Happy Halloween, you goblins, ghouls, witches, and spooks! It’s that time of year again when kids and adults alike can dress up and roam the streets as their favorite heroes, frights, or princesses. While kids are eager to show off their outfits and fill their pillowcases with sugary treasures, it’s crucial to be aware of the potential dangers on Halloween night. Even the Most Frightening Ghouls Need to Be Careful HAVE A FUN AND SAFE HALLOWEEN!
have sought out counseling, we’ve found that their approach to the whole experience is significantly different from some of the ones who opt out. Because clients seeking therapy have that additional support system, they are able to closely examine the reasons why they are filing in the first place. Additionally, they learn how to organize their priorities, to stop questioning their ability to manage life on their own, and to feel confident in their decisions. Most importantly, though, because they are able to reflect on their emotional state, they are less likely to use the legal system to accomplish PRACTICE STREET SAFETY Make sure your kids understand basic road safety. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “Children are more likely to be struck by a vehicle and killed during Halloween than any other day of the year.” Before heading out for some good old- fashioned trick-or-treating, take the time to go over basic safety tips. Teach kids to look both ways before crossing, use crosswalks and traffic signals, cross streets on the corners, and never run across the street. Making eye contact with drivers before walking in front of their cars is also a good way to make sure the driver knows the child is there. CHOOSE SMART COSTUMES Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without costumes! They should be fun, but you can also make them safer by following a few simple
a task it is unable to fulfill: exacting revenge upon a spouse. Our team understands that the decision to file for divorce is often coupled with feelings of anger and resentment. But being able to pinpoint those feelings can save you from wasting lots of time, energy, and money while trying to use the courtroom as a tool for retribution. No matter where you are in the process, having someone to help you through these life-altering changes can be beneficial for you and your family. We know a number of counselors who we trust and would be more than happy to help you set up your first appointment. guidelines. Add reflective tape to candy bags and costumes and wear light colors to stand out in the dark. Buying or making the right-sized costumes is also important. If they’re too large, they create a tripping hazard, and if they’re too tight, they can restrict movement. If your child wears a mask, make sure they can see out of it properly. MAKE A PLAN Before heading out to trick or treat, create a plan and discuss it with every member of your family. This ensures that if someone in your group wanders off, they’ll know where to look for you or where to go. In case you’re separated, label your child’s costume with your name, address, and phone number. If your children are old enough to trick or treat without adults, make sure that their cellphones are charged and on them at all times, and schedule regular check-ins.
OCTOBER IS NATIONAL EMOTIONALWELLNESSMONTH
How Divorce Counseling Helps
October is always associated with all things Halloween, but not many people are aware that this month is also recognized as National Emotional Wellness Month. According to a 2013 study, 80 percent of U.S. employees report experiencing high levels of stress while at work. This suggests that work-related concerns are some of the leading stressors in the country. But add to that the pressures of navigating the emotional minefield of divorce, and you might feel devastatingly stuck — unsure how to move forward. Here at Atlanta Divorce Law Group, our team truly believes that your emotional health is just as important as your physical health. For this reason, we are strong proponents of using counseling as a tool to get you through the emotional complexities associated with divorce. We understand that in some places, there is still a stigma surrounding the idea of therapy. One of our primary missions is to break down that stigma. When working with clients who
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