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Good Parenting Equals the Three Cs

Parents will often ask what tips I can provide that can make a difference in their children’s lives. I tell them that there are three life skills that will promote good parenting. As most parents can guess, consistency is the most important factor in getting a child to comply to your wishes. If you ask them to do something and …

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Spirituality

Life can be scary. There are lots of variables out there that directly interfere with our sense of serenity. Many people are unemployed or underemployed as a result of the present economy. For the first time in history, college graduates are unable to find entry-level positions in their fields. We live in a disposable society. Couples don’t work through the …

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The Strategy of Weight Loss

As the holiday season approaches research shows that most Americans will gain seven pounds in a two month period. Fifty six percent of the people in this country are overweight. In addition to this sad statistic, there is much research that shows that a typical person gains 10 pounds every 10 years. Without an aggressive intervention we are destined to …

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness can be a tough concept for those who have been betrayed, wronged, abused, or hurt. Many of my clients come in because they are tired of feeling hurt, sad, depressed or angry. When I ask them if they are ready to work on the process of forgiveness, they look panic-stricken and admit they don’t know if they are able …

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Developing Optimism

Optimists look at life with a certain zest. They trust in themselves and the process. They have faith that things will work out. They look at obstacles as challenges and they presuppose that they will be able to overcome them. They are positive people and believe that good things come from their hard work. Do you know someone in your …

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Words Shape Attitudes

My colleague and I teach seminars on improving self-esteem and self-confidence. We are frequently asked what is the number one way to convey a sense of confidence. One of the most empowering things a person can do is to speak confidently and with authority. Why? Because words shape attitudes. Self-confidence is an attitude or state of mind. Although clients typically …

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Overcoming Depression

I wanted you to know that October is National Depression Awareness Month. Research indicates that most people will experience at least one of the nine types of depression in their lifetime. Depression ranges from situational to chronic. It can occur due to life’s stressors or because of a chemical imbalance. It can be treated with medication, or without it. Major …

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Do Overs

When human being make lots of mistakes, it’s inevitable that there will be many times in our lives when we say or do the wrong thing. Sometimes the errors in judgment are small; other times, they have devastating effects on others. It’s important to know when to set boundaries so that someone doesn’t repeatedly hurt you and when to give …

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Infidelity

There are all types of infidelity within relationships. People seem to judge it by the degree in which it occurs. This column is devoted to how to avoid the pitfalls of infidelity. It involves changing distorted thinking and setting appropriate boundaries. Anyone who has considered infidelity needs to examine their thought processes, followed by their boundaries. You will need to …

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Are You Co-Dependent?

Are you a person who needs the validation of others to feel good about yourself? Are you so preoccupied with others that your own sense of self depends on how your children, husband, or wife is doing? If so, you probably suffer from a condition called co-dependency. Charles Whitfield, M.D. defines co-dependency as a condition in which you turn over …

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