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Throughout the first 15 years of the 21st century, there has been an increase in the number of mass shootings in the United States. Preventing these situations is a priority of many community leaders as well as school administrators and people in other gathering spaces like offices and sporting events. The American Psychological Association and the U.S. Department of Education give tips on methods to prevent these incidents.
All parents have high hopes for their children. Moms and dads want their kids to be happy, do well in school and have amazing futures. High expectations from parents can be motivating, helping kids achieve educationally, and understandably, many would assume this is a no-brainer. A study recently reported by the American Psychological Association makes clear, however, that this scenario does not always play out.
Perhaps you experience some joy at being able to announce Christmas shopping is finally completed, or feel proud of the 10 dozen decorated cookies cooling on your kitchen counter, but what happen to the magic? The sense of anticipation and awe you felt as a child during the holidays? You don’t have to abdicate your role as a responsible adult to once again experience the holiday joy.
Some people try to fake their way through. Others withdraw, sitting out the holidays in silence. For those grieving the death of a loved one, either recent, or still tender to the touch, holiday time can be particularly painful. Even those able to take solace from friends and family can face poignant, difficult reminders of their loved one’s absence on special days and may need added support and understanding to get through.

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