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Family Dynamics

Dear Family Whisperer: You Can't Go Home but You Can Grow Up -- Here's How

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

With grandparents staying active and healthy longer, many families are trying to figure out how to have stress-free three-generation gatherings.

Dear Family Whisperer: How to NOT Be 'The Bad Guy'

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Getting enough sleep and eating well are critical for your child's growth and development. However, a few sugary treats and the occasional late night won't compromise his health in the long run.

How Is Being a Good Boss Just Like Being a Good Parent?

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

This is the most important one. Your boss, like your parent, should be aiming for your success. If you don't feel like your boss is looking for ways to help further your career, or worse, is trying to sabotage you, then you don't have a boss -- you have a problem.

Dear Family Whisperer: My Son Is Selfish!

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Be explicit. When you hold your own "I" in check, help him notice: "Waiting on this line is so annoying. I feel like yelling at the lady behind the counter, but she's doing her best. Besides, I'm not the only one who has to wait."

5 Tips for Minimizing Family Tensions Over Thanksgiving

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Family gatherings over the holidays usually involve heightened emotions of all kinds. Such events might begin with an atmosphere of joy, connection, love and caring but they don't always end on the same note.

When Your Child Prefers One Parent Over Another

GalTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

While this can be quite hurtful for the parent who is being excluded, it is helpful to know this, too, is a phase and will pass. Preferring one parent or adult to another, is actually considered healthy development and common among children of all ages.

How Fatherhood Impacts Brotherhood: William, Uncle Harry, and the Prince of Cambridge

Avidan Milevsky | Posted 09.24.2013 | Celebrity
Avidan Milevsky

Harry's role in this young family's life is an important and unique aspect of the bond that has developed between William and Harry. This, in turn, can also inform our understanding of sibling relationships in general.

Divorce LA Style

Annie Stein | Posted 04.06.2013 | Los Angeles
Annie Stein

For my ex-husband and I, leaving each other as kindly and as amicably as possible for our daughter's sake, was the goal. The divorce was about us, not her.

Got In-Laws? Get a Game Plan!

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2012 | Weddings
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

Reading a person's body language, listening to what they say to one another and how they say it and noticing who is talking to whom about what can give good information about them and their relationships.

5 Keys To Cutting Your Mental And Emotional Umbilical Cord

Judith Johnson | Posted 07.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

It is essential to recognize that these family roles are not "the truth," but simply the roles we assume in our relationship to other family members. Typically, there is a sense of self that doesn't match the role, and the individual struggles to reconcile the two.

NOT Like Mother, Like Daughter

Suzanne Skees | Posted 07.22.2012 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

A Mother and her daughter's values clash in rural northern India. Is this what happens to teenagers everywhere, or does living in extreme poverty exacerbate these issues?

I Will Not Get Married Just To Please My Family

Role/Reboot | Posted 05.07.2012 | Women

Adaya Adler stayed in a loveless relationship far too long for fear of turning 30 as a single woman. But when she stopped trying to live up to her fam...

Karma, Karma Everywhere

Judith Johnson | Posted 06.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

I don't obsess about karma, but it has completely changed my way of understanding our lives. There's karma, karma everywhere and I'm beginning to see it as the compost of our learning, growth and spiritual upliftment.

What It Means To Be A Parentless Parent

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

For the first time in U.S. history, millions of children (and their parents) are actually vulnerable to having less time with their grandparents than more. A revolution is happening in the way generations are connected in America.

The Tiger Mom's Other Half: Where Are The Dads In This Dynamic?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Is there room for two strong-minded parents with two different styles of parenting? What is the quality of the parents' relationships and how do they affect the young eyes watching?

Can Grown-Up Siblings Learn To Get Along?

Psychology Today | Carlin Flora | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The sibling relationship is a love-hate affair from the get-go. But with effort, brothers and sisters of any age can shed old patterns and forge new b...

Dueling Docs: Should Children Ever Go to a Therapist?

Janice Horowitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Horowitz

The Issue: Do Kids Belong in a Therapist's Office? The Facts: When a kid acts up at school, what happens? He gets sent to a therapist. Parents getti...

It May Be Time to Redefine Family

Janet Carlson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janet Carlson

It's a funny concept, spending money on gifts for the man you're divorcing, isn't it? The man you're trying to disentangle from financially?

Are You the 'Favorite Parent' in Your Household?

Dr. Ellen Libby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ellen Libby

The parent who children prefer may vary by the moment or by a time of life, or be fixed to one parent for most of a lifetime.

The Favorite Child: Unraveling This Pervasive Dynamic

Dr. Ellen Libby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ellen Libby

There are dangers inherent in being the favorite child. Unbridled confidence can be accompanied by feelings of entitlement and little, if any, realization that there are consequences for actions.