STOP!!! Don’t Make That Resolution!

New Year's Resolutions

By Rhonda Huff, M.Ed, BS Fitness/Wellness, IIN, AADP Holistic Health Coach

Research from the University of Scranton suggests that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. I want to provide you with a simple way to beat those odds.

HEY MOM! IT’S TIME TO GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!

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By Karen Amster-Young

Karen Amster-Young and Pam Godwin are the co-authors of The 52 Weeks: Two Women and Their Quest to Get Unstuck, with Stories and Ideas to Jumpstart Your Year of Discovery (Skyhorse Publishing, November 2013). The book is available online and in stores everywhere.

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It’s so easy to fall into a routine with the kids, family obligations, responsibilities, and work. One day you just wake up and feel bored and restless, despite being “busy” and running around. You have very little “me” time, let alone have time to try new things. You feel “stuck.”

Try these simple ideas to break out of your “mom” comfort zone.

Creating Christmas Cheer

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By John Friia

New York at Christmas is a special time of year. Crowds gather around the big tree in Rockefeller Center, gaze at the iconic window displays and discover new Christmas shops that put anyone into a cheerful mood. Yet it could also be a stressful time of the year when it is time to decorate your home, because carrying a Christmas tree through the subway and streets of New York isn’t the most joyful thing to do. Trying to find a solution to this problem I discovered SoHo Trees that took the stress away by decorating my apartment and allowed me to fully enjoy the wonderful season.

5 Ways to Give Your Kid an Attitude of Gratitude from Empowerment

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By Expert Jen Groover

With the holiday season quickly approaching, children are inundated with advertising and talk of toys and gifts, creating a seemingly endless stream of “I want’s.” It’s easy for children to forget about all the things, both material and immaterial, that they already have in their lives. According to Empowerment Expert Jen Groover, it’s important to teach children to express gratitude at a young age, as gratitude is a powerful emotion that will help them find peace in trying times as they get older. Gratitude also teaches kids resiliency, which is one of the key components needed for success and happiness. Your viewers can help their kids appreciate all that they have with Jen Groover’s 5 Ways to Give Your Kid an Attitude of Gratitude:

Five Ways to Empower Your Kids This School Year

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Empowerment and Business Expert Entrepreneur, Author & Mom Jen Groover, Shares Her Tips for Raising Happy, Healthy, Empowered Children in New York City

The world children grow up in today is vastly different than the one many of us remember from our own childhoods – especially in New York City. As parents today, we want more for our children than just academic and career success, we want them to believe in themselves, lead positive, purposeful, rewarding lives and grow to become the best possible version of themselves. However, with their schedules jam packed with extracurricular activities, technology at their fingertips and a whole new breed of school bully, it is easy for a child living in New York City to feel powerless in their own life. It’s more important now than ever to empower children by giving them the tools they need to develop their own identity and the personal strength to achieve their goals and become their own role models for positive living.

Controlling Your Dog’s Scent Marking

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By Victoria Stilwell

Scent marking is a very normal and common behavior particularly in male dogs but becomes a big problem when marking occurs in the home. Dogs mark to advertise their presence or to claim territory and resources. Pheromones in urine and feces contain chemical messages that pass on information about the marker such as age, sex, health and reproductive status. Even though urination has a competitive component, it can also occur if a dog is over stimulated, for example, during or after vigorous play, or if a dog becomes anxious in a particular situation, such as when a person leaves. This common expression of anxiety in dogs is often mistaken for spite, resulting in punishment which only serves to increase anxious behavior.

The Tri-state Area’s Best Private Schools

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By Anna Ryan
It’s that time of year again when parents start thinking about school. Whether it’s a youngster entering grade school or a teenager going into high school, we’ve got the best private schools in the tri-state area. Admissions into the top private schools have become a contact sport and we wish to only bring you the top tier. Use this guide and good luck!