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22
Jul

Eating Disorders 101 – What To Look For and When To Seek Help

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  According to a recent study, nearly 25 million Americans suffer from eating disorders. While it’s tempting to place all the blame on our society’s infatuation with celebrities, super models and fad diets, there are many other factors, such as depression and mental illness, that can play a role in the development and furthering of [...]

07
Jul

Fantasy or Reality: Do Teens Always Know the Difference?

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  In a recent interview about the Slenderman controversy, I talked about how the media can impact teens. In case you’re not familiar with this scenario, Slenderman is a fictitious character that was created in 2009 as part of an online contest seeking paranormal images. The original creator of Slenderman submitted a black-and-white picture that [...]

12
Jun

9 Tips for Nurturing the Father-Son Relationship

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Earlier this month I shared a blog post with my favorite tips for dads raising daughters. As Father’s Day approaches, it’s only right to make sure I give fathers of sons equal billing—although as the father of girls, this territory is a bit foreign to me. Truth is, much of what I shared in my [...]

02
Jun

7 Tips for Nurturing the Dad-Daughter Relationship

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Father’s Day is June 15, so it seems like a good time to talk about the relationship between dads and daughters. It’s one I’m keenly familiar with as my wife and I have two daughters of our own. A little bit later this month I’ll share my thoughts on raising sons and the importance of [...]

29
May

Life After the Diploma

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Graduation arrived early in Central Ohio this year, with most ceremonies taking place in May rather than June. Our family had the pleasure of celebrating two graduations as our older daughter graduated from college and her younger sister graduated from high school. Both were momentous occasions, and we are understandably proud of their accomplishments. Now [...]

19
May

The Negative Effects of Internet Addiction

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  In a recent radio interview on 610 WTVN, I talked with Joel Riley about the negative effects of Internet addiction. It’s a fascinating topic, especially since it has gained rapid momentum in recent years. Although Internet addiction is not technically considered a clinical addiction, that may soon change. The American Psychiatric Association may be [...]

30
Apr

What is Happiness?

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There is a trend of happiness challenges taking the Internet by storm. Although I love the idea of people wanting to improve their lives and be happy, I am concerned about the potential implications of what happens when we make happiness the goal. The results could be counterproductive, leaving us feeling sad, frustrated, and definitely [...]

14
Apr

The Reality of Phobias

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Most people experience a certain degree of anxiety or nervousness from time to time. Whether related to family issues, jobs, health or finances, stress is a normal part of life that many people learn to effectively manage. For some, however, extreme anxiety disorders, such as phobias, are much harder to manage and can become quite [...]

01
Apr

April 15 is right around the corner. Do you still need to complete your taxes?

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Many people procrastinate when tax time rolls around. It doesn’t matter if you’re expecting a refund or you have to write a check. Either way, it’s not a fun task. Truth is, there may be some psychological issues that could be causing you to procrastinate. Let’s take a closer look at some of the possibilities: [...]

23
Mar

Which summer camp is right for your child?

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With warmer weather and the end of the school year quickly approaching, it’s time to think about summer plans for your kids. Summer camp is a great option, since it offers a fun way for kids to learn a new skill, make friends and develop independence. But choosing the right camp may seem like a [...]