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Is your teen able to handle peer pressure?

Parents may often ignore what is probably the most important influence in their teenager’s life – peer pressure. While... — Updated 11/15/2019

 

Eating for better mental health

There is a growing body of research showing that the dietary choices we make each day affect not only our physical bodies (yes,... — Updated 11/7/2019

 

Planning ahead can lower college application stress

Special to Village News For most families, the college application process is a major source of anxiety. But it doesn’t have to... — Updated 11/6/2019

 

Understanding why people lie

Special to Village News People live in a world where lying has become a fairly common occurrence. Indeed, there are now... — Updated 11/1/2019

 

Don't let anger get the best of you

In today’s world, high levels of stress and anxiety seem to be the norm. People face daily news reports of economic woes,... — Updated 10/25/2019

 

Get stress under control

Special to Village News Stress affects everyone these days. Jobs, family issues, the daily news and hundreds of other factors can a... — Updated 10/18/2019

 

A resource not to be ignored – the school counselor

Many parents aren’t aware of the wide range of services their schools’ counselors have to offer. Yes, professional school... — Updated 10/11/2019

 

Caregiver burnout is a very real problem

A caregiver, someone involved in assisting others with activities of daily living or perhaps medical issues as well, come in two... — Updated 10/2/2019

 

Do you really listen to what others have to say?

Most people like to hear themselves talk. They enjoy sharing personal information, their jobs and recent activities. And there’s... — Updated 9/22/2019

 

Is your memory beginning to worry you?

Special to Village News People may have seen a sign or a T-shirt with the slogan, “My ability to remember song lyrics from the 80... — Updated 9/13/2019

 

School mornings don't have to be chaos

Special to Village NewsSo what does the typical school morning look like at home? Quiet conversation over a leisurely breakfast,... — Updated 9/13/2019

 

Don't ignore depression in teens

If there’s a teenager at home, they are probably moody, ecstatic, angry, happy and just about every other emotional state you... — Updated 8/30/2019

 

Learning to deal with that empty nest

Is that young adult at home packing their suitcases and heading off for their first year of college? Or maybe there’s that... — Updated 8/30/2019

 

It's time to be in charge of your life

Getting tired of how life just seems to happen? Do days seem to be filled with mundane tasks, an unfulfilling job or just the same... — Updated 8/13/2019

 

Helping wildlife

Caring for animals, including California’s native wildlife, is one of my passions. Last session my legislation setting up the... — Updated 8/12/2019 Full story

 

You don't want to give up

Life is full of challenges. Some big, some small, but all challenges can dishearten people at times and make them feel overwhelmed... — Updated 8/5/2019

 

Recovering from a mistake

It happens to all of us. We're in a situation where we have to perform, make a decision, or accomplish something important, and ins... — Updated 7/29/2019

 

Making sports a healthy part of a child's life

We live in a society that places a great deal of emphasis on sports. We see professional athletes paid astronomical salaries and... — Updated 7/29/2019

 

You do deserve the success you've earned

It's a feeling that affects both men and women. You've achieved success at work, with a community organization, or just within... — Updated 7/19/2019

 

Car trips with the kids don't have to be stressful

It’s hot and your family is heading for a fun vacation destination, but... — Updated 7/15/2019

 

Motivating your children to do more

Children can be amazing. They develop new cellphone apps, set athletic records, volunteer with the elderly and perform many good... — Updated 7/1/2019

 

Overcome feelings of shyness

Each person, at times, feels anxious about a situation they’re currently in or about to enter. If such feelings are the norm,... — Updated 6/24/2019

 

Don't let summer just happen

Most people, from young children to senior citizens, look forward to the opportunities of summer. While they may complain some... — Updated 6/17/2019

 

Don't ignore childhood complaints of teasing

Teasing happens with children of all ages. It may be seemingly innocent name-calling, or more serious harassment and ridicule, but... — Updated 6/6/2019

 

Relaxing – A skill everyone needs to learn

People live in a world that produces lots of stress. While stress can sometimes help motivate them to focus and act, a lot of stres... — Updated 6/3/2019

 

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