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The holidays are here, and the familiar tune tells us it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But for separated or divorced families, it can also be one of the most challenging times of the year. Whether together or separated, one thing most parents can agree on is that they want their children to have the best holiday possible. Successfully co-parenting during the holidays may not be easy; however, the following tips can help you make the holidays less stressful for you and your children.

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Couples and Arguing

Couples will have disagreements. The dictionary definition of the word “fight” is: to be involved in a battle or combat or to be aggressive. Conflict resolution needs to be focused on solutions rather than on trying to win or gain one-upmanship over a spouse. Here are some thoughts that can turn potential wounds into victory.

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Are you Over Stressed?

When we are anxious and have OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), our sympathetic nervous system stays activated. In this state, our bodies are on alert and go into survival mode. In order to lower our anxiety level, we need to cognitively work on changing our beliefs about that anxiety (usually with the help of a therapist) and implement some physiological exercises. The following simple relaxation techniques can activate the parasympathetic nervous system and will help you relax, lower blood pressure and lower pulse rate.

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How to age gracefully

What does it mean to grow old in today’s world? Aging affects everyone differently. However, the one thing we all have in common is that we cannot avoid it. How do we not just grow old, but grow old well?

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Creative Mind

Imagine! We are made in the image of God! It follows, then, that if we are made in the image of the Creative Architect of the entire universe that we must have inherited some of that capacity for creativity, right? — Yet, how many times have we said, “I’m just not creative!” What is wrong with this picture? Could it be that we all have the capacity for creativity but aren’t utilizing what’s been given to us? Or could it be that for some reason we’re unable to recognize our particular areas of God-given creativity?

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