Relationships That Matter

Does Your Adopted Teen Suffer From PTSD?

Teenagers who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are a relatively new demographic, one that has gained a lot of attention as of late. Teenage PTSD, when combined with fluctuating hormones, can result in devastating consequences. What’s more? - Adopted teens have an unusually high proclivity to the disorder and require immediate psychological assistance. The Dangers of Teenage PTSD Adopted, troubled teens who suff...

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New Tracking Devices for Autistic Children

The body of Avonte Oquendo was found in New York this last January. Avonte ran from his school more than three months prior to being found, and both his parents and hometown searched frantically. Avonte was unsupervised, and shown on camera fleeing through an unlocked door. While most people do not find this troubling over a 14 year old boy, in this case, the situation was different: Avonte was autistic, and nonverbal. This was devasta...

Student Suspended For Saving Friend's Life

Another Example Of The Intrinsic Flaws Of Zero Tolerance Are zero tolerance policies making our school administrators lose their minds? This is the question people across the country have been asking themselves as stories continue to come out about punishments that are disproportionate at best and ridiculous at worst. We hear about cases like the boy (a kindergartner) who pointed his finger like a gun, or the second grader, who bi...

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How Teen Moodiness Can Bring a Whole Family Down

It is a widely accepted idea that emotional states are shared across individuals, much like viruses. Certainly you have heard the expression “A smile is contagious.” The same principal holds true with nearly every other emotion.  People who spend a great deal of time together tend to emotionally converge. The positive effects of this are fairly well documented, but when the negative is taken into account, such as the&nb...

The Importance of Fathers in the Child's Development

Why Babies Need Dads Too! Here is a refreshing article about the role of Dad's in the child's development. Even though this should be common sense, it isn't. The role of the father has been obliterated in the last several decades, and for many reasons. Instead of going into the reasons or causes of the absent father, this article focuses on the importance of his role. Original article posted on PsychologyToday.com on June 12th, 2016 b...

Happiest Grandfather In The World Gets A Big Surprise

There is nothing better than making the people you love feel special, and this is exactly what happens in one of the most heart-warming videos I’ve seen on YouTube. When you see the way this man reacts, it is clear that family is the most important thing to him. Normally, this man and his wife make yearly trips to visit their daughter and grandson, but due to health issues had been unable to make the trip. You can see from his rea...

What Responsibility Do Employers Have for Employees with Drug Problems?

The legal responsibilities employers have toward employees with drug and alcohol abuse or addiction issues is a sticky-wicket, to say the least. When it comes to drug use and employees there are many deeper issues, concrete laws, and moral duties to both the company and the employee. Employers face both legal and moral dilemmas and there are no easy answers. "Common sense would say that the revelation of an employee’s “su...

Is Pornography Helping or Hurting in the Bedroom? I say, "It's hurting and causing great damage"

Pornography is a touchy subject and there are many sides to any debate involving porn. Well known experts are have bee a part of recent discussions. But what are the experts saying? And, who are these experts? What is their agenda, and who is left out of the list of "experts"? What about what "people" say? Ordinary people in traditional relationships - husband and wife? What are wives saying about their husband's po...

My Google Search History Paints The Picture of a Very Lonely Man

I am a nerd. I have been a nerd as long as I can possibly remember, from playing Pokémon at age nine, to being moderately interested in Magic the Gathering at 21. I have played and beaten most of the best video games ever produced, been ranked in the top 250 Halo Reach players (if you know what that means, you too are a nerd), and attended Comic-Con every year. In my personal life, I have a level of confidence that informs every...