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1. BEHAVIOR: GUIDANCE FOR THOSE FACING GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAYS. KENNETH J.DOKA, Ph.D., senior consultant to the HOSPICE FOUNDATION OF AMERICA: "Formany, the holidays are a joyous period marked by festive celebrations, to lookahead with excitement to the coming new year. But some may be grieving adeath, while others may be anticipating the death of a loved one, knowing theholidays are approaching. Everything around them encourages them to have a'happy' holiday -- not always an easy accomplishment for those dealing withgrief and loss." Doka can offer tangible suggestions about finding new ways tocope with grief during the holidays, and how to offer support to grievingfriends and co-workers. He lives in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. News Contact: LisaVeglahn, (11/14/08)

2. BEHAVIOR: POST-ELECTION BLUES AND PRE-HOLIDAY ANXIETY. JONATHAN ALPERT, aManhattan-based psychotherapist and advice columnist: "I'm seeing a lot ofclients suffering from post-election blues. I'm finding that people arefeeling deflated following the election, not because their guy didn't win, butbecause they have nothing exciting to follow or get into anymore. For close totwo years, the election was going on and, for many, it served as a distractionfrom addressing their own issues. People are dealing with emptiness, feelingblah and lack of motivation now. Additionally, I'm seeing a lot of clients forpre-holiday anxiety and concern over how to deal with crazy relatives." Alpertis available to discuss these two issues, as well as offer tips for coping.Web site: (11/14/08)

3. CONSUMER ISSUES: SAVE BIG ON THANKSGIVING DINNER. ERIN GIFFORD, grocerysavings expert at SHORTCUTS.COM and money-saving blogger atCOUPONCRAVINGS.COM: "There's a common misconception that Thanksgiving dinneris the most expensive meal of the year, but this is not the case. By pairingsales with strategy, it's easy to enjoy a frugal Thanksgiving without goingpot luck." Gifford, located in Dulles, Va., is available to speak on easy waysto save on the Thanksgiving celebration and can share a top-10 tip sheet onTurkey Day savings. News Contact: Erin Gifford,,Phone: +1-703-265-7285 (11/14/08)

4. COOKING: HOW TO STAY HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS. ELANA AMSTERDAM,cookbook author and cooking instructor, updates your favorite classic recipesinto a modern, nutritious format so that eating healthy need not be a culinarysacrifice: "When it comes to the holidays, people with healthy or specialdiets find themselves in a panic. Making a quick and easy dessert can endearyou to your host or hostess and allows you to break bread with fellow guests."Amsterdam can speak about alternative diets, weight loss and the socialetiquette surrounding these issues during the holidays and throughout theyear. (11/14/08)

5. HOME: BEDBUGS ON THANKSGIVING DINNER GUEST LIST? JAMES BELL, CEO ofPROTECT-A-BED in Chicago, which developed a scientifically proven bedbugentry-, escape- and bite-proof mattress protector: "Colleges and universitiesall over the country are battling a virtual bedbug epidemic. And, because of agrowing bedbug infestation problem in college dormitories all across America,parents should know their children might not be showing up alone onThanksgiving. Bedbugs spread quickly throughout rooms and dormitories becausethey hitchhike on students who visit each other regularly, which is how, thisThanksgiving, they can end up on mom's and dad's doorstep, too. Parents canadd one more item to the shopping list before they return to college: anencasement system to prevent bed bugs from infesting their mattresses andprotecting their students." News Contact: Laura Deaton Morarity, Phone: +1-513-271-7222, ext. 15 (11/7/08)

6. PARENTING: CAN A BAD ECONOMY BE GOOD FOR CHILDREN? AARON COOPER, Ph.D.,The Family Institute at NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY in Chicago, psychologist andauthor: "Can a bad economy be good for children? There's a once-in-a-lifetimesilver lining here. These tough times, especially if the family is cuttingback on holiday spending, offer kids four long-term benefits, if parents playit right. In our misguided wish to keep our kids happy, we've shielded themfrom the practice they need in facing adversity. Disappointment around theXmas tree will be a bit of that adversity. And, that's how kids developresilience -- surviving and thriving despite disappointments. It's a paradoxthat the first benefit of holiday belt-tightening -- fewer packages under thetree -- will be a gift that lasts a lifetime." (11/14/08)

7. PARENTING: ECONOMIC DOWNTURN PRESENTS OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH KIDS LIFELESSONS. JAMES D. KAPLAN, CLU, president of the KARR BARTH PRIVATE CLIENTGROUP in Princeton, N.J., and father of two children: "The economic downturnhas presented a unique opportunity for parents to reinforce positive messagesabout financial responsibility. By setting up an allowance, parents encouragetheir kids to think reflectively, postpone gratification and obtain budgetingskills. By looking at philanthropy through their children's eyes, parents canengage them in helping others in need. And, by focusing on work ethic andplanning for the future, parents can help their kids take responsibility, makeindependent decisions and, ultimately, become financially independent." NewsContact: Wendell Collins, Phone: +1-609-577-2801(11/14/08)

8. PARENTING: GETTING YOUR CHILD TO SIT ON SANTA'S LAP. SUSAN MCGROARTY,Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE inPennsylvania, and expert in child trauma: "Young children might be gettingmixed messages when parents want them to sit on Santa's lap. Stranger fear isvery common in young children and is reinforced by adults. Forcing a child tosit on Santa's lap can be very confusing -- should I be scared of strangers orshouldn't I? Because younger children don't have experiences with Santa allyear, lack of familiarity with Santa can heighten the potential for fear.There are several things that can make a child's trip to see Santa a bitcheerier: 1. Visit the mall a few times where your child can wave to Santa andsee him at a distance. This helps a child gain familiarity with Santa beforevisiting him. 2. On these visits, pair the outing with something pleasurableto the child. 3. Visit Santa at an off-peak time so the stress of waiting inline is minimized. 4. Consider having your child bring something to share withSanta or even bring a little present (a carrot for the reindeer). Focusing onothers may help the child to not be shy. 5. If a child is scared, never forcethe child to sit on Santa's lap. It could cause them to lose trust in thecaregivers' ability to protect them." News Contact: Lisa Mixon, mixonl@chc.eduPhone: +1-215-753-3664 (11/14/08)

9. PETS: PLENTY OF OPTIONS FOR THE 'PERFECT' DOG FOR THE OBAMAS. SUSANHARTZLER, president of ALPHA DOG PUBLIC RELATIONS and dog consumer expert inLos Angeles: "U.S. president-elect Barack Obama has many very importantdecisions he's working on, not the least of which is choosing that puppy hepromised his daughters Malia and Sasha during his election victory speech.Reports have surfaced that Malia has allergies, so the Obamas are consideringa hypoallergenic breed that sheds less hair. No dog is 100 percenthypoallergenic. People with allergies react to different breeds of dogsdifferently. Each person has a unique allergic threshold. The dander is theproblem to people with allergies, not the hair. With that in mind, there aremany choices when it comes to hypoallergenic breeds that people don't knowabout. My dog is a Puli, a Hungarian Sheepdog that fits the criteria and isexcellent with children. Poodles and Portuguese Water dogs also fit the billand are highly intelligent. Mexican Hairless, Chinese Crested and smooth-coatBrussels Griffons are some small breeds to consider. Of course, there are alsomany hybrid breeds these days, such as schnoodles, which is a cross between aschnauzer and a poodle; a cockapoo, a mix between a cocker spaniel and poodle;and a goldendoodle, which is a poodle crossed with a golden retriever."(11/14/08)

10. RELATIONSHIPS: REDEDICATING YOURSELF TO LOVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. DR.PEPPER SCHWARTZ, professor of sociology and sexologist at the UNIVERSITY OFWASHINGTON in Seattle, chief relationship expert for PERFECTMATCH.COM, andauthor of 14 books, including "Everything You Know About Love and Sex isWrong," can discuss love and relationships as they pertain to the upcomingholiday season: "Relationships can cause stress at any time, but tensions areoften heightened during the holidays, when families are thrust together. Onthe other hand, if you're facing the holidays alone, it might seem like a goodtime to rededicate yourself to love. 2008 left many people beleaguered withbad news, and consumers are looking for a fresh start and new love. Couplesare reassessing priorities in the new year, while singles are getting back outthere, looking to find their perfect match." Schwartz has also authored"Finding Your Perfect Match," "Prime" and "The Great Sex Weekend." NewsContact: Claire Varrelmann, Phone: +1-608-877-1462 Cell: +1-608-225-6000 (11/14/08)

11. SHOPPING: HOLIDAY SHOPPING FOR BOOMERS AND SENIORS. SUSAN LEVINE, founderof 50SOMETHINGINFO.COM and boomer entrepreneur in Santa Barbara, Calif.:"Holiday shopping for your parents or grandparents doesn't have to bestressful. In my quest to deliver the best of the Net to adults 50 years oldand better, I've come across great holiday gifts for the special boomers orseniors in your family. From the latest in non-stick baking and interactivegaming, to gift ideas that protect, serve and pamper your loved ones, I canhelp you find thoughtful gifts that are sure to bring comfort and joy to thespecial people in your life." Editor's Note: Susan Levine has a profile listedin the ProfNet Experts Database. To view the profile, go to and, after logging in, click on "Search Expert." NewsContact: Emilia Doerr, Phone: +1-310-709-4620(11/14/08)

PROFNET is an exclusive service of PR Newswire.To submit an Opportunity by e-mail: profnet@profnet.comTo consult the ProfNet Experts Database: contact ProfNet by phone: +1-800-PROFNET, ext. 1To share a thought on ProfNet Expert Alerts: profnetalerts@prnewswire.com1. Behavior: Guidance for Those Facing Grief During the Holidays 2. Behavior: Post-Election Blues and Pre-Holiday Anxiety 3. Consumer Issues: Save Big on Thanksgiving Dinner 4. Cooking: How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays 5. Home: Bedbugs on Thanksgiving Dinner Guest List? 6. Parenting: Can a Bad Economy be Good for Children? 7. Parenting: Economic Downturn Can Teach Kids Life Lessons 8. Parenting: Getting Your Child to Sit on Santa's Lap 9. Pets: Plenty of Options for the 'Perfect' Dog for the Obamas 10. Relationships: Rededicating Yourself to Love this Holiday Season 11. Shopping: Holiday Shopping for Boomers and Seniors


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