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Exercise Benefits Body, Mind

By Amber Russell, Courier & Press, March 3, 2015 – At the beginning of the year, gyms and fitness centers are filled with individuals who have made resolutions to get healthy. Studies show that more than half of these people will have abandoned their New Year’s resolutions by June. Exercise should be a way of […]

Parenting a Child With Special Needs

By Heather Miller, Courier & Press, February 24, 2015 – “None of us are born knowing how to be a special needs mom. I’m still trying to figure it out and am just stumbling along.” These words were written by a mother of a child with spina bifida in response to my email asking for […]

Communicate Openly for Healthy Relationships

By Wendy Lynch, Youth First Social Work Intern, Courier & Press, February 17, 2015 – Does your child have trouble navigating relationships? Do you feel confident in your ability to help your child sort through their conflicts? Being available and willing to listen are the building blocks to establishing the necessary trust to help your […]

Grandparents Play the Role of a Lifetime

by Parri Black, Courier & Press, February 10, 2015 — At this point in my life, nothing gives me greater joy than my grandchildren. The feelings I have for them are almost indescribable. It’s a combination of deep affection and perhaps an even deeper connection. They link my past, present, and future, and God willing, […]

Don’t Let Anger Turn to Hate

By Katherine Baker, Courier & Press, January 20, 2015 — As a school social worker, I often work with individuals whose past resentments escalate from anger to hate. Unresolved anger can affect you and those around you. Your ability to reason and think clearly can be clouded by the anger you feel. American society promotes […]

When Sleep Calls, Give Your Mind and Body a Rest

By Jon Haslam, Courier & Press, 1/13/15 — When I was teen, I remember turning on my television at night and cranking the volume down to a quiet hum. I prayed that my parents wouldn’t be able to hear the bass riff that kicked off an episode of “Seinfeld” and, to be honest, I usually […]

The Importance of Family Traditions

by Kate Thrall, Courier & Press, 1/13/15 — The holiday season has been busy for many of us. You may have gone out of town to see family and friends or hosted a holiday celebration. There is something special about having loved ones near us during this time of year, and it is comforting to […]

Resolve To Be a More Positive Person

By Teresa Mercer, Youth First School Social Worker, Courier & Press, 1/6/2015 Happy New Year! For many people a brand new year brings resolutions. While some resolutions may be broken before Valentine’s Day, many will produce positive changes that will last.