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Is everybody crazy? How to manage groupthink in your new environment.

Is everybody crazy? How to manage groupthink in your new environment.

Expats can find themselves in groups that have been well established before they arrived and that will continue when they leave. These groups have a history and normally have a few embedded permanent members. Examples might include the school where all the expat children attend, a newcomer’s club, or the employing company itself. The new arrival to a group may be surprised at the types of conversations that take place, the type of thinking that occurs, and the decisions that are made by the group. The newcomer may think, “Why is no one raising this obvious point?” or “They must know that isn’t correct!” Yet, no one speaks up.

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Telling tall tales: Have you caught your child lying?

Telling tall tales: Have you caught your child lying?

Most parents want to think the best about their child. It can be hard to know what to do when we catch our child in a lie. Lying can happen for many different reasons during childhood and adolescence. Understanding how development influences lying can help parents know how to respond.

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What really is the harm in eating processed foods?

What really is the harm in eating processed foods?

Food is everywhere. It nourishes our bodies, is a focal point for many celebrations and events, it can remind us of home when we are far away, and it helps guide our passing through the year and seasons. Food is a fact of life. Food doesn’t have the ability to be good or evil. However, there are some foods that should be eaten in moderation more than others. There are sometimes foods and there are all the time foods. Our diets, if balanced and full of variety, can enjoy both.

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Fun in the Sun! How to keep your child protected throughout their LIFE!

Fun in the Sun!  How to keep your child protected throughout their LIFE!

Everyone looks forward to the long, lazy days of summer. The warm weather calls for less clothing and more skin exposure. Children spend hours running and playing in the yard, park, pool, and beach with shorts, t-shirts, and swimsuits. Often, our children develop a tan on their exposed skin. Occasionally, when too much sun has been absorbed, they get sunburned. No big deal, right?

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