Thursday, April 10, 2014
Mike and Sarah are fighting again over parenting issues. It seems like the fighting never ends. Both have such different approaches to parenting the children based on their own family experiences. Parenting differences is a conflict they feel needs to get resolved. Their fear is that the differences could end their marriage. Are they overreacting?
Thursday, April 03, 2014
If you are one of those people who believe you don’t need much sleep, think again. Your lack of sleep is impacting your physical, emotional and relationship health. Sleep matters! And most of us don’t get enough of it. If you are tossing and turning consider these points...
Friday, March 28, 2014
“You are an idiot and I hate you!” ... “You make me sick! Loser!” ... Parents are often disturbed when they listen to kids play on the school playground or in a group. Several have commented on the negative speech that comes out of their mouth and ask what they can do to correct this. Here are my thoughts...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Kala is like so many people who spend a good hour of her day combing through Facebook posts. Mostly, she looks at photos and finds herself quite critical of what she sees. Our cultural obsession with thinness, body perfection, and youth, coupled with myriad products aimed at improving one’s appearance, all contribute to the rising number of people who struggle with weight, eating and body image. One of the hallmarks of someone with an eating disorder is giving other people the power to define wh
Friday, March 07, 2014
My mom spent time on an Alzheimer’s unit near the end of her life. Not because she had dementia of any kind, but because she needed the constant care. When I would visit my mom in the nursing home, I would talk to the patients with dementia and try to engage them in activities. Often, I asked my mom to sing with me while I played the piano for the patients. The facility had a music book filled with old 1940s songs and a hymn book.
Friday, February 21, 2014
It seems like we can’t turn on television without hearing people swearing on a regular basis. What used to be considered profane is now accepted as the way people talk. According to a study by psychology professor Timothy Jay at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the rise in adult vulgarity is being mimicked by children and teens. Jay says that swearing really takes off between ages three and four.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Love is in the air. It’s Valentine’s Day and you are single. Here are my five dos and don’ts for Valentine’s Day singles...
Thursday, January 23, 2014
It’s been a long week and you finally have a chance to have a little conversation at dinner with your spouse. You, the wife, begin... “How was your day?” Your husband responds... “Fine.” That was it. No details, just a one-word answer.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Bob and Rose are a blended family now. They, like so many other families, are asking for ways to make the holidays better in terms of that blending. Here are 10 tips to help you handle the holidays.
Friday, December 06, 2013
This week, I attended the funeral of my neighbor who, at 64 years of age, was working in his yard and suddenly and unexpectedly died. I wished him Happy Thanksgiving before I left to visit family and a few hours later he collapsed in his yard. I will never see or speak to him again. His wife never saw it coming. Now, she faces the holidays without her husband of 40 years. So sad. She is not alone. So many people deal with loss during the holidays.