Lisa Bahar, M.A., CCJP, LMFT, LPCC

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Certified Drug and
  • Newport Beach and Dana Point, California   
  • Website
  • Other Website
Message
Connect
Call

(949) 212-2081


Lisa Bahar is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor, having received her graduate degree from Pepperdine University in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy and her Baccalaureate in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California. In addition, she is certified as a drug and alcohol addiction counselor with the California Certification Board of Alcohol & Drug Counselors.

Lisa is known as a DBT therapist and provides a comprehensive DBT Informed Skills Training groups which provide clients the "How" skills to deal with emotionally reactive behaviors, inability to express feelings and difficulties in managing stress and ability to self calm.

In addition, her use of Cinema-Therapy serves as a collaborative tool of using film stories as symbolic metaphors of problems and challenges clients may be facing.

Lisa maintains a private practice in Newport Beach and at Southern California Psychiatric Associates located in Dana Point. She works closely with a psychiatrist MD, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to provide the most comprehensive therapy and treatment for mental health issues clients may be facing.

In addition to having her own private practice, Lisa is part of the Safe Harbor House Clinical Team with the Capella, Magellan and Knox programs where she provides individual therapy, DBT Skills Training and Cinema Therapy groups. She is one of Safe Harbor House’s primary therapists and preferred providers for their outpatient programs for those client transitioning in care.

www.goodtherapy.org/lisa-bahar-therapist.php

Expert Articles by Lisa Bahar, M.A., CCJP, LMFT, LPCC

Alcoholism

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...

Anxiety and Stress

Reduce and manage stress at work and at home to enjoy life more
Work stress is part of work, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Learning how to manage stress is a challenge and sometimes may feel like too much work, but if you are able to take small steps t...

Expert Articles Sponsored by Lisa Bahar, M.A., CCJP, LMFT, LPCC

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
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
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...

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
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...

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...

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 ...

DUI and DWI

17 Questions to ask yourself after being arrested for a DUI
Calculate your blood alcohol content for a DUI
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
Contact the DMV immediately when charged with a DUI
Understanding a DUI defense in a court trial
Protect yourself with a good DUI lawyer
Tests used to determine if you are driving drunk
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...

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
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...

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
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...

Health Insurance

Manage your health savings account
When managing your HSA, you should always keep in mind the fine print. In particular, it is important to be aware of your deductible, your maximum out of pocket payment, and your annual contribution l...
Selecting disability income insurance
Income protection is important because your income is important. Your ability to earn an income is the basis for your standard of living, your financial goals and your retirement savings. Look at it t...
Why you need travel insurance for your trip
Good travel insurance coverage shouldn’t cost you a fortune. In fact, you should expect to budget no more than an additional 7 to 8 percent of the cost of y...
Purchasing travel medical insurance
Travel medical insurance is an integral part of your next international vacation. Make sure you go over plans carefully and ensure that you are getting the best deal and coverage for your specific tra...
Dealing with a family member's long-term care insurance
In reality, long-term care insurance policies are expensive but we can’t disregard the fact that they are very valuable. Getting one for yourself or for a loved one ensures that the beneficiary will...
Considering a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?
FSAs or Flexible Spending Accounts offer a valid and easy vehicle to utilize pre-tax dollars and achieve significant tax savings for common eligible expenses. Given the wide array of eligible expenses...
No longer covered by your parents’ health insurance?
Since the late 1970’s, we have been conditioned that health care should be free or almost free. Consumer’s wanted low-co-pays and low premiums. With the advent of an amazing amount of medical adva...
Buy travel medical insurance for a safe study-abroad experience
As you can see, travel medical insurance is an integral part of your next trip to study abroad. Just as important as broadening your educational horizons, so to is making sure your health and wellness...
Best pet insurance policy to protect your cat or dog and budget
For many of us, dogs and cats are not just pets – they’re members of the family. While every parent wants to provide their pets with the best care possible, sometimes the high costs can force you ...
Long term care insurance ensures you're covered for medical costs
Following this suggested advice should give you a good idea of what the costs are and which long term care option works best for your particular situation. Every person has different needs, but it is ...
Know how to navigate the Affordable Care Act to get the best coverage
The ACA aims to transform the U.S. healthcare system, and has already expanded coverage of young adults, eliminated lifetime limits on what insurance will cover, lowered the cost of drugs for seniors ...
Recent college grads should understand their health care options
Young, health Americans make up a large percentage of America’s uninsured. In fact, 16 million young adults are uninsured in the U.S. Under the Affordable Care Act, 82% of them will qualify for fede...
Prepare for higher medical costs during senior and retirement years
Heathcare could bankrupt this country as it has millions of Americans. There is still no real assurance that you can avoid a catastrophe if something unexpected happens. But if you do the best to prep...
Plan ahead for Alzheimer's and obtain long-term health insurance
Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that is on the rise as the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age. It behooves Americans to prepare for this disease by making sure the proper insurance ...
Advice for women on getting long-term care insurance
Long-term care insurance is an important part of an overall financial plan, especially for women. By doing a bit of homework, you can be prepared and put a plan in place to cover any future long-term ...
Health and disability insurance can protect you when playing baseball
You may not think of disability insurance as a necessity for your career but disabling sports injuries seem to be happening with increasing frequency. The benefits from this insurance will keep you an...
How to get the right health insurance coverage for you and your family
Health insurance and the cost of medical care can be intimidating, but there are creative ways to save money within the system. To learn more about your health insurance options and what the health re...
Protect your family's financial security with the right insurance
Insurance has become an important part of life, as it should be. The likelihood of disability or a significant injury increases every year, not to mention disasters that can destroy your home in a spl...
Determine your need to buy a long-term care insurance policy
Not everyone needs a long-term care insurance policy but it always pays to be well informed. Get in touch with your insurance agent or a trusted expert to talk to you about your current insurance need...
Think ahead when purchasing a long-term care insurance policy
Many states offer a list of websites and companies you can go to with questions regarding a LTC insurance policy. By taking the time now to decide on your long-term care, the more stability and comfor...
How to apply and receive veteran's benefits and services
Many veterans are eligible for benefits and services as a result of their military service. Although the process can be frustrating, there are a lot of options that can help you work through it to rec...
How to mitigate and avoid the denial of a health insurance claim
When a health insurance claim is denied or delayed, it only adds to the existing problems for customers. That is why it is so important to know what your policy covers and the steps you can take to he...
Understand the financial benefits of voluntary insurance
If you were to become disabled or ill for a long time, hopefully you and your family would be taken care of. However, if you're uncertain of your financial situation, now is the time to cover that ris...
Advice to recent college graduates on buying necessary insurance
These are not the only insurance policies out there. Have someone guide you through which policies are the most important for you to have upon graduation and save the others for when you have the stab...

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...

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...

Life Insurance

Selecting term life insurance
Life insurance is a product that has been helping to provide financial stability to families and their loved ones for decades, during challenging times of grieving and loss. This article has discussed...
Selecting whole life insurance when you're newly married
Whole life insurance can be the heart of a strong, full financial plan. Bought properly and structured appropriately, it can serve both the insured and their beneficiaries safely throughout their life...
Selecting whole life insurance
These guidelines will help in making one aware of a few aspects in selecting a whole life policy, but it is imperative that one seek proper financial counsel to ensure that one’s financial objective...
How to use life insurance to protect assets
This article is meant to be an introduction to the use of life insurance in a tactical and specific way. There are countless nuances in policy construction and features, as well as the individual need...
Understanding your Canadian permanent insurance options
Selecting Canada's Term-to-100 life insurance
Term-to-100 Insurance is a very simple product, and is one of the more affordable types of Permanent Insurance available. Although it is simple, care and proper planning must still go into selecting t...
Selecting Canada's whole life insurance
Permanent cash value whole life insurance can be a complicated product, but as long as it is structured properly and the right fit exists within your personal situation, it can prove to be a great add...
Selecting Canada's universal life insurance
Everyone wants to protect and give their family financial security in case of an unforeseen disaster. Life insurance is one of the most convenient methods to achieve this goal. But, which life insuran...
Shop online for term life insurance that is right for you
Many people find life insurance too complex, and they put off the decision of buying a policy. Let’s face it, who wants to think about their death? However, life insurance is the cornerstone of any ...
Protect your family in your 40's with right term life insurance
Without adequate life insurance to protect your dependents, they will surely be left behind to fend for themselves while facing the burden of certain financial hardship. Term life insurance is the lea...
Financially protect your family’s future with term life insurance
While life insurance is not a glamorous purchase that you can show off, it provides money for your family to carry on without you when it is needed most. It means your spouse is not working day and ni...
Between 20 and 25, protect your financial future and buy term life insurance
Term life insurance is the right product for a short term protection need. It also gives you significant coverage when wealth and cash flow do not allow a permanent insurance solution. However, in the...
Saving money is easy when you buy term life insurance in your 20s
Make sure your life insurance policy has a “convertibility” feature to give you options down the road. Always purchase your term insurance with the “Waiver of Premium” rider in the event of a ...
Buy term life insurance when you are young, married or have a baby
The best time to purchase a term policy is right after you are married and have some assets and definitely after the birth of a child. In deciding the dollar amount and time period for the policy, you...
How to get term life insurance with pre-existing health challenges
As society lives longer, insurance companies have become more apt to approve people that have a pre-existing health condition. Work with an experienced agent that has experience in impaired risk life ...
New parents: Understand whole life insurance before buying
Regardless of the type of life insurance you want to buy, the most important factor to consider is how much life insurance your family will need if the primary income earner were to die unexpectedly. ...
Read and understand the life insurance policy before you make a claim
For most people the life insurance they own at death can be their single largest estate asset. Making certain that the proceeds are paid correctly and to whom you want is critical for the successful t...
Advice on using permanent life insurance as an investment vehicle
Permanent life insurance is a self-completing accumulation vehicle used by those who understand how it fits into their overall financial goals for a lifetime full of changes and milestones. The level ...
Expert advice for getting a high risk life insurance policy
If you are looking for a life insurance policy but pose a higher risk than a standard adult, you’ll need to take a few extra steps to ensure you get the best coverage at the best possible rates. It ...
Options for life insurance when diagnosed with prostate cancer
Applying for life insurance with prostate cancer takes patience, and it is important to be informed of what to expect when applying for life insurance coverage. Despite popular belief, affordable life...
Learn the benefits of a No Medical Exam life insurance policy
As life expectancies increase, life insurance companies are more likely to accept a policy from an applicant without having to undergo a health exam. When you work with an experienced life insurance b...

Internet, Technology and Gaming Addiction

Kick your smartphone habit and lower stress with this expert advice
Try to do other things besides mindlessly and automatically staring and surfing your phone. The first part of reclaiming real-time living is to take control of your use and fighting the neurochemical ...
Improve personal communication by putting computer and phone away
The greatest asset to our success comes not necessarily from the number of degrees that may hang upon our wall—it comes from our people skills. People skills help us to foster and build lasting rela...
Online gambling out of control? How to treat this Internet addiction
With gambling addiction, problems tend to mount over time until you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve been dealt a hand you can’t win on your own. Addiction is a chronic disease that, like ot...
Video game addiction: Recognize the problem in yourself or others
Video games can be both rewarding and potentially addictive. If you have a friend, loved one, or family member you think might be addicted to video games, it is important that you research all about b...

Kids with Eating Disorders

Coping with a teenage daughter suffering from an eating disorder
On the surface it may look like a teenager is controlling eating habits in a desire to be thin, but in reality dangerous behaviors are a response to deeper emotional pain, depression, anxiety and othe...
Help your child struggling with an eating disorder such as anorexia
If your child is battling an eating disorder, the best thing that you can do is keep on loving and supporting them. If you ever feel that you need help with your child, don’t ever hesitate to get tr...
Supporting your child with an eating disorder is vital to recovery
Education and understanding are keys that will help you prevent, and if necessary, effectively deal with disordered eating or an eating disorder. Your attitudes about health and wellness will impact y...
Advice for parents to help their child overcome an eating disorder
Eating disorders are challenging and scary. Parents don’t cause their child’s eating disorder, and they aren’t to blame. It is equally important not to blame the child for his or her eating diso...
Advice for parents to help their child who binge eats
Failure to address binge eating can lead to binge-eating disorder, a life-threatening illness. Taking action by seeking professional help and talking to your child can lead to a full recovery, so if y...
I think my child might have an eating disorder. What should I do?
Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can be life threatening if not treated. Remember to act quickly and seek support for your child and yourself, so you can begin your path toward recovery....
What parents should do if they think their child has anorexia
Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder and should be taken seriously. If you suspect that your child has anorexia or is developing unhealthy eating habits, talk to your ch...
Helping your child with an eating disorder move towards recovery
Recovering from an eating disorder is a road full of big challenges and little triumphs. It is a lengthy process without quick fixes or miracle cures. Have patience and compassion, and don’t come up...
Helping children who may be struggling with an eating disorder
Any child can find themselves dealing with the challenges of body image or eating disorder issues. It is vital for parents to understand what they are dealing with, so they can feel comfortable and co...

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...

Child Safety

Teaching children to be safe, strong and free
Parents, grandparents, teachers and others who take care of children can be afraid to talk with them about potential abuse. They worry they might say the wrong thing and make things worse. They worry ...
Navigating the many risks of summer begins with parental awareness
Summer affords a welcome change of pace from the hectic school year. It is a time for families to connect and enjoy each other. However, with increased outdoor time and freedom come unique challenges ...
Keep kids safe outdoors from bees, wasps, ticks and mosquitos
While summer is the perfect time to get your family outdoors into the fresh air and sunshine, it does not necessarily mean you will get eaten alive by the outdoor bugs. These simple tips will help you...
Expert advice for surviving a school shooting
A school shooting incident is dynamic and ever-changing. Actions taken by victims must be based on the information they have at the time of the event, making the best decisions possible based on the c...
Create a safe family home by minimizing your exposure to toxins
To create a safe, healthy and happy home for yourself and your children, it is vital to reduce your family’s exposure to environmental toxins. The first step is learning about the toxins and their e...
Keep children safe and secure during the holiday season
If you have a young child who can crawl, toddle or walk, it is always best to be safe rather than sorry. You don’t have to avoid holiday decorations altogether, but in some instances, cutting back o...
Parents must communicate with their children about internet safety
With parenting, nobody gets a second chance. We do the best we can with what we have. If you are a parent of tweens and teens, you need to understand technology and what your child is exposed to via t...
Educating your kids about body safety can help prevent sexual abuse
Knowledge is power, and children need to learn to be assertive over their body from a very young age. They need to grasp the importance of always speaking out if they are touched inappropriately or to...
Sports safety: Make eye protection a priority for your child
It’s important for parents to take the proper precautions to protect their children’s eyes and vision during sports games and practices. Educating children early on about the importance of eye pro...

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
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,...

Teacher and Classroom Resources

Get your class to settle down
All in all, students need consistency and clarity in understanding our expectations of them as a class. A non-verbal signal or procedure can help us make great strides in settling a class down in a ca...
How do I get my students to ask questions?
By creating a question-friendly environment, modeling your expectations for questions, teaching students how to ask questions and encouraging the behavior, your students will experience the dynamic of...
How to handle unruly students
These strategies will help put you in a better place, emotionally, to determine the best course of action for the future. The lesson that day may not even be part of the curriculum. Rather it may be a...
Dos and Don'ts of grading discussion boards
The online discussion boards allow students to have deep discussions around the course content. This is a wonderful tool that also builds a sense of community in the class. We need to use it carefully...
Tips for designing a course
Building a syllabus and designing a course can be a challenging exercise. One hint is to start with the institutions goals and outcomes for the program and the course. This guide can be used to sketch...
Dos and Don'ts of teaching non-traditional students online
Adult non-traditional learners are highly motivated to succeed but have different challenges, needs and strengths than traditional college students. These students can be highly successful online, but...
Bloom's Taxonomy
Teachers: Get help communicating with parents
None of these steps is easy. However, if you take nothing else away from the discussion, do make sure you are the first to make contact. That first, positive communication makes all the difference whe...
Advice for teachers on great parent-teacher conferences
By following these few helpful tips, you’ll no doubt have a more productive, enjoyable conference. You can actually concentrate on the student’s best interest and collaborate with the parent, whic...
Make your classroom safe for weather and violent emergencies
Each year schools are faced with a wide variety of school safety incidents ranging from violence to weather emergencies. Classroom teachers can prepare for these incidents by having a proper plan and ...
Meeting the unique needs of gifted children within the classroom
Meeting the needs of gifted students in the general education classroom setting is challenging. Where there are so many different levels of students in the classroom, challenging the advanced students...
Create an inclusive classroom that helps all types of students
Some educators think about students with disabilities when they hear the word “inclusion”. Of course, supporting students with disabilities is part of the work of the high-quality inclusive school...
Advice for teachers to help prevent misbehavior in their classroom
Instead of relying on easy impersonal punishments, what works to prevent student misbehavior is for young people to have to face the real personal impact of their actions. For this to be practiced wel...
Organizing the classroom for students with autism spectrum disorder
Although each child with autism spectrum disorder is a unique individual in terms of strengths, challenges, learning style and support needs, paying attention to these elements of structure will allow...
Advice for creating safe and welcoming schools for LGBT youth
Schools can be hostile environments for LGBT youth. While all young people can become targets of bullying, research shows that LGBT students are most at risk. LGBT youth who experience higher rates of...
Using discussion groups to help nurture growth in gifted students
Discussion groups provide a bond that simply reassures a student that other people care. Students won’t come to a discussion group wanting to unload their innermost feelings, but some may want to ta...
Ensure success in the classroom for kids on the autism spectrum
This advice is an excellent way to prepare your classroom to accommodate a child with ASD. Because educating a child with ASD can be quite challenging for educators, it is important to be aware of the...
Advice for teachers on how to recognize and reduce school violence
Educators must to be sensitive to all acts of school violence and remain on the frontline to protect themselves and the students they serve. By implementing a comprehensive behavior system, teachers w...
How to inspire and motivate students to participate in class
Many students feel unsure about what they’ve learned or should be able to do. Teachers can increase class participation by: designing space to invite participation, assuring students that there are ...

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 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...

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?
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?
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 ...
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...

Dating

Relationship advice for successfully dating a recovering addict
Like any romantic relationship, dating a recovering addict can have its challenges. If you’re realistic about what you can handle and what kind of support you can offer, chances are the qualities yo...
How to have a great first date that will lead to a second
First dates are important because they can be the gateway to a great relationship or the end of it in one night. If you hate first dates because you’ve been unsuccessful at them, there are things yo...
Advice for men on how to impress and get the girl
Whether you’re trying to establish a connection with a woman online or offline, it’s important to remember to keep an open mind and try to understand as much as you can about her to find out wheth...
Know your personality type and find your perfect partner for life
If a relationship lacks substance it is often because the partners are not connecting on a level of complementing nature or personality types. Knowing and understanding these types will allow you to d...
Advice for men on how to keep your girlfriend from cheating on you
Women cheat just as much as men do, but for different reasons. When a woman cheats, it’s typically her man’s fault. Do your best to find a partner without a history of sexual or emotional abuse. O...
Expert advice on surviving a healthy long distance relationship
Long distance relationships don’t work? Some don’t, but good relationships aren’t about proximity, they’re about choices- things you do and things you don’t. These are a few common sense ide...
Expert advice for women to minimize the risk of male infidelity
Men are as faithful as their options, so the best way to keep a guy faithful is to date one with few sexual options. The problem is that most women don’t want to date that type of guy. Most women wo...
True love and romance can be found though international dating
Whether you’re looking near or far for a date, it’s vital to remember that strong relationships aren’t built overnight, and having fun is the key to having a successful future with someone....
What you should know and how to go about dating in the military
Ranks filled with young, buff and tough single guys might sound like a female recruit’s dream come true, but it can quickly become a nightmare if you don’t adhere to the standard operating dating ...
Things to consider before moving in together
There are many things to consider before deciding whether or not to move in together. The most important consideration to make is the expectation of what moving in together means for each of you. Try ...
Know what to do after your first date to build a healthy relationship
Dating is a time to have fun and enjoy getting to know potential partners to discover if they’re right for you, and if you are dating authentically you’ll feel open and excited about finding real ...
Heal from past relationships to help you move on and find love
The way in which we handle the past impacts our future. We can either learn from our experiences in order to improve our lives or we can take on the role of the victim. Keep in mind, however, that we ...
Protect yourself from online dating scams to ensure your safety
In our quest to find our perfect mate the under-discussed, and unfortunately overlooked issues is the “it can’t happen to me” syndrome of being on the dating scene and not taking into considerat...
Choose the right matchmaking service to help you find love
There are many ways to meet and find potential partners. Anyone who is motivated to seek that special someone has many tools available to them today - it is more than simply being in the right place a...
How to ask a girl out on a first date
Asking a girl out is a simple task; it’s knowing which route to take that matters most. Since men value youth and physical attractiveness in a woman, a conversation isn’t necessary to gauge which ...
Most guys use online dating sites to find a serious relationship
In the end, it’s just not true that all men are dogs—guys are just looking to be held at a higher standard these days. If you take the time to get to know the person you are dating, it will defini...
Search for the love of your life with the help of a dating coach
Find a Dating Coach with content and a style that resonates with you, but be prepared to work! We’re the personal trainers of your love life, here to support, motivate, and educate you on your path ...
Sugar daddies: what you need to know about dating a much older man
So your guy made VP at his company the same year you became old enough to buy alcohol. Together, you’re hotter than his secretary’s Monday morning coffee. Relationships that are on fire in the beg...
Be smart and professional at the office if you date someone from work
Dating a coworker in the workplace can be hazardous to your work’s health. However, if you keep yourself focused on being professional, keeping the relationship to yourself, and working while at wor...
Be cool, and make it a hot first date with this expert advice
First dates can be difficult waters to navigate, but doing a little pre-date prep, plus practicing a little on-date kindness can get you through those awkward stages, and hopefully into a healthy rela...
Have an engaging conversation when going on a first date with a man
Feeling comfortable with your date creates a willingness to share, and offers a sense of grace in partnership from the moment you meet. This is an important quality to a man who’s interested in a co...
Know how your date is going by how she is flirting
These are all telltale signs that women generally give off when they're into you…and especially when they're not into you. However, don't let these be your judge and jury, rather let the advice abov...
How to grieve, forgive, and move on after a failed relationship
It’s possible to have a successful and healthy end to a long-term relationship. Emotionally letting go through the grieving process, and with help and support from a relationship expert is a very im...
How to ask a man out on a first date
Asking a guy out may make your grandma cringe, but women taking the lead in dating is here to stay. By keeping things casual on your end, your man of choice may not even notice you're taking the lead....
How to end the first date gracefully when you're not interested
None of us are skilled at breaking it off because we don’t want to hurt their feelings or be displeasing. This is natural. If they ask you out again, say, “Thank you so much for asking. I can tell...
Guidance for people who are dating someone with kids
Although dating someone with children can be challenging because it adds another layer of complexity to the relationship, don’t let your fears stop you if you know believe the relationship has promi...
Recreational dating: have fun finding what you want in a relationship
Dating just for fun is a great strategy. Just be clear about what you want and communicate it to your dating partner. Use that time to learn about yourself and what you want in a relationship, and be ...
Make casual sex and one night stands fun, adventurous and pleasurable
Most people think of casual sex and one nights stands as an empty unfulfilling past time, but it doesn’t have to be! So follow this advice and keep your favorite hobby as wild, crazy, and fun as it ...
Advice for men on selecting their online dating profile photo
Photos are the gateway to everything good about online dating. Spend a little time making sure your pictures reflect you accurately and authentically. And take the feedback. If every woman you meet te...
Women: Use sexy and appealing photos for your online dating profile
A photographer friend once told me, “When you’re taking your sexy shot, think, ‘I know a secret.’ It will give you a sweet, sexy, playful expression.”If you’re not getting responses to you...
Best practices on surviving and being successful in online dating
While online dating offers a safe and efficient way to meet new people, it is also a useful exercise that will help you learn more about who you are and what you want. Focusing on the learning piece w...
Someone who can date with confidence is very attractive
Navigating through the world of dating can be a tricky proposition, yet having confidence in you is a must in order to experience success. Visualize your date going well, act as if it will, be yoursel...
Being happy when you are single builds self-confidence when dating
Being a successful single is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. It is having the mindset that you deserve to be happy whether you are single or in a relationship. It’s also an importan...
How to make long distance dating and relationships work
More and more people are entering into distance relationships and making them work. Communication is key. Be honest, be creative, be flexible, and have fun!...
Everything a man needs to know to plan the perfect first date
The way a woman’s mind works is a completely alien concept for a man, which is why, especially on that first date, you need to stick to the safe and traditional approach. She needs to see if you are...

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
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
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...
Understand how today's parenting is everyone's responsibility
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...

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...

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
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...

Surviving Divorce

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

Credit and Debt Management

How to rebuild your credit after clearing up debt problems
With the right plan in place, you can secure your financial future in spite of the chaos of our current economy. The key is to build good financial habits to replace the bad ones that landed you in fi...
How to pay down credit card debt on your own
Paying down credit card debt on your own is possible for many people. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, start by creating and using a simple monthly budget. Then choose either the avalanche or snowball ...
Avoiding holiday debt
Learn how to create a strategy that helps you avoid depending on credit cards and racking up too much debt during the winter holidays. With careful planning and the right amount of preparation, you ca...
Stay out of debt and within your budget when shopping for the holidays
With just a little effort and planning, you can create and use a simple holiday budget. When you work from a budget, your holidays can be far more carefree. Ultimately, you will be able to focus on jo...
Get a credit card with low interest rate and great rewards program
Applying for a credit card requires preparation, so make sure you take the necessary steps beforehand to set yourself up for continued financial success....
Avoid late fees and lower interest charges with debt consolidation
With debt consolidation, you may be able to simplify on-time payments. But remember that it does not address the need to look at the root problem. It will be important to make a commitment to turning ...
Choose the right debt consolidation company to help pay down your debt
If you are facing too many accounts with too-high minimum payments at crippling interest rates, debt consolidation services may offer a solution. The rule of thumb in choosing a company is “buyer be...
Teach your college student financial responsibility with a credit card
If you follow this advice, it can serve as the basis of good financial responsibility going forward. Since this is the first time your child will be making financial decisions independent of you, the ...
Avoid bankruptcy, take control of your debt, and repair your finances
For some, bankruptcy is a viable option. Yet, there are many other ways that you can settle your debts and repair your finances without an extreme measure such as bankruptcy. Whatever route you choose...
How to stop harassing phone calls from debt collectors
The only real way to ease the burden of the debts and truly stop the harassing phone calls is to settle your debts. Explore your options and find the right program for you. Research your options to pa...
Be financially responsible with your credit card while in college
Remember, having a credit card is a huge responsibility and any mistakes you may make now can impact your ability to take out a new line or credit or a loan in the future. Before you know it you will ...
Credit counseling can reduce monthly payments and pay off debt
Credit counseling can be very helpful for individuals who can stick with the program over several years, and who can make the payments resulting from a lower interest rate. If you do have debt, make s...
Understand debt settlement to help deal with your debt problem
Debt settlement, also referred to as debt resolution, is a serious process for people in serious debt. For those who qualify, it can provide significant benefits: lower monthly outlays, reduced debt, ...
Choose a trusted debt settlement company to help resolve your debt
When it comes to getting debt help, selecting a solid partner that will help you is critical. For those who are looking for a trustworthy organization to help win the battle against debt, these consid...
Expert advice on how to deal with a debt collector
If you are working in good faith to repay your debts, don’t let debt collectors harass and intimidate you. You have the right to be treated with respect while you work to get out of debt and find yo...
How to negotiate outstanding debt with a credit card company
It’s possible to successfully negotiate debt with a credit card company, but it is imperative that consumers know their rights when it comes to federal credit card laws. Do your homework first, that...
The importance of debt: Is there such a thing as healthy debt?
Remember to focus on lasting value when evaluating whether a debt is healthy or unhealthy. Healthy debt will provide lasting value, and is aligned with a long-term goal (e.g., a mortgage enables you t...
How to improve your credit score and ensure financial health
Beyond financial institutions, potential employers, landlords and even cell phone providers may look at your credit score to determine whether you’re a good credit risk. Credit scores also play a pa...
Everything you need to know about credit reports and credit scores
It’s important to distinguish between credit reports and credit scores. Knowing the details of your credit report as well as the meaning of your credit score will help you identify financial strengt...
How to recognize and avoid a personal financial disaster
The signs that you’re flirting with a financial disaster may not be clear when committed individually, but a few of these combined should be an obvious red flag to any consumer. However, with a litt...
How and why your should improve your credit score
Getting your credit back to where it needs to be so that you can do the things you want to do isn't an impossible feat. It just takes a little patience, checking your credit report regularly, disputin...
How to negotiate a lower interest rate on your credit cards
If you want to negotiate a lower interest rate, do your research, call and ask, and have a back-up plan in place. A lower APR will save you money and reduce your credit card debt. These potential savi...
Negotiate your credit card interest rate with a simple phone call
When attempting to renegotiate your interest rates, it is important to be prepared before you pick up the phone. Make sure you’ve done your research and that you’re ready with any necessary inform...

Weddings

Successfully choose the wine for a wedding
Choosing the wine for your wedding reception is an important detail that can take time and be challenging if you don’t know a lot about wine. Consult with the staff at your local wine shop. They can...
Enjoy the full wine tasting experience with decanting
The choice to decant - and for how long - is a very individualized decision. Each wine is unique in its need for aeration and filtering. Experiment and go by your own personal preference. Most of all,...
Advice for planning an environmentally friendly green wedding
Planning a green, eco-friendly wedding is no different than a non-green wedding and you can do it without sacrificing your budget, vision or sanity. Complete your research early or ask for help. Use p...
Choose the right jewelry to help accentuate your wedding gown
From ensuring that your jewelry coordinates with your dress and hair style, to what to choose for your “something old, new, borrowed, and blue,” there are many things to consider when picking out ...
Expert advice for planning a stress-free wedding
Wedding memories last a lifetime. A memorable wedding begins with thoughtful, considerate planning. Sticking to a budget and planning a wedding that reflects your shared values ensures your wedding da...
Lake Geneva, WI: The destination wedding place of your dreams
For nearly 150 years, Lake Geneva has been a vacation destination for Chicagoans. Today, Lake Geneva is recognized as One of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations offering a vast array of lodging opportuni...
Choose a great videographer to capture your wedding day
While photography has always been the go-to wedding service that captures the special day, videography has really grown in popularity. It’s fun to show off your highlight video to friends online, or...
Advice on choosing the best photographer for your wedding day
Wedding photos will last forever, and while you and your spouse and your family and friends are the subjects of these photos, it is the photographer’s style and vision that produced these photos. Th...
Plan a memorable and affordable destination wedding in Myrtle Beach
Whether it’s a week-long wedding affair, a long weekend getaway or a memorable honeymoon, the attainable and affordable destination of Myrtle Beach will not disappoint....
Wedding Woofers: How to include your dog in your wedding
The decision to include your dog in your wedding is an important and joyous one. It’s a decision that needs to include all the pros and cons before you invite them. Make sure that everyone, (you, yo...
Create your wedding guest list without overextending your invites
Guest list can quickly become a headache for any newly engaged couple, but they don’t have to be. By properly managing the guest list, couples can not only experience a less stressful wedding planni...
Bridesmaid etiquette: How to honor your friend's wedding day
All in all, as a bridesmaid, you hold such a special position in the wedding and that should be treated with the utmost respect. The bride loves you, trusts you, and appreciates your presence. Take yo...
How to plan an unforgettable bachelorette party
If you have been given the pleasure of hosting a bachelorette party, know that it is your one shot to make the Bride-To-Be’s last fling before the ring one for the bachelorette record books. Leaving...
Advice for planning a successful wedding in the digital age
As technology continues to play a large role in our lives and makes things quicker and easier, newlyweds will continue to tread the fine line between innovation and tradition....
When creating your wedding registry choose gifts you want and need
Registering for your wedding seems simple, but when faced with the proposition of making a giant joint wish list, it can be hard to know where to start. Weddings are built on cultural and societal tra...
Choose a wedding officiant that will create the special ceremony
When you have found your perfect match, it’s important to find your second perfect match: an ideal officiant who will make you feel comfortable, listen to you, and be unique. They’ll work with you...
Advice for choreographing your wedding dance
Remember, long after the food has been eaten, the guests have gone home and the wedding gown has been packed away, you’ll always be able to use your new abilities with the timeless art of dance....
You can have a dream wedding with a limited budget
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and to try something new. Your wedding is just that, your wedding - so feel free to mix it up a bit. Even if budget is a concern, your dream wedding is possi...
What you need to know for the perfect wedding reception
It is important that you feel comfortable knowing that your event planner understands your vision on your wedding day. It’s all about both of you! Determine your personal wedding style, gather toget...
How to have a beautiful wedding and save money at the same time
Often times, the expenses that seem most appropriate to cut when planning a wedding, end up costing you more in the long run or ultimately diminish your guests’ enjoyment of day. So be sure to be se...
Go to a stylist to get the perfect hair on your wedding day
“I didn’t care what my hair looked like,” said no bride ever. The way you feel about the way you look on your wedding day will be a determining factor in how you enjoy the day, so consider the i...
How to buy the perfect engagement ring for your fiancée
Now that you know just about everything to consider when looking for and evaluating a diamond engagement ring, it’s time to start shopping for that special someone!...

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 ...

Budgeting

Gain control of your money
Many people have been hit hard by the current financial crisis. They find themselves behind on their bills, underwater on their mortgage, and feeling completely helpless. The great news is there are c...
How to create a household budget
Budgeting is the number one way to spend and save smartly, and to get out - and stay out - of debt. A budget, or a spending plan, is simply a way to intentionally spend and save money to meet your goa...
Financial planning 101 for empty nesters
Getting used to living as an empty nester takes time. The best way to transition into this new phase of life is by re-focusing on new goals. Begin by getting your personal finances organized. Our tips...
Cure the holiday debt hangover with a headache-free financial plan
It’s not too late into the year to make a fresh start. If you still have a holiday debt hangover, remedies do exist. Determine which plan, or relief option, is right for you, and get started on the ...
Teach your children rich habits to be financially successful in life
Ensuring that your children are taught rich habits is the best thing that you can do to make sure your children grow up to be financially responsible and financially successful. Get your children off ...
Navigating online shopping during the holiday season
It’s important to shop smart so the big deals don’t break the budget. Smart consumers will set a plan and stick to it, and not get caught up in the frenzy of discounts and deals....
Recommended New Year resolutions for your personal finances
Becoming financially stable isn’t always easy, but it isn’t impossible. By breaking old habits, such as frequently eating out or overspending on name brands, you can help yourself achieve your fin...
When paying your bills, decide which debt is best to pay first
By putting things in perspective and moving one step at a time, you can make decisions that let you set the best priorities and goals for your financial life. Once you cover the basics and get out of ...
Save money in a rainy day fund for life's unexpected emergencies
A rainy day fund covers life's inevitable surprises. The more diligent you are in contributing to your fund, the more effective the strategy will be. The rainy day money should always be kept in a sep...
Save money and spend wisely—become a millionaire by living frugally
The beauty of developing a frugal millionaire mindset is that it can produce positive results in every stage of life. It doesn’t take money, no products to buy, and no seminars to attend. The whole ...
Prepare a budget and then use online tools to manage your money
You can’t improve what isn’t measured. Utilizing the multitude of free online budget tools will help you measure and improve your budgeting. Every person has different needs and will start off wit...
Make small changes in spending and reduce costs to boost savings
Let’s take the frugal mindset challenge to reduce everyday expenses. Take the time to determine where there are holes in your budget. Eliminate them or replace them with less expensive alternatives....
How to teach your children financial responsibility
Parents can teach financial responsibility in a way that is interesting for children. Most important is remembering that parents are their children’s role models. When kids see you budgeting, saving...
Financial planning for the first time investor
Hopefully you have gathered from these simple steps that investing does not need to be complex or overwhelming if you are a first time investor. Start small, do your homework, and create a financial p...
How to respond when a friend asks for money or a loan
Being one’s ATM doesn’t help either you or your friend. Being an ATM decreases your asset (cash), while your friend’s liability increases. There is an old adage that goes something like this: gi...
Advice for those investing in the stock market for the first time
Investing on your own isn’t always an easy task, especially when you first start out. However, I encourage you to stick with it and learn how to properly invest your own money. It’s rewarding to s...
Teach your kids about money and how to budget, spend, and save
We owe it to the next generation to understand how money works and how to save it, spend it, not fear it, and donate some of it. Most of all, remind your children that money does not guarantee happine...
Saving for a rainy day fund is easy with this advice
Not having saved for a crisis is what throws many people into a financial disaster. When finances are tight, it can be challenging, at best, to create an emergency fund. But saving for a rainy day -- ...
How to talk to your children and grandchildren about finances
It is never too early to start talking about financial planning with your children or grandchildren. If you help set them on solid financial footing when they are young, your lessons about money will ...
A financial planner can help you reach your investment goals
There are many different styles of financial planning out there. With a bit of searching on your part you can easily find a good fit. Doing your homework on financial planners is just as important as ...
Owning gold or a gold IRA can be a great long-term investment
Gold has long been recognized for its ability to protect purchasing power and act as a safe-haven investment against inflation, market crashes, geopolitical conflict, etc. While daily fluctuations in ...
Educate teens on the importance creating and following a budget
Truth-be-told: teens are adults in training. When given the opportunity, they will demonstrate responsible behavior and smart financial management. They can be motivated by their own wants and needs, ...
Spend your money wisely while on vacation and stay on budget
Vacations remembered last a lifetime. They are engrams that can be recalled and put a smile on our face. These fond memories make us want visit new places. This can be done by planning for, budgeting ...
How to stay on a strict budget and be happy at the same time
We all have one reason for budgeting in common, and that is to reach our goals, whatever they may be. Expecting the unexpected while still trying to save for life’s planned events can be quite the t...
How to save money and take a vacation without going into debt
Remember that the goals of a vacation are rest and relaxation. They are worthwhile goals to attain, and worth saving for. Some simple budgeting and planning will help make sure you can get that R&...
What is diversification and a diversified investment portfolio?
Many academic studies have concluded that asset allocation is the most important determinant of a portfolio’s performance - even more so than transaction costs and security selection. The main issue...

Anxiety and Stress

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

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
Lawful arrests require probable cause
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?
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....

Death of a Spouse

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

Retirement Planning

Gen Y workers must start saving and investing early for retirement
Developing an effective retirement strategy as early as possible helps ensure you have lasting financial success. You can have more peace of mind that you’ll actually be able to retire when you want...
Have the money you need for retirement with lifetime income annuity
Lifetime Income Annuities, also called Single Premium Immediate Annuities, provide an income stream that you can never outlive. You can use that contractually guaranteed payment to help budget and cov...
Expert advice on choosing lifetime income annuity program
Lifetime Income Annuities (aka: Single Premium Immediate Annuities) are the purest form of “transfer of risk” annuity strategies available to the public. These products are contractually guarantee...
Take control of your future with a self-directed retirement plan
Self-direction as a retirement wealth-building strategy can be a great way for savvy investors to take control of their investments with alternative assets they already know and understand. It is cruc...
Know how to financially plan for retirement so you can retire on time
There you have it. By sticking to these simple and straightforward guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to planning for your retirement years successfully....
Understand net unrealized appreciation for your 401K
Failing to take NUA treatment into account is the #1 mistake people make with respect to their qualified retirement plans. If you own employer stock in a 401(k), ESOP, or other qualified plan, be sure...
How to benefit from rolling over your 401(k) to an IRA
Whether you feel like a 401(k) plan or IRA is right for you, it’s important that you have a firm understanding of what both options bring to the table. Take the time to consider every angle and stay...
Expert advice on retirement planning for small business owners
So, what is the end result of setting up and funding a small business retirement plan? Well, nothing beats the happiness of a small business owner who is able to retire and have a bucket of money allo...
Planning for health care costs is vital to successful retirement
When it comes to retirement planning, don’t delay. Start planning today. If you stay on top of your future healthcare costs, you will not only gain confidence from being prepared, but you can relax ...
Key considerations in saving for a confident retirement
Whether you’ve been saving for retirement for 20 years or you have your head in the sand when it comes to putting money away, it is important to remember that it is never too late to start and there...
Save for retirement the moment you land your first job after college
Don’t ever allow yourself to fall into the mindset that you have the rest of your life to save for retirement. The sooner you start saving, the brighter your financial future may be. Make a commitme...
Guarantee income in your retirement with fixed indexed annuities (FIA)
Fixed indexed annuities are a wonderful way to balance out a retirement portfolio because they are a low-risk insurance product that increase with index growth and are protected from market volatility...
Young people: take a new investing approach to retirement planning
The retirement landscape is shifting, and it’s important to understand what you need to do to ensure your retirement savings is secured. Use these tips to protect your future....
Plan for retirement and get the most out of Social Security benefits
A wide variety of factors will determine the optimum strategy for claiming your Social Security benefits. Everything from age, health, income, and even marital status can have an impact. Periodically,...
Understand the differences between deferred and immediate annuities
Gain control of your financial health for retirement with a budget
We have created the basic tool—the budget—to provide you with a guide to your financial health. Life spans have increased; therefore, retirement funds need to last longer. A budget is not written ...
Start planning for retirement as soon as you get your first job
Financial planning is a lifelong process, and the sooner you get started, the better. Planning ahead means you will not only have a more comfortable retirement, but you also may be ready to retire soo...
Advice on how to reduce the fees on your 401K retirement account
The big enemy to your retirement savings plans is the fees many traditional plan funds charge whether you are aware of them or no. While seemingly small, these fees have significant impact on your sav...
Expert advice on planning your retirement together
As you can tell, planning for your retirement as a couple is a multi-faceted and complicated effort. It should be a wonderful time of your life together, but without looking at that picture from diffe...
When to collect social security benefits in retirement
Deciding when to take Social Security is an extremely personal decision and can ultimately be a very difficult one. It’s important to weigh all of the factors and consult your financial advisor in o...
Make the most of your money and minimize taxes in retirement
Taxes can be one of the largest items in a retiree’s budget. However, taxpayers can use a combination of annual and long-term planning in order to keep their tax bills to a minimum and to maximize t...
Retiring overseas is possible with careful financial planning
Retiring abroad should make sense both financially and personally. For many, moving overseas provides lower healthcare costs and a higher quality of life. Before making this Money Milestone move, make...
How to make sure your retirement savings lasts the rest of your life
There are many strategic moves - none of which are a complete answer - that seniors can take to ensure that they don’t run out of money. It requires discipline, strategic planning and an approach to...
Advice for when you lose your job and forced into early retirement
An unexpected retirement after being forced out of your job can be unsettling, but it’s not impossible to remedy. If you have prepared as best you could for your planned retirement date, you will ha...
Create financial security and well-being for your entire family
By following this advice, families can take control of their finances and help give their children the best possible start in life. After all, as parents, we often say our kids are our biggest reward....

Finance for Couples

Debt, savings, and spending basics for the newly engaged
When it comes to finances, marriage is for richer or for poorer. But making the effort to understand and discuss each other’s finances before walking down the aisle will play a major role in a long,...
Newly married couples should plan their finances together
Discussing these do’s and don’ts is a good start. Chances are good that as you discuss them, others will arise. Take the opportunity to open an honest dialogue about your finances – past, presen...
Discussing a prenup can help you both plan your financial future
Most beginnings are ruined by worrying about the endings, a prenup gives you the opportunity to discuss the endings at the beginning. Being knowledgeable of prenuptial agreement is necessary to help y...
Prepare for your first baby with a solid financial plan
Having a child is an amazing and terrifying experience. By preparing your finances in advance you can reduce the financial stress on you and your family and enjoy as much time as possible with your li...
Spend time on your family's financial plan to ensure a secure future
Before you get pulled into the excitement of the holidays this season, take some time to focus on you and your family’s financial plan. Don’t get overwhelmed and take it all on yourself. Call a fi...
Advice on how to agree on budgeting and finances with your spouse
Couples often assign one spouse to take the helm when it comes to home finances and budgets. But this can be a recipe for disaster. It is more important than ever for spouses to work together, stay in...
Marriages succeed when you're open and honest about finances
Newly married couples should ensure that their relationship is not affected because of financial discrepancies. This means that you both need to work together to achieve your financial goals, and neve...
Professional advice on financial planning for newlyweds
Marriage is a great time to work together as a team and get your financial “house” in order. Not only will you set yourself up for long-term success, but it is a great opportunity to bring you clo...
Advice on how to deal with your shopaholic spouse
Using a budget as a tool, talking things through honestly, and removing judgments is the best way for both partners in a relationship to come to terms with overspending....
How to prepare yourself financially for a new baby
Some cities cost more than others for housing, childcare, and energy, while baby items and healthcare are constant. Be sure to investigate all ways you can save money before having your child. Followi...
When having a baby you must assess and adjust your finances
Although saving for college can seem daunting, if you follow these simple dos and don’ts, you can set and reach your college saving goals. You don’t have to save everything, but anything you can s...
Having a baby is a milestone requiring financial planning
Money Milestones such as having a new baby can be exciting. The key thing is to do as much as you can before the baby arrives.People often think they can use their maternity or paternity leave to take...
A prenup or postnup agreement can be really good for a marriage
Nobody wants to think that their marriage won't work or that mid-course you will need to make “adjustments." However, because fights about finance can lead right to the door of divorce, there's some...

Money and Divorce

Financial advice for women going through a divorce
Breathe. Take a deep breath. This may seem a bit overwhelming, but if you take one step at a time you will be able to accomplish it all in record time. Try to take action and take care of one thing ea...
Financial advice for women going through divorce after a long marriage
Effective financial planning and a realistic understanding of your options as you navigate divorce are critical. A strong, experienced and collaborative team of professionals, lending unbiased support...
Achieving financial independence after divorce offers a fresh start
You have what it takes to create the next chapter of your life. Each morning, you have the option to create your life -- or just do life. If you have enough money to invest, do your homework and start...
Protect your financial well-being and future during separation
Divorce can be very stressful. If you are separated--or considering a trial separation--these tips will provide immediate and tangible action items that you can tackle today, while also helping to ste...
Expert advice on debt and credit when getting a divorce
By taking steps to protect credit, and focusing on eliminating debt, individuals and families can come divorce through in much better shape....
Expert advice on how to best divide assets during a divorce
Dividing assets can be trickier than people think. With the right tools, and with the help of a divorce lawyer and other professionals, you can make sure you receive a fair settlement or fair division...
Women: a divorce financial planner can help you fairly divide assets
...
Women: plan for retirement and secure your future after a divorce
After all is said and done in the divorce proceedings, it's time for you to invest in yourself, and that includes your retirement. Consider all of your options, have fun investing in your next phases ...
Advice on how to split your assets in a divorce
The most important advice to keep in mind is the goal of finishing the process of getting divorced in an economical and practical way. Sometimes, that requires spending money on attorneys and other pr...
Advice for women on calculating your financial needs after divorce
A well-thought-out financial plan will help a client not only identify their goals but successfully achieve them. A client must be able to communicate to their attorney their monthly financial needs, ...
Advice for women on determining financial needs after divorce
Determining your financial needs post-divorce is a multi-step process, but can be made easier with the help of a team of professionals. Ask questions, ask for advice, and be open to different options....
Do not just divide assets and debts in divorce—consider a buyout
While homes are the most common of large assets (and debts) that are dealt with in a divorce, this advice can also apply to other large assets and debts that are acquired within a marriage. Both spous...
Help for dads paying child support or alimony after a job loss
If you lose your job, you cannot just stop paying. Without following the proper procedures, in the end, you will be found to owe all the money which you did not pay in child support and/or alimony. Yo...

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?

Divorced and Dating

Dating after divorce: How to find love again
No matter how this date goes, it is important to put your best foot forward and let your personality shine. Stick to this advice and we know you will have a stellar reintroduction into the dating pool...
Heal from divorce, create for yourself a new life and find love
The key to successfully finding the right person for you is to date consciously. That means being aware of the choices you are making, finding out how relationships are supposed to work, and being cle...
Considerations when dating a man who has a different parenting style
Dating with children after divorce can be challenging for a myriad of reasons. And if you and your date have vastly different parenting styles it can be impossible. So in your quest for new love maint...
Advice on returning to the dating game for the second or third time
It is vital to keep dating solely about the experience, rather than the end goal of finding a partner. If you can do this, you will be more likely end up with both: A great experience and a wonderful ...
Stay confident when you start dating again after a divorce
It’s natural to feel unsteady when thinking about dating after divorce. It’s important to do the inner work to know why you are dating, set expectations and boundaries, know and love yourself, and...
How to avoid relationship mistakes when dating after a divorce
Reentering the dating scene is a wonderful opportunity to set yourself free from the childhood emotional demons that haunt our adult relationships. The key to freedom is consciousness: Know your old s...
Advice for men on rejoining the dating scene after the divorce
Dating after divorce can be a daunting idea but it doesn’t have to be awful. Taking time to get clear on the kind of relationship you want before you start can pave the way for this exciting new par...

Schizophrenia

Take a holistic approach to help manage your schizophrenia
When learning to live with your schizophrenia diagnosis, it’s important to engage in a holistic approach to treatment. By working with a multi-disciplinary team of providers, staying on your medicat...
You can help someone close to you with schizophrenia
Supporting a loved one who suffers from schizophrenia can be a very overwhelming task. By learning all you can about the disease, building strong partnerships with your loved one’s medical team, and...
Advice for getting treatment and understanding schizophrenia
There are many treatment options available for people with schizophrenia. You need to find a good psychiatrist and therapist and get support from the people in your life. Schizophrenia is a treatable ...
How parents can help their teenagers who have schizophrenia
If your teenager or adult child has schizophrenia, there are many things that you can do to help them. You can help them understand that they can still be productive people if they get the right help....
Remain happy and in control when living with a manic disorder
This article gives you five things to do and five things not to do if your manic happiness is causing you to be careless and get into trouble. You can still be happy if you do the right things at the ...

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 ...

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...

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