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Celebrating the holidays apart

December 22, 2016   0 Comments

The holiday season’s about family. Meals are shared; memories are created by the fireplace or around a tree. But when someone’s missing from the festivities, their absence can be felt strongly at this time of the year – particularly if it’s one’s own son. A gap in the line of familiar faces can hurt, even
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Parental mental illness can predict illness in children

September 26, 2016   0 Comments

Where does it come from? It’s a common question when people hear about a child who attempted suicide or acted violently against a classmate. Was it the media? Video games? Upbringing? Although there are many causes that can potentially cause children to become violent (either against themselves or others), a new study from the University
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Understanding genetics, mental health and that ‘It Didn’t Start With You’

June 24, 2016   0 Comments

He grew up never understanding that when mom disappeared for three months, it was because she was in rehab again. When he was old enough to understand, he started to notice other signs: the hidden “water” bottles, mom’s weird behavior that started in the afternoon, the intense fights between his parents that seemingly took place
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Withstanding the weight of autism on fathers

May 25, 2016   0 Comments

To whom much is given, much is required. Much being the mind-boggling mantle that is parenting the autistic child. It is a double-edged sword in that behind those unfocused eyes lies a black box of talent and intelligence. If only the walls of his mind would let him talk! Here is a look at autism’s
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Learn about ‘Raising Men’ with parenting tips from former Navy SEALs

May 25, 2016   0 Comments

The Navy SEALs are a well-known part of our military. SEALs, an acronym standing for Sea, Air and Land teams, are a special operations force who are trained to operate in all environments. These are likely some of the toughest men you can meet. Some of these Navy SEALs become fathers who provide very unique
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Mental illness and substance abuse in the child welfare system

April 29, 2016   0 Comments

Most statistics or studies dealing with children in the child welfare system (CWS) deal with placement, whether it be in a congregate setting (such as a group home), placement with a relative, or adoption. A study published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry took a different tack. This study tracked the behavioral health patterns of
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Raising honest children

March 1, 2016   0 Comments

Raising children is not easy. Parents try to raise children who will become successful, caring individuals and who will take care of people and the earth. Lying, cheating, stealing and other dishonest behaviors should not be tolerated in children or even adults for that matter, unless you are quoting Will Smith in the famous movie
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Averting disaster with a voluntary ignition interlock device

February 29, 2016   0 Comments

You love your son and feel guilty the alcoholic gene runs as long in your family as the mustache of a Kung Fu master. Over the course of junior high you discover he’s got an alcohol abuse problem. You all agree to put him through detox quietly; no rehab for fear the community will alight,
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The power of nurture: Early experiences impact brain development

February 25, 2016   0 Comments

Researchers have suggested that our vulnerability to developing problems such as substance abuse, mental illness and certain medical conditions derives from the interaction between our genes and the environment. Genetic factors underlie the development of certain mental disorders, including schizophrenia, alcoholism and depression, making it much more likely that children of parents with these psychiatric
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Smartphone addiction among teens linked to controlling parents

February 11, 2016   0 Comments

Adolescent smartphone addiction is a growing problem worldwide. Many teens in Asian countries have smartphones and Internet addiction is common. Smartphones offer the ability to call, send text messages, and use the Internet while on the go, and have changed the way people communicate worldwide. Smartphones have advantages and disadvantages, some of which are unique
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We would like to thank all the wonderful staff at WRA for the great parent weekend. We enjoyed it and felt that we learned valuable insights on Positive Peer Culture and the values we must have and the importance of family commitment to each other...