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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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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Secret to Dealing with Conflict

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?

posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:51 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Does the Lack of Sleep Make You a Lousy Family Member?

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...

posted @ Thursday, April 03, 2014 5:00 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Parental Help for Kids Who Use Words to Wound

“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...

posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 11:24 AM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Is Facebook Helping or Hurting Your Self-Image?

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

posted @ Wednesday, March 19, 2014 5:26 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, March 07, 2014

Does Music Help Alzheimer's Sufferers Remember?

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.

posted @ Friday, March 07, 2014 3:54 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, February 21, 2014

When Toddlers Use Profane Language

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.

posted @ Friday, February 21, 2014 3:10 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Five Dos and Don’ts for Singles on Valentine’s Day

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...

posted @ Thursday, February 13, 2014 4:59 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Become Fluent in Your Husband's (or Wife's) Language

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.

posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 3:57 PM | Feedback (1)

Friday, December 20, 2013

10 Holiday Tips for Blended Families

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.

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 4:57 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, December 06, 2013

10 Ways to Deal With Loss During the Holidays

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.

posted @ Friday, December 06, 2013 10:59 AM | Feedback (0)