Suspecting That Your Child Has ADHD? – Look Out for These Signs

Suspecting That Your Child Has ADHD? – Look Out for These Signs

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can have a huge impact on your child’s life. It can affect everything from how they interact with others to how well they do in school.

This neurodevelopmental disorder is often hard to spot right away because signs and symptoms can vary. It’s also often easy to misdiagnose. This is because many parents don’t know what to look for.

ADHD typically shows up in younger children. It’s often officially diagnosed by the time kids have reached their teenage years.

While ADHD needs to be professionally diagnosed by a doctor, there are some symptoms you can look for if you suspect your child might have the disorder.

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PTSD and Its Unique Challenges for Military Families

PTSD and Its Unique Challenges for Military Families

Imagine feeling extreme distress when…

…you’re suddenly confronted with a combat scene as you’re watching a show.

…you find yourself in a crowd at a grocery store, an amusement park, or a party with friends and family.

…you hear the sound of firecrackers going off during a holiday celebration.

…you’re in unfamiliar surroundings with a lack of open areas.

Imagine the hypervigilance, the panic, your shallow breath, and beads of sweat forming on your forehead. You turn everywhere, check everything and everyone… until you see an obscure figure in the crowd or on the roof of a building.

Imagine yourself diving to the ground, trying to find cover… only to suddenly realize, you’re not in combat anymore. Nobody is shooting at you. Nobody is threatening your life.

The war is over! But only on the outside.

Inside, you carry deep scars that never seem to heal.

That is what it feels like to be a combat veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). That is the legacy of an increasing number of soldiers.

But they are not the only ones that suffer. Their dependents (military families) are impacted as well.

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Celebrate With the One You Love – 5 Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas

Celebrate With the One You Love – 5 Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas

It’s easy to take the one you love for granted.

In fact, many couples forego celebrating Valentine’s Day altogether.

But if you’re ready to spice things up a bit, try opening up to the idea of romance this season.

Although Valentine’s Day is often pegged as a holiday filled to the brim with obligatory expressions of love, go against the flow. You might not even need to try something new. Simply approach it in a new way.

The key is to couple authenticity and creativity when it comes to celebrating the one you love.

Here are five ideas to get you started.

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The Art and Science of Love: 7 Benefits of Gottman’s Renowned Couples Workshop

The Art and Science of Love: 7 Benefits of Gottman’s Renowned Couples Workshop

When it comes to understanding the art and science of love, we all have the opportunity to be students.

However, Drs. John and Julie Gottman are undoubtedly two of the best students/researchers/teachers on the planet when it comes to this topic.

It’s a fact that every couple will leave a Gottman Couples Workshop with their own unique takeaway. Though, the Gottmans have a few “favorites”… nuggets of wisdom that everyone tends to talk about.

Here are some of those “favorites” that will benefit any relationship.

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The Impact of Divorce on Your Children: Different Ages Are Affected in Distinct Ways

The Impact of Divorce on Your Children: Different Ages Are Affected in Distinct Ways

Divorce isn’t a “one size fits all” life event, especially for any children involved.

Because every person handles stress in a different way, the impact of divorce is both unique and long-lasting for adults and children alike.

It’s a common misconception that children under the age of five don’t feel the impact of divorce. This notion couldn’t be further from the truth. From infancy clear into young adulthood, divorce can cause a great upheaval in children’s lives.

Yet, while it disturbs them all, the turmoil affect varying ages in distinct ways.

What are the differences? Let’s consider four general age groups.

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Creating a Family Legacy: How Shared Values Deepen Family Bonds

Creating a Family Legacy: How Shared Values Deepen Family Bonds

Without even knowing it, parents pass on a family legacy to their children—good or bad.

It’s part of the human heritage and part of belonging to a family.

One fundamental aspect of creating a family legacy is that it has a unique way of drawing the family unit together. Not only does it strengthen the bonds between each family member, but it also gives children a foundation on which to build their own lives. And in turn, create a legacy for their own family.

How exactly is this accomplished?

Through shared values.

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What Can You Do When Different Parenting Styles are Putting a Strain on Your Marriage?

What Can You Do When Different Parenting Styles are Putting a Strain on Your Marriage?

Marriage by itself can prove to be a challenge. Outside stressors like jobs, social obligations, and finances can add difficulty to the relationship. Sources of stress from inside the marriage can also put a significant strain on it. For example, having different parenting styles can be extremely taxing on partners.

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“Please Put the Oxygen Mask on Yourself before Your Child” — The Importance of Self-Care for Parents

“Please Put the Oxygen Mask on Yourself before Your Child” — The Importance of Self-Care for Parents

Self-sacrifice is a familiar term when speaking about parenthood. Not only is it considered to be good parenting, but to sacrifice your own well-being for your child’s is deemed noble. As far as it may be from the daily truth, putting an oxygen mask on yourself before your child should be the standard. Most people ignore this advice, however, and attempt to put the oxygen mask on their child first.

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Screens and Clicking But No One is Talking: 7 Tips to Improve Family Communication

Screens and Clicking But No One is Talking: 7 Tips to Improve Family Communication

We’ve all seen families in public where every person has their attention focused on their phones. Maybe we’ve even been that family ourselves. Turning to electronic media is an easy solution to boredom, waiting in line, or taking long car trips. In the past, families would talk and communicate during these occasions. If that seems impossible now, it doesn’t mean that you’ve lost the ability to communicate as a family. You just need to rediscover and develop those skills.

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Communicating with Teens is Difficult – 5 Ways to Make it Easier

Communicating with Teens is Difficult – 5 Ways to Make it Easier

Small children talk to their parents all the time. Every little event needs to be communicated and mom and dad’s response is essential, both in the moment and for the child’s ability to understand the world and themselves. But when kids reach their teenage years, communication can become a lot more difficult. Communicating with teens often consists of trying to get them to talk – or even to listen — to their parents.

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The Holidays and Your In-Laws are Coming: 7 Ways to Manage Difficult People

The Holidays and Your In-Laws are Coming: 7 Ways to Manage Difficult People

Holidays are a celebration of our lives and our relationships. Family plays a big part. We connect with those who are close. We re-connect with those we don’t see quite so often. Family members, including our in-laws, of course, are people like everyone else. And some of them can be difficult people.

And so the holidays can become an exercise in how to manage difficult people.

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