Preparing children for the summer when parents live apart

As the end of the school term draws near many parents start feeling anxious about transitioning their children into a summer schedule. Historically this time of year is when many children spend longer periods of time away from one or both parents due to vacations and/or scheduled extended periods of time with one parent or…

Tips for parents on balancing stress

It seems yet another sensationalistic parenting story has caught the media’s attention with a vengeance when 45-year-old mom, Madlyn Primoff, had enough and  ditched her arguing daughters, (10 and 12 years old) on the side of the road three miles from home. While the details vary some from story to story, without a doubt it…

What's Your Legacy?

Written in loving memory of my dear friend and colleague, Dr. Richard B. Austin. As I continue my work, I can often hear his voice inside my head offering words of wisdom and encouragement. In Sept 13th 2007,  my dear friend and colleague, Dr. Richard Austin, died from health related complications due to cancer. He…

Counterbalancing the Negative Impact of Divorce for Your Children

Recently, I was reminded of a powerful yet simple way parents can counterbalance the negative impact of divorce for their children. David Hays, both a good friend and colleague of mine, co-facilitates a monthly parenting class with me. He is one of the best behavior specialists for children I know and is an expert at…

10 Tips for Handling the Holidays When You Are Divorced

Traditionally holidays are depicted as a special time of the year for families to be together. However, when a divorce or separation occurs, many parents and children find themselves feeling confused, disappointed, conflicted and frustrated. During this time of the year it is important to remember special occasions do not have to be emotionally stressful…