Conflict Resolution

How can I de-stress this Christmas?

God loves us so much that he decided not just to save us, but to do it by becoming one of us. Although we know that Jesus — God among us — is the reason for the season, it’s easy to get caught up in parties, gifts, greeting cards and baking. Here are a few suggestions to help you enjoy a meaningful Christmas season:

• Ask family members what is most important to them about your family’s traditions. If your daughter thinks homemade cookies are a must, she is on for making them or helping you bake.

• Don’t overschedule yourself with entertaining and parties.

My aunt is a hoarder

Hoarding is more than just a mess, it is a mental health disorder. The Mayo Clinic defines it as “a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items.”

Although hoarding is a common problem, it is difficult to treat, and its effects can extend beyond an overstuffed home. It can put people’s health at risk; it can damage families; and it can affect surrounding neighbors.

What can I do about the unsupervised kids running around my neighborhood?

There are some little kids who run all over our neighborhood without supervision. I don’t think 7-year-olds should be up and down the street without an adult watching them. What can I do? Should I report this to Child Protective Services?

First of all, it’s great to hear that kids are playing outside, instead of sitting in front of a video game! I commend you for caring about the neighborhood children, but before you rush for the phone to call Child Protective Services (CPS), stop a moment and take stock:

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