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May is better speech and hearing month - What did you say?

By Dorothy P. Dougherty

May, Better Hearing and Speech Month, is a great time to take a close look at your child's ability to speak clearly. Learning to say all sounds correctly is a gradual process and often a young child's pronunciation of sounds is endearing and not a cause for concern. However, if your child's speech sounds
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Getting Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth

By Armin Brott

Dear Mr. Dad: Our five-year old refuses to brush his teeth—almost every night my wife and I end up screaming at him (and each other) and he ends up in tears. We’re thinking about bagging the whole idea. Does he really need to be brushing his teeth at this age? If so, what can we do to make the process
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Younger Children's Reaction to Death

By Charlotte M. Mathes

Because children grieve differently from adults, they may appear not to be mourning at all. One adult client confessed her long held guilt that as a child, the day her sister died, she went to a neighbor's to play. This woman has been mourning her sister's death for thirty years. With help, she recalled
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Women and Mid-Life Depression Triggers: It Can Happen On the Road to Recovery

By Michele Howe

Caught unawares, women may be temporarily blindsided by unforeseen "mid-life triggers" leading to depression. In the course of his practice, orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Christopher A. Foetisch, Toledo, OH, has noticed that mid-life women sometimes enter his office already depleted by life's stresses and
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Story-Telling for Laughs, for Learning and for Good Mental Health

By Michele Howe

"My story is important not because it is mine...but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize that in many ways it is also yours." Frederick Buechner in Telling Secrets We're all storytellers. From earliest recollections, most of us can remember being read to from storybooks
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Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

By JustMommies staff

Motherhood and multi-tasking are more or less synonymous, and this can result in overloading and stress, both at home and at work. But there are easy ways to lighten the stress load for even the busiest moms. Incorporate these simple methods in your day-to-day life to help reduce stress, and soon you’ll
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Our Fears and Worries Can Distort the Reality of the Situation

By Stanley Popovich

At times, our worries and anxieties can overwhelm us. In addition, our worries can distort our perception of what is reality and what is not. Here is a brief list of techniques that you can use to help gain a better perspective on things during your anxious moments. When feeling anxious, stop what you
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Nine Ways to Help Children to Cope With Loss and Grief

By Sally Sacks

The biggest problem children have in coping with their grief is the inattention and lack of awareness adults have in the need to talk about it, express all kinds of feelings around it, and to help children to find a way to compensate for the loss. Often parents are ill equipped to deal with grief in
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Never Lose Hope in Dealing With Your Fears and Depression

By Stanley Popovich

When your fears and depression have the best of you, it is easy to feel that things will not get any better. This is not true. There is much help available in today’s society and the best way to deal with your fears is to find effective ways to overcome them. As a result, here are some techniques a
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Depression: How to Help Those Who are Suffering

By Michele Howe

"Experts consult; then move on. Friends and family keep at it." Edward T. Welch in Depression: A Stubborn Darkness Much has been written on the topic of depression, some worthy of the press received, others not. Sadly, many of the newsworthy articles on this issue pose more questions than they answer.
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