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A Dad's Point-of-View: Stick With Your Rules, Even When It's Hard
Bruce Sallan

Nobody promised that being a parent would be easy nor were we assured that we'd get kids that were easy to handle. If you're like most of us, you face regular challenges to your authority, your rules, and the way you expect your kids to behave.

Links to Spirituality Found in Brain
Live Science

Scientists have identified areas of the brain that, when damaged, lead to greater spirituality. The findings hint at the roots of spiritual and religious attitudes, the researchers say.

A Dad's Point-of-View: Marriage - It's Complicated
Bruce Sallan

My wife took me to see Nancy Meyers' new movie, It's Complicated, with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin. I didn't expect what followed. Throughout the movie, my wife was jabbing me in the ribs whenever she wanted me to notice a point being made that she felt related to me or us.

Spotlight on Vallarta: Discover TALVIA
SF Productions

In this edition of Spotlight on Vallarta, host Kori Rayburn talks with Talia Genin about TALVIA, a worldwide movement of enlightened individuals dedicated to universal betterment through continual personal transformation and mutual support, and her Wednesday evening gatherings at PV Beach Club.

"Three Idiots" Give Society Words of Wisdom
Dr Shura Darapuri

It is a great satire on the education system and the attitude of society. It tells us rote learning can be very harmful. That knowledge is to ‘know’ and not just in the name of educating ourselves memorise whatever comes our way.

Youth who Self-Identify as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual at Higher Suicide Risk, Say Montreal Researchers
Mark Shainblum

Mental health professionals have long-known that gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) teens face significantly elevated risks of mental health problems, including suicidal thoughts and suicidal attempts. However, a group of McGill University researchers in Montreal has now come to the conclusion that self-identity is the crucial risk-factor.

A Dad's Point-of-View: Making the Correct Decision
Bruce Sallan

One of the many things that we try to teach our children is how to make a good decision. Sometimes the problem can be that we may not always make good decisions ourselves or we may allow emotions to influence our choices. I found this to be true in a recent argument I had with my older son...

What Place Do You Find Yourself In?
David Lord

Is there a place that you can go to get away from the mad house the world has become since 2000? Maybe you should think of a home away from home. I am not about to claim that I have answers for everyone, but some share what was my life condition, so I'll share what was my life solution.

A Dad's Point-of-View: We're Giving Our Kids a Worse and Harder World
Bruce Sallan

The parents of every generation hope that their children can and will do better than they did. Ours may be the first generation, in a very long while, where it is both unlikely and unrealistic to have this expectation. The world's just gotten much more complicated, much harder, and more competitive.

How to Live Your Life Twice
American Friends of Tel Aviv University

In an article co-authored with the Israeli researcher Arie Ruttenberg for the Harvard Business Review last year, and another in the journal Psychoanalytic Psychology, Prof. Strenger posits that the mid-life years are the best time of life to flourish and grow.

A Dad's Point-of-View: What I Learned This Past Holiday Season
Bruce Sallan

Every holiday season brings both wonderful times and challenging family situations. This past season included my in-laws' first visit to our home and the first time my family and I would be apart. Can I say I learned more about our relationships? You bet. Was it easy and fun? You be the judge.

Food, Sex and Giving
Nicholas D. Kristof

Happiness is tied to volunteering and to giving blood ... Helping others may be as primal a human pleasure as food or sex.

Parenting Conference at American School
Elena Garza

On Thursday, January 21st, the American School of Puerto Vallarta will be hosting conferences for parents by 'Parenting is a Contact Sport' author Joanne Stern, PhD. A much-sought-after speaker and keynote presenter, Dr. Stern is an expert in the field of family relationships and communications.

When Work Interferes with Life
April Kemick

As many as 50 per cent of people bring their work home with them regularly, according to new research out of the University of Toronto that describes the stress associated with work-life balance and the factors that predict it.

Ongoing Human Evolution Could Explain Recent Rise in Certain Disorders
Amy Lavoie

The subtle but ongoing pressures of human evolution could explain the seeming rise of disorders such as autism, autoimmune diseases, and reproductive cancers, researchers write in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

New Approach to Fighting Alzheimer's Shows Potential in Clinical Trial
Jennifer Hirsch

In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, patients typically suffer a major loss of the brain connections necessary for memory and information processing. Now, a combination of nutrients that was developed at MIT has shown the potential to improve memory in Alzheimer's patients by stimulating growth of new brain connections.

A Dad's Point-of-View: A Different Set of New Year's Resolutions
Bruce Sallan

I hate New Year's Resolutions. I swore I'd never write one. I misspoke. So, this is going to be a New Year's Resolutions column, with a twist: it will include both resolutions and wishes. I am going to mix my own personal resolutions and wishes with those I project for others, and the world.

Earlier Bedtimes May Help Protect Adolescents Against Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
Kelly Wagner

A study in the Jan. 1 issue of the journal Sleep found that adolescents with bedtimes that were set earlier by parents were significantly less likely to suffer from depression and to think about committing suicide.

It's Never Too Late to Quit Smoking and Save Your Vision
Elaine Schmidt Haber

Just in time for New Year's resolutions, a UCLA study finds that even after age 80, smoking continues to increase one's risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in Americans over 65.

A Dad's Point-of-View: What Does the First Year of Marriage Portend?
Bruce Sallan

Dennis Prager, one of the most influential men in my life, spoke on his talk show recently about the impact of a first year on marriage. He asked if an easy, successful first year or a difficult, hard first year were indicative of the long-term success of the marriage?

Ask the Doctor - Corralling Confidence - How to Cowboy Up
Judy Krings

Clinical psychologist and internationally certified personal and professional life coach Judy Krings talks about how to achieve greater self-esteem and gives us tips for building self-confidence by taking risks, learning new things, sharing your knowledge, and enjoying the ride along the way.

Hans King at PV's SETAC Community Center
Ed Thomas

Internationally acclaimed physic medium and spiritual teacher Hans King will be making another appearance in Puerto Vallarta on January 3, 2010 at 7 pm to help raise funds for the SETAC Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.

Hard Choice for a Comfortable Death: Sedation
Anemona Hartocollis

In almost every room people were sleeping, but not like babies. This was not the carefree sleep that would restore them to rise and shine for another day. It was the sleep before — and sometimes until — death.

Recession Proofing Your Holiday
Dr. Tian Dayton & Josie Ramirez-Herndon

Not being able to do all that we might be used to doing seems to have some side benefits. Here’s what I am hearing people say.

Brain Training Can Help Improve Specific Abilities in Older People
Informed Health Online

Many brain training products claim to be able to keep us mentally fit. Some products even claim that brain training can prevent dementia in old age. But there is no scientific proof that games or other brain exercises can have this effect.

A Dad's Point-of-View: Christmas Trees, Menorahs, and Being Apart (on Christmas)
Bruce Sallan

This holiday season my wife and I will celebrate our first year of marriage on separate continents. As we are different races and religions, there are usually challenges we encounter at this time of year, so maybe being 7,000 miles apart will make it easier...

U.S. Autism Cases Show 59% Increase, Alarming Activists
Stacey Singer

One in every 100 children in the United States may have some form of autism spectrum disorder, far more than previously believed, and the rate appears to be worsening quickly, especially among boys, new figures from the CDC show.

New Study Explores Role of Sexual, Social Behaviors in Seniors’ Well-Being
Todd Kluss

Sexuality among older adults tended to vary with age and gender. At all ages in the study, men were more likely than women to have a partner, more likely to be sexually active with that partner, and tend to have more positive and permissive attitudes toward sex.

Awakening the Spirit
Krystal Frost

Those who are willing to use their intuition play a great role in the time in which we live. Trust your inner knowing, develop your intuition, and you will not only enrich your life by being true to yourself but the lives of those around you.

Study Identifies Those Elderly Most at Risk for Major Depression
University of Rochester

University of Rochester Medical Center researchers have pinpointed the prime factors identifying which elderly persons are at the highest risk for developing major depression.

The Excess Of Success
Associated Press

Exceptional people, be they superstar athletes, politicians, celebrities or CEOs, are driven to be the very best at what they do. To that end, Tiger Woods is no exception. We shouldn't be surprised, then, when that zeal carries over to the rest of his life.

Creating Understanding About Mental Illness
Mary Susan Littlepage

Suzanne Andriukaitis never knows what to expect when she wakes up in the morning. Asked what a typical day is like at The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Greater Chicago (NAMI-GC), Andriukaitis said with a laugh, "There is no such thing."

A Dad's Point-of-View: A Dad, His Son, and Poor Grades
Bruce Sallan

What parent hasn't dreaded report card time, especially when a child is underperforming? How do two kids, born of the same genetic material, turn out so differently when it comes to school performance and their work ethic?

Are Angry Women More Like Men?
Jessie Williams

"Why is it that men can be bastards and women must wear pearls and smile?" wrote author Lynn Hecht Schafran. The answer, according to an article in the Journal of Vision, may lie in our interpretation of facial expressions.

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