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The transition to parenthood

January 3, 2013 Parenthood is great in many ways. Becoming a parent, however, is a growth process and it takes a lot of learning through trial and error. more »»

Make Christmas a happy holiday

December 4, 2012 With the end of Thanksgiving, the “holiday season” is in full swing. more »»

Blending Families, Part 2

November 5, 2012 I recently worked with a couple that is a good example of the challenges faced in blended families. This couple, married about two years now, each brought two children into the marriage. more »»

Blending Families Together

October 15, 2012 A reader has asked me to write an article about “blending families.” In all the years I’ve written this column, I was surprised I haven’t covered this topic before. more »»

Reaction to a situation or disorder?

September 4, 2012 Imagine this scenario: A 9-year-old boy we’ll call “David” is brought in for counseling. His parents are concerned about his angry outbursts. more »»

Summer: Give your kids free time!

May 22, 2012 Summertime is upon us. With summer comes a relaxing of the schedule — more time to lollygag and slow down the pace of life. more »»

Teenagers: Some parenting tips

May 3, 2012 Teens have a developmental stage all their own. It’s called “Identity vs. Role Confusion. more »»

What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

April 4, 2012 Since the 1990s “Asperger’s Syndrome” has gradually gained widespread attention. People hear this label, but in the general public it remains an enigma. more »»

Is my child too busy

March 5, 2012 Whenever I get together with other parents, conversation inevitably comes around to what activities their kids are into these days. more »»

How to prevent nervous breakdown

January 30, 2012 Iknow this month’s issue is on healthy and safe kids, but I think prevention of a parent’s nervous breakdown applies. more »»

Developing roadmap for your life

January 3, 2012 The New Year is a time for reflection on how well our lifestyle and life decisions are matching up with what we want out of lif. more »»

Your presence is the best present

December 6, 2011 Think about the following questions, and take some time to come up with your answer. more »»

The secret power of Thanksgiving

November 1, 2011 There is a special field of research in psychology called “positive psychology” that studies the “science of gratitude. more »»

Managing family media

October 4, 2011 In last month’s issue I discussed the challenge of managing media such as Facebook and texting in your marriage. This time I want to discuss managing the media in your home, with your family. more »»

Marriage Issues: Facebook

August 29, 2011 A man in his 40s, married almost 20 years, reports the following scenario: “I wasn’t looking for this. She just asked me to be a friend on Facebook. I haven’t talked to her since high school. more »»

'Quality time' in a few minutes

May 2, 2011 Almost every magazine article, television or radio program you see talks about how busy the American family is these days, yet how important “quality time” is to the family. more »»

Parenting the Asperger's child

April 1, 2011 Parents of children with Asperger’s syndrome have a particularly challenging role to play. To begin, the diagnosis is difficult to make. more »»

Protecting your kids online

March 1, 2011 A reader suggested I add to last month’s column on protecting children from sexual abuse by discussing some concerns more specific to teenagers. more »»

Protecting kids from sexual abuse

February 1, 2011 Did you know there are 161 registered sex offenders in Wood County? The ratio of residents to sex offenders in Parkersburg is 264 to 1. more »»

Develop a positive attitude

January 3, 2011 Happy New Year! Have you made any resolutions for the New Year? Making New Year’s resolutions is a very good idea. They really do work! Research by John C. more »»



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