1. 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

  2. What’s Dad’s Role in the Era of the #MeToo Movement?

    Q: I’m overwhelmed by all of the stories of sexual harassment and abuse in the news lately. It seems to be everywhere. As a father, how can I protect my girls?   A: The best thing you can do for your daughters is to set an example of how they should be treated. Here are a few suggestions from our staff: Gail Groboski, LCSW-C says, “Show them what healthy relationship are so they carry those l…Read More

  3. Is a DBT Group Right for My Daughter?

    Originally Published in the Lakelands Leader in our Laudable life advice column Q:  I have a teenage daughter with significant emotional issues. Her friendships at school can be so short-lived I have a hard time keeping track of who's in and who's out from week to week.  Our relationship is quite volatile as well; there's a lot of storming upstairs and slamming doors or sobbing at the drop of a …Read More

  4. Nervous About Going to Camp

    Originally Published in the Lakelands Leader in our advice column The Laudable Life Q: We’re planning to send our son to camp for the last two weeks of July and he’s anxious about going. He’s always been a little socially awkward and he’s worried about fitting in and making friends. I don’t want to force him but my husband feels that camp would be good for him to develop his social skill…Read More

  5. What’s My Role in My Daughters Eating Disorder Care?

    Originally published in the Lakelands Leader in our advice column The Laudable Life. Q: A few months ago, my daughter was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. She went through in-patient treatment and is now working with her therapist twice a week. She is also meeting with her pediatrician and nutritionist but I am still worried because she is still very thin and rigid in her eating.  Her team of doc…Read More

  6. When Your Child Doesn’t Want To Hug Grandma (or other adults)

    Q: My four-year-old child is extremely shy and retreats when relatives try to hug or kiss her at greetings and departures. I’m afraid my daughter is coming across as rude or unloving, or that I look like an overly indulgent parent because I am not making her do it.  Sometimes they say things that suggest I’m a bad parent because I’ve brought up a withdrawn, nervous, or shy child. Should I j…Read More

  7. When ADHD Makes Homework Time Hell

    Q: I cannot get my child to focus on school work. I have tried helping him myself throughout the school year, but he is always distracted with something and cannot sit still for even five minutes. He was recently diagnosed with ADHD and I’m starting to think that label is taking over his school life and impact his motivation and confidence. How can I best support him and help him to learn to foc…Read More

  8. When Your Family Is a Bunch of Scrooges

    Originally Published in the Lakelands Leader in our advice column The Laudable Life Q: It's early December and as usual I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the things I needs to get done; school parties, work parties, neighborhood parties, gift shopping, family travel, and decorating the house before we go away for the holiday. It's too much! Worse yet I can't seem to get anyone to help. My husba…Read More

  9. Stepping Back from Parenting Your College Student

    Originally published in our advice column the Laudable Life in the Lakelands Leader Q: Our oldest child is leaving for University of Maryland next year.  She's excited, but I'm nervous.  I won’t be there to wake her up for her 8am classes and I won’t be there when she needs me.  What if she doesn’t like her roommate?  What if she gets sick?  And the idea of frat parties scares the hell …Read More