June 2, 2016 |
When Anthony Bonetti feels anxious and has trouble falling asleep, the 10-year-old checks in with his Smiling Mind app. The calming voice instructs him to close his eyes and focus on his breathing, taking 10 slow breaths while feeling his belly rise and fall. In just a few minutes, the fourth grader feels sleepy and relaxed. "He gets worked up easily, and this unwinds him from the day," said his mom, Claire. At first skeptical of adding more electronics to her son's life - "they create stimulation" - she downloaded the app to her phone about a year ago so they could use it together.
June 1, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 51-year-old gay male. I have a sweet, dear friend I'll call "Samantha" who is slightly older. The problem is, she wants more than friendship. She insists on spending time with me and calls me daily. She hugs me repeatedly when she goes to leave, and kisses my neck or cheek - whichever she can get to. Samantha has touched me in a way that makes me uncomfortable. She places herself so her body touches my hand or arm. When she does, I quickly remove it. She says I remind her of her brother, but I'm not feeling a sibling relationship here.
May 29, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: In two weeks, I'll be moving with my 4-year-old daughter. It's just across town, but my kiddo is soooo attached to our current home, and I'm worried about how to help her adjust to the new place. I'm planning on painting and decorating her room the same way it is now so it'll feel familiar when she gets there, but at the same time, maybe she'd like it better if she got to pick new things? But new things and transitions are hard for her. Super-awesome kid with really, really big emotions.
April 23, 2016 |
With polls suggesting he's in a two-man race for Southeastern Pennsylvania, Ohio Gov. John Kasich pressed Thursday to highlight the contrast - even if he wouldn't name his rival. Speaking to a crowd in Delaware County, Kasich continued his pitch that he's the most experienced, civil, if not rational choice for Republicans in Tuesday's presidential primary. "This is extremely boring, because I'm not yelling at anybody or calling somebody a name," he told a few hundred supporters who filled - but didn't pack - the gymnasium at Penn State's Brandywine campus.
April 15, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 29-year-old self-made millionaire who has spent the last decade saving and investing my middle-class income. I grew up dirt poor, so at 18, I left home with $5, went straight to work, and never looked back. Recently, I've realized that I struggle to make friends for fear they'll find out about my financial situation. Those who know only want to talk about money, or they treat me differently. Most of my peers are broke, and it makes me feel guilty. Those with high incomes blow their money on fancy dinners and luxury vehicles.
April 4, 2016 |
Question: My husband just took the bar exam a few weeks ago. He is working now as a clerk and waiting for results. He put himself through part-time law school, and he is really dedicated to his career, which is great. I've supported him since the beginning. I knew that when he was studying for the bar, I would be taking up most of the house and child care, and that was fine. What I didn't expect was to be such an emotional support for him. I didn't say anything when he was studying because I wanted him to succeed and there was an end date in sight.
March 13, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm having trouble with my daily life. I have become more reserved and rarely even look at people. All I do is my schoolwork. I have lost trust in quite a few people over the years, including most of my family members. My parents have taught me to trust almost no one and to always be afraid of strangers. I recently started high school, and I have talked with only two or three people at the most. I have really bad social anxiety, and I'm treated different from my siblings. I'm feeling like my whole life is just a lie and that I'm nothing.
March 4, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Opponents would see J.P. Arencibia and assume he was in the minor leagues on a rehab assignment. Umpires would ask the former major-leaguer why he was toiling in triple A. Arencibia played four seasons in the majors before he was dropped to the minors in May 2014. His performance started to spiral because of the anxiety from the pressure Arencibia applied to himself. The demotion, he said, caused him to "strip down" his career. He was trying to prove too much.
December 13, 2015 |
When athletes suffer an injury, it's not just the body that takes the hit. Athletes' psyches can also suffer. What is it about physical injuries that can lead to depression? Losing something you enjoy. Most athletes love the sport they play. They love the competition, and because they're good at competing, they love the success they have. An injured athlete may also stop going to practice and games, and be left out of activities with other players. For many athletes, the team is a big part of their social circle, and when that's taken away, it's a loss.
September 28, 2015 |
As a young girl growing up in Wilmington, Trish Whetham dreamed of owning horses. In 2004, her dream came true. Now 59, Whetham runs Morningstar Stables, a sprawling compound in London Britain Township, Chester County, where she lives with her husband and where she says her two adult daughters learned strong work ethics. Like many of her neighbors in the county's rural southeastern corner - as well as 1.6 million around Philadelphia and South Jersey, and more than 13 million households throughout the country - she and her family use a well for water to drink, to cook, to wash.