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Why Parents Shouldn’t Punish Kids for Their Mistakes

In today’s society, we place a tremendous amount of pressure on our children to succeed—not simply in school alone but also in finding overall success throughout their lives. This leads many of us to question just how much pressure we should put on our kids when teaching them how to learn from their mistakes. Parents …

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Viewer Discretion is Advised: Meaning and Implications

Viewer discretion is advised is a phrase you have, undoubtedly, heard or seen on television and in movies, but what does it mean? Viewer discretion is advised is a content warning that precedes potentially sensitive content, advising the viewer to use their own discretion or voluntary decision-making power to decide if they should watch it. …

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Family Tendency: Understanding Traits and Behaviors

What is a family tendency? A family tendency is a family trait that is developed over time by virtue of being members of the same family. These tendencies are driven by genetics or learned behavior. Examples include diseases to which multiple family members are prone or dietary choices that directly result in conditions for multiple …

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Identity Moratorium: A Key Status in Human Development

One of the most rewarding parts of teaching at a university is observing my students grow intellectually and socially as they journey through early adulthood. Many of them experience identity moratorium when they are in college.  Although the term sounds like one is at a standstill, it often involves a crisis period, according to Erik …

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Family Gatherings: Promoting Bonds to Last a Lifetime

The family meal has always been a special time for families. It’s known to give families a sense of belonging and togetherness. It just goes to show that many families know they don’t need to a big event to have a family gathering. What is a Family Gathering? A family gathering is an event or …

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