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Can the news affect your waistline?

Today's headlines often carry an overwhelming amount of bad news. Whether your information is coming from TV news, your local... — Updated 12/4/2018


Making holiday travel a better experience

Americans are entering one of the busiest, and most stressful, travel periods of the year. According to the U.S. Department of... — Updated 11/13/2018


Understand and overcome road rage

Today’s streets and highways are more crowded than ever. Drivers almost anywhere these days often encounter bad drivers, traffic... — Updated 10/22/2018


Don't let tests overwhelm your child

Testing is a fact of life for students from elementary through high school. Whether it’s a school system required standardized... — Updated 10/22/2018


Parents can help teenagers deal with peer pressure

Parents like to think they’re the most important influence in their children’s lives, and that’s probably true up to a... — Updated 10/8/2018


Talking about drugs is part of being a parent

With the new school year just underway, it’s an excellent time for parents to have a serious discussion with their children. No,... — Updated 9/28/2018


Handle a teenager's need to be more responsible

One of the hardest things for many parents to deal with is their children’s demand for more freedoms as they grow into... — Updated 8/10/2018


Good mental health is no different from good physical health

Seeing a physician isn’t embarrassing if someone has the flu, a high fever or other serious health problems. No one criticizes... — Updated 8/6/2018


Don't let alcohol get the best of you

Yes, you enjoy that glass of wine with dinner, or a cold beer on a hot summer afternoon. Is this a problem? In most cases the answe... — Updated 7/30/2018


California's economic prosperity

Though California is the world’s fifth-largest economy, we must expand economic prosperity. With over 20 percent of our... — Updated 7/20/2018 Full story


Are college campus tours part of your summer vacation?

Do your summer plans include one or more visits to campuses of schools being considered by a teen in the family? Such tours can be... — Updated 7/17/2018


Now, what was it I wanted to remember to tell you?

As people grow older, they tend to forget more often than they once did. Although memory loss is a natural part of the aging... — Updated 7/17/2018


Is your summer vacation really a vacation?

A vacation is a chance to get away from the normal routine of work and demands of daily life. When done right, a vacation should... — Updated 7/9/2018


Making that car trip with children less stressful

Summer family vacations are fun, unless you count that part about driving to the... — Updated 7/1/2018


Helping a child handle disappointment

Disappointment comes to everyone. As adults we, hopefully, have learned that when people or activities may sometimes let us down,... — Updated 6/8/2018


Learn to see change as a positive force

Life is full of changes. In business, in families and in relationships with friends, nothing ever stays exactly the same. While... — Updated 6/1/2018


What are some parenting goals?

Being a parent is certainly an experience in extremes. There are times when it can be so fulfilling and rewarding for what has... — Updated 5/22/2018


It's not just age that brings on that midlife crisis

When do people reach midlife? It’s a simple question, but a difficult one to answer. Adolescents may see midlife beginning at... — Updated 5/11/2018


When is it time for a new job?

Whether you're a highly-paid executive or have a lower-level position, you still head to your job each day and try to do your... — Updated 9/26/2018


Staying active promotes better mental health

While the groundhog’s prediction this year of six more weeks of winter was right on target for many parts of the country, now... — Updated 5/14/2018


Yes, sometimes it's good to say, 'No'

Most people, most of the time, want to be nice, to do what is asked and to please those asking for help. They usually try to be... — Updated 4/7/2018


Have you been losing the "joy" in your life?

According to the dictionary, joy is the emotion brought on by well-being, success or good fortune. When we're feeling joy, we're... — Updated 3/19/2018


Know when to ask for help

For most people asking for help can often be difficult. Yes, asking for advice on planting a garden is easy, but for a serious... — Updated 3/7/2018


Laughing your way to better health

There are many factors that can have negative effects on us, but sometimes it's important to focus on those things that can... — Updated 2/16/2018


Valentine's Day – a good excuse to improve a relationship

You may be someone who loves Valentine's Day, is totally indifferent to it or... — Updated 2/10/2018


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