Lack of structure for long periods is unhealthy for children

Posted on July 18, 2016

Summer vacation has already arrived for most children. For parents, the question is often what should be done about the children. Unfortunately, if left on their own without any structure, children often view summer as a period in the year in which they have no responsibilities nor academic goals or expectations. Children can also easily… Read More


GOOD SAMARITAN: Qualifications for your self-care

Posted on July 18, 2016

Taking care of ourselves is the hardest job we can ever sign up for. We tend to be really good at working towards meeting others’ needs and allowing our own well-being to be put to the side. If I were an employment agency, how would I find “workers” to fill my “self-care” positions? I suppose… Read More


Managing conflict in your life

Posted on June 1, 2016

Conflicts occur when two or more people perceive that, as a consequence of a disagreement, there is a threat to their needs, interests or concerns. The normal response to an attack is to defend (“you’re wrong”), then to counter attack (“but look at what you did”). Conflict can escalate quickly, because each counterattack has to… Read More


Respecting one another leads to happiness

Posted on June 1, 2016

As a nation we are currently in the midst of our quadrennial tradition of determining our next president. A disappointing trend that seems to be occurring more often with our honored tradition is a loss of respect that candidates and their supporters publicly have for one another. As such, people are resorting to vulgar and… Read More


Can you run with the best?

Posted on April 6, 2016

Our society has been competitive since the beginning of time, and the desire to be the best may, at times, produce undesirable anxiety at work, school, sports, music, theatre, dance and other activities where we are called on to “perform.” As a spectator at home, sidelines or in the stands, sometimes the emotional distress can… Read More


GOOD SAMARITAN: Shame versus guilt — there are differences

Posted on April 6, 2016

Most of us may think shame and guilt mean the same thing and feel the same way but there is a difference not only in how they feel but whether or not people are more likely to seek help because of what they mean. Some examples of how shame/guilt can be confused: taking the last… Read More


GOOD SAMARITAN: Those coping with job loss need support of family, friends

Posted on April 6, 2016

West Texas has been negatively impacted by the decrease in oil production and recent downsizing. Layoffs have included new employees to top executives. It can be emotionally devastating for the person losing their job. A person’s personal identity is frequently tied to your occupation. Some illustration of faulty logic include: “I was somebody when I… Read More


GOOD SAMARITAN: Dealing with emotions, grief after cancer diagnosis

Posted on April 6, 2016

When people hear the words breast cancer or cancer in general, they may feel indifferent, anxious, sad or fearful. Some may remember their own experience or that of a loved one, while others may dread the possibility of a diagnosis. According to the National Institute of Health, nearly 230,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer… Read More


GOOD SAMARITAN: Keeping realistic expectations during the holidays

Posted on April 6, 2016

The holiday season may be the time to celebrate good tidings and joy, but it can sometimes be a period of stress for many people. With that in mind, here are some helpful tips to have a more enjoyable holiday season. Keep realistic expectations. Do not put undue pressure on trying to create a “Hallmark… Read More


GOOD SAMARITAN: Loved ones may be disguising their grief during holidays

Posted on April 6, 2016

As the lights go up on homes, trees are trimmed and Christmas cards are selected, it is assumed that all is wonderful and all should be in a joyous mood. This may not be the case for thousands of individuals that suffer from grief in disguise. Dr. Allen Wolfelt an educator, author and grief counselor… Read More


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