Happy Mother’s Day: Grandparents’ 911. . . Continued

May 5, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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My transition into becoming a grandparent was fairly typical, or so I imagined . . . I was unprepared, however, for the outpouring of comments and questions that have accompanied the posts I have written on this topic. Readers’ comments in response to issues in this area have been more numerous than in response to any other on WVFC. Clearly it strikes a nerve.

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On the Bright Side: Making a Relationship Work When Your Partner Can’t Change

May 4, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

How can you tell the difference between a problem that’s amenable to direct intervention and one that may require a different approach?

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Mental Wellness: Steps for Establishing Routines to Nurture Your Mental Health

May 2, 2016 by Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Megan Riddle, M.D., Ph.D.

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By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Megan Riddle, Ph.D., M.S.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. What’s in your mental wellness routine?

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Post-Traumatic Growth: New Life After the Harshest Winter

April 28, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Is trauma always devastating, leaving lasting scars that never heal and incapacitating us ever after?

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On the Bright Side: NEW HABITS—Small Steps/Big Changes

April 27, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Everything can be reduced to simple steps, but even the more stubborn, complex habits that have a component of physical addiction, such as alcoholism or drug abuse, can be battled using some of these principles.

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Why It May Be Good for You to Go to Your School Reunion

April 25, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Don’t make the mistake of failing to adjust your perspective to current reality. You may have aged, but then so have your classmates. They will not be seeing you through the same eyes they used in high school (thank god!).

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Midlife Suicide Rates Increasing for Women

April 25, 2016 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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While the rate of suicide increased for both men and women, women saw a staggering 45 percent increase overall. For middle-aged women, suicide remains among the top 10 leading causes of death.

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Yes, Your Pet Is Really Smart

April 21, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

As a dog owner, I am frequently impressed by their human-like responses to distress, anger, or excitement. Sometimes their intelligence seems superior, if not extrasensory.

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Siblings: Life’s Longest Relationship

April 14, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The bond between brothers and sisters offers the joy of shared history, understanding, and support that can be a great pleasure and asset if treated with respect and care.

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Book Review: On Recovering from Sibling Rivalry

April 14, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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“I had an older brother, but he was never a brother to me,” Jeanne Safer writes. “We spent our childhoods at the same address with the same biological parents, ate dinner at the same table every night, and even shared a room for a few years at first, although we never shared a single confidence while we occupied it.”

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On the Bright Side: Three Kinds of Advice You Can Safely Ignore

April 11, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the most popular buzz words is “mindful.” This word is almost everywhere these days, so much so that it is becoming meaningless. I almost lost my own mind when I saw a sign in a clothing store the other day claiming they were “mindful” of the origin of the seeds of the plants their fabrics came from.

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Strange Bedfellows: Political Differences in Marriage

April 7, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Regardless of the outcome, this election has brought renewed focus to sexism and women’s rights. Perhaps men everywhere may learn that the clock has run out on the obsolete idea that women are figures to be ridiculed and demeaned.

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On the Bright Side: Are Women Better Leaders than Men?

April 6, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“The elephant alpha-female emerges not according to the strongest or most aggressive personality, but on account of the respect earned by other elephants. She demonstrates leadership through her wisdom, strength, and her extraordinary skills in problem-solving.”

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On the Bright Side: Reinvention—at Midlife, Small Changes Go Far

April 5, 2016 by C.A. Martin

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By Cecilia Martin

Many of us are stuck in situations that do not tap into either our essential selves or our core values, and reversing that can be not just invigorating and life-enhancing, but life-saving.

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Pet Therapy: The Power of a Beating Heart

March 31, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

A therapy dog is a dog who can bring her talent for loving to therapeutic use. I had known about pet therapy programs for a while and experienced them firsthand when my husband was hospitalized for an extended stay.

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