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How to Be Anxious and Calm

“Anxiety is a jab in the jaw for your attention,” says world champion surfer Shaun Tomson and best-selling author of The Surfer and the Sage: A Guide to Survive & Ride Life’s Waves. “It gets your heart beating, your senses tingling, and your body ready for action.” Tomson knows something about anxiety and calm. He …

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Five Life Categories for Successful New Year Goals

The new year is upon us and most of us want to make 2023 a better year than 2022. We want to grow, become better, be more successful. But setting goals can be intimidating, especially if we have failed to reach some goals in the past. Breaking goals down into manageable areas helps. One concept …

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Talking to Kids about Body Boundaries During the Holidays

If there are any silver linings to the pandemic, one might be that we have increased our use of consent-based social behavior. Before, if we accepted a social invitation, we might have asked questions like, “What can I bring?” or “Does anyone have food allergies?” Now we ask questions like: “Would you be more comfortable …

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Hanukkah is NOT “the Jewish Christmas”

Hanukkah is the Jewish “Festival of Lights.” It occurs in late November or early December each year. Because Hanukkah often falls near Christmastime, you may be wondering if the two holidays are similar. Both holidays have evolved over time to include traditions of gift giving, but simply put, Hanukkah is not the Jewish version of …

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Hey, Mom. Worry Less in Four Simple Steps

I’ll never forget what my mom said right after I told her I was expecting my first child. She said, “Now, you’ll never have a worry-free day the rest of your life.” Gee, thanks, Mom. I thought she was wrong. Of course, I’m worried now; I’m pregnant. What if the baby isn’t moving enough? What …

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How to Keep Your Partnership Steady After a Baby

Having a baby is hard on a relationship.But you can keep your partnership steady after having a baby! It seems that no matter how much they prepare, couples are often stunned by the absolute chaos that quickly descends upon them. While it’s hard to prepare for sleeplessness and ear-piercing cries, couples that anticipate some degree …

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How to Start a Conversation with Gen-Zers

When it comes to Generation-Z—young people born between 1997 and 2012—my number one piece of advice to start a conversation with Gen-zers is: If you want to know something, just ask them. In social situations—even one-on-one interactions—Gen-Zers can come off as aloof, rude, unsociable, awkward, introverted . . . (pop in whatever stereotype you want). But I have …

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The Morning Routine: Getting Your Family Out the Door

Summer break is over, and the days of slow, routine-less mornings are giving way to alarm clocks and school bells. While most parents feel at least a little relieved to get back to a regular schedule, the transition into a morning routine can be a major source of stress. I have three children in school …

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