Children are “The Forgotten Grievers”   I’ve been struck in recent years by the significance that the death of a grandparent can play in a child’s life. These days, many grandparents have a starring role in a child’s life, handling the childcare for working parents and seeing their grandchildren on a very regular basis and…

Children are “The Forgotten Grievers” I’ve been struck in recent years by the significance that the death of a grandparent can play in a child’s life. These days, many grandparents have a starring role in a child’s life, handling the childcare for working parents and seeing their grandchildren on a very regular basis and in…

Before we became parents, many of us had an ideal image of what that role would look like. This image is often based on our own experiences of being parented. Consequently, we might decide to parent our children similarly, or we might enter into parenthood with a determination to parent in a dramatically different way,…

Many of our initial beliefs about power & control are hatched on the elementary school playground and in our initial, unsupervised interactions with peers at a young age. These beliefs, whether inherited, learned or both, become solidified by experience, become internalized and color how we are in relationships for years to decades to come. And…

Being married for many years is hard.  Times change. People change. Conflict is part of every marriage.  How we handle marital conflict can have a strong impact on children.  Parents that fight in front of their children are hurting their children.  Children rely on their parents for security and safety.  Fighting, hostility, yelling and threats…

The teen years are an important developmental time. Important things that happen during this time include: 1. Forming important relationships Teens spend more and more time with peers. Peers influence the formation of their identity and allow to them to try out different groups to see where they fit in. Teens may face stress in…

“You Complete Me” Many people are familiar with this line from the movie, Jerry McGuire, starring Tom Cruise. A deaf couple signs this message to each other in an elevator and Tom Cruise’s character assumes they must really be in love. However, this may not be the reality. In reality it may be an unhealthy…

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