'Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller weight loss shocker: no drugs, surgery, diet, exercise

Abby Lee Miller might be the most controversial reality TV star ever. Every episode of Lifetime network's "Dance Moms" ends in tears, tantrums, or some kind of drama with the bombastic dance coach. But love her or hate her, there's no denying Miller's massive weight loss. When you hear how Abby Lee Miller lost weight without drugs, surgery, diet, or even exercise, you might be jealous. The real story of the "Dance Moms" coach's weight loss isn't one to envy, however.    'Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller weight loss shocker: no drugs, surgery, diet, exercise

Lindsay Lohan pregnancy reveal reveals deep emotional issues

Lindsay Lohan shocked fans announcing that she's pregnant. Her dad confirms it, her friend denies it and Lindsay herself has been seen holiday smoking and drinking--things you obviously wouldn't and shouldn't do if you were pregnant. So either she's pregnant and taking and awful risk or lying for attention. Either way, this weird pregnancy reveal of Lohan's reveals even more emotional problems in the already pretty screwy "Mean Girls" star.  LIndsay Lohan pregnancy: pal denies, dad affirms, 'pregnant' LiLo smokes and drinks

Family bonding activities: Relationship tips for parents and children to bond

In 25 years as a mom, my best parenting advice centers on building family bonding activities. Connected parents and children means doing things together. It has little to do with money spent and much to do with togetherness. These relationship tips have seen us through adversity and kept us connected in strife. Life's getting more frenetic and disjointed daily. Parents and children, take time, now, to grow habits that will see your family through. You can read all the parenting advice you want, but it's those simple family bonding activities that will "happy" in family.   Family bonding activities: Relationship tips for parents and children to bond | Examiner.com

Literature based movies: Psychology, PTSD, abuse, mental illness, schizophrenia

May is Mental Health Month and important part of understanding mental health is understanding emotional and mental illness. That's what abnormal psychology studies. General psychology explores "normal" or standard development and behavior that works. Abnormal psychology explores behavior that doesn't work--emotional and mental illness, personality disorder, schizophrenia, dysfunctional behavior, addiction, child abuse, past trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)  Literature based movies: Psychology, PTSD, abuse, mental illness, schizophrenia | Examiner.com

Mothers Day gifts for women, distinctively different presents to impress | Examiner.com

 Sick of the stereotypical Valentines Day gifts of card, candy and flowers? Want to get your lady something really special? Here are distinctively different Valentines Day presents for women. These are presents to impress her plus win you brownie points for being cultured and creative. First, ditch mainstream stores, Go off the beaten path to local antiques stores, consignment shops, secondhand retailers, even Good Will. Seriously, you'll find distinctive Valentines Day gifts reasonably priced. Valentines Day gifts for women, distinctively different presents to impress | Examiner.com

Relationship glue recipes learned from epic fails for Romance Awareness Month

Going into marriage, most people are ignorant, idealistic and ridiculously romantic. Some stay that way and that's what keeps those relationships strong. That youthful naivete glues relationships and so do these other relationship glue recipes, learned from epic fails, for Romance Awareness Month.   Relationship glue recipes learned from epic fails for Romance Awareness Month | Examiner.com

Free printable Inside Out coloring pages, Disney activities, emotions games | Examiner.com

 How did you feel about the new Disney movie Inside Out? Inside Out is all about feelings, as the characters were the emotions of a little girl. Inside Out was well-received at the 2016 Oscars, where Disney won Best Cartoon for Inside Out. Childhood emotions--fear, disgust, joy, sadness and anger--resonate with adults, too. To celebrate Inside Out and being in touch with feelings, here are free printable Inside Out coloring pages, Disney activities and emotions games.  Free printable Inside Out coloring pages, Disney activities, emotions games | Examiner.com

Free printable Highlights hidden pictures, I Spy hidden object picture puzzles | Examiner.com

Jan. 29 is National Puzzles Day and some of the most enjoyable puzzle games are hidden pictures, like those in Highlights magazine. This might sound like a strange theme for a blog on emotional health, but as any puzzles addict will tell you, doing a puzzle is most therapeutic! So, remember Highlights magazine with those awesome hidden pictures puzzles? Hidden object picture puzzles have an image with little pictures hidden inside. Here are free printable hidden object picture puzzles from Highlights magazine and other websites. Highlights magazine hidden pictures puzzles are similar to Scholastic I Spy books.   Free printable Highlights hidden pictures, I Spy hidden object picture puzzles | Examiner.com

Texas dad Ronald Jackson jailed for keeping daughter's cellphone to punish her

Texas dad Ronald Jackson was jailed for keeping his daughter's cellphone to punish her. Yahoo News reported Jan. 27 that Texas police arrested the father for theft of his daughter's phone. On first glance, this story reads like a case of state trampling on parental rights. Or it may sound like another example of entitled kids' and their obsession with cellphones. After all, Ronald Jackson was just exercising his fatherly duties disciplining his child, right? But read on because it's a little more complicated.    Texas dad Ronald Jackson jailed for keeping daughter's cellphone to punish her | Examiner.com

Lenten sacrifice, almsgiving, prayer and fasting: Live simply and at peace | Examiner.com

The Catholic penitential season of Lent starts early in 2016, on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10. Through acts of prayer, fasting, meditation, a Catholic seeks to imitate Christ's suffering and passion. Those acts give back, too, in physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. They're the deepest Christian expression, but they aren't exclusively Christian. Most major religions have similar elements. No human could really imitate the divine. But it shouldn't prevent trying. Here's how a Catholic family can observe Lenten sacrifice from a world religions perspective.  Lenten sacrifice, almsgiving, prayer and fasting: Live simply and at peace | Examiner.com

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