Author Archives: Debbie McGauran

8 Unique Health Benefits of Sibling Rivalry

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Sibling rivalry stems back to ancient biblical times with the story of Cain and Abel—two brothers in competition with each other for their father’s approval. Their story is rife with emotion, love, hate, and jealousy. It ultimately ends with pain and tragedy. The story of Cain and Abel highlights some of the unique aspects that   …Continue Reading


10 Healthy Benefits of Pet Therapy

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The magical bond between humans and animals has existed for millennia. Animals have played an integral part in our history as a source of food, clothing and survival. Some evolved into sources of protection, companionship and elevated in status to that of family or friend. Communication between humans and animals occurs on a deeper, more   …Continue Reading


12 Negative Thought Patterns that Play Havoc in Life

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Some people seem to have all the bad luck. Nothing ever seems to go right for them. We all know people like this. Neighbors, friends, relatives or perhaps you yourself fall into this category. More often than not these people have at least one thing in common…negative thought patterns. This is because thoughts are precursors   …Continue Reading


7 Up Close and Personal Head Lice Factoids

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Now that the kids are back at school they’re spending time up close and personal with other children in their classroom. It’s the time of year when they’re bringing back all sorts of things. Homework, friends, party invitations, colds, sniffles and even head lice. These insects make tiny, painless bites in the scalp and feed   …Continue Reading


10 Tips To Effectively Parent Difficult Teens

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Teenagers can be extremely challenging to parent. They are neither child nor adult but somewhere in between. At this stage of development the rational part of their brain takes a back seat to the more primitive, emotional and reactive part of their brain. In fact, the human brain is not fully developed until the age   …Continue Reading


5 Tips for Managing the “Witching” Hour with Children

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The witching hour is that dreaded time of day when parents are the most stressed and children inevitably choose to test boundaries. For some families this occurs in the morning when parents are trying to get ready for work while at the same time getting the kids up, dressed, fed and ready for school or   …Continue Reading


10 Tips for a Safe, Childproof Home

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Accidents are a leading cause of death and disability in children. In one study by M.Laffoy, it was found that over 50-percent of injuries were due to falls, cuts accounted for 23-percent, burns 13-percent, poisoning 8-percent, and ingestion of foreign objects 6-percent. Children under the age of 5-years are particularly vulnerable to sustaining injuries related   …Continue Reading


The 6 Health Benefits of Laughter

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Laughter and a sense of humor are good for your emotional, physical, and spiritual health. According to Paul E. McGee. Ph.D., “Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” The ability to laugh at your own mistakes   …Continue Reading


8 Common Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder

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Everyone has periods of feeling anxious in their lives. This could be due to starting school, a new job, getting married or visiting the dentist. People can feel anxious during times of stress in their lives. This is normal and to be expected. Once the stressful event is over the anxious feelings disappear. For some   …Continue Reading


8 Simple Routines to Improve your Health

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Establishing a simple daily routine of healthy habits can have beneficial effects on your health, happiness and overall wellbeing. A routine whether bad or good is simply a set of actions we repeat in the same sequence every day over an extended period of time. With time these actions become habits because they occur without   …Continue Reading