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Make stress work for you!

Make stress work for you!

Changing how you think about stress can make you healthier.In her TED Talk, Kelly McGonigal states that when you change how you feel about stress, you actually change your body’s response to it. Reframing stress as  something that is not harmful has a...
Embracing Vulnerability

Embracing Vulnerability

We can’t access empathy when we refuse to allow ourselves to feel vulnerable.  Watch Brene Brown talk about vulnerability. Well worth five...
New resouce for parents of teens

New resouce for parents of teens

It’s official. The publications date of our new book on iTeens is May 15.  How to Connect with Your iTeen:   Susan Morris Shaffer and  Linda Perlman Gordon Bullying, gangs, social media, smartphones, reality TV . . .The hands-on guide you...
Do We Engage in Fear Based Parenting?

Do We Engage in Fear Based Parenting?

According to David Finkelhor at the Crimes Against Children’s Research Center, abductions by strangers are down 51% since 1997 yet only 13% of school aged children walk or bike to school compared to 48% in 1969. Childhood is now a danger free zone, with...
A.D.H.D, New Research and the Implications

A.D.H.D, New Research and the Implications

In his article for the New York Times,  Dr. Richard Friedman cautions parents to refrain from squashing the enthusiasm, creativity and curiosity of children identified with ADHD.  New research has found that ADHD kids as well as adults are hard-wired to seek...
The Marshmallow Test’s predictive value.

The Marshmallow Test’s predictive value.

Many of us know about the marshmallow test, the famous test invented 50 years ago to identify which children had self control.  Five-year-olds were given a marshmallow and told that if they could resist eating it for 15 minutes, they could get 2 marshmallows...
Parenting and Cell Phones- are they compatible?

Parenting and Cell Phones- are they compatible?

Most parents struggle with the boundaries around screen time for their children, usually because they struggle with it themselves. Jordan Shapiro writes about the confusion in his article, The Truth About Parenting And Smartphones,  for  Forbes...
How Can a Parent Foster Empathy?

How Can a Parent Foster Empathy?

The term “Emotional Intelligence” became widely-known with the publication of Dr. Daniel Goleman’s book, Emotional Intelligence – Why it can matter more than IQ in 1996. Since then it has had a meteoric rise in importance...
Twentysomethings Moving Home

Twentysomethings Moving Home

I first wrote about this phenomena in 2004. In fact my co-author and I were the first ones to publish a book on this subject, titled, Mom, Can I Move Back in With You? A guidebook for parents of twenty somethings. It’s now available for the Kindle.The topic...
Compelling Reasons to Try Therapy

Compelling Reasons to Try Therapy

    The first reason to try therapy is to learn the skills to help us become more sufficient at helping ourselves.Emotions are felt in our body and brain and when we don’t have the ability to know the difference between anger, sadness, frustration,...