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This week: What to do when you've stabbed in the back, finding time for your kids, 2017 stock market predictions, making financial plans and fixing your life by writing about it.

1. What to Do When Your Co-Worker Throws You Under the Bus

[Credit.com] “Some employees will go to great lengths to sacrifice a co-worker so they can look good in front of management. It’s a dirty game and it’s often played by the very team members you thought had your back. When it comes down to possibly getting fired or reprimanded, office alliances are quickly forgotten.”

This article offers advice to prevent office back-stabbing, as well as tips on what to do when it happens. Suggestions include documenting your interaction with untrustworthy co-workers, staying calm when you feel like screaming and what to do if it’s your boss that’s doing the back-stabbing.

Ready to crawl out from under that bus and retire? Here are 30 Awesome Things to Do.

2. Is the Economy Killing Fatherhood?

[The Dollar Stretcher] “It used to sting me when I was working hard at building my business and I’d hear my kids talking about me. One would ask the other to see if I had time to play with them, and the other would tell him not to bother, because he knew I’d be too busy. It was like a knife in my heart.”

This article is for those dads who want to spend more time with their kids, but can’t because of work. It’s got some decent ideas, like making a scheduled weekly time, no matter how short it is, when you’ll spend time with them. Another idea was to stop using the term “spend time,” because it suggests you have better things to do. The author prefers to call it “sharing time.” See the post for more.

Here’s an idea this story didn’t mention: Pay more attention to your kid and less to your smartphone.

3. Expect the Stock Market to Keep Rising in 2017

[Money] “For ordinary Americans, 2017 is likely to feel like the best year economically since the Great Recession. The recovery is finally expected to trickle down to you in the form of an improved job market, higher wages, and growing spending power.”

If you’ve got money in the market, at home or through your 401(k) or other retirement plan at work, you’ll like this article. It predicts life in 2017 will be good, with higher wages, higher sales of consumer goods and higher stock prices. Break out the bubbly, then watch for our articles on 2017 predictions on everything from stocks to gas prices.

4. Most Americans Don’t Have a Financial Plan

[Debt.com] “Unfortunately, most Americans making between $35,000 and $100,000 a year don’t have a financial plan, according to a study from investment advisory firm Financial Engines. Nearly half of those making more than $100,000 a year do.”

We’re big into helping our readers set up a spending plan, especially at the start of the year when it’s top of mind for many. This article lays out the case why, whether you’re rich or just making it, you’ll benefit from having goals and taking steps to reach them. Need some incentive to get your 2017 planning process underway? Check it out.

5. 7 Ways a Mindfulness Journal Can Fix Your Life

[Wise Bread] “A mindfulness journal can completely transform every area of your life — from your home life to your work life, and even your gym life. It is designed to help you focus on the present moment so that you can improve your life (and your way of thinking) both in the present and in the future.”

Quiet reflection, whether through writing in a journal or other means, is something I find tremendously valuable. My preferred method of thinking things through is riding my bike along the beach, but after reading this post, I’m tempted to add a journal to the mix. Slow down, take a deep breath and read this one.

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