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The 6 Steps To A Successful Second Career

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 05.20.2014 | Fifty
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

When I left a career in academia to pursue humor writing, there were plenty of outspoken and silent skeptics questioning my motives. Why would a 40-something woman with a Ph.D. (and a clinical psychologist at that) walk away from a steady paycheck? What kind of woman, after years of training and building a résumé in science, would shift gears and pursue a future in comedy? The answers were simple.

Sounding Off on The Sound of Music

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2014 | Entertainment
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

Growing up with The Sound of Music has made many fans feel like part of the onscreen von Trapp family. And plenty of them have their opinions as to whether the Carrie Underwood casting is a wise one.

From M*A*S*H to Last Man Standing: Can We Predict Sitcom Success?

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2013 | TV
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

As Hollywood rolls out a new season of sitcoms, I couldn't help but wonder if there's a formula for success. Can seasoned hit sitcom writers predict what an audience will love? Are viewers fickle?

The 5 Browns on College Admission, Juilliard and Creating a Great Music Portfolio

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2013 | College
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

Poised for the release of their new album The Rite of Spring and a Carnegie Hall debut this October, the classical siblings shared their secrets for college admission success.

Parental Warning: U.S. News & World Report Releases Best Colleges Rankings

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 11.11.2013 | College
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

While one can appreciate the painstaking data collection and the voluminous amount of information packed into one document, the highly publicized lists can add fuel to the fire in those households already exploding with college application drama.

Dorm Decorating: Putting Parents in the Mix

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 09.22.2013 | College
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

Maybe Target hit the nail on the head, but I think they missed one of the boats when they cast this reality series. They should have put a parent in one of those rooms. I know this, because I've lived it. Last month, I spent one very memorable night in a dorm room.

After High School Graduation: Summer Strategy for Parents

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

Whether jobs, internships or hobbies, some of your teen's summer activities should focus on building his or her life skills. Even situations that highlight the need to choose a different path are valuable summer experiences.

School's Out for Summer: 5 Reminders for Family Harmony

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 07.07.2013 | College
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

After semesters of freedom, moving back home can be confusing for college students. Greeted by gushing relatives, overflowing refrigerators, and clean bed linens, who wouldn't begin to expect continued concierge service?

Countdown to Admission: The Movie

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Entertainment
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

The countdown to college admission is filled with anxiety. As a parent, I've been through it with both of my children and lived to tell about it. In f...

Lessons Learned from Valentine's Day

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2013 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

There are plenty of important lessons to learn from Valentine's Day. We learn these lessons from the time we are in kindergarten. Some come from heartache, some from parental guidance and others from personal insight.

10 Unique Stocking Stuffers for College Students

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

Finding the perfect holiday gift isn't always easy. And if you've got college students on your list, it can be difficult to think beyond those two staples -- cash and gift cards. Below are a few stocking stuffers they might not expect, but could be grateful for down the road.

Book It! Great Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 01.27.2013 | Books
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

I have discovered some great books that cover a lot of gift-giving ground. If you're searching for ideas, consider these six gift categories as you brainstorm.

In Sandy's Wake: Lessons For College Students And Their Parents

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

My family is one of the fortunate ones, but it is my hope that sharing our lessons will help college students and their families maximize safety in the face of any disaster.

The 10 Scariest Movie Characters Without Costumes

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 12.29.2012 | Entertainment
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

You don't need a costume to scare others. Here are 10 characters that were downright spooky without makeup.

Baby Weight: Are You Feeding Your Toddler or Your Sweet Tooth?

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2012 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

I believed postpartum weight loss was a given if you signed up for the hectic schedule of baby duty. What I didn't realize was that this weight loss could be thwarted by another person's menu change -- your baby's.

Parenting Long-Distance: Troubleshooting College Problems

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

How can a parent provide positive support when college kids phone or text home with complaints? Below are five common college kid complaints and some solutions to get you started.

American Idol Stars Reveals 5 Secrets of Success

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 10.17.2012 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

This week I had the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with four American Idol finalists. I spoke with them about everything from parents to perseverance.

What Distinguishes Parents of Olympians from the Rest of Us

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 10.08.2012 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

I've got five hypotheses I believe distinguish Parents of Olympians from Regular Parents. See what you think...

Summer Sightseeing for College-Bound Families

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

Whether you're the parent of a high school freshman or a senior, there are ways to save some cash before it's time to buy those extra long twin size bedsheets.

The Side Effects of Motherhood

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 07.11.2012 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

The journey from crib to empty nest is filled with learning experiences for all family members. It's clear that sometimes children are responsible for helping us find and develop our hidden talents.

5 Comedy Career Lessons for College Graduates

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 06.06.2012 | Comedy
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

Given commencement is right down the road, it seemed only fitting to share these comedy life lessons with parents and their graduates....

The SAT Detective: Mom on a Mission

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 05.08.2012 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

Over the last year, it's been her full-time job to participate in a process that many parents push on their teens, but never truly understand. And guess what? Times have changed. This isn't your 1979 SAT experience.