Reflections & Insight

How Not To Make Halloween Into A Nightmare: Tips For Co-Parenting

Halloween is often overlooked when creating parenting plans. It never seems to get the attention that Christmas, Fourth of July or even Labor Day receive. Because people don’t get time off for Halloween, it is often simply forgotten in custody orders. However, it can be pretty frightful if the parents are acting like monsters on the night that the kids are supposed to be having fun. Here are some tips to make sure that Halloween is a treat instead of ...

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Why January is Considered the “Divorce Month”

January has been dubbed “divorce month” — and with good reason. It shows a higher number of divorce filings than any other month. Going through a divorce during the holidays can be emotionally draining, which is why many people don’t do it – they put it off until January. People don’t want to upset the status quo, rituals or routines over the holiday season; they want a peaceful Christmas, Hanukkah, festive season or happy New Year’s. They also don’t want ...

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Divorce after age 50

According to an article in the New York Times, more Americans 50 and older are divorced than widowed. A half a century ago, 2.8% of Americans age 50 and older were divorced. By 2000, 11.8% were. In 2011, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 15.4% were divorced, another 2.1% separated, and 13.5% widowed.

Based on those statistics, the divorce rate among people 50 and older has doubled since 1990. That’s a significant increase since half the married U.S. population ...

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Keeping The Holidays Happy Despite Your Divorce

These days, as soon as November hits, we are bombarded with all things holiday. From advertisements, to recipes, to school events and water cooler chatter, we just cannot escape the frenzy of this supposedly joyous time of year. However, for those going through a divorce, the holiday season may be more depressing than delightful. Family traditions are altered, children are struggling, and finances are often tight. Nonetheless, there are some steps that you can take to try and make the ...

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Breaking up: 7 Ways in Which Divorce Affects Your Physical and Mental Health

The fact that an estimated half of all marriages in America now end in divorce doesn’t make breaking up any easier to do. The staggering emotional impact of a break-up can not only leave you feeling completely broken — loss, anger, anxiety, and loneliness are common emotions — but can also take a significant toll on your health.

“Every thought, every action, every word that you say creates a physical response by the brain,” Kathleen Hall, stress expert and founder of ...

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Why Do Older Couples Divorce?

More and more couples are splitting up as they grow older. In fact, a quarter of all divorces now involve those over 50. Reflecting this trend, the New York Times began a new feature on their Sunday Vows page called ‘Unhitched-Lessons Learned When It’s All Over’. Divorced couples are asked to look back at their life together, reflect on its unraveling, and try to understand why their marriage could not be saved.

The trend is puzzling. Many people spend years looking ...

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Happiness is a Product of Realization

Submitted by Sammi Siegel

Clinical psychologists believe that happiness is a product of realization. One must allow oneself to go through a process to feel happiness. They explain the following phase:

Accept the Pains. You must get in touch with your situation. Sometimes people deny their hardship, thinking that if they don’t face them, they will be happier. But it’s the other way around. Allow yourself to go through the pains.

Choose Not to Stay in Pain. They say this is “self-empowerment.” You ...

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The Non-Diet Mind

Do you have the mind-set that you struggle with your weight, that you’re too fat, that you need to go on a diet, or that you have no self-control? Then you are not alone. I had dinner with a friend last night and she was complaining to me that she needs to lose weight. She described “scooping” out a bagel and filling it with tuna fish salad so that she could restrict her carbohydrates but still have some ...

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Living With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

So, you’ve thought, “maybe I should go talk with someone about how I’m feeling emotionally”. But you quickly change your mind and tell yourself, “oh, they’ll never understand, or I’ll figure this out on my own, or if I do talk with someone about this, then I can’t be in denial anymore.” You are not alone. When someone walks through my door, I know they’ve danced with ambivalence for quite some time. Let me give you some reasons how ...

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IBD – Biological or Emotional?

I have been asked many times, “Could I have caused my Inflammatory Bowel Disease because I am such an emotional person?” The answer is a definitive NO. Many years ago it was believed that IBD was part of a group of medical disorders that were characteristic of certain personality traits and specific biological markers. However, current research maintains the notion that the etiology of IBD is biological and not emotional. CCFA has addressed this issue of the role of ...

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