1. Having a safe halloween with food allergies

    Q: Our son has food allergies, peanuts, dairy, and gluten. It’s bad and it’s a pain, but we manage. We cook a lot at home and we know which treats he can eat. I send him to school and friends’ houses with his own cupcake when there’s a party; but Halloween is tough. He loves the costuming but he can’t eat much of what he gets. It’s a bummer. Sometimes people get offended when he’s pi…Read More

  2. Freaking out during social events

    People who have experienced traumatic or distressful situations are more likely to be triggered by certain events or social interactions. The familiar intense emotions and physical trauma can suddenly appear when you least expected. Johanna Koenig's, extensive knowledge about the Polyvogal Theory can provide a better understanding of these unanticipated trigger moments by teaching you ways to deal…Read More

  3. My Friend Seems Too Thin; I’m worried

    Originally published in our Laudable Life advice column in the Lakelands Leader Q: I am worried that a friend of mine may be developing an eating disorder. She never eats during lunch anymore, she’s always tired, and she looks too thin. The whole situation seems a lot like To The Bone (on Netflix). I’m not sure how to handle this situation…should I go to our school counselor? Her parents? Sh…Read More

  4. My Wife’s Relationship with a Colleague is Too Close For Comfort

    Originally published in our advice column The Laudable Life in the Lakelands Leader Q: My wife has struck up a friendship with a guy at work…she insists it’s completely innocent and yet I’m feeling uncomfortable with it. I have tried to explain this to her, but she brushes off my concerns as paranoia or suggests I’m being controlling or Victorian in my views on male/female relationships. I…Read More

  5. Social Anxiety Is Holding Me Back

    Originally published in the Lakelands Leader in our advice column the Laudable Life Q: As the weather gets warmer and friends start to invite me out more often, I am feeling a rise in my social anxiety. I would like to be able to spend time out with my friends, but the pressure of excruciating self-consciousness is really getting to me. How can I manage my feelings and allow myself to enjoy time w…Read More

  6. Yikes! My Teen’s On Tinder!

    Originally published on our Lakelands Leader advice column the Laudable Life Q: I found my twenty-something son using a Tinder app on his phone?  Should I be worried?  Isn’t that a hook-up site?  He says “No” and that I “don’t understand.”  Can you enlighten me? A: Dear Tinder Parent, Tinder is a social media app for meeting people.  Users view profiles of people in their area.  …Read More

  7. Stopping Tantrums By Nipping Them in the Bud

    Originally published in the Lakelands Leader in our advice column the Laudable Life Q: I love my daughter so much, but she's a tough cookie. It's very common during a play date, or when we're have company over, or when she's with me and we're out shopping together, for her to have a full on meltdown.  It's so stressful and embarrassing.  The worst times have been when it happens in front of my i…Read More

  8. Social Media: Can I Ban It with My Soon to Be High Schooler?

    Originally published in the Lakelands Leader in our advice column the Laudable Life Q: My daughter is growing up and it terrifies me! She’s gone from my little girl, to my soon to be high schooler. Times have changed. When I was in high school I didn’t have to worry about the social aspect of socializing such as snapchat, Instagram, iMessage, or Facebook. I see that high schoolers are being ex…Read More

  9. Is It Possible To Save a Marriage After an Affair?

    Originally published in the Lakelands Leader in our advice column the Laudable Life  Q: Last month I learned of my spouse’s long-term affair. It's over now and she's extremely remorseful. What in your experience, is a reasonable outcome for me to expect when I'm on the other side of this? Acceptance but continued hurt from it?  Something that we can expect to always have to deal with on some l…Read More