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How To Help Your Child Develop Self-Confidence

How To Help Your Child Develop Self-Confidence

Author Bio:Ryan Howard runs Smart Parent Advice,a site that provides parenting advice for moms and dads. Ryan writes about all of the different ups and downs of parenting, provides solutions to common challenges, and reviews products that parents need to purchase for babies and toddlers. Self-confidence can be a wonderful thing. In fact, having a good level of self-confidence is a major factor in leading a happy and healthy life. So, naturally, if you’re a parent, you will want to help your child to develop self-confidence. But just how can you go about doing this? Read on to find out. Provide An Opportunity To Make Decisions Decision making is a key part of self-confidence. So, helping your child in this area is important. Like a lot of things in life, the best way to learn to make decisions is to practice. As a parent, one of the best things that you can do for your child is to give them the opportunity to start making decisions at an early age. When your kids are really young, you...

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Preventing Winter Blues

Preventing Winter Blues

By Andrea Scharlatt Many people are familiar with the term Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD, as it is aptly referred to). SAD is the clinical term for a seasonal condition that often commences in the fall and winter months and includes symptoms such as low energy, lack of interest in things you typically enjoy, problems sleeping, changes in appetite or weight gain, difficulty concentrating, and even suicidal ideations. But even people without full-blown SAD can feel some of these symptoms during the cold winter months. I think most of us have woken up on more than one dark Minnesota winter morning and felt the impossibility of getting out of bed with a smile on your face! It can be especially bad for people who don't love living in Minnesota but are here because of family, work or other obligations. If you feel you suffer from SAD, you should definitely be talking with your therapist and/or doctor about options for treating your symptoms. Anti-depressants and light therapy can be...

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Intimacy After Baby

Intimacy After Baby

Article courtesy of guest blogger, Emily Graham. Emily is the creator of Mighty Moms. She believes being a mom is one of the hardest jobs around and wanted to create a support system for moms from all walks of life. On her site, she offers a wide range of info tailored for busy moms -- from how to reduce stress to creative ways to spend time together as a family.    It’s certainly not uncommon for new moms to have anxiety about having sex after the birth of their child. Many women are hit with a variety of concerns they may not have felt prepared to handle: from feeling over-touched, uncomfortable in their postpartum bodies or hesitant due to the potential for pain. Read on for tips on how to work through the issues that can hinder romantic intimacy after the birth of a child.  Breastfeeding and Your Sex Drive The decision to breastfeed your baby is one factor that can affect your sex drive. According to a recent study, women who breastfed were more likely to delay a return to...

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Just What Is Brainspotting?

Just What Is Brainspotting?

By Dana Stewart As a therapist I am often thinking about the impact of trauma on people's lives. Many people believe that trauma only refers to very large scale events, like a major car accident, sexual assault, the death of a loved one, or war. But trauma is different for everyone, and sometimes trauma happens in very subtle ways. A trauma can be any action or event that causes a pervasive negative psychological and physiological reaction, such as being bullied or teased at school, losing a treasured job, or being diagnosed with an unexpected illness. It's important to remember that one person experiences as traumatic, might not feel traumatic to another person, so it can be easy to dismiss some of the traumatic events in our lives as "no big deal", when in all actuality, they caused a lot of pain. And even once an event has long based, the memory of that trauma can be stored and experienced in the body in ways that we may not recognize or cognitively understand. This trauma can...

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How Gottman Couples Counseling Can Improve Your Relationship

How Gottman Couples Counseling Can Improve Your Relationship

By Shelley Leutschaft Let’s face it, adulting and relationships can be some of the most labor-intensive, emotionally compelling, and difficult ‘work’ we engage in with others. Our interpersonal coupled relationships are no exception. The decision to participate in couples counseling requires courage. It isn’t easy to acknowledge things could be better, and the unfamiliarity of counseling can cause you to hesitate with moving forward. Apprehension or frustration can be created when you begin the process of coordinating everything necessary–from navigating insurance and the financial aspects of participating in counseling, juggling individual and family schedules, to finding a provider, can seem too much at times. Even so, you may hesitate, wondering if what you are experiencing is really that big of a deal or worse yet, can counseling even help. Motivation to act can be impacted by many things and many couples become stalled in the processes that occur before the actual counseling...

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