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How Emotional Trauma Affects Everyday Interactions: Teasing

How Emotional Trauma Affects Everyday Interactions: Teasing

This week we're discussing how trauma can be thought of in different ways than what it is normally defined. Someone can experience a traumatic situation in a non-traditional way and not realize they are having a "trauma reaction". Yesterday Teri discussed how abuse can create trauma reactions. Today we're going to talk about Teasing.

What Memorial Day Means To Me by Tammy McCord

What Memorial Day Means To Me by Tammy McCord

I do associate family cookouts, my mom's awesome bbq ribs & the official start of summer with this holiday. However, I also associate personal freedom as well. When thinking back on the true representation of Memorial Day, it's a day set aside in remembrance of those U.S. soldiers who died while in military service, the ritual beginning after the civil war.

Having Open Conversations Can Protect Kids from Predators

Having Open Conversations Can Protect Kids from Predators

This week we are discussing how to keep your child safe from predators. This is such an important topic. Many children who are sexually abused are done so by someone they know. We can never be too safe when it comes to talking to our kids about this in order to keep them safe. They need to understand that unfortunately people might try to hurt them. As Teri said, it’s important to have a balance. You don’t want them so afraid that everything is fearful to them. But they need to understand that bad things can happen, and yes, even from people we know. The key is helping them prevent it AND understanding what to do if something does happen. Here are two more tips to help you talk to your children and other parents. 

Signs Your Marriage Is In Trouble: Avoidance

Signs Your Marriage Is In Trouble: Avoidance

magine Hope specializes in helping couples build a healthy relationship. Unfortunately many people come to marriage counseling after a lot of damage has been done- so we all have hard work to do. This week we are trying to help people see signs that their relationship is in need of help before it is too late for the relationship to recover. If you find yourself struggling with some of these in your marriage, it maybe time to talk it through with one of our relationship experts.

Psychology and TV Families Starring "The Brady Bunch"

Psychology and TV Families Starring "The Brady Bunch"

At Imagine Hope we help many blended families.  I am currently in a blended family and I come from a blended family.  Perhaps that is why my sister Natalie (who I never refer to as my step sister) and I loved to watch the reruns of The Brady Bunch.  Since our “group had somehow formed a family”, Natalie and I would pretend to be Marcia and Jan when we were little.  We probably watched every episode multiple times.  I am sure we wondered, “why can’t our older brother be as nice as Greg?” or “why can’t we have a live-in maid as nice as Alice?” 

Ways To Handle Change Better: Think Bigger Picture

Ways To Handle Change Better: Think Bigger Picture

As we wrap up this week’s blog, we hope you’ve been able to adjust the way you see change, if change has been uncomfortable in the past. We offer one last piece of encouragement.

Be able to see the bigger picture.

Have you ever struggled during a big life change to understand why it was so painful, only to look back years (or even months) later, and feel gratitude for the change?

How to Communicate Better Part 1

How to Communicate Better Part 1

All relationships have conflict at some point. Many couples try to avoid it mostly because they don’t know how to make fighting work “for” their relationship. Conflict within communication can be a good thing if done correctly. It allows each person to be honest with themselves and their partner about their opinions and desires. This week Imagine Hope wants you make your communication better.

Strategies For Dealing With Anger- Part 2

Strategies For Dealing With Anger- Part 2

It's important as you read the blog this week to remember anger is a God-given emotion. It's perfectly healthy to feel anger. However, it's how we express anger that can become inappropriate or unhealthy. Here are two more tips to help when dealing with anger:

Get Help

If you find yourself running into the same anger problems, or you and your spouse going round and round with the same arguments, it might be time to get some help from a third party.

Supporting Someone With a Cancer Diagnosis Part 5

Supporting Someone With a Cancer Diagnosis Part 5

Chances are, you probably know someone who has either been recently diagnosed with a form of cancer, or has been in a long struggle with cancer.  Unfortunately, cancer is on the rise, and as the loved ones of cancer patients, we don't know how to handle or support those who have been diagnosed.  This weeks blog is focused on ways to support someone with cancer.  So, what can you do?

Supporting Someone With A Cancer Diagnosis Part 4

Supporting Someone With A Cancer Diagnosis Part 4

As we've discussed this week, being diagnosed with cancer is a life-changing experience. There are so many emotions involved. Many times a person diagnosed with cancer will feel overwhelmed about many different things. There are so many things to think about that you aren't normally faced with in the day to day. Hopefully this week you are finding ways to help a friend or family member who is battling cancer.

Supporting Someone With A Cancer Diagnosis Part 3

Supporting Someone With A Cancer Diagnosis Part 3

Unfortunately we are all impacted by cancer.  If you aren’t diagnosed with cancer in your lifetime, there is a very high probability someone you care about will be.  The cancer diagnosis can be a very scary and overwhelming journey.  Friends and family often have good intentions but may not know how to help.