Monthly Archives: December 2013

Changing attitudes towards disability

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Changing attitudes towards disabilityWhen you think of a person with a disability, what comes to mind? A blind person with a guide dog? Or perhaps a person in a wheelchair, or someone talking to herself on the subway? The term disability is very generic and ambiguous.

When the label of “disability” is attached to you, it can be difficult to feel like an autonomous, equal and respected member of society. It starts with the language we use. I find the term “disability” demeaning. When you break it down, the prefix “dis” means subtraction or removal and when you put it in front of “ability,” it implies that there is a subtraction or removal of ability. I don’t feel like I am less able …

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Who gets the kids for the holidays?

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Who gets the kids for the holidaysThe holidays are dear to most of us because they provide an opportunity for families to come together and celebrate. They connect us to familiar rituals and to warm, happy memories from our past. The holidays are part of the larger culture and even if our own memories are less than perfect, we know all too well the gold standard as portrayed in songs, movies and pictures. Most of all, these expectations are about sharing happy times with loved ones.

But not all of us have a “so happy together” holiday season to look forward to. If you’re divorced from your spouse and are facing a holiday without your children, you may feel cheated, confused, and uncertain about how to …

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Give your child the gift of budgeting this holiday season

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Give your child the gift of budgeting this holiday seasonThough it’s nice to surprise your kids during the holidays with the most-desired and brand-significant gifts on their wish list, when it comes to smartphones and digital devices, it’s wiser to discuss the possibilities with your children ahead of time. Use this opportunity to teach your kids about budgeting, shopping around and getting the best deal.

Once you’ve determined that your child is responsible enough for their very own smartphone and you’ve laid down the rules about usage, it’s time to do some online research. Check out online reviews and what other parents have to say about the best options. Next, create a cell phone checklist and do some market research on different brands and providers.

Cell phone and data

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Introducing new family traditions

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Introducing New Family TraditionsTradition is a big part of the holiday season. The idea of a “new tradition” is an oxymoron like a little big idea or a serious joke. According to the dictionary, tradition is “a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time.” For most of the year, we might not give tradition much thought but around the holidays, we do and with mixed families it can be a challenge to please everybody.

Let’s ask ourselves a few questions about tradition

  • What happens when tradition loses its meaning due to changing conditions or new demands?
  • What happens when we lose touch with the religious
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Prioritizing self-care during the holidays

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Prioritizing self-care during the holidaysIt comes as no surprise that stress, fatigue and even depression are often heightened during the winter holiday season. Regardless of your religion – or whether you’re religious at all – it can be an exhausting and challenging time.

During the holidays, other people’s needs are flying at you from all angles. Your boss may have extra work for you to finish before taking time off; social demands are high with many parties to attend; and family is asking for extra attention, especially if your extended family is making an appearance. With everyone else demanding so much from you, it can be easy to forget or minimize your own needs. This is where the importance of self-care comes in.

Self-care …

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