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Embracing Pain: An Alternative Way to Deal With Your Symptoms

October 26, 2014 by

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“Pain can be endured and defeated only if it is embraced. Denied or feared, it grows.” ~ Dean Koontz, Velocity The discomfort relief industry is a multibillion-dollar one. There are medicines to relieve headache, stomach distress, sore throats, back spasms–seems like if there’s a complaint, there’s a medicine meant to treat it. But I can’t […]

But I got here first!: How birth order can effect sibling roles

October 24, 2014 by

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I’m a bit of a softie for sibling roles in family dynamics, and although there are definite limits to the validity of utilizing birth order to explain behavioral and personality traits, some value yet remains. Older research asserted a variety of characteristics to various birth-ordered children. It ranges from the 1975 Wark, Swanson and Mack […]

3,520 Parenting Books–and My Kids Still Won’t Listen To Me!

October 20, 2014 by

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According to the Bowker Books in Print database (courtesy of the WSJ article “New Ways to Get Kids to Behave”), the number of parenting books published or distributed rose from 2,774 in 2007 to 3,520 in 2011. I’ll bet most folks reading these are not trying to learn to have more fun with their already […]

Running For Your Life: Depression and Exercise

October 20, 2014 by

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Unlike the lovely Ms. Diller, I love to exercise. It gets me going in the morning, it gives me energy throughout the day, it fights the ravages of age. I love it enough to want to talk about it–a lot. I like to discuss the new poses I’ve learned in yoga, my recent switch from […]

Tolerating Insomnia is Halfway There–Part 2

October 18, 2014 by

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If my hypothesis (see previous post, Part 1) proves correct that fear of insomnia increases insomnia, successful treatment should involve mastery of the fear.  We know from both experience and from cognitive-behavioral theory that avoiding the source of fear makes the fear stronger rather than weaker. Conversely, facing down the fear weakens it. Why else […]

Don’t Go It Alone: Illness and Connectedness

October 17, 2014 by

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I’m the only one in my family with a green thumb. I’ve got foster plants from almost every relative, which I’ve nursed back from the vegetative graveyard, and they’ve taken over my house. My husband is quite tolerant of it, given that they infringe on every reading space he tries to carve out for myself. My […]

“We’ll Just Fix It For You”: Letting Your Children Be Adults: Walking the Walk

October 13, 2014 by

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High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. ~Jack Kinder So you’re ready to set boundaries with and just say no to your over-indulged adult child–and you haven’t the faintest idea where to begin. Well, you’ve come to the right place. It’s time to teach your child financial responsibility–a bit late, it’s […]

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