Tribute to my Dad

This is the anniversary of my dad passing away.  I can’t overstate what a wonderful dad I think I had.  He was full of integrity, I never heard him use a four-letter word, he had a lot of interest in preparing me for the future and communicated with me often about it, and he told […]

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Grandparenting Power

When my dad passed away a few years ago, one of the saddest things about it for me as the youngest of six children was that my younger children wouldn’t experience his amazing personality.  I was already sad that my mom was gone and my kids wouldn’t be on the receiving end of her endless […]

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How to be a Marital Superhero for your Children to Infinity and Beyond in One Easy Step

My husband taught me a simple, yet powerful tool to build safety and security in marriage as well as in the entire family.  It’s kind of humbling, considering the fact that I’m the one with two advanced university degrees in marriage and family therapy.  Here’s the story behind it: Several years ago, I was tidying […]

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Halloween, Happiness and a Holstein: A MOOving Memory

The current trend in Psychology to study “happiness,” has resulted in consistent findings that making memories brings more enduring happiness than accumulating material possessions.  In our family, there are few holidays that evoke more lasting memories than Halloween. I love Halloween.  However, I definitely prefer the kinder, gentler Halloween of smiling Jack-o-lanterns and friendly looking […]

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This is Your Brain on Parenting

Here is an actual text exchange that occurred between my teenage daughter and me the other night.  I’d spent the entire evening seeing clients and was coming home exhausted.  As soon as I walked in the door, my phone buzzed.  Here’s how the text conversation proceeded: Her: Can I get a gym pass please? Me: […]

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