Christmas 2019

Christmas gifts

Giving Christmas gifts is a wonderful tradition this time of year. It can be fun to think about what to get those around us for gifts. It is also fun to think about what we might get for a gift. Most of the time, though, we are only thinking about physical gifts.

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Growing Up – 5 Myths

Growing up

Growing up – we all did that. Right? I mean, as adults we are generally not living with our parents. We have a job. We schedule and keep appointments. Even when we don’t always want to, we try to do what we need to. Ok, maybe sometimes we do. So isn’t this being “grown up”?

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ODD – What Is It?

Parent frustrated with ODD

ODD – or Oppositional Defiant Disorder – can be difficult, scary, and frustrating for parents to address. The DSM 5 (the handbook psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors use to diagnosis mental health concerns) defines ODD as:

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7 Tips to Help With Difficult Behavior

Child without difficult behavior

No parent dreams of having a child with difficult behavior. But sometimes that is what seems to happen. Here are 7 tips that parents can use to get through the challenging times. And help their kids get back on track.

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Anger Management???

anger management

Jack had enough. His wife was nit-picking again. So what if he didn’t take out the garbage at Half Past Dark this morning? She just needed to be patient. He was going to take it out in the evening. After he could unwind from his day at work. Let’s not even talk about the long hours his boss wants him to work. And the unending pile of work. That. just. gets. bigger. Its not like his income is getting bigger. But it seems like their bills are. And now the kids are screaming. Again. And there goes Jill, on and on about the trash. Jack had enough. And yelled at Jill. And threw the garbage can – full of trash – out the door. Garbage was everywhere. He couldn’t take it anymore. Jill suggested he needed anger management. Jack didn’t think he was angry. He just had too much going on.

But were they both right?

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SMART Goals for Success

Goals and their power

Jack and Jill were frustrated. They were stuck in life. They were corks in the ocean of life. Jack and Jill wanted to move forward. They needed to make several big decisions. They didn’t know how to talk to each other so they just stared across the room at each other. There weren’t any good options. Or so they thought. How could Jack and Jill move forward? Goals. They needed to work on some family goals.

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Fear – Is It Good or Bad?


Jack was excited! All of his hard work paid off and he finally got an interview. And then a job offer. He could have a better paying job with better hours. But it required more responsibility. He would manage a lot more people than he was used to. And his budget was a lot bigger, too. Fear set in. Of failing. Not being good enough. Being found out. The unknown. But he needed a better job. Just like this one. Why was he so afraid?

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Motivation – Why is it Important?

Our Why is motivation for the future

Jack was frustrated. He was looking for a new job. Nothing was sticking out to him. He didn’t know what direction to go next. He didn’t have a bad job. It just, well, was boring. So was his life. Jack didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life. But he didn’t want what he had. He needed motivation. A “Why” for what he does.

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Couldn’t Be Anxiety, Could It?

man with anxiety

Jack was up at night again. Work was on his mind and he just couldn’t get rid of it. So he continued working on his project. At 3:00 AM. Again. Jack was exhausted. He didn’t sleep week all week, and it was Thursday. Or maybe Friday. He was starting to get pain in his neck. Again.

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Stress is Good! (No, Really!)

Breathing can get rid of stress.

Jill spent the entire day chasing her two year old around the house. And the yelling. For no reason. And the throwing thing. And…yeah. It was one of those days. Nothing seemed to go according to plan. Everything was 10 times harder than it should have been. And that evening she had a final test for a certification she needed for work. She thought she knew the material, but needed more time to review. Stressed? Yeah, Jill knew what stress was. But she also knew that she couldn’t let herself get overwhelmed. How could being stressed help her on her final?

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So, What Is Accountability?


Jack was trying to quit smoking cigarettes. Again. It was by far the hardest thing he had ever tried to do. He was 2 days in and thought he was doing well. He even had an accountability partner – Joe. But now he had to get gas. At his favorite gas station. They have his favorite cigarettes. And cheaper than anywhere else. Jack considers paying at the pump. He wouldn’t even need to go in. But he is doing good! And Joe has his back. Jack went into the store…

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The Power of a Positive Perspective

maintaining a positive perspective

Jack was driving home from his car salesman job on a Friday. It was a great day so far! His boss offered to give him a raise. He was leaving at noon for an early weekend. Things couldn’t be better. That is, until he was rear-ended by Joe. Joe wasn’t paying attention. Oops! Jack’s and Joe’s cars will probably be totaled. A long weekend with his wife and children just turned into a mess of police, insurance companies, car rentals, and who knows what else! It is a complete disaster. Or is it? A positive perspective can help keep Jack on track for his great weekend!

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