Navigating Custody Issues

Separating and divorce are very hard on the couple involved. What’s harder to quantify is the collateral damage that the couple’s children experience. A quick search of blogs, articles and vlogs from the children of divorced parents demonstrates their feelings about their parents’ marital woes run the spectrum from devastated to happy. If you and your spouse are headed down a road that leads to separation or divorce, how can you mitigate any unpleasantness for your kids?

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Domestic Abuse: Spotting the Red Flags and What You Can Do to Help

One of the most insidious things about domestic abuse is that people often don’t know it when they see it. The signs of an abusive relationship are often more subtle than an unexplained black eye, and you need to know what they are if you suspect that someone you know is being abused at home. 

Knowing the Signs of Abuse

 Even though we said that the signs of an abusive relationship are more subtle than a black eye, you should still be on the lookout for unexplained injuries. Not every injury that you see on a person can be attributed to an abusive partner, but it is often a sign that something is wrong. They may give inconsistent explanations for their injuries or be afraid to talk about them. They may also have issues with drug and alcohol abuse as a means of coping with their home life.

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Teens and Mental Health: How to Talk About Getting and Staying Well

The perspective on mental health is changing, and parents have the opportunity to shape a new generation that doesn’t see mental illness as something secret. The thing is that no one is born knowing about mental health, and many adults today didn’t even learn about anxiety or depression until they were caught in the throes of it. 

Mental illness isn’t a foreign concept to teenagers. One in five teens lives with a mental illness. In fact, half of all chronic mental illnesses start by age 14. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 24, and 90-percent of those deaths are linked to an underlying mental illness. 

The truth of the matter is that your teen might already be struggling and you just don’t know. Whether they’re withdrawn and moody, uncontrollable and experimenting, there are ways to reach out and start talking to them about the importance of mental health. 

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How to Assist a Family Member Recovering from an Accident

There’s nothing more humbling and traumatic than finding yourself in a situation where you can’t take care of yourself. In adulthood, you’re used to carrying out your own agenda at your convenience. If you’re in the position where you’re assisting a family member recover from an accident, understand that you have an opportunity to truly make a difference in their rehabilitation process. Consider these four tips you can implement in order to help them recover.

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Dealing with Departure: How to Cope with the Loss of a Loved One

Life burns brightly and ferociously for a time. This light is warm and loving, but it dims at some point. The cinders of a life extinguished can break a heart so harshly that appreciating life can become impossible. The following are a few tips to help you deal with the loss of a loved one and avoid a spiral into depression.

Support System

One of the most important steps to take is to have a good support system at this time. This group of people could be friends, family members, or people at your place of worship who are sharing the grief you are dealing with. You can also meet with a grief support group in your area. These people have also lost a loved one. Being able to share what you feel with people in a similar situation can be very therapeutic.

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Troubled Teen? 3 Strategies To Support Your Child Through Overcoming Addiction

Guest post contributed by Emma Sturgis

When a teenager develops an addiction at a young age, it can permanently damage their body and mind in a very short period of time. That is why it is so important for parents to do everything in their power to help their child quickly and safely overcome their substance abuse problems. Teenagers who are supported by their family members have a much better chance of permanently breaking their addictions without relapsing.
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