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Becoming the Best Non-Custodial Parent You Can Be

While divorce rates in America are steadily decreasing, those who do get divorced are still left to pick up the pieces and continue with their lives as best as they can. Over time, couples do their best to survive on their own, children learn how to share time with their parents separately, and parents learn …

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The Meaning of Family-Oriented: Creating Strong Family Culture

Today’s world is busier and more structured for kids than ever before. As a result, it is more challenging to establish the norms that are likely to develop a strong family bond. Parents can change this dynamic by creating family-oriented experiences for their kids early and often. Family-oriented means committing to your family first, appreciating …

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Coming of Age: Finding Meaning While Facing the Transition to Adulthood

Forty years ago, a person in America in his or her early 20s typically was married, starting a family, and perhaps had a mortgage. In European countries such as Germany, young people were more footloose and unencumbered in their 20s. What does coming of age mean? Coming of age means reaching full adulthood. It includes …

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Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown: Impact of Parental Influence

While the time of kings and queens has passed for most countries, the phrase from William Shakespeare’s King Henry IV is still applicable today in just about every modern leadership situation: “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” While no one may be wearing a crown anymore, the weight of responsibilities is substantial for …

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Formal Operational Stage: How Parents Support Cognitive Development

A young girl sits on a kitchen counter, attempting to write a science essay titled “What would the world be like if the scientific method wasn’t developed?” After scribbling a few ideas, Fiona gets visibly annoyed and scrunches up another page to throw towards the bin. Fiona is another teenager who’s been struggling with school …

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How Angry Parents Affect A Child: Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

Most parents know that getting angry with their child is not productive. It often does not lead to the outcome desired, and the cost to the relationship is so high that it’s not worth the price.  Some wonder what the effects are and if they are really as bad as people seem to think.  How …

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