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

HOW TO OFFSET THE IMPACT OF DIVORCE ON YOUR CHILDREN. Recently while thumbing through some old posts, I stumbled on this little gem about a powerful, yet simple way parents can counterbalance the negative impact of divorce for kids. Several years ago while co-presenting a class for separated and divorced parents my good friend and…

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…

Helping Kids Handle Holiday Events

When family events come up, especially during the holiday season, most of us spend our energy focusing on things like: • Taking care of last minute details • Buying gifts • Planning menus or preparing for guests And how to squeeze in all the programs, dinners, seasonal activities and parties into our already full schedules.…