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Contact me for: Life Insurance • Health Insurance • Disability Insurance • Long Term Care Insurance • Medicare Supplement Insurance • Medicare Advantage Insurance • Group Health Insurance

Marc D. Lewandowski has been Life & Health insurance licensed for over 10 years with experience consulting clients on product options regarding Life, Health, Disability, Long-Term Care as well as Medicare Advantage plans.

Marc Lewandowski graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in 2005 and holds a Series 6 Investment Company Products / Variable Contracts Representative Registration license.

Marc is the Vice President of Planning Needs Financial Group, a division of Corporate Benefits Services, Inc. located in Rockville, Maryland.

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Expert Articles by Marc D. Lewandowski

Life Insurance

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...
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. ...
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...

Health Insurance

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...

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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...

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
Understanding how insurance will factor into a wealth plan is an important part of any financial or wealth planning process. In many instances, insurance will be the most effective strategy for protec...
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...

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...

Thyroid Disease

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

Diabetes

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

Aging and Longevity

Your elderly parent fell? This could change everything
There are rarely any easy answers when circumstances for seniors change quickly due to illness or injury. The best approach for adult children is to gather as much information as possible, turn to tru...
Choose a trustworthy and qualified caregiver for your elderly parent
Choosing a caregiver for your parent is an important decision, and it can be an emotional one as well. The caregiver that you choose assumes a great deal of responsibility; he or she becomes a part of...
Empower yourself as a senior because you deserve a better lifestyle
This may seem pretty serious and business-like, but when you think about it, the business of life is very serious and your future independence relies on it. You have earned your seniority position in ...
Prevent falls as a senior by creating a safer living environment
Fall prevention is protecting our seniors. This issue has become such a meaningful matter that our Senate has passed a bill making September 22, National Fall Prevention Awareness day. We don’t want...
Discover in-home healthcare options that are safe and comfortable
Today’s healthcare options range from home care and medical alert systems to assisted living and skilled nursing homes. When choosing the right care option, it’s important to consider your health ...
Live longer and feel younger by delaying old age as late as possible
Aging is inevitable, however, old age is optional and personal. It depends on your state of mind and your beliefs about aging. Becoming a vibrant youthful thinking independent 80 year old is far more ...
Embrace the change of moving into an assisted living facility
You can choose to view your move to an assisted living facility as a life sentence or as a new chapter, brimming with possibilities. The way in which you view your circumstances is your choice to make...
Choose a qualified in-home caregiver from a reliable provider
Everyone is different and has unique support needs, so the biggest piece of advice I can offer is to ask a lot of questions and get to know the individuals and companies well before committing to them...
Keep your independence with the help of an in-home care agency
Choosing a caregiver agency can be a daunting prospect, but the information presented here should provide a checklist to make the interviewing and selection easier.The main things to remember are that...
Reduce the effects of aging using vitamin and nutrient supplements
Supplementing your diet with the correct amount of vitamins and other dietary supplements is key in optimizing your health, especially at old age. Make sure you get your fill of omega-3 fats, probioti...
Overcome your fear of death by embracing love and happiness
So as you can see, most of this advice is about living with love, and in the present moment. Whether we’re living a normal life in normal time, or whether we’re in the end or last stages of life, ...
A life coach can help you reduce stressful decisions in retirement
Those of us who have coached clients know the extraordinary impact coaching can have on people’s lives. Be committed to having a fulfilling life and don’t settle for anything less. Feel empowered ...
Planning and preparation can help with the care of aging parents
While no one likes to talk about these issues, it is critical to have a legal and financial plan in place. There are many situations in which a medical crisis occurs, and while last minute planning ma...
Age gracefully with a positive attitude, strong mind and healthy body
The secret to aging gracefully is taking good care of yourself as you age. Drastic measures like plastic surgery can be avoided by taking the right steps to stay healthy, strong and lean. The sooner y...
Expect spiritual expansion and change when experiencing hospice
The above material hopefully has help you see how your spiritual life can greatly expand through the hospice experience. Let’s all take the time and energy to dive deeper into our spiritual lives an...
Forgetful? Memory enhancement is still possible as you age
Medical advances have made it possible for us to have a much longer lifespan. We all know we should eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and control our stress, but now there is another factor to c...
Help managing Parkinson's disease symptoms and getting treatment
There are still many questions that need to be answered about PD related to causes, diagnosis, symptoms and treatments. Studies and clinical trials are being conducted around the globe. It is imperati...
Embrace hospice as a guide on the journey through terminal illness
There arguably is no more compelling example of compassionate care in our healthcare system today than hospice. Hospice staff and volunteers can be angels on earth, whether they are providing care in ...
Ensure you track and take your medications on time
It is very important that you take your medications as prescribed, on time, and in the correct dosage. It is also equally important to ensure you are taking the medication you are supposed to be takin...
What can older adults expect from assisted living communities?
Assisted living communities provide a wonderful option for seniors to maintain as much independence as possible, with the security of knowing that, as their needs change, they can receive support and ...
Understand Alzheimer’s disease and the care options available
The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in our country is increasing rapidly. It is critical to understand the distinctions between normal memory loss associated with aging and very specific impairmen...
Using modern technology can help elderly people with dementia
While researchers and scientists focus on finding a cure for dementia, the person living with the disease is often left out in the cold. Technology, when delivered appropriately, can be a huge tool in...
Age beautifully and gracefully to help stay healthy and happy
Aging well is really all about being happy and healthy at each stage of life. No age is better than another and being young is no better than being old- each one has its charm. You are the creator of ...
You may be able to stay in your house with home care assistance
Home care is right choice for millions of Americans to help them stay in their homes for many years safely and comfortably. Often times this option is more cost efficient than skilled nursing homes fo...

Caring for Aging Parents

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

Kids with Special Needs

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

Money and Health Care

Do not let large medical bills weigh you down
By staying in constant communication with your billing office, paying the debt off slowly, and researching assistance programs, you can pay off your large medical debt easily. Keep in mind that paying...
Read the small print when signing medical financial consent forms
Other kinds of small print can also harm your finances when you sign one of these forms. Always read before signing, and ask the right questions, to help protect your family budget against possibly un...
Protect yourself and your budget when signing online medical financial consent forms
Many factors can affect your health care experience including your doctor’s financial policies. Be vigilant and aware of unclear language or mistakenly waiving your legal rights. If you find yoursel...
Understanding your medical bills can protect your financial health
Having a medical procedure or test can be intimidating in and of itself. Take the time to understand how your insurance plan will cover the service and or your financial obligation. Communicate with y...
How to negotiate and manage large medical bills and billing errors
Large medical bills can be a huge financial obstacle, especially if you’re dealing with an ongoing medical condition or recovering from serious injury. But by being proactive, doing your research, a...

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
An annuity is a contract between an insurance company and an individual in which the insurance company makes a series of guaranteed income payments in return for premium from the individual. The retir...
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....
Ensure steady retirement income with a low-risk annuity investment
The day you step into retirement, your entire financial life collapses down to one issue, and the issue is perfectly binary. There are only two possible outcomes, and they’re mutually exclusive. On ...

Estate Planning

Planning your funeral service in advance gives you peace of mind
Beginning the pre-planning process presents several choices to consider. A good start is by searching online for a funeral service that suits your needs. Simply making an appointment at a funeral home...
Advice for selecting the right estate planner for your situation
Like any other professional engagement, the biggest problem is often finding the one you are comfortable with and who possesses the skill and knowledge to address your situation properly. The list of ...
Having a baby? Create an estate plan to protect your family
Don’t feel that setting up an estate plan when preparing for a baby is one more burdensome item on your list. Embrace the moment but think about how you’ll want your spouse and new addition taken ...
Create a well-designed estate plan for you and your family
There are many shapes and sizes of estate plans, from basic to very complex. Finding the one that is right for you takes some thought and planning, but is not that difficult to do. Approach the proble...
A well-rounded estate plan will help protect your family
Compile and evaluate all of your assets and think about how you’d want them safeguarded after you’re gone. Think about how you’d like your spouse and kids cared for. Finally, consult with an att...
Receive an inheritance recently? Here is expert financial advice
Receiving an inheritance leaves most people feeling overwhelmed and confused. Figuring out how to manage it can be financially and emotionally draining on something that should be a real blessing. Pla...
No family to pass your assets to? Advice for creating an estate plan
An estate plan is a personal thing, so make sure your assets go where you would like them to after you’re gone. Trusting those who are put in charge of caring for those assets is important and you s...
Plan your funeral service and ensure your wishes are fulfilled
Funerals are meant to provide ceremony around the loss of a loved one, which will help those left behind to grieve. Grief is a complicated and difficult emotion, so helping families walk the path of g...
Choose the right casket for your loved one when planning the funeral
The purpose of a funeral is to celebrate a life well-lived. Choosing the right casket is just part of the funeral experience, but it can be one of the most overwhelming given the sheer number of optio...
Advice for choosing a qualified estate planner
Creating a legacy for your family is important. If you want a will or trust that will ensure that the wealth you have created is passed to the people you want, they way you want, with the least cost a...
Save your family the time and stress of probate with your estate
Taking the time to understand your options and to set up non-probate options such as revocable trusts, TOD accounts, or lifetime gifts can protect your privacy, simplify your estate administration, an...
Create an estate plan that works for you and your beneficiaries
Planning and creating a will is an important step in your life, and it is not one that should be taken lightly. However, it does not have to be daunting or depressing. It can be an assurance that your...
Financial steps you must take immediately on the death of a spouse
The next few months (and years) will be a transition period in many different areas, including your finances. Get organized and recruit professionals, family and friends to help. Tackle the time sensi...
A new baby is good reason to review and update your estate plan
These are a few general do’s and don’ts for a new parent to consider, but certainly not a complete list. Consult with experienced professionals for guidance in how to make the best plan possible. ...
What every young mom needs to know about wills and estate planning
So once you have completed your estate plan, give yourself kudos! You have done what so many people fail to do—even the rich and famous. As you begin to work on your estate plan, make sure that it i...
Married? Make two will and testament documents—not a joint will
The above advice demonstrates the importance of taking time to reflect upon your assets, communicating with your loved ones, and understanding some of the considerations prior to having your will prep...

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...
Discuss money and budgeting before buying the engagement ring
All of the work that you do as a couple on your financial communication pays off in the end. Getting an early start is great for your relationship and your finances. The ability to have loving and mut...

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
Aside from the emotional aspects, divorce is essentially the dissolution of “an economic partnership” and must be carefully done to ensure an equitable division of assets between the “partners�...
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...

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...
What to do with inheritance money or other financial windfall
A windfall can be the start to securing your financial future, if it is handled with the care that it deserves. Don’t only focus on addressing the practical issues of receiving a large sum of money,...

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...

Depression

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

Cancer

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

Vision and Eye Care

Finding a quality eye surgeon for Lasik
Following these steps will give patients a helpful guide and allow them to feel confident when selecting a surgeon. It is extremely important for each patient to conduct thorough research on the Lasik...
Getting Lasik helps eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contacts
Always remember how important your eyesight is. Lasik may make it easier for you in many ways, such as sports, school, travel and work. Surgery is always a big decision, and you should not make it lig...
Changes to lifestyle and diet affect your vision and eye health
Eating right and living a healthy lifestyle for your eyes isn’t that complicated. You just have to be balanced and sensible. Reduce junk food and eat colorful foods. Remember that antioxidants, most...
Prelex surgery can restore clear vision caused by presbyopia
Prelex is a great and safe alternative for individual’s ages forty and above that are looking to regain their full range of vision and stop dependency on glasses and contacts. And just because you m...
Keep your eyes healthy when staring at a computer screen all day
Following this simple advice can really help reduce strain on your eyes. When you visit your doctor, mention what your computer viewing habits are so that you can get specific lenses and advice from t...
Keep your eyes healthy when wearing contact lenses for great vision
Contacts have come a long way since they came into regular use in the 1970's. Depending on your eye structure and vision, most people have a choice of several different kinds of lenses to wear. These ...
What is vision therapy?
Vision therapy is a doctor-supervised, non-surgical and customized program of visual activities designed to correct certain vision problems and/or improve visual skills....
Know the symptoms of cataracts and how to get treatment
Cataracts develop over time. Be on the lookout for any unusual symptoms and see an ophthalmologist. Cataract surgery has come a long way in the past few decades. Performed by a trained surgeon, you wi...
Know the symptoms and treatment for pinkeye (conjunctivitis)
Conjunctivitis is not only uncomfortable but contagious and potentially serious in some conditions. See an eye doctor as soon as you notice symptoms, and you will be back in your game before you know ...
Reduce eye strain during those long hours in front of the computer
Our world is filled with screens - phones, computers, video games, mobile devices. Each one of these, when used consistently, can affect our eyes. There is no easy answer on how to prevent eye strain,...
Get treatment and recognize the symptoms of ocular migraines
If you are experiencing symptoms of an ocular migraine, make an appointment with your local optometrist. Doctors of optometry routinely address vision-related concerns, evaluate for eye-related causes...
Recognize symptoms and know how to treat computer vision syndrome
Regular eye examinations and proper viewing habits can help to prevent or reduce the development of the symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome. Set up your desk to help reduce strain on you...
How early and often children should have a comprehensive eye exam
It’s important for parents to keep their child up-to-date on their wellness exams, which should always include a comprehensive eye exam. Don’t forget the important connection between a child’s a...
Preventing eye injuries in children starts with protective eyewear
Sports-related eye injuries can include serious eye injuries such as retinal detachment, internal bleeding and inflammation in both the front and back of the eye, injuries to the cornea with compromis...
Seasonal allergies and your eyes: You don't have to suffer
Don’t continue to suffer from seasonal eye allergies. Take the necessary steps to treat symptoms and visit your local eye doctor for diagnosis and treatment options....
Protect your eyes from being damaged by harmful UV rays
Most of us understand that we need to protect our skin from UV rays to avoid sunburn and potential sun damage and skin cancer. But, we often overlook the need to protect our eyes from these harmful UV...
Keep your child’s eye health and safety a top priority in summer
Keep your child safe and healthy throughout the summer by following these tips. Not only will you help protect and enhance your child’s eye health and vision, but educating your child at a young age...

Wills and Estates

Helping you through probate
Probate can be a complex process depending upon the amount and value of the assets in the estate, the debts owed and the number of people involved. It is important that you know what to do and what no...
Things to consider with a power of attorney
A power of attorney utilized by the right person in the right situation(s) is a very helpful and effective tool. Unfortunately, many people sign a power of attorney without proper guidance from an att...
What’s the difference between a will and a living trust?
There are many factors that go into deciding whether your family is best served by a will-based estate plan or a living trust. Making the right decision can save money, hassle, and heartache. Like mos...
Should I leave assets outright or in a trust?
Leaving assets to heirs can be a tall task for people. There are often numerous considerations that need to be addressed, including whether to leave assets in trust or whether to leave those assets ou...
Evaluate elder’s competency to protect their health and finances
A competency evaluation team includes medical professionals and clinical psychologists who evaluate a person's cognitive functioning, memory capacity and reasoning capability. These factors are import...
A revocable living trust will protect your assets and avoid probate
Though setting up a living trust may seem complicated compared with a will, ultimately it may provide you and your loved ones with more options when it comes to planning for the future. Because estate...
Create a postnuptial agreement to protect your financial future
When bringing up the topic of getting a postnup, always remember that this is a financial plan for your future; to protect the finances you and your spouse have acquired since being married. Always ma...
Create a written will to protect loved ones and give you peace of mind
Writing a will is an emotionally fraught issue. For many people, making sure their relatives and loved ones are taken care in the event of their demise is essential. Though there are myriad issues and...
Expert advice on deciding if a prenup is right for you
A prenup is what you make it. It can be simple, straightforward and equally protect both parties. It can be used simply as a planning tool to expedite a divorce, or it can be used to protect only one ...
Ensure your pets are taken care of in your estate plan and will
Determining what should happen to your pets if you become unable to take care of them is an important and often overlooked part of estate planning. If you think of your pets as members of your family,...
A will helps control the distribution of your estate after death
Even if you desire to leave all of your property to those who would be considered your “heirs at law,” a simple self-proving will appointing an independent executor will streamline the probate pro...
Newlyweds should prepare a will and discuss estate planning
This article discusses some of the most important estate planning issues to be concerned with for newlyweds. If you need further help, you should contact an estate planner or an attorney who is experi...
How to correctly modify your will after having a child
Simple steps can be taken to protect your minor children should something happen to you. Updating your will by appointing a guardian, creating trusts, and appointing trustees can ensure that your mino...

Health Psychology

Improve health and wellbeing with the biopsychosocial approach
Our medical well being is dependent on biological, behavioral, psychological, and environmental factors. The biological component of health is obviously important, but when the other factors that cont...
The four main components of the biopsychosocial approach to health
What exactly is a biopsychosocial approach to health? The biopsychosocial approach includes four primary components that need to be addressed when maintaining health. For more information on how to in...
Create an environment that fosters mental and physical health
Your physical and mental health are both important. This article shows you that you do not have to be a victim of your circumstances if you need help. There is help available and you can take care of ...
Improve your health by incorporating these behavioral strategies
Forming a behavioral strategy is a good way to achieve a long term goal. When you form strategy, it is important to specifically define your goal, and provide yourself with incentives as you obtain pr...
Women: Be mentally healthy with social support and positive habits
Women are faced with a number of unique challenges that can affect mental health. These include the influences of hormones during certain periods such as menarche, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopa...

Families in Divorce

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

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...

Drug Addiction

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

Pregnancy

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

Joint Pain

Get relief with advanced treatments for chronic muscle and joint pain
There are numerous advanced therapies that are safe and effective for chronic musculoskeletal pain. All treatments for chronic pain should be supervised by a licensed physician to avoid complicating y...
Get treatment for chronic joint pain associated with arthritis
Identifying the cause or set of causes of your chronic pain is the first, crucial step in optimizing your outcome. You should seek out a physician familiar with the different types of chronic pain to ...
Know what osteoarthritis is to help you alleviate and treat symptoms
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is due to progressive loss of the hyaline cartilage that caps the ends of long bones in joints. Cartilage is an elastic tissue that can withstan...
Mesenchymal stem cells can help you in the treatment of osteoarthritis
Regenerative medicine techniques employing mesenchymal stem cells will revolutionize the clinical treatment of osteoarthritis. Within ten to fifteen years, biologic replacements using mesenchymal stem...
Treat pain and fatigue symptoms associated with fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia, a widespread pain disorder, has been recognized for over a century. Because of the lack of any true diagnostic tests, it remains a diagnosis of exclusion. Many seemingly unrelated sympto...
Find relief for joint pain with help from multiple treatment options
I hope you never suffer from joint pain, but if you do these suggestions should help. Remember you have choices in the type of care you get and the method of practitioner you seek out. Review all your...
Manage joint pain with moderate exercise and help from your doctor
If you are suffering from joint pain, you are not alone. One in five Americans are afflicted with arthritis, including 300,000 children, and it is the leading cause of disability in the United States....
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is the major cause of physician visits in adults over 65 and the most common cause of disability in adults. Arthritis can cause blindness, paralysis, deafness, and even early death. The term...
A Thai massage can help relieve joint pain and relax your body
Once you have determined that Thai massage is right for you, get ready to lay back and enjoy the healing. The benefits are for more extensive than can be listed in one article. This modality will not ...
Use acupuncture as an integrative medicine to relieve joint pain
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine provide holistic, minimally invasive techniques to address acute and chronic joint pain. These time-tested techniques often complement the ever-expanding approaches to...
What you eat and how you exercise can prevent foot and joint pain
Always consult your physician if you have questions about preventing joint pain. Sore joints can have a significant negative effect on your life and prevent you from doing the things you love. Maintai...
Expert advice on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis
Osteoporosis reflects a decline in bone mineral density (BMD) in men and women associated with aging. There are many secondary causes of low BMD that your doctor needs to assess before initiating ther...
Use Chinese herbal medicine to help manage chronic joint pain
Chinese herbal medicine can be an effective element when incorporated into a comprehensive pain management program for chronic joint pain....
Choose a trustworthy orthopedic surgeon to help manage joint pain
There are many medical professionals out there and it can be extremely daunting to just go through a list of names. The best thing to do is ask around for referrals, check credentials, make an initial...
You don’t have to live with the daily pain associated with arthritis
Pain sufferers of all ages can take heart that medical professionals all over the world are looking to find ways to reduce and even eradicate pain. The concept of interventional pain care – tackling...
Get diagnosed early to help optimize treatment for arthritis
In the final analysis, you want an expert physician who’s a good listener, is thoughtful but aggressive in their approach, and who will answer your questions. Luckily, if you follow this advice, you...
Know the different treatments for osteoarthritis and how they help
Dealing with chronic pain is tough and can have a negative impact on your life. Luckily, there are many options to help manage the pain and help you restore your normal lifestyle. Remember the first c...
Relieve chronic pain from osteoarthritis with knee replacement surgery
Getting knee replacement surgery can seem frightful and there are many things to consider. Weigh your options with your surgeon and have open discussions about what to expect. Don’t let fear hold yo...
Carpal tunnel syndrome: Common symptoms and advice for getting help
Carpal Tunnel is a very common condition and the most important thing is to consult with a qualified hand surgeon or your primary care physician. That way they can assess the severity of your pain and...
You may not need a total knee replacement after a serious injury
Osteoarthritis ruins far too many lives. Don’t let it ruin yours. Be proactive in seeking biologic treatment that doesn’t just mask the symptoms but more importantly addresses the cause of the art...
Reduce and prevent pain when living with joint hypermobility
Joint hypermobility may affect some people and not others. It also may be a sign of other problems with collagen or the connective tissue. Joint hypermobility is not benign if it causes a problem. For...
Take a stand against gout: How to detect and manage the disease
While gout is a very serious and painful disease, people with gout can lead a normal life by seeking immediate medical attention and following the right treatment plan. Once a person is diagnosed with...
Reduce your knee pain and gain flexibility while exercising
Touchy knees shouldn’t be ignored. Try these tips and see if there’s improvement. If you still have pain, check with your healthcare professional--don’t wait. Correctly managing knee pain will k...

Neck and Back Pain

Gentle stretches, heat, and ice can help you alleviate lower back pain
When you experience low back pain, gentle movements are the key, and gentle stretches are the best exercise. If pain does not reduce significantly within a few days, seek treatment from a physical the...
Chiropractor or physical therapist can alleviate lower back pain
Where the pain is will most likely not be where the problem is. The pain is a symptom, but the problem needs to be addressed once the symptoms abate. Further, you must retrain the proprioceptors, in t...
Enjoy a relaxing and healing massage with a skilled massage therapist
Enjoy your massage and follow this advice to help you have the best massage ever. Remember to speak up, come regularly and enjoy your time. May your massages be frequent and relaxing....
Spinal cord stimulation is a great way to help treat back pain
Spinal cord stimulation is an excellent treatment option for several different types of pain. It offers the possibility of long term pain relief without the problems and side effects that come from me...
Interventional therapy: reduce back pain and increase functionality
Dealing with severe back pain is challenging, but in many cases interventional treatments can be used to reduce pain and get patients back to to full functionality. Anyone with severe pain should disc...
Relieve neck pain and stiffness at the first sign of discomfort
Hopefully your “pains in the neck” are few and far between, but if you face this common obstruction, these tips can help. Don’t forget to deal with the problem as soon as you can, try massage an...
Expert advice for preventing neck stiffness from sleeping
Neck function and performance during sleeping is a great report card for the performance of our lives. To enhance our function and performance people should stretch, take long hot showers, dress for s...
Expert advice for alleviating and getting treatment for neck pain
Neck pain is a common problem. Acute neck pain often has a different cause than chronic neck pain. Conservative treatment is generally effective. However, with more serious problems, a more aggressive...
What to do if you wake up with pain from a bad crick in your neck
“Cricks in the neck” are common problems that usually get better over a short period of time. Above are a few simple things you can do to recover more quickly....
Help overcoming and relieving lower back pain and sciatica
Hopefully you’ll never experience low back or sciatica pain. If you do, hopefully these suggestions help. Remember to explore your options and don’t panic. Consult with a doctor if you have any qu...
Help treating a slipped disc and getting back to full health
If you’re suffering longer than a few months, you have a chronic condition. If you are seeking regular treatment and are still in pain, it’s fair to say it’s probably not working. Slipped disc c...
Alleviating back pain now saves money and discomfort in the future
By being the primary advocate for your health and engaging in practices to mitigate back pain, you can identify and reduce the occurrence of injuries, increase your productivity and enhance your overa...
How to treat chronic pain with Rolfing structural integration
Chronic pain can be debilitating and depressing but it does not have to be a life sentence. Rolfing Structural Integration can help resolve long standing patterns of strain and discomfort by restoring...
Is your workspace spine-friendly? Ergonomics to reduce pain
We can’t always prevent injuries and accidents in the workplace, but reducing some of the risk factors can certainly help. Protecting your spine when you can will help keep you and your employees ha...
Find relief from lower back pain through chiropractic care
The vast majority of low back related pain can be managed with self-care and chiropractic care. Clearly, there are situations that will require pain medication and even surgery, but don’t jump to th...
Swedish massage therapy helps alleviate pain in your neck and back
Massage therapy can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health. A growing body of research shows that Swedish massage therapy can be effective in treating pain caused by various ailment...

Nutrition

Eating at the right time during the day affects your overall health
Eating right is about so much more than just what you put in your mouth. Eating the majority of your day’s calories in the first part of the day not only more natural for your system, but it is also...
Maintain a healthy voice for singing, speaking, and vocal health
The best news about following this simple advice for maintaining a healthy voice is the positive benefits it can have on your overall health. Being hydrated, getting enough rest, and keeping a consist...
Healthy choices to reduce toxins and exposure to harmful chemicals
The social tide is changing and many more individuals are conscious about the impact that toxins present in our everyday lives have on our health. To minimize our exposure it may require significant s...
Stay healthy and eat nutritiously in a high pressure desk job
Use these tips to help you get through your busy day with more energy and less stress. Here’s to many vacation days and a big raise!...
Enhance your quality of life with proper exercise and nutrition
Consistent exercise and a balanced nutrition program are necessary for all people, for their entire live to help defy the aging process. Our body is like a battery; the only way to naturally recharge ...
Detoxify and cleanse your body to lose weight and become healthier
A detoxification and cleanse diet might take some getting used to, but sticking with it has many positives. You will find you have more energy, improved sleep, better digestion, clearer, bright skin, ...
A plant based diet is a great way to enhance your overall health
The most perfect diet we have available to us that improves vitality, decreases risk for chronic disease, and enhances energy is a whole food, plant-based diet. When transitioning to eating this way, ...
Plant-based dietician's food guide pyramid
The Plant-Based Dietitian's Food Guide Pyramid is a visual guide on how to healthfully structure a whole food, plant-based diet and ensure optimal nutrition. Choose your meals based on this pyramid, u...
Living healthy means watching your diet and consistent exercise
Healthy living does not need to drastically alter how you live your life. By just implementing healthier food choices, physical activity, daily relaxation exercises, getting the restorative sleep your...
Healthy snacking can help maintain metabolic and overall health
It is a great idea to choose snacks wisely. But many foods that seem to be of a great nutritional value, are not. Bran muffins and cereal bars can be packed with unhealthy fats and added sugar. Fat-fr...
Incorporate dried chickpeas into a balanced diet
Chickpeas are a welcome addition to any kitchen. After properly preparing and cooking chickpeas, these tender, flavorful legumes can be embraced into a variety of dishes to add a nutritional punch whi...
Advice on maintaining a healthy digestive system
While it may seem difficult to maintain, good digestive health can be achieved by following a few simple rules, such as incorporating healthy foods like a nonfat or lowfat yogurt with probiotics into ...
Difficulty swallowing pills or vitamins? Follow this advice
Swallowing your medication doesn’t have to be a daunting task, though for some people it is. Take comfort in knowing that patience and practice can be key to learning how, but there are thankfully o...
Before buying dietary supplements, follow this advice
Dietary supplements have become very popular in recent years as consumers have become more interested in leading healthier lives. Looking for certified supplements takes the guesswork out of choosing ...
Incorporating wheatgrass into your diet has many health benefits
Wheatgrass is a tender green powerhouse full of nutrients that can be easily incorporated into any diet. While disease claims in the media are not strongly supported by scientific studies, consuming w...
Pack healthy snacks for a work conference or long meeting
Long conferences and meetings don’t have to mean dietary sacrifices. Whole food snacks can be easy to make with a little preparation, and the benefits are significant. Not only do natural snacks pro...
Reduce advanced glycation end-products to slow aging and prevent degenerative diseases
Eating and living well can stop the progression, and in many cases, reverse the damage of AGEs. And through simple things like avoiding processed, overcooked, caramelized, high-sugar and high-fat food...
Create a simple menu plan that’s healthy for you and your family
Having a healthy and simple menu plan for you and your family can make mealtime a breeze. It not only keeps your budget in check, it reduces food waste and time spent at the grocery store. And, don’...
Energy drinks are not sodas or sports drinks: Consume carefully
If you choose to consume energy drinks, carefully read labels and thoroughly research the contents. Understand that these products are not like other beverages, but rather are considered dietary suppl...
Multivitamins and nutritional supplements: What you need to know
This is not the first time we have seen a study or opinion attacking nutritional supplements, and there are countless studies and evidence to counter each assertion. The fact is simple: premium supple...
Restore neurotransmitter function with brain healthy foods
Neurotransmitter deficiency is very common - 80% of people in the US suffer from low serotonin. Proper brain nutrition can correct these deficiencies even more effectively than an antidepressant. Ther...
Spring detoxification can help reduce toxins and lose weight
Springtime detoxification for body and mind is a great way to shed off the extra weight gained over the wintertime, recharge one’s energy levels, clear one’s mind, lose weight, gain beautiful glow...
Mothers can eat to cultivate well-being, self-love and gratitude
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., (founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School) says that mindfulness is abou...
How to start a plant based diet for more energy and vitality
Embarking on a plant based nutrition plan will up your energy and your spirits. Remember to keep it simple, try a few new recipes at a time, and to use some of the many resources out there for recipes...
How to transition to a vegan or vegetarian diet with ease
Your dietary life and relationship with food is meant to bring you vibrant health, balance and energy. Choosing a plant-based diet brings lots of fresh foods into your life. It also brings more awaren...
Eating a healthy, well balanced diet starts with smart shopping
Healthy food shopping is closely tied to time management, developing strategies, research, and common sense. It just takes practice! And truly, it’s a lifestyle. Shop for health, not for speed. Even...
Minority communities can combat obesity-related health crisis
As a cardiologist, I have seen firsthand the importance of maintaining one’s health, and it all starts with small steps. While it can seem difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle with time and bud...
Hire a nutrition counselor to help you obtain your dietary goals
Once you embark on a nutrition counseling program, you will discover how food is related to so many elements of your life and the challenges have just as much to do with lifestyle as they do with food...
Learn to cook deliciously and nutritiously when living on your own
When starting out cooking there are a lot of things to consider. The easiest way to set yourself up for success and get started making delicious meals is to first gather the basic equipment, pantry in...

Dieting

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

Poisoning

You can survive food poisoning
Food poisoning is a relatively common illness that usually passes within 24 to 48 hours. If symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps continue for more than 48 hours or get worse, then s...
Protect your family from lead poisoning with this expert advice
Before you risk exposing your family to lead, find out if a hazard exists by following this expert advice. Have your home or business tested for lead paint to avoid the devastating effects of lead poi...
How to help someone who has alcohol poisoning
No one reacts in the same way to a given amount of alcohol. Medications, street drugs, and medical status can affect the person’s response to alcohol. If you think someone has been poisoned by alcoh...

Skin Treatment

Advice for those considering a chemical peel
In short, chemical peels are safe, fun, and effective when chosen and applied correctly for each person. You need to do your homework to make sure you are getting the best treatment possible for your ...
Be informed and learn how microcurrent skin treatment works
As the Baby Boomer generation gets older, more people are searching for ways to look younger. Given that a traditional facelift can cost upwards of $10,000, cost-sensitive alternatives for achieving h...
Microcurrent skin treatment can help you have younger and healthy looking skin
Microcurrent skin toning has been a Hollywood beauty secret for many years. Today, it has become the skin rejuvenation treatment of choice for the growing number of individuals, men and women alike, w...
How to get rid of your unwanted hair with laser hair removal
Laser hair removal should be a dependable, relatively safe procedure with excellent long term results. Doing a little bit of homework and checking out the facility and the provider prior to any proced...
Treat unsightly varicose and spider veins with laser treatment
Lasers, particularly the latest generation, are highly effective in the treatment of unsightly small, reticular varicose veins, cherry hemangiomas, spider veins and telangiectasia for most but not all...
Eliminate puffy eyes and dark circles for healthier appearance
Puffy eyes and dark circles under the eyes tend to be a temporary cosmetic concern. Short-term solutions include cold compresses, which can work wonders, as can natural astringents, such as wet tea ba...
Control and attain healthy skin by reducing stress and harmful toxins
Everything is connected.As Plato said, “The part cannot be well until the whole is well.”In the quest to heal our skin, we must look at our entire being – mind, body, and spirit. When we are hea...
Skincare advice to help you achieve beauty from the inside out
Whatever your age or your skin type, remember to enjoy experimenting with new colors and seasonal trends. There are many wonderful and nutrient-rich products that exist to simplify your daily routine,...
Anti-aging and skincare secrets to help you look and feel younger
Don’t be afraid to start your anti-aging routine now. Start it on your kids for them when they are little by incorporating sunscreen into their morning routine. Start a little over the counter retin...
Eating the right types of healthy foods can help cure acne
Now, a good diet alone will not defeat the most serious skin conditions (though there have been cases where a change of diet has caused a huge turnaround in severe cases of acne, eczema and psoriasis)...
Microdermabrasion can help achieve smoother skin and treat acne
Microdermabrasion treatments are extremely popular and effective. As you can see, microdermabrasion is wonderful to help combat the signs of anti-aging, scarring, hyper-pigmentation, blackheads and ac...
Ensure the highest level of hygiene at your nail or waxing salon
A reputable salon should do everything in their power to make sure that their salon is clean and sterile for their clients. Anything less is unacceptable. They should understand how important this is ...
Improve skin and decrease acne breakouts with a healthy diet
The primary cause for breakouts is virtually always gut inflammation and when your gut is inflamed it sends into the bloodstream and tissues inflammatory chemicals, which activate the acne gene in you...
Yoga can help you improve skin and reduce breakouts and blemishes
Remember that the key to better skin is as close as your next Namaste. Yoga gets your heart pumping and blood flowing to help you sweat through your bad skin problems. Another key factor to bad skin i...
Treatment and prevention methods for varicose and spider veins
Cosmetically varicose/spider veins can be unappealing, but you should also keep in mind that they can be a symptom of something worse. Consult with your doctor about treatment options and prevention, ...
Sclerotherapy can help treat spider and varicose veins
Sclerotherapy is a great way for you to treat your varicose and spider veins. Consult with a doctor to help you create a treatment plan that is customized for your needs, and so that you can bring up ...
How teenagers can treat acne and prevent outbreaks
If you are a teenager with acne, don’t despair. When treated properly, acne is 100 percent treatable. If you allow for the proper amount of time and compliance with a regimen, acne should resolve on...

Adoption and Foster Care

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

Self-Guided Improvement

Use the law of attraction to help you attract good things in life
Since the release of the bestseller The Secret, there has been a great deal of enthusiasm regarding the law of attraction. At the same time, there has also been a lot of confusion and negative critici...
In life be happy and thankful to help reduce worry and anxiety
It takes practice to live a grateful life, but it’s worth the effort. When you develop a life of gratitude, you will see remarkable results, including a less anxious life. You will learn that gratit...
Convince yourself that change is possible and it is what you want
It’s easy to do the same old same old over and over. It’s familiar, predictable and safe. You can have so much more but you have to take that first BIG step. Be aware that you may have pitfalls, b...
Spiritual healing is a great way to find happiness and prosperity
Your emotional and spiritual wellbeing is just as important as your physical self. While you shouldn’t give up on doctors if you happen to be medically ill, you should also not expect them to instan...
Experience joy in your life by focusing on similarity and happiness
When you focus your time and energy into experiencing joy rather than continuing to celebrate your differences amongst others, real progress within the world can occur. Don’t settle for relative hap...
Increase motivation by setting realistic and achievable goals
Motivation is your desire to do something. Although there are many motivational factors, the best is self-motivation. Begin with a goal, write it down, then begin with a plan to action to achieve your...
Achieve sustainable results by setting goals with a clear focus
Using the strategies of goal setting will cause you to map a new course that is thrilling, full of risks and will teach you how to manage time, anxiety, resources, and rejection. Your character will b...
Forgiveness is the key to transforming life and finding happiness
Forgiving yourself is much harder than forgiving others. As you carry around negative and toxic emotions, you are also putting your life on hold. Nothing positive can come into your life when you are ...
Smiling helps boost your mood, increase happiness and lower stress
As all mothers with babies, BFFs and caregivers know, smiling usually elicits positive feelings and often sparks a positive reaction in others.“Research is ongoing into the science behind the phenom...
Get the happiness you deserve and need with this advice
So, the key to experiencing happiness is finding balance in your life, with all the things you love to do. Be good to yourself, you deserve that much! Get to know yourself really well, so that when so...
Start your New Year's resolutions early to help achieve your goals
Resolutions are suppose to help us achieve something and better ourselves – not to make us feel like a failure. Choose goals that are thought out and researched and constantly check yourself and you...
Find success by living with a purpose: You can achieve your goals
Embrace it all! All of the tribulations on your path to success should be taken in stride. You have to learn to embraced pain and discomfort as part of the journey to success that it is like seeing an...
Change your mindset and change your life
There was a public service TV spot that ran awhile back that concluded, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” I’ve seen this repeatedly in my life; people dealing with personal issues, which ar...
Achieve happiness by living more mindfully through meditation
Once you bring meditation into your life, you will see how great you feel and how easily your life flows. You can’t control how others behave and what life throws your way, but you can control how y...
How to be happy and single on Valentine’s Day
This Valentine’s Day, focus on what makes you happy and all the amazing things you have in your life. This subtle tweak in the way you think will certainly make your Valentine’s Day better, but al...
Learn to cope and embrace a chronic illness diagnosis
While chronic illness and long term medical conditions can be painfully challenging in everyday life, finding the gift and the messages in the illness, allows one to reframe the negative aspects and e...
Don't let difficult and oppressive people undermine your happiness
Dealing with difficult people is part of your journey to success. Make a decision to rise above negativity and stay focused on being the best you can be. The most important thing is to stay positive y...
Advice for dealing with a setback and getting back to your goals
Dealing with setbacks is a natural part of the success process and quite frankly, most are not good at dealing with it. You can separate yourself from your competition by developing the psychology of ...
How a life coach can help you achieve your goals
Coaching has become a popular service in recent years. It is important to find the coach who can help you acquire the tools to reach your specific goal. You should get one who specializes in your type...
Hiring a personal coach can help you take control of your life
In a way, hiring the right personal coach is like hiring the right doctor or finding the right health or car insurance. You want the best for yourself, so put in the work to find the best. Be ready to...
Finding happiness and feeling loved: How to become a better you
Feeling loved by others and giving that love back is something we need in order to be happy, reduce and manage stress in our lives, and maintain a high level of overall well-being. It is important for...
Mindfulness: A way to resolve stress, anxiety, and free your joy
Life is meant to be a journey of discovery, sharing and creativity. Experiencing our moments fully enhances the journey. Mindfulness grounds us in the present moment. It helps us release stress, shed ...
Mind your manners: proper etiquette at a formal dinner table
Dining is one of our oldest social traditions. It allows for people to gather, have good conversation and enjoy delicious food. The reason we have rules of dining is not to seem pretentious. The rules...

Accident and Personal Injury Law

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

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...

Being a Better Parent

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

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...

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...

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...