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Sometimes things can get to be more than you can handle. I know this from my own personal experience. I suffered a great loss and after a year of trying to cope with that loss on my own, I knew that it was time for me to reach out for some help. I was missing work, didn't want to do much of anything and just didn't feel like myself. I started seeing a counselor each week, and it has helped. If you are struggling to recover after a loss, this blog may be able to help you find the help you need to get past it.

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New Years Resolutions That Will Strengthen Your Relationship With Your Children

by Jessica Mason

2016 is finally here! As you make your new year's resolutions, now is the time to think about your relationship with your child. There are many resolutions that can help you strengthen your relationship with your child and solidify the bond you two share. The following resolutions are relatively simple changes that can help you and your child have a healthy relationship.

1. Minimize phone time when you're with your kids.

Your child gauges your priorities by observing your behavior. Focusing your attention to an electronic device when you're supposed to be spending time with your child can lead your child to believe that you place more importance on the electronic device than you do on your child. When in the presence of your child, put your electronic device away. Avoid texting, surfing the Internet or checking your apps for updates. If you do spend a little time on your phone, limit your time on the device to mere seconds at each stretch.

2. Spend one-on-one time doing something fun every day.

Even if it's just for a walk or to work on a puzzle together, resolve to set aside time each day when you and your child can be together. Avoid school work and chores during this time. Instead, spend time with your child doing something strictly enjoyable. Take this time to enjoy each other's company.

3. Read and snuggle before bedtime.

Get together at bedtime and cuddle up on your child's bed. Let your child pick books that he or she would like you to read. Don't turn this time into a reading lesson if your child struggles with reading. Make this time fun. When the books are done, let your child ask questions about the book or let your child talk to you about other things that may be on his or her mind. This kind of sleepy, comfortable interaction is a good bonding experience and will help your child learn to express his or her feelings to you.

4. Sign up for family counseling (even if you're not sure you need it).

Family counseling can help you solve problems between you and your child--problems that you may not even known you have. Family counseling will also teach you and your child to express your feelings in healthy ways, which can help you avoid problems in the future. To get started today, contact a family counseling firm in your area like Fairbanks Counseling & Adoption. They will help you set up an appointment and may be able to tell you other ways that you can strengthen the bond between you and your child.