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Why Playtime with Your Kids Works Best Without Video Games.

Children and teens in the United States love video games. The University of Vanderbilt tells us that nearly ten percent of American youths are considered to be addicted to video games. Over eighty percent of children play some kind of video games with at least some regularity, and that number is only likely to keep increasing as tablets, phones and computers come preloaded with games of all kinds. With the video game industry ruling the Christmas wish lists and entertainment at large, is there a way to take back your child’s playtime from the television screen? Experts at Allen family counseling centers suggest you take an educated approach and collaborate with your child on reforming family fun time, together. Content Without Context One of the

My Parent’s Spouse: The Danger of Forcing a Blending Family Transition

Once you say “I do,” you may picture your spouse’s children immediately accepting you as their new parent. You may even imagine each of them giving you a tight hug with tears in their eyes as they lovingly call you “Mom” or “Dad” for the very first time as a way to say “I love you.” In a perfect world, that is exactly how it may play out – a smooth and quick transition where no one flinches and the mere thought of “You are not my Mom/Dad” never comes up in their precious little minds. However, since you apparently want to deal with reality, it is vital to know that is not how it plays out in real life. What is the key to

Take Time to “Find the Baby” in Your Relationship

Most parents remember the days when their babies first learned to play “hide and seek.” For some reason, the concept of crawling or running to a concealed spot in the house and knowing that their parents have to search high and low to find them is absolutely hilarious to most babies. The joy of being searched for and found is not something that fades with childhood. Whether you realize it or not, your significant other feels the same way about you. He or she wants to experience the same joy of being searched for and found in different ways within your healthy relationship. Here are several ways you can “find the baby” and make that happen. The Concept of Object Permanence According to Parenting magazine,

Emotional First Aid Kit: Tools to Keep Handy When You’re Feeling Down

Over 350 million people around the world suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A report from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) shows that an estimated 16.1 million adults within the U.S. alone suffered at least one major depressive episode in 2015. Even if you do not suffer from depression, we all have our bad days when we feel down in the dumps. What can you do to get a quick pick-me-up? Below is a guide of several “tools” that you should keep handy in an “emotional first aid kit” to mend the wounds caused by depressive episodes of any length. A Cheat Sheet of Breathing Exercises When your emotions begin to overwhelm you, proper breathing is essential. The concept

Bringing Sexy Back: How to Light a Lasting Flame in the Bedroom

  Do you remember how it felt when you and your significant other brought your bond to the bedroom for the first time? Even if the first time was filled with mistakes and miscommunication, you more than likely reached a point as time went on where everything flowed smoothly together like peanut butter and jelly. As time continued to pass, though, there may have come a point where the sizzle fizzled, right? However, all is not lost. As is the case with any real-life fire, you can take the steps to rekindle the flames and get the fire burning brighter and bigger than it ever did before. How? Keep reading and find out. Just Do It It is much more than just a Nike slogan

A Mutual Loss Key Points for Couples to Remember after a Miscarriage

A Mutual Loss: Key Points for Couples to Remember after a Miscarriage One of the worst things any couple can endure is experiencing the excitement of pregnancy and parenthood, only to have it all taken away. Everyone attributes miscarriages to different things, but the truth is that it often doesn’t have a practical reason at all. This can be frustrating, which is why working with Allen therapistscan help couples deal with the stages of grief. Here are a few ways to accept a miscarriage as a mutual loss and support each other in a time of despair. Dealing with the Grieving Process One of the worst things you and your partner can do after a miscarriage is to deny sorrow. AmericanPregnancy.org advises that the first

Nobody Chooses Change (But We Must)

One of the most important parts of successfully directing your life in the way you want it to go and embracing happiness requires the painful process of change. Change doesn’t always feel good in the moment, which is why choosing it is a process that requires hard work. Getting some advice is a great way to start, but don’t forget Allen area therapists that can further augment your path toward positive change. Here are a few principles to work into your daily thought patterns that can help you progress toward positive change. Redefining Optimism Optimism isn’t a static principle or emotion, and changes with different situations. However, what optimism consistently provides is the will to continue to survive. Thrive Global talks about the idea of

“Facebook Official” Love: A Healthy Approach to Sharing Relationship News on Social Media

Whether you’re a social media maven or barely log onto Facebook, social media is a reality of everyday life in the 21st century. As a platform, it tends to be innately voyeuristic, which can be both a good and bad thing when you’re dealing with relationships. While you want to share these parts of your life with your followers, there’s also such a thing as over sharing which can have damaging consequences. Sticking to healthy ways of sharing relationship news on social media is absolutely key to survive in a world that’s already over saturated with information. Here are a few tips about how and what to share on social media to maintain a healthy relationship. Beware the Over Share Much like having a TMI

The ONLY Way to Communicate with a Spouse or Loved One Who Does Not Share Your Political Views

Photo by Jared Sluyter on Unsplash Managing conflict is a huge part of being in a relationship. Given the current political climate, that skill has become so much more important now more than ever. The past election has proved so divisive that it’s making friends and family choose sides and unfriend each other on Facebook and in real life. If yours and your spouse’s or loved one’s political views are on opposite sides of the fence, here’s how you can communicate and talk to each other without doing damage to your partnership or marriage. Communication is key Sometimes, just saying what you feel can be enough to open the floor for a meaningful discussion, says the Huffington Post. If you have never tried

What if Your Better Half Doesn’t Want to Join You for Couples Therapy?

Disagreements are normal in every relationship. You’re never going to agree on everything, and that’s all right. That kind of dynamics can add to the unique nature of your relationship. That said, there are going to be days when you both will feel out of step with each other. There will be passages of boredom and times when you’ll stomp your feet in frustration or throw yourself out the window. However, if you think the fights are getting worse, if it’s turning into disengagement and alienation, one that’s getting out of hand fast, thinking about ways to reconnect can help. A couple’s therapy might just be the perfect solution. One major hurdle that could stand in the way, though, is this: your spouse or partner

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