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The risks of early dating

“Boys and girls who start dating at a young age may have more school and behavioral problems than their peers,” suggests a study to be published in the December issue of the Journal of Adolescence. Early Daters were defined as kids who began dating at approximately 11 ½ years of age. That would be the average age of a 6th grader.…

it’s time for another round of The Blame Game

The other night, an incident that happened a couple years resurfaced at the dinner table.  My husband, one of my daughters, Leigha and I were discussing how Leigha was able to text me when she didn’t have anything to text me with.  She informed me that she used the IPad, which then was followed up by her father asking “well,…

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By your side

A new study published by Live Science and reported in the Atlanta Journal reveals that men, when walking beside their wife or girlfriend, will slow down their pace to match that of the woman. Interestingly, they don’t slow down when walking with female or male friends, just alongside those with whom they have a romantic interest.…

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Do you know how to ask for what you want or need?

In my last blog I talked about a woman who wanted to get her friend to stop commenting to her about her parenting style but she feared offending her friend and losing the friendship. Sometimes it can be tricky to express our feelings and needs wisely. One of most useful skills we can learn when we want to know how to express our feelings…

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Shortcuts

It was great! The ultimate shortcut when I was a student took me and my two girl friends right past a bakery on the way to class. We’d stop for our favorite muffins or chocolate-iced long johns, then leisurely finish the walk to our junior high school. Yummy, fun, and we were oh-so-cool in our bell bottom jeans. Until. . .one day when…

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Five things you can do to help someone that has been abused

This month is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Did you know that one in four women report some sort of abuse in her most intimate relationships? We’ve all been in situations where we have a gut feeling something isn’t quite right or someone has disclosed something to us and we’re not sure what to do. Sometimes we respond by…

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Sister, I get ya

There is no one like a sister. Whether she’s your sister by birth, by marriage, or by your own free will to choose, you know she “gets” you like no one else, quirks and all. And she loves you anyway. I have 2 biological sisters, and both live about a 4 ½ hour drive away. One of us feels naked without her lipstick, another dives at peanut…

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Hello, my name is Lauren and I’m a hugger

Oh yes, I’ll be the first to admit that I am a hugger!  They just make things a lot better, right?!  They break down walls that we have put up and help us heal! One Scenario: You married?  I know you can relate… For instance, you might walk in the door after work and you already did 50 things wrong!  Sure you don’t…

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A time to say “No!”

Sarah came to counseling astonished that it has taken her fifty years to finally learn how to say “No.” “I’ve always put everyone else first,” she said. “Now I see that I’ve only enabled my husband’s selfishness to flourish.” One of my relatives recently shared a similar story. At 74 years old, she wired up her…

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