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Hosting the Holidays? Don’t Drive Yourself Crazy
If you decide to host a big family gathering during the holidays, you can make it into fun activity, and even get your kids involved in the process. Older children can help in the kitchen, while younger kids can be occupied with other activities. You can have a great Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukah and an overall memorable holiday season you, your children and your family will remember forever. (read the story...)

Parents: Be Thankful for Small Things this Holiday Season
Take a step back from the season's commercialism to give thanks for the small things in your life, and in turn teach your children to be more thankful and optimistic. (read the story...)

Merry Stressmas: 'Tis The Overwhelming Season
Crowded, bustling malls, repeated trips to the airport to fetch long-lost relatives, and the constant shuffling of cookies and turkey out of your oven can translate into one reaction: stress. Christmas may be the season of love and celebration, but sometimes holiday festivities can become overwhelming. (read the story...)

Cure the Back-to-School Blues
New clothes: Check. Hannah Montana backpack: Check. Transformers lunch box: Check. No. 2 pencils, color-coded notebooks, and butterflies in stomach: Check, check, check! A new school year means different teachers, unfamiliar kids, and a whole new routine. This can be stressful for even the most confident, easygoing child—and for parents, too. But work together, and those first days can be a good learning experience for the whole family! (read the story...)

The Daddy Blues - Paternal Post Natal Depression
Postpartum depression doesn’t just affect new mothers. (read the story...)

Ways to Develop Self Esteem for Children
Children with low self-esteem may appear to be well adjusted, but their attitude oozes defeat. (read the story...)

How to Quell Household Disputes and Restore Domestic Tranquility
Like it or not, moms are usually the home “sheriffs” and the ones charged with “putting out the fires.” Momagers® (mom and manager) must be great problem solvers who can quell the almost daily sibling or spousal flare-ups. Effective mothering, put simply, requires fine-tuned conflict management skills. (read the story...)

How-to Raise an Optimistic Child
I’ve been studying optimism – and how to teach it to children – for more than 15 years. The research is clear: optimism is a critical skill for happiness, health and success. (read the story...)

Taking STEPS to Help Teens
New pilot program in Rockland schools (read the story...)

Life After Tragedy
When Alissa Torres was seven-and-a-half months pregnant, her husband, Eddie, started a new job at the World Trade Center. His second, and final, day was September 11, 2001. Widowed, Torres went on to give birth to the couple’s son, Joshua. (read the story...)


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