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American "Idle" Judges: What Did You Expect?

(20) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 2:49 PM

I don't know why the judges of American Idol were so shocked when Pia was voted off. I'm not clear why Jennifer Lopez said, "What is going on here?!" or why Randy started rubbing his bald head in stupification. Steven's remark about passion is well taken but what did his...

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For College Kids: How to Eat Alone in the Dining Hall

(9) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 12:58 PM

So many depressed and lonely college students walk into my office describing the specter of eating alone in a campus dining hall as inspiring nothing short of anguish. Also bewilderment. How, they wonder could this problem even exist? There are after all, tons of kids and only a few dining...

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Why Kids Lose It at College

(71) Comments | Posted March 13, 2011 | 3:24 PM

The parade of depressed, anxious and depleted students who walk through my office is endless. They feel tricked, cheated, stupid, unattractive, socially inept, and almost all of them ask this question. "What is wrong with me? These were supposed to be the best years of my life."
To...

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"Are You My Little Man?" No. He isn't.

(18) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 9:40 PM

When dads move out children can feel very unsafe. This is so even if dad lives around the corner. But younger boys , especially those between the ages 5 and 10 often shoulder an additional not totally self-imposed problem. I call it the "Uh-Oh. Am I the head of the...

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Mom, What Are You Doing?: Caught Online Dating!

(2) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 3:54 PM

It was a quiet Friday evening. My sixteen year old son was upstairs studying. My eleven year old was downstairs with friends watching TV. And I? The white wine was to my right, the Ugg slippers warmed my feet, and the faded flannel nightgown enveloped me like an old friend....

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Daughters Who Choose Mean Boyfriends: Are They Yearning for Daddy's Love?

(16) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 8:47 AM

A good friend of mine recently revealed that as her father lay dying, she whispered in his ear "Thank you for leading me to Jimmy." Her dad had been a very loving man whose constant emotional support had given my friend a deep sense of self-worth and the belief that...

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An Intervention in Hollywood

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2010 | 2:08 PM

I don't know Lindsay Lohan, but I've worked with many young drug abusers and their well-meaning co-dependent families, and I believe one thing is true. The Hollywood and media industries need to come together and stage one big intervention before their not so well-meaning co-dependence with Lindsay ends in tragedy....

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Troubled by Your Weight? Keep It From Your Daughter

(3) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 3:24 PM

Sometimes the most innocent comment, the one intended to support, or even simply be shrugged off, can contribute to a child's unhealthy body image or distorted ideas about eating.

Janet age 13, and her mother sat in my office both clearly stressed. Janet had been food restricting and had...

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Mom Has a New Boyfriend, and He's a Jerk

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2010 | 8:30 AM

A relaxed spontaneous love life is usually not the domain of a single parent. Nothing takes the fire out of a passionate goodnight kiss faster than the sudden appearance of a sleepy six year old asking for water. Few things feel more cringe-worthy than having a boyfriend walk in the...

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When It Comes to Our Kids, Is a Little Marijuana Okay?

(141) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 12:00 PM

Adolescent use of marijuana has become almost as acceptable as staying out a little past curfew. Most agree the latter shouldn't happen, but it's understandable and -- as long as things don't get worse -- easy to address with a clock and threat of grounding. No big deal. Not so...

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