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Scary stories may be good for children

September 26, 2016   0 Comments

Halloween is nearly upon us. Jack-o-lanterns grin from atop porches. Cardboard witches and skeletons dangle from doorways. Fake spider webs hang between tree branches, sometimes adorned with their very own plastic arachnid – or two. During this spooky season, children may feel frightened, gleeful or both. There’s a reason why kids like to tell scary
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Athletes who learn how to accept failure will succeed more

August 29, 2016   0 Comments

As the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are recently behind us, we are left with memories of witnessing the joys of victory and the agonies of defeat. Perhaps we imagined how we would have felt winning a gold medal. Perhaps we imagined how we would have felt if we had trained so hard
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Research shows the brain can be trained to get motivated

April 29, 2016   0 Comments

He is a good kid, really. If ever there was a caption for someone, your son’s would read: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” You may have tried everything to kindle his motivation, and he means well, it just doesn’t seem to click. What if there were a
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The power of self-affirmations to change behavior

March 7, 2016   0 Comments

Our personal identities are under constant threat, not from identity thieves but from the people we interact with every day. Humans have a constant need to feel as though they are good, moral and acceptable to others. Their self-critical nature can threaten their self-identities as much as other people can. Any perceived threat to personal
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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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Bros before woes: When your younger sibling is an addict

February 26, 2016   0 Comments

“Our sibling relationships, in fact, are the longest-lasting family ties we have. “Simple perception of parental favoritism was enough to undermine [sibling] relationship. “In families with more than one child, every sibling seems to get a label in contrast to every other sibling.” Such are the statistically-backed reflections of science writer Robin Marantz Henig, who’s
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What to do when medications are too expensive

January 28, 2016   0 Comments

Over 8 million teenagers were taking psychiatric drugs as of 2013, about half of whom are being treated with stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Others seemingly require antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety agents. Still others suffer from various physical or mental illnesses that require expensive medication. Why medications are so expensive Prescription drugs accounted for
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Grassroots programs, communities come together to fight for mental health

November 4, 2015   0 Comments

“It takes a whole village to raise a child.” This African proverb exemplifies the importance of a community to prevent violence and mental illness. Poverty, mental illness, domestic violence and gang crimes all have one thing in common: They are overlooked and their solutions are underfunded, resulting in worsening problems for America’s youth. Many parents
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Philanthropic mindset: Nonprofits help with workplace image

November 4, 2015   0 Comments

Whether or not we’d like to admit it, appearances matter — especially when it comes to interviewing for a new job. For individuals who don’t have enough money to buy workplace appropriate clothing, this emphasis on formality can be a severe roadblock. After all, it’s hard to find the money to buy nice clothing without
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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...

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