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Linda Mintle, Ph.D. is a licensed marriage and family therapist, author of 16 books, a national expert on family issues and the psychology of food and weight. She's an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School, a national speaker, writer, and news contributor.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

A New Dad in the Family

A mother, frustrated with her efforts to make her new family blend, writes this: "My 10-old-daughter refuses to talk to her new stepdad at meals and will not listen to him when he gives her directions. This is causing tension in our house. I have been divorced for three years and my daughter sees her father every weekend. She has made it clear that she doesn’t want my new husband around."

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 9:30 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, December 05, 2014

Responding to Betrayal in Families

Forgive and love generously. Hard to do in the natural, right? Remember, as you choose to forgive, bless and do good, this does not mean you condone negative behavior, are minimizing hurt or denying problems. It means you have decided to follow the words of Christ and do what does not come naturally to most of us. Our model is Christ. He was despised, rejected, and abused. Yet, he had compassion and loved the unlovely. What a challenge!

posted @ Friday, December 05, 2014 5:22 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Do You Help Your Children Too Much? Take the Quiz to Find Out!

One of the questions I am often asked is about how much to help our kids when they struggle. Can we do too much and make it too easy for them to rely on us and not solve their own issues? The answer is YES! I am guilty of this myself at times. When this happens, I remind myself that I am not helping my kids cope if I fix their problems or excuse their behavior.

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 10:33 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, November 14, 2014

One Reason Dads Matter

Persistence is a trait that most parents want to see developed in their children. When the assignment is difficult, we want to see our kids persist in their studies and do well. When the team is losing, we want a child who stays in the fight until time runs out. When faced with an assault on faith, we want a child who stands firm no matter what.

posted @ Friday, November 14, 2014 10:36 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, November 07, 2014

Are You Remorseful or Repentant?

John was involved in a money scheme that ended with a significant fine and possible jail time. He feels bad because he was caught and knows he has hurt his wife and family. This is not John’s first time bending the rules to achieve an outcome. John is remorseful but not repentant.

posted @ Friday, November 07, 2014 3:33 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Is Parental Exposure to Sex and Violence Affecting Viewing Habits of Kids?

Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to raising our children. So what if I told you that your viewing habits concerning sex and violence in movies may be impacting your children in a negative way? The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania conducted a study with 1,000 parents. In the study, parents were shown multiple clips of sex and violence from films. This repeated exposure led to more acceptance of both sex and violence in movies.

posted @ Friday, October 24, 2014 5:04 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Five Reasons You May Have Fatal Attraction

Have you ever met someone, been attracted to that person, but later find that what attracted you now annoys you? Researchers call this type of shift in the relationship a “fatal attraction”. The very thing that drew you to that person becomes unattractive. Dr. Felmlee at Penn State University coined the phrase “fatal attraction” about two decades ago. She was interested in studying both the positive and negative side of traits that attract couples.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:57 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, October 02, 2014

10 Ways to Respond to a Depressed Family Member or Friend

Depression hits families and can be a silent killer. Yet, it still has a stigma despite the numbers of people who struggle with it. We don’t like to talk about depression mostly because we don’t know what to say or worry we might say the wrong thing. So we avoid or stay silent. Worse, we offer platitudes that make the depressed person feel even worse. It’s easy to say something like, “Snap out of it,” “Think of all the good things in your life,” or the classic, “Time heals all wounds.”

posted @ Thursday, October 02, 2014 5:35 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Depression: The Taboo Topic at Church

A few weeks ago, I posted on my Facebook page a question, “Is it easy to talk about depression in the church?” The overwhelming response to the question was, “No.” In fact, the church was the last place most people felt they could discuss the subject that affects 1 out of 10 people in our country. We need to do better. We need to understand what depression is all about.

posted @ Friday, September 26, 2014 10:20 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, September 05, 2014

Building Love and Trust By Singing in the Church Choir!

Debbie was tired of feeling disconnected in her church. She fought hard against the gossip she often heard and tried to befriend people who were positive. Something was missing. She loved God, but her church experience fell flat. What she didn’t know was that a simple move like joining the choir could build positive emotions like trust, love and acceptance. Here is how that happens.

posted @ Friday, September 05, 2014 11:56 AM | Feedback (0)