Learning to Thrive by Overcoming Adversity is Resiliency! by Michael Ballard Resiliency is our ability to bounce back even in adversity. It is a set of key resources that help us have more successful experiences and outcomes even when life is hard and feels unfair. The good news is that researchers are proving that it […]

Binge drinking numbers are higher than most people think. ‘Skol’ Binge drinking creates more inhibition with unplanned sexual encounters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that drinking too much at one time has become a bigger problem than previously thought and binge drinking causes 80,000 deaths in the US each year. According to the […]

Family values can be unstated or stated – what are yours? Children and especially teens need clear direction and understanding of what family values parents and caregivers agree to. Family values when they are in the open and known by all members become a valuable tool to build cooperation and a family team. What is […]

Positive language provides children with clarity Children (especially tweens and teens) pay attention to positive language quicker than they listen (or even hear) negativity. Negative breeds negative and children can more easily understand words they can picture in their head (visualize). The day I tried to remove the word “not” when I talked to the […]

Calming me is my most difficult. This is probably one of the most difficult things as a parent to handle my kids — me. We all know that preserving family harmony makes it easier, but it is so difficult when it really matters. Your ability to work on your own mental and physical condition will […]

10 Tips to Gain a Less Stress Smooth Move with Kids You’re planning a move and you are worried about the move with kids. You think you can do it more easily by yourself. Actually, it can go much more smoothly if you involve your children in the process. It will help them to feel […]

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You don’t have to sit around and hope your buddies aren’t going to the dive bar to watch the game. Be proactive and start organizing your own action. You can invite your friends to come along, or you can meet people there. Check out the website of your local park district and city’s adult learning […]

When the weekend rolls around, many groups head to restaurants, bars, and clubs to have a good time. It’s unrealistic to think you’ll always be able to avoid those places. Besides, you deserve a normal life just as much as anyone else and so does your partner.  When you or a friend has an added […]

by Sarah Lockwood and Jodee Kulp For many, conquering Alcohol Use Disorder has been a hard won battle, but you emerged feeling and doing much better. Recovering from addiction is tough. It’s well worth it, of course, but there are days when things are a bit more rough than others. Take social activities. Now more […]

Spring marks renewal and newness. All that lay dormant during the winter begins to spring back to life. It is a lovely time. For our older teens it marks the beginning of a new life season—the ending of a school year—prom—graduations. For some it marks the beginning of what they believe is full independence from […]