can help you recover and tolerate treatment
The bottom line with patients undergoing cancer treatments and in need of cancer rehabilitation is to know yourself and your symptoms. Talk to your doctors, therapists, friends, etc. Develop and keep ...
Mohs micrographic surgery can help treat skin cancer
Ensuring that you are ready for surgery also involves ensuring you are prepared for aftercare. Following your surgeon’s aftercare instructions is important so that you are able to heal properly with...
Advice for getting proton therapy treatment for prostate cancer
Proton therapy can be an ideal treatment for prostate cancer for a patient who is looking to avoid surgery or spare surrounding healthy tissue from damage that might occur during standard radiation tr...
Little known things that can reduce your cancer risk
This may be recommending dramatic changes from normal life, but getting cancer (eventually) is very normal. If you want to reduce risk you have to move from normal to optimal. That’s the science. Ev...
A patient’s survival guide: Prevent medical mistakes and misdiagnosis
The best way to prevent medical errors from happening is to take an active role in your care and the care of your family. Following these tips and being responsible will help to keep you and your fami...
Prevent cervical cancer with early detection and education
Cervical cancer is a preventable disease and is treatable when discovered early on. Regular screening and understanding the symptoms of this disease are the best way to stay healthy. Making sure the w...
Advice on helping a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer
Being there for a loved one with cancer isn’t always easy, but being genuine, caring and thoughtful in your efforts to support them will help make the difference. While there’s no rule book to thi...
Preventing melanoma starts with protecting your skin from UV rays
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so make skin health a priority during all months of the year. It is vital to take the lead in your skin health, educate yourself and your loved ones on sun sa...
Find the right dermatologist to remove precancerous moles
Your skin is the largest organ in the human body. It is the site of the most common type of cancer, skin cancer. Your dermatologist is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat all types of skin disord...
Steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer
Lung cancer can be extremely difficult to detect and treat, which is why it is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. While screening options are limited, it is important to follow up with your...
What to expect and how to prepare for undergoing chemotherapy
Everyone is different, their treatment for cancer is different and they react to chemotherapy differently. Your health care team wants to help you have the best possible experience. Keep them informed...
Advice on treating and managing cervical cancer
A cancer diagnosis can be devastating for anyone but now there are treatment options for cervical cancer that are very encouraging. Under the guidance and care of a gynecologic oncologist, women can c...
You can reduce the risk of skin cancer and enjoy the great outdoors
The skin is the largest organ we have so we need to remember to protect it. Most skin cancer can be prevented with proactive protection. Follow this advice for your best chances for preventing melanom...
How to manage lymphedema when undergoing cancer treatments
If you are facing treatment that could harm your lymph nodes, it is good to know that you have resources and qualified experts to help you learn about and manage lymphedema. If you think you may be at...
Stay positive when diagnosed with cervical cancer
After being diagnosed with cervical cancer, it’s essential that you take time to understand your diagnosis, talk to your doctor about treatment options, find systems of support and treat yourself ri...
How to emotionally cope when you are diagnosed with cancer
If you are diagnosed with cancer you must take the time to survey your feelings and see how the diagnosis is really impacting you. Once you understand your feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression, ...
Prepare for surgery by speaking with your anesthesiologist
Remember, your anesthesiologist is most likely a board-certified physician, just as your surgeon is. There’s every reason to entrust your anesthesiologist with your total care. But it’s also smart...
A trusted healthcare team can help manage and treat ovarian cancer
Ovarian cancer treatment is very challenging. You will not have recovered from the surgical procedure when the chemotherapy has starts. After the completion of all your treatment, it may take up to 12...
Manage your chronic pain while going through cancer treatment
Pain management is a branch of medicine focused on reducing pain and improving quality of life through an integrative approach to care. Pain management is particularly important for cancer patients, c...
Prevent skin cancer by protecting yourself from harmful sun exposure
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. There are easy ways to prevent skin damage. Installing high performance window film in your car, home and workplace and regu...

Managing Your Career as an Employee

Receiving a bad performance review
A bad review doesn’t mean you are a total failure or that your days are numbered at that organization. Most often, it is a “wake up” call and can provide you the opportunity to really excel. The...
How to ask for a promotion
Feeling good about your work achievements and knowing what you can deliver are key factors in clarifying your readiness for a promotion. Asking your boss to help you move up works best when you can cl...
Know how to manage up
Learning how to work effectively with your boss requires solid communication. The more aware you are of your boss’s needs and viewpoints, the easier it becomes to provide your guidance and insight i...
Succeed in your first 30 days at the new job
A new job is both thrilling and intimidating at the same time. You want to prove to those you work with that you were the right choice. If you remain observant, listen, evaluate, and then execute whil...
How to overcome job and career burnout and be excited about work
No career or job is perfect, and there will always be challenges to face.  It's perfectly normal to re-evaluate where you are in your professional life.  The more open-minded you are, the easier it ...
Survive the office holiday party and protect your career
Office parties are meant to be a fun get together for employees, not a boring or forced obligation that everyone reluctantly attends. If you present yourself properly with the right look, poise, and g...
Dealing with a bad boss
You can reduce the struggles you have working for a difficult boss by developing the right communication process. Whether you’ve just started noticing problematic behavior from your boss or it’s a...
Help for adults in the workforce thinking about going back to college
Returning to school can be a daunting experience. The first challenge is finding the right school and working towards the right degree. The best path is to clarify personal goals, make sure that the d...
Control your anger and other negative emotions in the workplace
We are all doing the best we can both at home and at the office. When pressures mount the tendency is to release emotions on those who will be most affected. The problem with negative emotions in the ...
Deal with the office bully to create a positive work environment
Dealing with a bully is like any negotiation. You must establish mutual trust and respect. You must identify and eliminate their primary fear by being curious and compassionate. You can then create sh...
To confront the office bully effectively be diplomatic at work
Knowing some of the common behavioural types that you will most likely encounter during your time at work, is key in knowing how to deal with these specific people. Each have their own way to approach...
Learn to job hop successfully to help you reach your career goals
In today’s corporate world, there’s very little loyalty left on either side of the equation. Since the economic downturn, many employers have been vilified as heartless, selfish and focused on the...
Make the most of a performance evaluation to help you succeed at work
It’s easy for most of us to acknowledge the value of an effective performance evaluation, both as part of an assessment of an individual’s accomplishments and value to the organization, and also a...
Take charge of your career and achieve your full potential
This career stuff can be overwhelming, and can make you feel that you are simply along for the ride. Or worse, that someone else is your puppet master, like your own personal Wizard in the Land of Oz ...
Self motivation is the path to career success
When our lives are filled with activities and roles that are a fit for us, and give us ways to use our gifts and our skills and pursue our interests, we are less likely to experience that lack of moti...
Leave your job on good terms when you quit or resign
The reason people leave companies will always vary. One constant, regardless of reason, is your conduct. The more professional you are, even in circumstances that make it difficult to do so, the bette...
Expert advice for creating a professional image in the workplace
Your professional image is a key defining element that shapes your reputation. It is part of your personal brand both inside and outside the workplace. It reflects your appearance, behavior, conduct, ...
Expert advice for giving a bad performance review to a good employee
No one enjoys telling someone they did a bad job, but as a manager it is inevitable that there will be a poor performer at some point during your career. Poor performers can improve and may even becom...
Make the most of an internship to get the full-time job you want
Choosing the right internship opportunity for you and approaching your internship as an “on the job interview” will enable you to take full advantage of this unique opportunity to demonstrate how ...
Keep your job and get ahead by staying relevant to your company
To be relevant, you must evolve with changes to your business whether they be macro economic issues or the leadership roster. Key is knowing the business drivers of your company, recognizing how you a...
Advice for job hopping to higher salary and more responsibility
Job hopping is a very useful and rewarding career move if done properly. Keep in mind this advice as you are considering whether or not you start applying for other jobs. ...
Perform a once-a-year career check-in to help reassess your goals
So find that old resume lost on your hard drive, call an old work friend and begin to think about what you want out of your career and if your current job is getting you there. Overwhelmed? Just like ...
Manage your professional development for career success
Taking control of your career and its path will be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. Understanding your responsibilities, leveraging resources and collaborating with teammates, will not on...
How to be confident and successful in making sales cold calls
Sales people need to find a way to make outbound phone calls so they are productive, professional, and result in appointments. Having a systematic way of learning a script, practicing it, and implemen...
How salespeople can overcome the fear and rejection of cold calling
Fear and rejection are emotions that are common to every sales professional. The key is understanding what rejection really means and how to improve your mindset to process the rejection. Remember, fe...
Build your professional brand to be successful in the workplace
So, how do you become the person everyone wants to work with? Essentially, it comes down to being positive, working hard, and producing results. If you can keep these three things in mind each day, yo...
Women: Stand out and be successful in the tech field and business
The male dominated tech field can be intimidating to women. However, most of the time men don’t mean to alienate women or discourage their idea sharing. Learn to stand up for yourself and jump right...
How to say no to your boss without the risk of losing your job
Saying no to your boss should be an extension of a mutually respectful relationship not a reason to hide. As a professional you must be accountable to what you can or cannot handle as well as voice yo...
How to successfully apply for a new job in your current company
Internal candidates aren’t entitled to get the job. Avoiding mistakes and making the right moves will make you competitive with other internal and external candidates alike. Make a career plan, gain...
Follow these rules of behavior and etiquette at the office party
The office party is not the time to let down your hair or throw caution to the wind. What you do and say at the event could live on for a long time in the minds of your associates. If your behavior is...
What to do immediately after you are laid off from your job
The process of being laid off can be frustrating and challenging if you are not ready to make bold moves forward in your next role. Sometimes events like layoffs remind us of our strengths and highlig...
React to workplace bullies with knowledge, confidence and control
The financial bottom line is becoming more important in all institutions and companies throughout the United States. When companies realize that bullies are costing them money and a lack of productivi...

Divorce and Separation Law

The right way to separate
Again, separation is more than taking a break from your marriage and living apart from your spouse.  It is an important time to plan and reflect on you and your family’s legal, financial, and emoti...
What to do when "I do" turns into “I don’t”- A Divorce Guide
A divorce involves one of the most emotionally trying times in your life. You should be as prepared as possible to act in your own best interests....
Legal guidance for co-parenting a pet with your ex
 Life has a way of throwing us curve balls and how we adjust to them can be the difference between a happy and not so happy life. No one heads into a marriage expecting to get divorced, but when it h...
How to choose the right divorce attorney for your divorce
When it comes to finding a divorce attorney, be thorough in your research. Take into account credentials as well as personal chemistry. Be clear on all the fees upfront. Make sure you are in agreement...
Negotiating alimony during a divorce
A woman in the midst of a divorce proceeding once said “Marriage is about love. Divorce is about money.” This is so true. Alimony is one of the key money matters that must be negotiated and settle...
A parenting plan means more than trading weekends with your ex
Co-parenting is more than simply co-scheduling. Children of divorced parents can and do thrive on the same consistent rules and constructive communication as children of married couples. Taking the ti...
Divorcing and divorced dads succeed when they put the interests of the children first
Most men and women do not realize that they put their children in the middle of their disputes. It’s not something done intentionally, but you need to remember that your anger is not your child’s ...
Fathers will win child custody battles if the children are the priority in everyday life
Being a good dad means both talking the talk and walking the walk. Everyone from the ex to the kids to the guardian to teachers, coaches, neighbors, doctors and shrinks is watching. Show them all what...
Take precautions to ensure a quick and fair high net-worth divorce
The issues facing high net worth divorcing families are often different from the issues faced by lower/middle income divorcing families. As such, they must be planned for and approached in a manner be...
These child support basics will benefit you and your children
The most important thing to remember is that child support is about the needs of the children. They need support in a number of ways, financially for sure, but also emotionally by not being made a lig...
Men will prosper in a divorce by focusing on these practical solutions
As in all things, if you get educated about what’s before you and go into it expecting the worst, the chances of it being worse than you expected are about even. Get a lawyer you can get along with,...
Be realistic, reasonable and communicate for a successful divorce
It is understandable that through divorce and separation many emotions will arise between both parties. However remember that the legal system is not a tool that you can use to gain revenge against th...
Find hidden assets that your spouse has not declared during divorce
Divorcing couples must know where all the assets are. Neither side has the right to hide money and every right to use all the means necessary to discover where the assets are and what their value is. ...
Divorce mediators help you settle differences and save money
Divorce mediation is one way to settle issues relating to your divorce. Before selecting this process, it is important that you fully understand what a mediator can and cannot do, that you obtain lega...
Mediation can help you get what you want in divorce and save money
Mediation is an effective, relatively inexpensive way to settle divorces. However, you have to be prepared, be in control of your emotions, and be realistic about the results. Good legal and financial...
Know the difference between custody and shared parenting in divorce
Shared parenting and custody are often confused terms. As you can see, they are separate concepts. Shared parenting is a likely outcome for a situation where you and your ex are no longer together. An...
Parents considering divorce must protect themselves and kids
Making the decision to hire an attorney to represent you, as opposed to choosing to represent yourself, may be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. This decision can have an impact ...
A collaborative divorce avoids a court battle and reduces costs
Collaborative divorce is an alternative to a drawn out court battle. The process might result in an easier transition for the parties and their children. But collaborative divorce is not for everyone....
Choose the right divorce attorney to protect you and your family
Divorce can be devastating, especially when children are involved. Picking an attorney you like and trust and who has experience and knowledge will make a difficult time of life better for all parties...
How to get an annulment when there is misrepresentation or fraud
Annulment is different from divorce, but still requires legal representation and a court case. Be sure your circumstances meet the requirements for an annulment, and not a divorce, before you proceed ...
How to ensure your ex-spouse complies with the court's orders
Judges generally do not take kindly to those who consistently flout their orders. However, because the possible penalties for violating a court order include incarceration, it is important that your e...

Criminal Law

Expert advice when arrested by the police
Getting arrested is very stressful and foreign to most people. You need to remain as calm as possible, do not resist the police officers, ask for a lawyer and keep your mouth shut. Be ready to contact...
How to choose a criminal lawyer
If found guilty of a criminal offense, you are potentially facing jail time, significant fines and even forfeit of property, including vehicles and other valuable possessions. So choosing an experienc...
Lawful arrests require probable cause
Lawful arrests require police to have probable cause. The U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment authorizes arrests by police, only if they have probable cause that a crime has been committed and tha...
Pulled over by the police? Don't panic.
The best thing to do after being pulled over is to take a few moments to collect your thoughts, take a deep breath and prepare yourself to re-enter traffic.  If you are really upset, after your conta...
So you need bail?
After you have been arrested, you will appear before a judge who will set bail. Bail is an amount of money that you must surrender to the court in order to be released from jail, with the promise you...
Obtain a positive outcome in your traffic court appearance
The traffic court experience is many drivers' first encounter with the criminal justice system. Although drivers may feel intimidated, the courts are aware of this and often offer additional explanati...
Crucial advice to ensure a better outcome from a misdemeanor arrest
When you are arrested for a misdemeanor crime, especially for the first time, there are basic steps you can take to help protect your rights. Silence is golden as once an arrest has been made, police ...
You need a competent criminal defense attorney to defend your case
Each phase of the litigation in a criminal prosecution is potentially critical to the outcome of the case.  It is essential to have competent counsel throughout each phase of this process where loss ...
Protect yourself, take action, and stop being a victim of stalking
The most important thing to do if you are the victim of a stalker is to reach out for assistance from loved ones, friends, advocates and law enforcement. Everyone working together can and will protect...
What to do if you're a victim of police misconduct
Police misconduct includes a wide range of police activity that results in an abuse of the power vested in the police force. This abuse of power causes various harm and injury to the victim. Victims o...
Help for victims of domestic violence involves professionals, family, and friends
We have come a long way from the time that victims of domestic abuse were told it was a “family problem” to be resolved in the home. There are many people working day in and day out to end family ...
Advice on your legal defense when arrested for drug possession
Educate yourself about the law, including the criminal law. Educate yourself about your legal rights. Ignorance may be blissful but, in this context, it can be costly. ...
Understand plea bargaining before you waive your right to trial
A plea bargain has long lasting implications. The criminal record established via a plea bargain is the same as if you had gone to trial and were found guilty. The criminal charge will still show on y...
Stop sexual harassment in the workplace or in your personal life
There was a time that sexual harassment was considered funny, joked about in movies, television, and in comedy routines. The reality, even then, was not humorous for the victims. If you are being sexu...
Advice when testifying as a witness in a criminal trial
Testifying as a witness in a criminal trial is a significant responsibility and should be taken seriously. Be honest and sincere; make eye contact as you testify. Do not get argumentative and do not g...
Prove you're trustworthy to the judge to get bail and out of jail
Although bail is determined by the Judge, highlighting crucial factors can convince the Judge to order release or to set a low bail. The decision turns on whether or not the judge believes the defenda...
Advice for choosing trial by judge or jury
When going to trial the decision between a judge or a jury trial is a crucial one. Follow what is outlined above and you will be far more educated as you make your decision....
What you should do if you or your loved one needs a bail bondsman
While most of us think we’ll never need the services of a bail agent, it is important to understand that the right to bail is guaranteed by the 8th Amendment of the United States Constitution. It al...
What to do when you paid the bond and your loved one skips bail
If you ever find yourself in the situation of having to bail out someone you know, and then suffering the double whammy of having them skip out on the bail bond which you have indemnified, do everythi...
What to do when you are a victim of sexual assault on campus
If you are the victim of a campus sexual assault you may feel alone and confused. Years ago there was no one to whom you could turn. Today, every campus is mandated by the federal government to have p...
Police dashcam footage can protect you when you get pulled over
Since more than 22 million traffic stops occur every year in the United States, there’s a good chance that you or someone you know will be pulled over. It’s important to remember that the evidence...
How to decide if you should bail someone out of jail when arrested
If you are ever asked the question, “Can you bail me out?” you should never say “Yes,” without carefully considering the huge financial obligation to which you may be agreeing. Following these...
Advice for women on avoiding sexual assault and staying safe
It’s vital that we understand where our misconceptions are interfering with our safety when it comes to the risk of sexual assault. Know that complete strangers aren’t necessarily your greatest da...
Talk to someone and get help if you are a victim of sexual abuse
Child and teen sexual abuse occurs in all populations. It cuts across all economic, racial, ethnic and educational levels. It happens in rural, suburban and urban areas . It happens to girls and boys....
What you should know when charged with hacking company computers
One doesn’t have to be a hardcore hacker to be prosecuted under the federal hacking statutes. The simple act of accessing company data or computers to obtain information or to destroy computer recor...

DUI and DWI

17 Questions to ask yourself after being arrested for a DUI
This is a list of 17 questions that you should answer as soon as possible after you have been arrested for a DUI or DWI. Answering these questions will help you remember the circumstances of your arre...
Calculate your blood alcohol content for a DUI
Your blood alcohol content is the concentration of alcohol in your blood expressed by a percentage. An alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is legally considered under the influence and illegal i...
Don't let a DUI ruin your life
Being charged with a DUI can be an emotional and stressful event that will take time and money to address. If charged, you need to act quickly and hire a qualified and experienced DUI lawyer. You or y...
Drunk driving terminology by state
There are many different terms used by the various states for a charge of driving drunk. A DUI means driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol while DWI means driving while intoxicated or drivin...
Contact the DMV immediately when charged with a DUI
When you are charged with a DUI or DWI most people do not realize there are in fact two separate cases against you. One is the court case, which is a criminal matter, and the second is a Department of...
Understanding a DUI defense in a court trial
The defense of a DUI charge in court is complex and involves a range of factors from your personal blood chemistry, to the dependability of the equipment used to obtain your blood alcohol content, to ...
Protect yourself with a good DUI lawyer
DUI lawyers specialize in defending clients charged with drunk driving formally, known as a DUI. They have specialized training and expertise that other types of lawyers do not have. DUI defenses in c...
Tests used to determine if you are driving drunk
When the police pull you over, they will use a variety of visual cues to determine if you have been drinking. If the officer thinks you have been drinking, he/she will have you exit the vehicle and as...
Advice on refusing DUI field sobriety tests and knowing your rights
Majority of motorists are not fully aware of the legal provisions and implications surrounding DUIs or DWIs. Contrary to Miranda Rights where officers are mandated to inform an apprehended offender of...
Advice when you fail the field sobriety test and are charged with DUI
If you find yourself confronted by an officer for a possible DUI, don’t dig a bigger hole of fines and penalties by not knowing your rights as a motorist. Familiarize yourself with the sobriety test...

Accident and Personal Injury Law

Car accident? Know the facts in filing insurance claims
Always remember that insurance companies are a business and as such they will always try to pay out the minimum amount of money to victims of an accident. So never accept the first settlement offer fr...
Expert advice when you are involved and hurt in a car accident
A car accident is often a very physical and emotional personal crisis that will consume a lot of your time long after the accident occurred. Remember to stay calm, get medical attention, contact the ...
Preparation is key to overcoming a medical malpractice situation
Be very careful when taking the steps to start a medical malpractice case. Malpractice cases are not quick, so take your time when choosing the right medical malpractice lawyer....
Protect your health and accident case with a traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injuries are painful for the victim and their loved ones. Have a family member research injury attorneys while you rest and receive treatment. As long as you have the proper documentat...
Take action to avoid becoming a victim of medical malpractice
Most doctors, physician assistants, nurses, and other providers are competent, caring professionals who do the best they can to treat their patients. But there can be big differences in terms of their...
Essential advice for filing a worker's compensation claim
These “dos” and “don’ts” are a brief overview of the worker’s compensation system in most states. However, each state has specific laws that may differ. It is important to consult with an ...
How to file a successful product liability lawsuit
Consumers are always at risk when using products, but they should not be the victim during a defective product lawsuit. These suits are often complicated for a number of reasons. An attorney will coor...
What to do when assaulted or attacked by someone
An assault is an intentional and unlawful “touching” causing injury to another person and can be anything from just touching to serious injury or death. The police will investigate the assault and...
Expert advice for veterans on successfully suing the VA
Bringing a lawsuit against the federal government is never an easy path, but there are steps that can be taken to minimize the hardship. By staying organized, gathering evidence and consulting with ex...
Expert advice for consumers when filing and litigating a civil lawsuit
Litigation is never completely secure; there is always some element of risk involved. However, you can mitigate your risk by gathering and organizing as much information as possible, preparing a conci...
Be prepared when suing for wrongful death due to medical malpractice
Nothing can bring back a close family member, and you may experience their loss for the rest of your life. But the wrongful death suit you bring on their behalf can help reduce the chance that someone...
Before signing a waiver, you should consider this expert advice
These days, a waiver is exchanged right along with a greeting as you enter into a facility – or even your friend’s backyard. Read up on the common language and types of waivers that companies use....
Sue for medical malpractice due to misdiagnosed breast cancer
Breast cancer misdiagnosis cases stem from a variety of medical errors and oversights, from misinterpreted imaging to poorly performed biopsies. Their impact may be severe, but with the right attorney...
Should you settle or go to court for a medical malpractice lawsuit?
There is no magic formula when it comes to deciding whether or not you should take your malpractice lawsuit to trial or settle out of court. Instead, the decision should be born out of experience, und...
Know how to file a workers' compensation claim when injured at work
Protect yourself and your family. You’ve worked hard, don’t let an injury ruin you. Find a qualified workers’ compensation attorney, and do your due diligence in researching what benefits you ar...
Advice for what to do if your homeowner's association is sued
A lawsuit is a serious matter that a homeowner’s association must respond to within the time afforded to it. The association should notify the professionals it works with, namely its attorney and in...

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...

Adoption and Foster Care

Providing optimal integration for a newly adopted older child
With more families choosing to adopt older children, it is critical that parents receive pre- and post-adoption training and form a team of support personnel. Using medical, neuropsychological, occupa...
Preparation and communication are vital for a successful adoption
Adoption can be a very rewarding experience and a great way to build a family. It is vital to consider a variety of sources for adoption. Additionally, preparing yourself for raising a child by learni...
Navigating the wonderful and overwhelming journey of adoption
Adoption makes your family exceptional. It is a wonderfully complicated and overwhelming journey that comes with an incredible chance to truly change all lives involved. As an adoptive parent, you hav...
Ease the transition to adoption and minimize the stressful journey
These suggestions are not meant to be an exhaustive list of tips for navigating the adoption process. However, following them will ease your transition to adoptive parenthood and will likely decrease ...
Supporting your adopted children as they try to fit in at school
Attending school is tough when you feel different or misunderstood. Consequently, educating your school and helping your child share his or her story helps normalize school experiences. Remember that ...
Help your adopted kids by understanding the challenges they face
As adoptive parents, you have likely heard that adoption adds an extra layer of complexity as a child grows. Even if your family talks about adoption openly, your child will have questions that come u...
Embrace discussion about birth parents with your adopted kids
Talking about adoption and birth parents can feel complicated and scary for adoptive parents and their children who have questions about their identity, and an ever-evolving understanding of the joys ...
Adoptees can utilize the Internet to safely connect with family
Adoptees are able to connect with genetic family members via the Internet; however, caution must be used during the search process to avoid fraud. Use regularly updated and accurate websites and reuni...
Build resilience strategies with your adoptive or foster family
Raising children is rewarding but stressful. Even when exposed to high levels of stress, individuals can prevent crisis through effective coping strategies. Foster and adoptive parents have committed ...
Parents can create long-term connections within blended families
Blended families built by adoption can result in a strong connection between siblings because their relationships are built on intentionality, rather than an accident of birth. Give yourself and your ...
Expert advice for making the adoption process smooth and enjoyable
The adoption process is complex, but it does not need to be scary. Trust your gut instincts, educate yourself and rely on support--even if you think you don’t need it. Relax and enjoy the process. T...
Adoptive parents must recognize and manage post-adoption depression
Although it is not currently included as a specific onset of depression in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, post-adoption depression syndrome is gaining ground in the growing...
Advice on socialization for internationally adopted children
Social difficulties with peer interactions are quite common among children adopted internationally. There are numerous factors responsible for this situation, including complex childhood trauma, resul...
White parents raising adopted children of color must grasp racism
No one can know the perfect way to respond to insensitive remarks all the time. In fact, people commonly respond to racial insensitivity with shocked disbelief and stunned silence. It is only later th...
Preparation is key when welcoming a foster child into your home
Each time a foster child comes to live with you and your family, it will be a unique and a special experience. Every placement will be different. You are sure to have surprises from time to time, and ...
What every adoptive parent should know about search and reunion
One of the most common questions asked of search and reunion specialists is, "How many reunions are successful?" The answer is all of them. They are all successful because the initial effort was to fi...
How can foster/adoptive parents meet the needs of traumatized kids?
Becoming a mature adult is no easy task--even for people who don’t come from harsh beginnings. Understanding the sequential advancement of stages in a child’s social-emotional development can serv...
The sequential path from childhood to mature adulthood
A Modified Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs....
Bringing home your newly adopted child: Managing the transition
A warm, patient and open attitude can help adoptive parents deal effectively during the early weeks after bringing home their adopted child. Bonding cannot be forced, but can be facilitated through en...
Adoptive parenting: Building bonds of strong, healthy attachment
Adoptive parenting is a complex and beautiful journey. Being present to your individual child and building the bonds of healthy attachment as you fall in love with each other is the cornerstone of eve...
What you need to know about adoption searches and social networking
The prospect of adopted teenagers making contact with long-lost birth relatives online, in an unplanned way without support, is something that is very concerning for many adoptive parents. There are s...
What adoptive parents need to know about financing your adoption
Adoption can be a difficult experience for families. So many things are out of your control. It is tricky to know what to focus on and what is important. Create a detailed plan and like any plan, be f...
Helping adopted and foster children navigate their early trauma
If your children have been exposed to early childhood trauma, it is crucial to recognize that their behaviors may be communicating their distress. When parents understand the impact that trauma can ha...
Building healthy attachment with adopted children is crucial
Healthy attachment sets the stage for healthy emotional development in all of the relationships in a child’s life. Children from adoption can be at risk for attachment challenges. Remember that buil...
Help adopted kids understand their birth heritage via open dialogue
Always maintain ongoing openness and honesty with your adopted children concerning their biological roots, and in the story of why and how they came to be placed with you. Do not postpone talking abou...
Expert advice for making first contact with birth family members
Searching for birth family can be exciting. However, first contact can be overwhelming to think about. Be certain you are in direct contact with the person you are seeking and begin with a personal ph...
Strengthen your adoptive family by building trust and connections
Being an adoptive parent is a tremendously rewarding job, but it is also very challenging. Try to stay centered and calm by practicing mindfulness. Understand that your adopted child endured grief, lo...
Keep foster children safe from the dangers of sexting
Sexting, which poses a real threat to today’s youth, has become almost common among children across the globe. Children in foster care are especially at risk from the many dangers associated with se...
Seek advice and professional help when adopting a child
For anyone considering adoption the challenges are many, but most can be overcome. As you prepare for one of the most important decisions you will make in your life, it’s critical to do your homewor...
Hire an attorney when adopting to protect you and the child
Adopting a child is a complicated process. Having competent legal counsel to assist you along the way is essential to ensure that at the end of the day your rights, and the rights of the child you are...
Expert advice on breastfeeding your baby by adoption or surrogacy
Congratulations on considering breastfeeding. You are in for an incredible journey--and so is your baby. Every mother and baby--no matter how a baby arrives in a mother’s arms--should have the oppor...
Strengthen the health and behavior of adopted children via feeding
Food is the most basic way we nurture. Adoptive parents must get back to basics to help children attach well. Concerns of malnutrition, eating too much or eating too little can distract parents from t...

Drug Addiction

Is your teen abusing drugs?
Raising a child today is challenging. At times, it seems a desired goal for a parent is surviving adolescence with as few emotional scars as possible. Teenagers as a rule, are not open about sharing i...
Advice for teenagers to stay sober and never get addicted to drugs
The above tips of what to do and not to do are just a scratch on the surface to a complex issue regarding teen substance use and abuse. There are other factors that come in to the equation such as gen...
Help approaching your teen about drug use
Parents are presented a difficult task when addressing drug or alcohol use with their children. This is an awkward topic and most parents would rather avoid acknowledging the possibility their child m...
Eat these healthy foods to help your brain heal from drug abuse
To achieve optimal neural functioning and a positive mental state, the brain must correct dysfunctional wiring and replace depleted gray matter. This means paying attention to what you eat and designi...
How to make the most of addiction treatment
Addiction treatment is your opportunity to change your life for the better while learning new ways of coping with life’s setback and stresses. Treatment will provide you support during this difficul...
How to use addiction medicine to help you quit
Always remember that becoming sober is a long process. Don’t be afraid of the rocky road ahead of you. It’s definitely worth taking this road. For your family, career, friends… and life. As Mar...
Expert advice on getting through addiction as a family
Addiction is a disease that impacts the entire family. With patience, support and involvement in family therapy, recovery is possible for the individual and the family. In the end, family bonding and ...
Be successful in an outpatient treatment program for drug addiction
Addiction treatment programs should be individualized and tailored to give clients choices, resources, and support to take responsibility for addressing their medical and psychosocial needs.You can ge...
Students: Stop using smart drugs (Adderall) to get by in college
The life of a student is stressful and labor intensive. It is tempting to look for an aid that would make life simpler and give you an advantage for studying or a taking a test. Smart drugs are market...
Loved ones require your help during cocaine addiction treatment
Once an addict decides to enter into treatment, the journey is just starting. Recovery from cocaine is going to take some effort and adjustments. The treatment facility is a wonderful place to start w...
Hypnosis can eliminate unwanted and enhance desired behaviors
Hypnosis, defined by Merriam-Webster, is a trancelike state resembling sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject. In practical terms, Hypnosis is generall...
Quit your heroin addiction and get sober with the right treatment
Heroin abuse/addiction can take a devastating toll on individuals and others around them. The impact can be enormous. Recovery can be challenging, but not impossible. The road will be filled with obst...
How to overcome your prescription painkiller addiction
Whatever path you take to recovery from painkiller addiction, the most critical factors are your honest self-admission that it has become a serious problem in your life, the willingness to do WIT (Wha...
Quit xanax and learn natural ways to beat anxiety
Xanax addiction can be overcome. In order to safely separate yourself from this medication, please seek expert, medical support. Taper off the drug under the guidance of a physician. Be prepared for w...
Choose the best substance addiction treatment for you or loved one
So you’ve reached your personal “bottom” with whatever drug or drink you’ve become unhealthily dependent on, and it’s time to find help. Congratulations! But with so many choices, it’s har...
Overcome your drug addiction and get clean with an inpatient treatment center
When you make the decision to pursue inpatient treatment, you and your family are facing a crisis and the events in your life, whether mental health or substance abuse related, have reached a critical...
Seek professional help at the first sign of cocaine addiction
Latest figures from the NIDA shows that nearly five million Americans are abusing cocaine or crack cocaine. It affects people from all walks of life, across all age groups, usually from the age of twe...
Stop using steroids and get back on track with a healthy and realistic workout
The temptation to use steroids is present for a lot athletes. Although nationwide, steroid use has leveled off since reaching it’s peak in 2005, it still surfaces in newspaper headlines. There are i...
Hypnotherapy can help you beat your addiction
There are many benefits to finding a compatible hypnotherapist. There are many devoted practitioners in most cities that are highly qualified. The experience is transformational and the results are pr...
Save your loved one from addiction by staging an intervention
Interventions save lives. If you are concerned about a family member or loved one who is not open to seeking help, then you should contact a professional intervention service. Do not wait for rock bot...
Be considerate when you approach a spouse on an addiction problem
Most addicts have unfinished business. Once some of the issues are resolved through counseling, one can live a productive life. A lot of addicts are dual-diagnosed and need to be on medication. It is ...
Sending your child to substance abuse treatment requires your full emotional support
Perhaps this article can help parents and caregivers feel a little more comfortable when selecting a substance abuse treatment service for your child or teenager, or young adult. Caring for your loved...
Are the pills in your medicine cabinet a gateway drug to heroin?
Vicodin, Percocet, oxycontin, and heroin are all in a continuum of opiate-like substances, and one of the milder versions of the drug may lead to progressively heavier use. If you have concerns about ...
Help choosing a substance abuse and mood disorder treatment center
Millions of people today struggle with mood disorders and addiction. Although outpatient therapy can prove very valuable, a higher level of care is sometimes required.Choosing a program that is right ...
Treat withdrawal and addiction to Vicodin and Oxycontin painkillers
An addiction to Vicodin and other common opiate painkillers can be a difficult things to cope with. But ensuring that you seek the help from your team of medical professionals, including psychiatrists...
Advice on how to recover from a drug or alcohol addiction relapse
Addiction to drugs and alcohol is widespread throughout our country. Fortunately, whether an individual is addicted to tequila, methamphetamines, or heroin—recovery is possible. Those who have previ...
Quit smoking marijuana to help strengthen your emotional state
Focusing on the issues that cause depression, anxiety, and emotional distress is considerably more productive and can have longer lasting effects than simply using marijuana. While it may be more pain...
How to talk to a loved one that is a drug addict about treatment
While this article discusses general principles related to talking to an addict, it does not constitute medical advice. You should always consult a medical professional and an addiction specialist pri...
Are you ready to get treatment for drug addiction?
Deciding that you’re ready to quit drugs and seek treatment may not be a realization that happens overnight. It may happen gradually and be difficult to accept, but if you’re considering getting h...
How to help your child when they get out of drug treatment
When your child comes back home from rehab, make sure they know that you love them and are there to support them. Establish boundaries and open communication, but don’t get wrapped up in guilt and b...
Stay sober and avoid relapsing after you get out of drug rehab
Coming home after drug rehab can be a wake up call, both for you and your loved ones. You may need to make new friends and cut out old ones, find new hobbies, and embark on a healthy lifestyle. It may...
Marijuana is a drug and is addictive; how to quit using it
Although marijuana has been legalized in a couple of states, by and large, it remains an illegal substance in most of our country. Therefore, we support anyone who decides to discontinue all use of th...
Choose the right addiction therapy program to ensure recovery
Doing your research and spending some time honestly assessing your issues and needs will boost your chances for a successful addiction therapy experience. Just remember to keep your realism firmly in ...

Menopause

Regain your health when suffering from perimenopausal symptoms
Your body is a magnificently self-aware and self-healing organism that, given the right conditions, can heal itself of nearly any disease. One key is to get rid of stressors—the bad things—such as...
Expert advice on getting hormone replacement therapy with pellets
It is of great importance that you discuss your options with your doctor to choose the best course of action for you....
Break the myths of menopause to help celebrate this natural change
There are symptoms that many women get at this precarious time in life, but they must not be blamed on menopause or the natural decline of hormones. Menopause is a natural, once an honored and celebra...
Symptoms to look for when suspecting menopause
When asked to give a definition of menopause, there are a variety of answers that may consist of “When you get hot flashes” to “Not having a period for over a year”. Many women go under diagno...
Expert advice on treating and preventing hot flashes during menopause
Hot flashes are a common symptom of women experiencing menopause, but you do not have to just sit idly by and suffer through it. There are many things that can help you reduce these symptoms, and reme...
Prevent weight gain during menopause with this expert advice
Weight gain does not have to be an inevitable part of the aging process. As women age, there is a natural decline in hormone levels. Hormonal imbalance causes many unpleasant symptoms including fatigu...
Expert advice for living with someone going through menopause
Menopause is a natural stage of life and a period of time for change. With education, communication, and patience, the woman going through menopause will be okay, and so will you....
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help during menopause
In summary, BHRT offers women an option in the treatment of menopause. Obtaining balance in your hormones is important. Imagine your body as a symphony orchestra. No one instrument in the symphony can...
Advice for selecting a bio-identical hormone therapy for menopause
Hormones are ‘chemical messengers’ that transport information between cells and facilitate communication among different organs, regulating various functions in the body. When hormone levels decli...

Children's Health

You can survive the NICU
Your infant’s time in the NICU can very stressful. But there are a few things you can do to manage the stress and become more confident as a parent. By actively participating in your infant’s c...
Acupressure is a wonderful, gentle remedy for your child’s ailments
There is nothing esoteric or complicated about practicing acupressure on your children. Anyone can do it with some simple instruction and then it is literally in your hands for whenever it is needed. ...
Teach your children about healthy nutrition and wise choices
Life is all about choices. Some are easy and yield immediate reward, others are more difficult and the benefit is not seen for some time. Making healthy life choices may at first seem difficult for ou...
An acupuncturist can help treat your child's health conditions
If you are struggling with your children’s health issues, be it constipation, cough, teething pain or sleep issues, consider acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a possible alternative treatment. A v...
Ensure the top level of care for your baby’s eye health
Your baby is the most important thing in your life; you constantly worry about your baby's well being; you never let your guard down. You naturally want the best for your baby's health and for your ba...
Parents guide on how to prevent hearing loss in your children
Hearing loss caused by noise can be caused by overexposure to any loud sounds such as fireworks, power tools, machinery, motorcycles, sporting events, gunfire and music. The risk of hearing damage dep...
Maintain your child’s vision and eye health to optimize learning
The bottom line is to make sure that kids have complete eye exams regularly to assure that they are seeing the way that are supposed to be seeing. Remember, they think everyone sees the way they thems...
Prevent childhood obesity by making healthier food choices
Childhood obesity can be prevented and even reversed if the family is willing to commit to living a healthy lifestyle incorporating eating nutritious foods as well as exercising. It is a win-win situa...
Battle obesity in children by fostering an active family lifestyle
A fit and active lifestyle is an important part of maintaining overall health. By encouraging healthy habits at a young age, parents can help children improve academic performance, build self-confiden...
Encourage mental health in children with a psychological evaluation
Doing what you can as a parent to ensure your child’s mental health is essential in helping them develop into a well-rounded adult. Heed this advice to help you understand and choose a doctor to und...
Protect your baby during the winter: Know the facts about RSV
Speak to your child’s pediatrician to determine if your baby is at high risk for RSV disease, and if so, what additional steps may be recommended. For more information about the risk factors for RSV...
Cord blood banking can help your children stay healthy
Based on nearly two decades of clinical medicine, there’s no denying the incredible value of cord blood stem cells in treating nearly 80 life threatening diseases of the blood. In the past decade al...
Getting your child interested in sports will help prevent obesity
Kids who participate in sports are more likely to adopt healthy habits, succeed academically, and have higher self-esteem and self-confidence. They also learn skills like group goal setting and teamwo...
Know the warnings signs and symptoms of depression in your child
Symptoms of depression in children can differ from the symptoms associated with depression in adults. It is important to consult with a licensed mental health professional, like a counselor or psychol...
Cooking healthy foods for picky eaters to help them eat healthier
The process of developing a child’s culinary palette takes time and effort, but most children really enjoy variety and the process of exploring food options. If you present cooking well and clean as...
Be proactive when getting your child treatment for scoliosis
Raising awareness of this condition is important so parents know what signs to look for and what to ask their doctors. Early diagnosis is imperative to ensure your child gets treatment right away. Tak...
Why rewarding children with sugar or treats is a big mistake
Rewards are offered with the best of intentions. No one means any harm when giving a piece of candy to a child as praise for a job well done; they believe they are acknowledging their success. Unfortu...

Fertility

Expert advice when your having a hard time getting pregnant
The journey of conceiving can be way more difficult than you ever imagined it could be. And while much of it is not within your control, this article highlights some ways that you can take back a semb...
Low sperm count? Consider IVF to improve chances of conception
If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, it may be that the male is experiencing sperm problems either with their sperm count, motility, progression, or morphology. Because of the great ...
Reduce toxins and increase fertility and chances to conceive
In summary, it is important to be in the best health possible to maximize your chances for conception, and for a healthy baby. Many simple factors are often overlooked that are important for fertility...
Get pregnant faster: Advice for boosting your chances of conceiving
You’re not alone. If you have questions about conceiving, talk to your doctor – whether it’s your regular OB-GYN or a fertility specialist, they are the best sources for accurate information abo...
How to protect your fertility after a cancer diagnosis
Any reproductive age patient receiving chemotherapy or radiation is at risk for reduced fertility. Asking your doctor about options and seeking a consult with a fertility preservation expert can help ...
Considering In Vitro Fertilization? How to pay for IVF costs
Even if IVF costs seem daunting at first, be assured you have many options to help you pay for your fertility treatment. You may be lucky and have insurance coverage for IVF costs. But even if not, yo...
A healthy and balanced diet can have a great impact on fertility
Women and men trying to conceive a child would benefit from eating a healthy and varied diet coupled with moderate exercise. It is best to avoid alcohol, smoking, drug use, and excessive caffeine. Fer...
Having a baby: What you should know when trying to conceive
Following these tips can increase your chances of pregnancy, and remove some of the uncertainty that can arise when trying. While there can be a lot to keep in mind, don’t let the details bog you do...
Couples can make conception more successful and less stressful
Trying to get pregnant can seem like a laborious and lengthy process. Educate yourself, know the facts and recognize when to get help. There are many available resources to help make this process less...
Endometriosis can affect fertility. Here’s how to get help
With proper diagnosis and treatment, the symptoms of endometriosis can be greatly lessened and fertility improved. If you feel as if you are experiencing severe pain during your menstrual cycles, then...

Caring for Teens and Adults with Disabilities

Teens with special needs must prep for transition to adulthood
It is important to give teens the tools, strategies and confidence they need to learn about their disability, learning style and strengths. This is necessary so they can develop their self- awareness,...
Achieving inclusion for college students with special needs
Every student--with and without disability labels--deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education. We must move away from the subtle and not-so-subtle discouragement that prevents students with s...
Caring for an aging sibling with disabilities entails teamwork
As your loved one with disabilities ages, the challenges can be daunting. By planning ahead and working with family members and professionals, you will find that you are not alone, and the journey can...
Negotiating adulthood as a teen or young adult with disabilities
It is vital to create a strong vision and transition plan for young adults with disabilities. Approach this vision and plan with creativity, flexibility and commitment. Instant messaging, getting a dr...
Tailoring sex education to teens and adults on the autism spectrum
When kids with ASD start to get older, parents panic. While they used to want their kids to do the same things as their peers, suddenly they no longer want them doing what the “normal” kids are do...
Supporting postsecondary success for teens with learning differences
Embarking on a postsecondary pursuit can be an intimidating venture--for both the student and the parent. Students with learning differences will continue to require support through their postsecondar...
Students with disabilities must plan for postsecondary education
Detailed planning for entrance into postsecondary education is vital for the success of students with ID. Start early and be sure to include high school coursework, which is necessary for entrance int...
Building connections and community for teens with disabilities
As parents raising children with special needs, you can do this. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, get some rest and do some fun things just for you. Who knows? You may meet someone in your yog...
Recreation can help teens with needs transition to community life
For individuals with disabilities, collaboration is the key to success when it comes to transitioning from school to community life. Focus your efforts on developing appropriate social, interpersonal ...
Helping teens with autism spectrum disorder prepare for college
Planning for college is an exciting time. While it can be stressful for any student, it is particularly challenging for students with disabilities. There are many things that can be done well in advan...
Teach kids with social learning challenges to become independent
Being social is an everywhere skill. Whether the setting is at home, at school or in the community, we are constantly using our social sense to figure out how to be around others. Some of us excel at ...
Preparing teens with special needs and learning issues for college
Transitioning a high-functioning child with ASD or other neurologically-based learning disabilities is a long process that does not occur overnight. Working on independent living skills pays off in th...
Making college a reality for youth with intellectual disabilities
Young adults with intellectual disabilities have more college options open to them than ever before. And just like their peers without disabilities, they should start early in preparing for these oppo...
Sexuality education is vital for teens with intellectual disabilities
Because sexuality education is a very important subject for special education students, parents must advocate for a meaningful program in their local school district. A teen or young adult with a disa...
How can individuals with disabilities seek and pursue employment?
Everyone who wants to work can do so--no matter how significant a person’s disability-related employment barrier may be. Supported employment and customized employment technologies often hold the ke...
Help teens on the autism spectrum to navigate social relations
The teenage years are a tough time in the life of teens and their parents. Even though they are looking to be more independent, they still need guidance. Just because their chronological age is that o...
Person-directed planning can empower individuals with autism
In spite of the communication, social and consistency challenges that some individuals with autism spectrum disorder present, many on the autism spectrum are able to partake in a planning process that...
Explore postsecondary options for students with learning differences
At first glance, the college search process can appear overwhelming. However, it can be a very enlightening time for both students and parents. Particularly for students with learning differences, tak...
How can parents help youth with special needs to become adults?
The parents of kids with special needs are tough heroes who climb uphill every day in honor of their kids and their rights. And the parents who are able to let others in and let their kids truly grow ...

Bipolar Disorder

Pediatric bipolar disorder and ADHD: differences and getting help
Accurate differential diagnosis between PBD and ADHD is essential and should include a thorough diagnostic protocol. Misdiagnosis of ADHD in a truly PBD child can have severe adverse consequences....
Advice for getting treatment for bipolar disorder
When you have bipolar disorder, you can still live a healthy and productive life. But only if you get therapy and medication. Mood swings do not have to run your life, and they can be controlled with ...
Find a balanced treatment plan when diagnosed with bipolar disorder
Bipolar illness is a chronic, lifelong illness that requires medical attention. By finding a balanced treatment regimen including medication, social support, talk therapy, exercise and/or alternative ...
Use acupuncture to help alleviate symptoms of bipolar disorder
Acupuncture has been proven in clinical trials to help with moderating the neurochemistry of the brain. Long-term benefits include greatly reduced frequency and severity of mood swings. Acupuncture ca...
If you think you have bipolar disorder, now is the time to get help
It was formerly called manic depression; today, it is called bipolar disorder. This mental disease is characterized by episodes of mania, which is an elevated or agitated mood, followed by episodes of...
Have a healthy relationship with someone who has bipolar disorder
Having a loved one who has bipolar can be challenging. Follow these tips above to help you learn what to do and what not to do to take care of them and take care of yourself....

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Advice for helping your teenager overcome OCD
Helping your teenager with OCD can be challenging. Your child needs your support and encouragement. Working with the therapist, encouraging them to improve, and being patient are the best intervention...
To help you treat OCD, you need to develop mental strength
OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a common form of anxiety. It includes the repetition of unwanted thoughts and unwanted rituals. Treatment involves changing your thoughts, acknowledging and fac...
Advice for spouses and partners with obsessive compulsive disorder
OCD is a relatively common psychiatric disorder, affecting about 1/40 individuals. It is characterized by repetitive, intrusive thoughts and behaviors aimed at reducing the impact of these negative ru...
Reach out for support to help manage symptoms of postpartum OCD
PPOCD can be scary, and it’s very real. The thoughts and obsessions can make you fear you are going crazy. However, you are not alone, and should not feel ashamed. Reach out for support!...
Teens - Don't be afraid to ask for help with OCD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) consists of obsessions, compulsions, or both. Obsessions and compulsions interfere with life and cause strong feelings of distress. If you have symptoms of OCD, the...

Hair Loss and Baldness

Advice for those struggling with premature balding
The combination of medical therapy (Finasteride and Minoxidil) along with proper design and planning of hair restoration is salient in the fight against premature balding. Although hair restoration su...
Advice for naturally preventing hair loss and balding
If you are looking to prevent hair loss and balding, keep these tips in mind. By nourishing your follicles with key nutrients that combat DHT, repair and revitalize hair follicles, and promote strong,...
Hair restoration is a great option for men and women with hair loss
Hair restoration is a great option for people who are beginning or have completely lost their hair, and there are many medical and surgical options available to you. You should always do your research...
Hair replacement surgery can help you restore hair when going bald
Hair transplantation is a wonderful cosmetic procedure that can have your hair looking and feeling naturally. One of the most important things to keep in mind is selecting a surgeon that is experience...
Men: Achieve healthier hair and prevent hair loss
Whether you have a short buzz-cut or long locks, caring for your scalp and hair should always be a top priority when trying to achieve healthier hair. The first step is ensuring there are no damage-ca...
What women should know about preventing and treating hair loss
Taking a proactive approach to hair loss will have the most impactful outcome. Focusing on what you do have instead of what you wish you had is critical when it comes to fine hair. Ruling out medical ...
This hair restoration method for men is faster and more precise
Hair restoration surgery has vastly improved over the past several years. Now you can have a fuller, healthy head of hair that looks completely natural with the most advanced method of robotic in a si...

Diabetes

Healthy weight loss for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Form a team, a support system, and make yourself accountable for not just some weight loss or diabetes diet program but for your life, your quality of life, your length of life, your life for your lov...
Exercise helps blood glucose levels for diabetics
Working out isn’t just a proven and accepted method to stave off diabetes, it is also essential to the health maintenance of any type 1 or type 2 diabetic. Both cardio and weight training have shown...
Manage diabetes in your child and help them stay healthy
Diabetes increases the risk of many serious long-term health issues like vision, foot and skin complications, kidney and nerve problems, and high blood pressure. The good news is with appropriate mana...
Expert advice on preventing type 2 diabetes and staying healthy
Adopting a healthier lifestyle is the key to preventing type 2 diabetes and its associated health problems. Focus on being more active on a daily basis (and moving more all day long), eating plenty of...
Eat healthy when you have type 2 diabetes
Managing the way you eat can be very challenging. It is great to cook diabetes-friendly recipes that the whole family can enjoy. Be sure to look diabetes-friendly recipes, get questions to ask your he...
The power of planning your diet to minimize the impact of diabetes
With the exception of insulin for people with type 1 diabetes, nothing affects the course of diabetes in your life more than food. But, adopting a healthy eating plan is easier than you may think. See...
Advice for preventing falls at any age even when you have diabetes
By keeping yourself healthy, strong, stable, and physically active by doing daily exercise, you can greatly reduce your risk of falling or getting injured when you do fall down. Definitely keep yourse...
Type 2 diabetes: Improve your health and overall attitude
Be proactive regarding your diabetes. Do not be afraid to approach your doctor with any medical questions you have regarding symptoms, the disease or prevention steps you can take. Remember that the m...
Choose the right insulin pump case to help manage diabetes
Your personal preferences are directly related to how to wear your insulin pump. If you are a person that wishes to show off your pump there are all kinds of fashion insulin pump cases, you can even g...
Eat nutritiously during the holidays with type 2 diabetes
About 26 million Americans have diabetes, and more than 90 percent of those with diabetes have type 2. For people with type 2 diabetes, maintaining good nutrition and managing blood sugar can be a cha...
Protect and improve your eyes when you have diabetes
Get your eyes checked regularly to detect any early symptoms of diabetes, stick to a healthy diet, look into alternative therapies before rushing into surgeries, such as homeopathy and/or chelation th...
Advice for getting a full night’s rest when wearing an insulin pump
If you allow yourself the ability to just relax and keep with your normal routine as much as possible, you will see that the pump starts to become a part of you. With the many options out there availa...
Diabetes and eating disorders: A common threat
Type 1 diabetes is among the most challenging diseases we face today. Eating disorders are perhaps the most challenging psychiatric disorders and have the highest mortality rate of any disorder. Taken...
Reduce the risk of serious complications when living with diabetes
Diabetes is a progressive disease that if left uncontrolled can lead to complications such as blindness, nerve damage, amputations, heart disease, and stroke. With proper management, the risk of these...
Choose the right diabetes insulin pump for your child to wear
Choosing an insulin pump is a process, but with good information and talking to the experts you can make a well informed decision for your child. Having your child included while pump educators talk a...
How diabetics and pre-diabetics can avoid and treat neuropathy
Avoiding or easing neuropathy is all about taking care of your body, whether you have diabetes or not. Maximizing your circulation, eating right, exercising, and practicing proper hygiene are all step...

Menstruation

Nutritional advice for women to overcome symptoms of PMS
Now that you have a better understanding of how your eating habits can affect your wellbeing, do consider that nutrition is your health foundation for balanced hormones. Choose wisely - start by creat...
Expert advice for reducing and treating premenstrual symptoms
Premenstrual syndrome affects almost all women at some time during their childbearing years. Simple dietary changes, incorporation of a good high quality multivitamin, stress reduction techniques and ...
Yoga can help alleviate cramps, fatigue, and other menstrual pains
No matter what symptoms you suffer from during menstruation, chances are, yoga can help soothe them. Developed over thousands of years, yoga poses and postures are excellent for curing the not-so-grea...
Be proactive in identifying and managing endometriosis
Identifying and managing endometriosis may be a challenging and overwhelming process, but fortunately, there are a number of treatments and medications available that can help you return to living you...
Stay mentally in control when you have difficult menstrual cycles
You do have power over PMS on numerous levels and are well equipped to conquer it. Men, please be patient with women dealing with tough menstrual cycles, and educate yourselves on how delicate and dif...

Weight Loss and Supplements

Lose weight with diet pills, exercising, and the right diet
There is nothing wrong with wanting to use diet pills to help you lose weight. You just need to make sure those diet pills are backed up by research done by professionals so that you know the pills ca...
Choose the right diet pill to ensure a healthy weight loss
Diet pills can be beneficial to helping you lose weight faster and more effectively. Be sure that you are taking FDA approved weight loss supplements so that you know that you are getting a reliable a...
Natural supplements and hormonal balance can help you lose weight
You can reach your goal weight. Just follow these tips and stay focused on the long-term results that you want. Keep in mind that this is a process and lifestyle shift, so the changes, while they will...
Vitamin injections during weight loss supports healthy nutrition
Always consult your physician if you have any questions regarding the usage of vitamin injections and if they are safe for you. Most people tolerate vitamin injections well as long as the directions a...
Phentermine is an appetite suppressant to help lose weight
Don’t take any appetite suppressants the first 2 weeks in a diet program. When necessary, follow the advice of a weight loss specialist when taking phentermine and be aware of the side effects, and ...
How to boost your leptin hormone to help you lose weight
The best thing you can do to lose weight is to cut out processed foods, sugars and grains, workout regularly, and get the sleep you need. All of this will help boost leptin levels to help make you fee...

Weight Loss Clinics

Join a weight loss clinic to see the best weight loss results
Partnering with a weight loss clinic can mean the difference between success and failure. Doing your homework to choose the right weight loss clinic and then trusting and following their program can g...
Join a weight loss support group to help you lose weight
I’ve run many support groups for people with eating problems and find them a terrific asset for troubled eaters. They offer camaraderie, a sense of being understood and validated, and useful advice ...

Exercise and Weight Loss

How to burn calories outside the gym to lose weight faster
You just feel better when you move a little bit. And we’re not talking about working out. Just getting up and getting moving a little helps improve your mood and gets your blood moving around. It he...
Cut short cuts and make exercise a priority to loose weight
Write down your goals and your aspirations and review them on a regular basis. Losing weight is not always easy, but it’s always worth it. When it gets tough, just remind yourself that nothing taste...
Get serious about losing weight, getting healthy and into shape
Losing weight, getting healthy, and feeling better really isn’t as daunting as it seems. Just remember to write down your plan, remind yourself why you’re doing it (for yourself, your family, and ...
How to lose the belly fat for a healthier and sexier you
Quick fixes, fads, and short term changes will not eliminate belly fat in the long term. Only a change in your lifestyle that includes consistent cardio exercise, weight training and a balanced diet o...
Hire a personal trainer to help you get in shape and lose weight
If you have trouble getting results on your own, hiring a personal trainer is a very good idea. Too often people want to try it on their own so that they can save money. Personal training tends to hav...
Change your mindset to help you stay on track with your weight loss goals
There is a quote that I live by; “The truth will always set you free. If the thought, feeling or action doesn’t set you free, it isn’t true.” When it comes to mastering your mindset, the easie...
Find the motivation you need right now to workout and lose weight
Can you imagine how much easier this will make things? Once you stop comparing yourself to others and honor the uniqueness of your body, once you set realistic expectations and trust that change will ...
Tight budgets can still afford to lose weight and get in shape
Staying in shape doesn’t have to be costly. Follow these strategies and you won’t have to overspend to find the workout that will keep you healthy in body and wallet....
Lose weight and enjoy your workout routine with Jazzercise
Most importantly, irrespective of what program you choose, take the first step and get started. Your health and wellbeing is important is the most precious resource you have. In order to put your best...
Exercise as a couple for moral support and lose weight together
Some of the happiest and most excited people are couples who’ve decided to get healthy together. There is synergy in the commitment to do so, and both individuals in a relationship benefit from the ...
A 6 week diet and exercise regimen will give you the best results
While the advice here may seem simple, it does require a change in perception regarding how we eat and how we exercise. Fad diets simply do not work, and eating processed foods will cause much more is...
A lifestyle that includes daily exercise has many healthy benefits
Arguably, the best thing that you can do to improve your overall well being, is to add exercise to your life. Remember that exercise can come in many different forms and does not have to take place wi...

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...

Thyroid Disease

Have a thyroid disorder? Work with a health coach to help you heal
Hiring a health coach to help you reverse and eliminate thyroid disease can be a life-changer. It is definitely worth the time and investment to heal your thyroid and reclaim your life. The right heal...
Thyroid disease does not have to stop you from losing weight
Receiving a diagnosis of thyroid disease can be discouraging for a person who wants to lose weight. It is imperative to learn about your condition and the basic function of your thyroid to better unde...
Problems losing weight with thyroid disease? Follow this advice
Making a few tweaks to your diet and lifestyle can have a huge impact on balancing your weight. Try to incorporate just one of these tips every week over the next month. You’ll see the weight meltin...
How to find the best thyroid doctor for you
Although finding the right doctor to support you with thyroid and autoimmune might feel like a daunting task, it’s worth doing your due diligence to find the right fit. Having a compassionate, carin...
Thyroid 101: What is thyroid disease and how does it affect you?
The way in which each person reacts to their thyroid hormone levels is as unique as their own fingerprint. Treating thyroid hormone imbalance must be done with a thorough understanding of not only the...

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...

Parental Advice on Bullying

Actions parents can take to stop cyberbullying
In the future, children will continue to have even greater access to online connected electronic devices and will be even more at risk to experiencing cyberbullying. It is important your children are ...
Hey teens, here's how to stop the physical bullying
The most effective way to put a stop to bullying is to tell an adult whom you trust. Give them the facts. They will stop the bullying. If it does not stop, tell the adult again or tell another adult....
Teens - how to stop cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is happening to a lot of kids around the world. You are not alone and you are not responsible, nor do you deserve being bullied. Let adults help you address this problem. Keep copies of ...
Parents - stop the cyberbullying and physical bullying
The best solution to bullying is prevention. Make sure your kid’s school has a “no tolerance” policy regarding bullying. Follow through with school officials if you believe bullying is occurring...
Stop your child when they are the bully
Your child has been accused of bullying. You are likely feeling a range of emotions such as: where did we go wrong? How do we stop this? A child may be acting out for a variety of reasons and the key ...
Talking to your child about bullying and recognizing the signs
Everyone deserves respect, and nobody deserves to be bullied. All students have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, no matter what. We all need to work together because everyone is respo...
Understanding the common views and popular myths about bullying
It is important to understand the common views and myths about bullying because ignoring bullying will not make it go away. While this solution sounds easy, ignoring the problem will not help. In fact...
Cyberbullying: What all parents need to know
Cyberbullying is an unfortunate reality for this wired generation of kids, but something that can be easily battled if we talk to our kids early and often about what cyberbullying is, what the consequ...
End bullying by teaching girls to use their girl power for good
How do we stop bullying? We begin by treating ourselves better, thereby ending the allure of victimhood. When we practice self-care, we have energy left over to treat others with kindness. We use comp...
Be proactive in preventing your child from turning into a bully
The tactics offered in this article will help ensure that your child doesn’t become part of the bullying problem our country is facing. If parents across America commit to raising tolerant, empathet...
Parents must teach their kids effective ways to manage bullying
A child’s world is extremely important. Keeping kids ignorant about ways to negotiate mean people will not keep them safe. Rather, it will just keep them in the dark. Many of today’s parents and g...
What should parents do when their children are troublemakers?
It is not the school’s job to fix the mistakes of parents or make up for a lack of discipline. No one will ever be invested in a child’s welfare as deeply as the parent. The sooner you erase a “...
Parents can help kids manage bullying and make positive changes
At the end of the day, we as parents do our best to protect our children, to set a good example, and to lead their moral compass to know what is right and wrong. Our hope is they are not bystanders as...
Families can help stop the bullying of kids with disabilities
Remember that as the years pass, you will not always be in the position of being your child’s main teacher. But you will always be his or her first teacher. Teach them well!...

Weight Loss Surgery

Make the most of your weight loss surgery
Successful weight loss surgery requires constant communication with your bariatric surgery team, a strong support system, and participation in support group. By following these do’s and don’ts, yo...
Bariatric surgery can help you lose weight and drastically improve your health
The successful weight loss surgery patient is the well-informed patient. You can do this, if you learn all about your choices, if you choose your surgeon wisely and listen to his or her advice, if you...
Get a psychological evaluation before deciding on bariatric surgery
The psychological evaluation is an important part of a bariatric surgery work-up. An individual's eligibility depends upon a positive recommendation. The overall work-up is extensive and includes medi...

Alcoholism

How to stop your drinking problem
There may be one journey to sobriety, but many roads for individuals faced with a drinking problem to take. The first leg of the journey is understanding what impact your drinking has had on your life...
Parenting advice to help your teen stay sober
Keeping your teen sober takes the right steps in response to the discovery of your teen’s first use of alcohol. Discovering your teen has drank is a critical time in parenting. It sets the tone to p...
Holistic treatment can help you beat drug and alcohol addiction
The holistic treatment approach involves treating the whole person - body, mind and spirit - to get to the underlying issues that are causing the addiction. Each person heals differently. Take the tim...
Help strengthen your chances of staying sober through recovery
The above advice contains a few tools that have helped others strengthen their recovery. Use them and expand upon them to meet your specific recovery needs. By applying these tools you will have suppo...
Help a loved one through alcohol treatment for a chance at recovery
Substance dependence is an insidious and cunning disease; it affects families on many levels. If your family member is seeking help to overcome an addiction and begin recovery, remember that it is a l...
Provide support to a spouse entering an alcohol treatment program
Ultimately, your spouse is going to make the final call as to whether they want to address their alcoholism. It is a challenging road for a non-using spouse. However, it is one of the most rewarding a...
Stay sober and beat your addiction with a few simple lifestyle changes
Staying sober in early recovery is hard to do. It may feel overwhelming, particularly if you are trying to do it by yourself. If you follow some common sense, it will be much easier. There is no need ...
Stay sober even after having a drug or alcohol relapse
A relapse is not the end of the road for those seeking recovery from substance abuse problems. In fact, since relapse is a common occurrence, it should be thought of as an opportunity to learn what ha...
How to stay sober during the holidays
If you have problems staying sober or are early on in the path to recovery, stay away from triggers during the holidays and help yourself to overcome the desire to drink or take drugs by following thi...
How to quit alcohol on your own and stay sober
While you can take independent steps to achieving sobriety, recovery is usually most successful when you accept help from others. Professional treatment can guide you and support you through recovery....
Learn how to be around alcohol without relapsing
In an ideal world, recovering alcoholics would be able to avoid alcohol in all forms after treatment. The reality is, you may find yourself in a situation where alcohol is present, whether or not you ...
After a relapse get back to recovery and staying sober
Relapse happens, but it’s not a sign of failure. You can overcome relapse by examining the situation and committing to your sobriety. Recovery takes time, and there will be unexpected challenges alo...
How medicine and therapy can help alcohol cravings and withdrawal
Treatment for alcoholism has evolved throughout the years—especially with the advent of the several FDA-approved medications designed to detox, decrease cravings, and improve compliance. Dozens of m...

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...

Tobacco Addiction

Successfully quit smoking by knowing what to expect in cessation
You can be successful in your bid to quit smoking. The keys are to be prepared and have a realistic view of the process of quitting. This change will improve your health and can be the first in a seri...
Nicotine gum can help you quit smoking and chewing tobacco
Used properly with an awareness of the potential for addiction, nicotine gum could be the quit strategy that finally frees you from nicotine dependence. Even if it takes multiple attempts, the payoff ...
Stop smoking cigarettes with help from hypnosis
Addiction is a moment in time, not a lifetime event. If you treat your addiction as a phase, you’ll be right. Your mindset is the ultimate determinant of your success. You were born without a cigare...
Convince yourself that now is the time to beat your nicotine addiction
To beat a nicotine addiction, you will need all the focus, motivation, and determination that you can muster. Take the time that you need to convince yourself that now is truly the time to quit. The s...
Nicotine patch can help you quit cigarettes and chewing tobacco
The nicotine patch is a useful tool in achieving what many people describe as one of the most difficult things they’ve ever done: quitting smoking. But the patch is just one tool. The real driver of...
Stop smoking cold turkey without using nicotine replacement therapy
You can quit smoking cold turkey. It will require a change of perspective. Prime yourself for a flash of clarity that will deliver a new point of view. It can give you all the focus, motivation, and c...
Meditation and quitting smoking: how nicotine hijacks your brain
Nicotine is the most addictive drug along the dimension of “continues to use despite knowledge of adverse health consequences.” It is legal, cheap (at least in the short run), and works very quick...
Practicing mindfulness to help you break the habit of smoking
Let’s face it, it is not easy to be human. We have many pressures and stressors and life keeps changing. It is natural to seek a way to relax and balance ourselves as we face all of the demands of s...
Quit smoking and resist the cravings with a strategy that works
Quitting smoking is a process, not a single event. Once you make the decision to quit, cravings and triggers to use require you to make a series of ongoing decisions to “stay quit.” Many people sl...

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic and dermal fillers create younger looking skin without surgery
Every face is different and so is every patient’s goal for using injectable fillers or Botox for facial rejuvenation. Depending on your age and many factors such as your skin’s condition, facial c...
Choose the right injectable facial rejuvenation treatment for you
In short, aging gracefully is very possible with the correct use of Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, in combination with facial fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, Sculptra, Juvederm, and Belotero...
Feel younger, build confidence and look sexier with mommy makeover
Mommy makeovers are extremely popular procedures with very high satisfaction rates for women. The key points are for patients to make sure they’re ready for the procedure, research their surgeon, an...
Collagen injections and dermal fillers help smooth out wrinkles
Reducing wrinkles and adding volume to the face are the primary aesthetic procedures for regaining a youthful appearance and a refreshed look. Collagen was originally our only choice. Science has sinc...
Rhinoplasty or nose job can improve your facial appearance
Have clear and reasonable expectations about what cosmetic nasal surgery can or cannot do. Ask your surgeon plenty of questions so you understand the procedure and your post-operative care, which is i...
Breast implants or augmentation can restore a youthful contour
Over time, your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity. If after a period of years you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choo...
Liposuction is an excellent way to contour areas of unwanted fat
The successful liposuction surgery patient is the well-informed patient. You can do this if you learn all about your choices, choose your surgeon wisely and listen to his or her advice. Trust in your ...
When getting plastic surgery, go with a board certified surgeon
Aesthetic (cosmetic) plastic surgery is elective surgery to enhance one’s appearance. As such, it requires much thought and patience on the consumer’s part. Choose a plastic surgeon who is certifi...
Make an informed decision before undergoing breast implant surgery
There are many variables and approaches to breast implant surgery. Gathering information and having interactive consultations is a critical step in a successful plastic surgical journey. You should co...
Obtain balance, contour, and dimension by getting facelift surgery
With proper focus, facelift results can be remarkable without being remarked on. The traditional consult of “What do I need?” needs to be replaced by “What would you do? How, why, and toward wha...
A breast lift can enhance your overall appearance and youthful contour
Breast lift surgery is a great solution for patients who are looking to correct breasts that sag from loss of shape and volume, nipples/areolas pointing downward, one breast lower than the other, or n...
Advice for men on getting calf augmentation (implants)
Calf augmentation is a serious surgery that can improve the appearance of the lower leg. Selecting an experienced, board certified surgeon who performs surgery in an accredited facility is crucial to ...
Male breast reduction can give you a natural looking chest
If you are considering a male breast reduction, make an appointment with your internist first to rule out any underlying causes that may need other forms of treatment. Your internist can also help you...
Short scar facelift and neck lift surgery helps you look younger
The short scar facelift procedure is a great way to tighten saggy skin and get rid of unwanted fat without unsightly scars that come with other facelift procedures. It is important to do your research...
Get upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and look younger
If you are a good candidate, blepharoplasty can change the way you see yourself as well as how others see you. With our aging population and the baby boomers living longer and being healthier than gen...
Revision rhinoplasty improves the look of your original procedure
Although it can be devastating to undergo a rhinoplasty and be dissatisfied with the end result, secondary or revision rhinoplasty can make your nose look better and improve nasal function. Unsuccessf...
Choose the right surgeon for your liposuction procedure
Liposuction is a cosmetic body-sculpting procedure than can help you achieve the perfect balance and proportion and progress toward your long-term health and fitness goals. It is not a substitute for ...

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...
Bulimia nervosa: Help your child overcome their eating disorder
There are many causes of bulimia, all of which are intensely personal to the individual. To better understand the root of an eating disorder, one must talk to the sufferer themselves, get curious, ask...

Heart Disease

A heart healthy diet is your first step to prevent heart disease
Follow this advice for a healthier heart and healthier you. Instead of viewing these guidelines as a new diet, instead try to make changes that become incorporated into your healthy eating lifestyle. ...
Reduce your sodium intake to help lower your blood pressure
Reducing your sodium intake doesn’t have to be difficult, but it will require some small changes in how you buy, prepare and think about food choices. Try implementing these simple steps to see your...
Stay healthy and out of the hospital when living with heart failure
Heart failure is a chronic medical condition and has become a major burden on our healthcare system resulting in multiple hospitalizations annually. Heart failure is also generally a progressive disea...
Achieve balance emotionally to ensure the best heart health
Our emotional health is intimately tied into our physical health. Every thought and every emotion leads to the instantaneous cascade of neurotransmitters and hormones that either orchestrates a benefi...
Expert advice on diagnosing and treating atrial fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation can hijack a person’s life. The heart beats irregularly and can affect everyday living, making even small chores, such as carrying a basket of laundry up the stairs, difficult. N...
Expert advice for managing Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
PAD is a prevalent disease but can easily go undetected and untreated. Make sure to take charge of your health as a patient and consult with your physician if you experience any symptoms, even if they...
Simple lifestyle changes that will boost your heart health
Achieving an optimal lifestyle is a key part of improving heart health. With such pleasurable and easy changes as adding chocolate to your diet, getting enough sleep, and laughing, following this pres...
Ensure you are ready for sexual activity after having a heart attack
Engaging in sexual activity following a heart attack is safe and even healthy when precautionary measures are taken. Work with your doctor to better understand your health status and physical capabili...
Prevent heart disease with simple lifestyle changes
Small changes can reduce your risk of heart disease stroke and cancer. Keep a positive attitude, engage a buddy and start today to make healthy choices. You’ll love the way you look and feel. Rememb...

Insomnia

Can't sleep? It's called insomnia
A good night’s sleep is absolutely essential for our well being. Insomnia, or the inability to sleep, affects millions of people who wish there was an easy single cure so they can get back to a heal...
Insomnia doesn't have to keep you up all night
Insomnia affects millions of people and is usually the result of some mental, physical, and environmental factors that disrupt a regular sleep cycle, which if not addressed, can become chronic. There...
Hypnotherapy is a wonderful way to treat insomnia and help you sleep
Professional hypnotherapy is widely respected as an adjunct therapy to medical care. Adequate sleep is essential your health and well-being. The deep relaxation you can achieve with hypnotherapy is a ...
Nighty night: Get a good night’s sleep with this expert advice
Hopefully you won’t find yourself longing for sleep, but if you do, this advice should help. Pleasant dreams!...
Get help to overcome your sleep disorder and finally get some rest
With all of the available assistance for adults who experience sleep disorders, there is no need to suffer in silence. If addressing lifestyle factors does not offer sufficient relief, do not hesitate...
Snoring or sleep apnea? Know the differences and treatment options
Your health depends upon getting not only an adequate quantity of sleep, but ensuring that the sleep you get is quality sleep. If you or your partner experiences any symptoms of snoring or sleep apnea...
Avoid the cycle of chronic insomnia, poor sleep and exhaustion
So how do you get a good night’s sleep? Like most things in life it comes down to making the decision to take action and then sticking with it. Seek out professional help. Follow the advice. Push th...
Good sleep habits improve mood, energy, and mental health
Without the proper amount of sleep (at least 7 solid hours), our mood will definitely suffer and, in turn, it can adversely affect thinking, concentration, attention, productivity, motivation, tempera...
Sleep apnea: Get the treatment you need for a healthy night's rest
Don’t ignore the symptoms of sleep apnea. Your life literally depends on you taking action. While the condition is more common in those who are overweight and over the age of 50, anyone can suffer f...
Relax and get the sleep you need with these insomnia busters
Quality sleep is imperative to good health. By powering down electronics, avoiding caffeine and alcohol while relaxing at the end of the day, creating your own perfect sleep space and focusing on the ...

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...

Employment Law

Whistleblowers need to prepare when exposing employer wrongdoing
Though some people criticize whistleblowers and the system that incentivizes them, many regard these workers as heroes who are zealously protecting public interest. The U.S. government falls in the la...
Expert advice on receiving disability benefits due to drug addiction
Caring for a family member or loved one who is suffering from drug addiction is tough. If you are caring for them, it’s likely you are experiencing a financial burden in addition to an emotional one...
Expert advice for what to do when your disability claim is denied
If your disability claim gets denied, it can be devastating physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. Make sure to file your appeal within 60 days and consult an experienced disability lawye...
Know how to file a disability claim and get the benefits you deserve
Applying for disability benefits is tough. Private disability providers make it difficult and confusing, another application process can be tricky. Make sure to always follow deadlines, provide them w...
Expert advice on the suing for breach of a contract
Before you enter into a contract be sure to clearly outline the details, reduce it to writing, and make sure each party thoroughly understands their obligations. It is also wise to have your attorney ...
Advice for securing disability benefits due to severe depression
Depression is a serious and crippling disability. It can take over someone’s life and make it very difficult for them to perform the most basic daily routines, such as eating and sleeping. Those suf...
Successfully obtain disability benefits from the effects a stroke
Strokes can leave behind irreversible damage that makes it impossible to work. Be sure you have a long-term and short-term disability in place to protect yourself in the event a stroke happens. Follow...
Expert advice when you are terminated due to age discrimination
If you believe there is merit to your case for age discrimination, or if you just need to obtain legal advice before signing a severance agreement or while negotiating a severance package, contact an ...
Advice for securing disability benefits due to a concussion
Many people assume that concussions are temporary injuries that are overcome in a couple of weeks with rest and proper treatment. This may be true for some, but for others concussions can leave them w...
Advice when resigning and you have an active non-compete agreement
If you are certain that you want to leave a job despite the present non-compete, it is important to follow a plan of action. The safest choice is to obtain advice from a lawyer who has experience work...
A healthy, happy holiday includes disability insurance
Holidays are the time of year when you want to decorate, but it’s also the time when many Americans are seriously injured in holiday accidents. You may not expect anything to happen to you, but what...
Navigating your workplace dress code and appearance policy
Generally, employers may enact uniform dress code and appearance policies provided they do not discriminate against a particular protected group. An employee should familiarize himself or herself with...
Review your non-compete agreement when you quit and get a new job
The key to successfully leaving your job with a non-compete is to carefully read the details of the contract, advise your future employer of the non-compete and try if possible to find a reason that t...

Bankruptcy Law

The right bankruptcy attorney will protect your assets
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are now an expert at bankruptcy law because of what you found on the Internet. Remember what Samuel Clemens said, "It ain't what you don't know that gets y...
Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection provides you with a fresh financial start
Chapter 13 reorganization gives the debtor (the person filing the bankruptcy) a chance to wipe out the same kind of debts as with Chapter 7 (actually a few more). In addition, you can change the terms...
Chapter 11 business bankruptcy requires fast and specific action
Chapter 11 is a vehicle with many advantages for a business reorganization. Among other things, it provides breathing space for the company to negotiate with creditors, the ability to deal with all cr...
Prepare for your bankruptcy 341 meeting of creditors
The 341 meeting of creditors are usually quick, simple, non-adversarial hearings designed to verify that the information provided to the bankruptcy court is correct. This hearing affords you an opport...
Creditors can protect their rights in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy
Although no creditor wants to learn that its borrower or debtor has filed for bankruptcy, creditors armed with the knowledge of their rights and limitations under the Bankruptcy Code are prepared to q...
How to file Chapter 12 bankruptcy for family farmers and fishermen
Chapter 12 may provide the solution for a family farmer or family fisherman in financial distress. It provides debtors with the breathing room to develop and work a plan to pay off all or a portion of...

Education Law

How to get special education services at school for your child
Don't give up! Getting the best special education services for your child can be frustrating, and at times progress towards that goal can be maddeningly slow.  Understand, however, that you have opti...
Managing your child’s special education documents and records
It is critical to organize and save your child's special education records. Documents and records track events as they happen and help you tell your child's story accurately. Additionally, documents c...
Students benefit when schools and families have positive relationships
Families of students with disabilities and school districts frequently have long and extensive relationships with each other. Taking the time for careful, honest, and timely communications and interac...

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...