How To Help Your Anxious Child + Tips For Raising Mentally Strong Children

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Being a parent can be challenging, especially when it comes to teaching your child how to handle the hard stuff in life. There is a thin line between being overprotective and being overcritical, and often there are situations where doing or saying the right thing seems impossible. In this week’s blog and podcast, I speak […]

5 Things Every Teen Needs

Are you baffled by your teenager’s behavior? Welcome to the club. Please step inside my office. Let’s eavesdrop on other parents:     “My son doesn’t sleep at night, so he can’t wake up in the morning.”     “My daughter procrastinates until she has a panic attack, then I have one myself!”     “My kid’s bedroom […]

7 Ways to Create Emotional Safety in Your Relationship

Understanding how to create emotional safety is key to fostering meaningful connections and healthy relationships.     Emotional safety is the foundation for a loving and healthy relationship. It’s about establishing trust with another person and feeling safe enough to be open and vulnerable with them.     To put it simply, emotional safety is feeling secure […]

10 Tips For Raising Resilient Kids

While adulthood is filled with serious responsibilities, childhood isn’t exactly stress-free. Kids take tests, learn new information, change schools, change neighborhoods, get sick, get braces, encounter bullies, make new friends and occasionally get hurt by those friends.     What helps kids in navigating these kinds of challenges is resilience. Resilient kids are problem solvers. They […]

Relationship Real Talk: Marriage Communication Problems and Solutions

You can’t build a house without the foundation, right? That’s what communication is to a marriage: brick and mortar. Most of us have had moments in marriage where we want to say something to our partner but we simply can’t find the words. Instead, we bury it, avoid the conversation, or even hope that our […]

Here’s How to Navigate Parenting Stress

If you feel like your little ones require a Mount Everest level of patience lately, you aren’t alone.   Throw in 2 years of adjusting to the way the pandemic toppled everyone’s routine, and it’s no wonder why some parents are reportedly more stressed today.   Practicing healthy stress management can help you and those […]

Parenting Teens: 7 Important Questions with Answers that Sort Truth from Fiction

Parents of teens can use answers. But it’s not so easy to stay updated. This questionnaire highlights common questions and popular confusions to help parents sort out truth from fiction. Promoting healthy development   Good parenting is most similar to:   Molding a sculpture out of clay Nurturing seeds and plants Training a a pet […]

7 Research-Based Principles for Making Marriage Work

In The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, written with Nan Silver, renowned clinical psychologist and marriage researcher John Gottman, Ph.D, reveals what successful relationships look like and features valuable activities to help couples strengthen their relationships.     Gottman’s principles are research-based. He and his colleagues have studied hundreds of couples (including newlyweds and long-term […]

Midlife Crises Affecting Men and Families

We strive to share insights based on diverse experiences without stigma or shame. This is a powerful voice.   “You’re still young,” I mutter to myself as I take a sleeping pill with a glucosamine chaser and climb into bed at 8:00 p.m. on a Friday. I always thought getting old would take longer. Yet, […]

9 Tips to Cope with Holiday Depression

The stress of the holidays triggers sadness and depression for many people. This time of year is especially difficult because there’s an expectation of feeling merry and generous. People compare their emotions to what they assume others are experiencing or what they’re supposed to feel and then think that they alone fall short. They judge […]