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A 7-step path to parenting Zen

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If you have school-age children, you probably know that Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits” series has been modified and monetized for youngsters. Close to 1,500 elementary schools are using “The Leader in Me” series, The Associated Press reports, which spells out seven mini-mottos for students. I’m a fan of anything I can bark out during times of duress, particularly if my … 0

When teens need help saying no

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Some years ago, before I had children of my own, I went to visit a friend and former colleague whose oldest daughter was then a middle-schooler. When I told my friend how terrific I thought that daughter was, my friend agreed but said she (the mom) was worried about one thing. Her daughter, H., apparently had started declining invitations to hang out with … 0

When a divorce is easier than letting go of the inlaws

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I’ve been divorced for three years, and my mother is still hoping it’s just a phase. “Are you sure you don’t want to invite him on vacation?” she will ask me of my ex-husband, whom she still adores. Although my ex and I include each other on every holiday, kid’s birthday and special occasion, I’m not going to be inviting him along on … 0

Study examines sexual behavior of women on vacation

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CHICAGO — Who knew that having sex on the beach - or other far-flung tourist destinations - could be so complicated? Some women who engaged in risky sexual behavior while traveling told a researcher that they felt freed from a sexual double standard at home, and hoped to … 0

Teens: Unwritten rules for social media aren’t so friendly

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sixty percent of young women say they’ve experienced bullying on Facebook, even as they commit to a rigorous set of unofficial rules of social conduct, according to a new survey. Time magazine reports the highlights of a study by social networking site We Heart It that asked 5,000 … 0

Cost to raise a child rises to more than $245,000

Monday, August 18, 2014

The cost for a middle-income family to raise a child born in 2013 to age 18 rose to $245,340, up 1.8 percent from the previous year, according to a government report released Monday. Housing comprised the largest expense … 0

Peek into brain shows how kids learn math skills

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. The … 0

Health note: Better chance for a cure? Cervical cancer study of promising drug

Monday, August 18, 2014

Better chance for a cure? Cervical cancer study of promising drug A national clinical trial is underway with the goal of improving survival rates for cervical cancer patients worldwide. Dr. Charles Kunos, medical director of radiation oncology at … 0

Treating depression

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The biggest danger with depression, said Karin Jeffers, chief executive officer of Clinical & Support Options in Northampton, is when people underestimate the impact it can have on the person suffering. People often “think it’s not their place to get involved,” she said, “when in fact … 1

Lessons of stigmas, stereotypes in Williams’ death

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jamie Masada, the owner of the fabled Los Angeles-based comedy club the Laugh Factory, vividly remembers a warm exchange with comic Richard Jeni of the two sharing words of encouragement and gentle ribbing. “The next day I heard … 1

Check it out: bereavement support, Parkinson’s disease dance program

Monday, August 18, 2014

LGBT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT An eight-week LGBT Bereavement Support Group, for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender adults who have experienced the death of a life partner or spouse, will be held Thursdays from Oct. 2 through Nov. 20. Participants explore reactions to loss, learn about the grieving process and … 0

Health events

Monday, August 18, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ VISION, SPEECH AND HEARING STUTTERING — A support group for people dealing with stuttering meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. For information, contact Carla Bernier or Alex Young by email at … 0

A bourbon bubble? P roduction at distilleries hits highest point in US since ’70s

Sunday, August 17, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation. To put it in bartenders’ lingo: … 0