Back to School Anxiety, By Dr. Joan Simeo Munson

Empowering Parents says: "As the start of the school year approaches, have you seen your first grader go into meltdown mode at the mention of school, or watched your soon-to-be kindergarten student regress back to baby talking and thumb sucking? Rest assured that you’re not alone. Each fall, millions of parents deal with their children’s beginning-of-the-year anxiety. For younger children starting school—whether it’s pre-school, kindergarten, or a transition into the first or second … [Read more...]

First Lady Michelle Obama: Meet Troy

"Hello, all -- Today, I met a young man named Troy. Troy comes from New Orleans, where his family lived through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He couldn't read until he was twelve, and would regularly cut school because the other students would tease him. When he did attend, he'd shove desks, start fights -- anything to get him out of class. But then Troy saw his younger siblings start down a similar path. And he decided to make a change. He connected with his fifth-grade … [Read more...]

A Gift of Hope, Lynda Cheldelin Fell

No one ever says I want to grow up to write a book about grief. But life has a way of throwing us a curve ball, and then handing us a mitt. A few months ago I was invited to co-author a book featuring women from around the world who have all faced and endured a traumatic challenge. Our task was to write about our difficulty and then offer a lesson to help others who are facing the same challenge. It is touching for me to share with you that our book, The Missing Piece: A Transformational … [Read more...]

“3 Keys to take back your life, after dating violence”, Aime Hutton

I call myself a 'phoenix rising' out of the ashes of my own life time and time again... Yes, I am now an inspirational/international keynote speaker, empowerment leader, international best-selling author, and a Canadian Ambassador for a global campaign. I didn’t start out that way. Like many I’ve been through some crazy up and downs. Right out of the gate even, back in 1976 I was born 3 months early, with a birth weight of 1 pound 12 ounces. The doctors said I would never live 24hrs, and … [Read more...]

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women The United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is an occasion for governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to raise public awareness of violence against women. It has been observed on November 25 each year since 2000. 2013 was a critical year ... and milestones were made! Reathorizing VAWA a Daunting Task The Violence … [Read more...]

Canadian Women’s Foundation, Beverley Wybrow CEO

RELENTLESS BODY SHAMING PUTS MORE THAN ONE QUARTER OF CANADIAN GIRLS AT RISK   From the overt body shaming of Hollywood actors like Jennifer Lawrence and Lena Dunham, to the impossible standards set by photoshopped images in magazines, the pressure for perfection is undeniable. A new study from the Canadian Women's Foundation reveals that Canadian girls are the latest casualties of a culture that continues to erode the female gender's self-esteem by promoting an image of beauty that is … [Read more...]

Social Pressures Teen Girls Face

30 Blogs Addressing the Social Pressures Teen Girls Face Teenage girls suffer a daily barrage of views and opinions on how they should look, dress and behave. With so much external pressure, these girls can often suffer from both physical and psychological health issues. Since the advent of social media, the pressures that teenage girls face have greatly increased. Cyber bullying is only the tip of the iceberg, as there are other less apparent pressures, such as targeted advertising, … [Read more...]

10 great Q&A sites for troubled teens

It isn’t always easy for teenagers to get help, no matter how desperately they need it. Sometimes it can even be up to the parents to start looking at programs for teenagers that can help their child get back on the right path. Even when they know where to turn to find the answers, asking the questions that get them there can be a challenge. Fortunately, the Internet offers some terrific resources for teens who are searching for advice. We’ve put together a list of 10 great Q&A … [Read more...]

Relationships, 10 Common Reasons Why Teen Siblings Fight

If you have teenagers, then you know that there are a lot of ups and downs with raising them. They are pushing the boundaries and getting ready to leave the nest. They are often rebellious and will fight with you and their siblings over the silliest of things. But in a time when you think that your teenagers should be getting closer, why do they still have such big fights? Check out 10 common reasons why teen siblings fight: Inequality: Often sibling fights start because one sibling … [Read more...]

How to Stop Siblings From Fighting

How to Stop Siblings From Fighting Sibling fighting, while inevitable, can turn your household into what feels like a war zone. Your children bickering, teasing, poking, and all around annoying each other can seem like an endless stress cycle. There are, however, some ways that you can lessen sibling fighting and create a more peaceful, cooperative environment. Set strong, clear boundaries for acceptable behavior and stick to them. Sibling fighting is one of those challenging behaviors that … [Read more...]

‘No Jerk Policy’ to sustain a healthy workplace, Rachel Permuth-Levine

The 'No Jerk Policy'   When budgets are tight and the risk of programs being cut is high, what elements of an employee wellness strategy should be retained? For many corporations, the answer is fairly simple: those programs that increase the levels of employee engagement and satisfaction. Current research on this topic confirms this theory. According to Barry Hall, a Principal with Buck Consultants and the global leader of Buck’s wellness research, “Our 2010 global wellness … [Read more...]

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