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Puzzles: Crosswords, Sudoku or Word Searches?

Getting an edge nowadays is on the top of many young professionals minds. Especially millennials who value education.

How Sleep Deprivation Affects Performance

The National Sleep Foundation conducted a...

One in Three Americans Experience Daytime Sleepiness

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) in Washington DC, USA, ...

Common Sleep Questions, Answered!

1. How much sleep should I get? 12 - 18 years (8-9 hours)19 - 65 years (7-8 hours)65...

Why Natural Sleep is So Important

Today’s heavy work demands versus our personal-time...

Dealing With Death: Story

In late November 2015, my mother-in-law, Elizabeth, dutifully had her flu vaccine. That night she went to bed ill, complaining of a...

62 Ways to Have more Meaning in Your Life

It's often said that life's too short to stuff a mushroom. I beg to differ. Life is made short by racing through...

Are You A Lark Or An Owl?

As you go through the day, it is usually obvious when you are at your best. Some of us will wake up bright and...

Letting Go: A Mother’s Perspective

I'm currently going through a rather life-changing experience of letting go; not just of my daughters, or a way of life, but...

Why Won’t My Child Talk To Me?

Do you sometimes feel like you are talking to a brick wall rather than your child? Maybe this is because your child does...

Share Life Stories to Strengthen Your Family Bond

A life review is sharing of family history from one generation to another. Today's families are often separated, geographically or by hectic schedules. Taking...

Working with Your Child’s Caregiver

To help foster positive experiences for children while in child care, parents and caregivers need to establish close relationships and open communication. The responsibility...

Families Meeting the Challenge of Going Online

American families face many challenges as the information age continually infuses our society with new computer technology. Because using computers will...

Severe and Multiple Handicaps

Multi-handicapped is a term that tries to define children who have two or more sensory disabilities (blind-deaf) or who are severely disabled and...

Severe Behavioral Handicap (SBH)

A child with a severe behavioral handicap exhibits behavior that interferes with his or her school work and also has extreme difficulty getting...

Specific Learning Disability (LD)

A specific learning disability is a disorder in one or more of the basic processes involved in understanding or in using written or...

How to Help a Developmentally Handicapped Child

EMR, EMH, DD ... letters you may be familiar with if your child is developmentally handicapped. Educable mentally retarded (EMR), educable mentally handicapped (EMH),...

Plan for Building Resilience in Children

The Definition of Resilience Resilience is a word that is often heard these days. It has even been used to...

Exceptional Children

An exceptional child is one that is different in some way from the "normal" or "average" child. The term "exceptional child" includes those...

Does Your Child have ADHD?

If your child has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, you may be wondering what form of treatment to use....

Don’t Open Your Freezer in Power Outage

Sooner or later there will be a problem. It might be a winter ice storm or summer wind and rain. There...

Identity Theft: Protecting Your Good Name

In 1998, a federal law was passed making it illegal for someone to use another person’s identifying information without his or her...

Taking a Difficult Step: Finding a Nursing Home

There are a variety of reasons why individuals must enter a nursing home. For some, it is a brief stay; just enough...

Selecting Adult Daytime Care

Providing daily care for a spouse, parent, other relative, or friend can be a challenge. When someone you care about needs help...

Ready for Retirement?

Historically, retirement was a stage of life few individuals lived long enough to experience or enjoy. In the early 20th century, the...

End of Life Planning

Communication About the End of Life Talking about death and other end of life topics can be very difficult....

Grandparents Helping Grandchildren in Times of Stress

Childhood stress has many sources. Both positive and negative events contribute to stress. Stress is part of life. Many children experience stress as...

10 Quick Tips for Parents

Use Genuine Encounter Moments (GEMS) The self-esteem of children is greatly influenced by the quality of time spent with them,...

10 Steps for Successful Stepparenting

For children, the blending of two families may not be an easy process. There is no "instant" love. Adjusting to the new relationships...

Appreciating Other Cultures

Because the residents and visitors from many different nations come to the United States, we meet people from other cultures frequently. Increased international travel,...

Parenting Stages, Roles & Changes

It would be easier for all of us if parenting challenges were predictable. But, in fact, families are complex, each having...

9 Ways to Build a Child’s Self Esteem

How can parents and teachers help be sure that children will be responsible for their education, free-time and overall well-being? Success in...

Parental Involvement Leads to Great Chance of Success

What does being involved in your child's education mean? There are many simple but amazingly productive techniques that influence your child's performance and behavior...

Is it Better to be a ‘Mid-Life Parent’?

All over the country, women are having babies later in life. They are redefining the boundaries of age and reshaping the profile of...

Bad Eyesight Living Tips

For the blind or for people with limited or failing eyesight, organization is perhaps the most important factor in achieving independence. Every...

How to Live With Low Energy and Fatigue

For some people, low energy and lack of stamina are more problematic than performing tasks. Some illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis, heart ...

Arthritis and Flexibility

Arthritis affects 10 percent of the American popu-lation and 50 percent of those over age 65. Strokes, nerve damage, and accidents may...

Elder Abuse

As the American society ages, the National Center on Elder Abuse predicts that domestic violence against older adults will continue to increase....

Keeping in Touch- When Distance Keeps You Apart

Many families find themselves separated by distance at some point in their lives. Job requirements, further education, career changes, military assignment,...

Rural Neighbors: Living and Working Together

Rural communities are made up of farm and non farm families living and sometimes working alongside each other. Whether a family has...

Young Children’s Understanding of Death

Children of all ages are affected by a loss of a significant person in their lives. Izetta Smith from The Dougy Center has...

How to Support the Bereaved

Help from others is an important component in recovering from grief. Friends often want to support the family of the deceased, but find that...

7 Steps to Resolving Conflicts Constructively and Respectfully

Conflict is a natural part of life brought on by our different beliefs, experiences, and values. If not managed carefully, however, conflict can harm...

Helping Others Cope With Grief

Grief is part of life. Someone special dies -- someone's father or mother, husband or wife, son or daughter. A family, a...

Become an Optimist: The World Needs More of You!

Americans are living longer than ever. Over the past century, the average American lifespan has increased a whopping 27 years. What’s the...

Breathe Out The STRESS

From our first breath until we breathe our last, everything in life begins with the breath. It is vital for life. But...

What Makes a ‘Natural’ Woman?

"(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman"—Written and sung by Carole King, also sung by Aretha Franklin The...

How to Help a Widow Cope With Grief

As a physician, I have seen acute grief in the hospital and treated the symptoms associated with grief in my office practice....

Allergies and Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats

Many health problems of domestic animals - like their owners - can be treated effectively with herbal and homeopathic remedies. Large and...

Pet Disease: Symptom of Modern Life?

There appears to be an alarming thing happening in the Pet Populations of North America. A large...

4,000 Days of Sobriety

On the 4,000th day of our journey we decided to celebrate. It was ...

Attitude of Gratitude: Why & How-To

Get a head start by making appreciation a daily practice In 1982 actor Kirk Douglas was asked to...

Benefits of Keeping a Journal

Keeping a journal offers a way to chart your journey through life. ...

How You Handle Stress May Affect Your Stroke Risk

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke, and adding a tense personality to the mix might raise...

3 Okinawan Lifestyle Lessons

No one wants to be old in America, where people try to hide their age so as not to be thought doddering...

Good Kitchen Equipment (List) to Have at Hand

You won’t need a lot of gadgets, or high-tech kitchen equipment for my type of cooking. I hate too many gadgets because...

How to “Feng Shui” Your Kitchen

By borrowing from some general feng shui kitchen guidelines, we can improve how we cook and eat. Our kitchen environment is...

Grace Before Meals: Why it’s Important as Ever

*When I first wrote this page about saying grace before meals, I had no idea of how popular it would...

A Seasonal Tale of Two Squirrels

Perhaps, with the help of our friends the squirrels, we might better understand our own deep connection to the seasons of...

How to Get Motivated at Work

Finding motivation in the workplace is not easy. Getting up early, traffic, unruly co-workers and confrontational bosses are enough to make you...

Diet & Fitness Motivation

Motivation is the force that drives us to perform certain actions in life and to achieve particular goals and dreams. Motivation comes...

10 Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

The first wealth is health. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~ Many of my clients want to give up bad habits like...

Women’s Workout Clothes: Why They Are SO Important!

If you are new to exercising, then you likely are not prepared to begin a routine until you build an adequate workout...

Personal Development Plan

Personal development is an ongoing process in your daily life. Are there areas in your life you aren't in control of?

Women’s Guide to Happiness

Universally, we all want to discover true happiness. While this is a universal truth when it comes to...

How to Set Goals & Achieve Them

The psychology of setting goals is relatively complicated and in-depth – even at the most basic level. Fortunately even if we don't...

Improving Creativity Plan (& Steps!)

It is essential to understand the psychology of creativity in order to capture your own creative aspects and use them effectively in...

Women’s Success Plan

Each and every single one of us are seeking out ways to experience success in our lives. And while we may...

Self Discipline Mind Power

Self discipline is the ability to take action regardless of your emotional situation. It's about doing what you know you should do,...

Stress Management Techniques List (Top 10!)

When you're stressed out nothing seems simple. Learning and applying these stress management techniques can make a big difference!

Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress

Let these tips help you achieve a more relaxed holiday this year, enjoy your vacation time, don't let is get you stressed...

Indoor Fireplace & Beanbag to Reduce Stress

People who have installed an indoor fireplace and set out a beanbag in their home will tell you that it's...

In-Home Relaxation

In-home relaxation products are a very broad topic and range from products that heighten your senses to products that drown out disturbances....

Zen Meditation

Zen meditation is growing extremely popular. Originally starting with the Japanese Buddhist monks of the "Zen" tradition, this technique has ...

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a form of relaxation and practice that many individuals are starting to use to reduce stress and improve focus.

Why Relaxation?

There are many different psychological and physiological benefits of relaxation. By incorporating relaxation into your life, you can...

Relaxation Techniques

Eliminating stress through relaxation takes only a few minutes a day and some simple techniques to practice. Muscular...

Meditation Techniques

Meditation Techniques aren't new but are being USED MORE every day for mountains of benefits... find out how you can use simple...

Addicted to Stress

Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program To Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity In Life, by Debbie Mandel is an excellent book...

Work Stress

Have you ever wondered why you can feel so stress at work? And what are the two main types of stress when...

Teenage Stress

Stress and teenagers... yes they do have issues that cause a great deal of stress! Our contemporary society presents...

Parenting Stress

Stress and parenting can definitely go hand in hand. What can you as a parent do to change this?

How to Reduce Holiday Stress

The holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year, and waiting until the last minute to do...

Coping with Stress

Stress is actually a very natural part of everyday life. But increasingly, our lives have become overly stressful at home and...

What is Stress?

Trying to get to the bottom of what stress really is can get quite subjective, but in general stress can be defined...

Signs of Stress

Stress can be confusing and send out signals that we would not think to associate with being stressed out. Knowing how...

Effects of Stress

Research confirms the effect stress can have on your health. The impact it has on your health, both physical and mental, can...

Dealing with Losing Someone you Love

Traveling full time means that we change the community we are a part of every 1-2 months. It’s an odd life in...

Volunteering

What does being a volunteer have to do with losing weight and adopting a healthy lifestyle? Lots!

How to Purge Your Space

What does this Have to do with losing weight? Purging your space and de-cluttering is actually the...

Yin or Yang? Handshake Test

Getting to know you if you are more Yin or a Yang person... People shake hands when they wish...

Yin / Yang

Yin and yang is very simple, really. Just think in terms of expanding energy and contracting energy.

Why Grow Your Own Vegan Food?

The biggest change anyone (vegan or not) can do is to take more responsibility for one’s food.

Stop Bullying

There has been a lot in the news about kids being bullied. There have been so many kids who have tragically taken...

Living a Life of Compassion

It all started with Darfur, well maybe it was before that, but Darfur sticks out, so I’ll take it from there....

Why Vegan?

Many people ask me "why I went vegan?" and I think it's best illustrated as a story... Imagine that...

Plant Based (Vegan) Diet on a Budget

if you are trying to go plant based for your diet or you are a vegan and really need to save...

What I Wish People Knew About Being Vegan

My  vegan wishes… That I could present the facts and information to skeptics in a clear concise ...

Vegan Vacation Tips

I woke up this morning to the sound of birds singing and the smell of pine trees. Not a bad way to...

10 Tips for Having Non-Vegan Guests Over

I’ve come up with a list of things that made my life a little easier this week. 1....

Veganism: Dealing with the negative

When I decided I would go vegan, I had to decide to rid myself of as much negativity as I could...

How To Be A Celebutante

If you would like to be a celebutante, then you will need to learn how to dress, act and walk like a...

Farmers Markets Are On the Rise

We are getting ready to begin our Minnesota Farm Adventure. We are excited to get out into the fields, munch...

In the arms of Mother Nature

Raised in the arms of Mother Nature on 700 acres of fields, mountains and creek in rural south east Queensland, Australia, my...

Colours of the Soul

For a while, my heart had been set on painting our bathroom turquoise, but living in a damp, old, sandstone cottage, built...

A Story of Curiosity

‘Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. All was...

Children: the most valuable currency

There are many people who say the only reason to be in business is to make money. When I first...

Simple Philosophy of Life: Live simply, so that others may simply live.

My favourite household chore is hanging out the washing. In those peaceful minutes down at the bottom of our garden, I’m immersed...

Being A Supportive & Encouraging Pillar

An unseasonal snowy afternoon last Spring found me tucked up on the sofa in my favourite bookshop, Bluebell, and lured into pages...

The Apron Strings of Mothering: When is Time to Let Go?

It’s often said, by those in our culture who believe separation of mother and child should happen as early as possible, that...

A Time to Wean

Many a lactation consultant or counsellor uses the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) breastfeeding guidelines as part of her battle cry. It states:...

Saving Childhood

Have you heard about the British government’s plan to kidnap babies and toddlers? It’s not the kidnapping of ropes and mouth gags,...