1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Challenges of Caring for an Elderly Parent

    Originally published by the Lakelands Leader in our advice column the Laudable Life. Q: Lately I have been feeling very guilty that I am not able to provide the care that my aging mother needs.  I have had to put her in an assisted living facility because with her progressing dementia I cannot handle caring for her and my own family at the same time any longer. I know that in the long run I am do…Read More

  4. 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  Sometimes they say things that suggest I’m a bad parent because I’ve brought up a withdrawn, nervous, or shy child.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

  5. What Can A Divorce Coach Do For Me?

    Q: I’m in the middle of a difficult divorce. My attorney calls it “high conflict.” I’m six months into this and still have a long way to go. I feel my family and friends are exhausted hearing about it. My attorney suggested a divorce coach. What can a divorce coach do for me that I’m not already getting from my therapist and attorney? A: We’re so glad you asked. Divorce Coaching is a p…Read More

  6. How Effective “Time Outs” Could Save Your Marriage (or Job or Friendships)!

    From Our Lakelands Leader Laudable Life Advice Column Q: My husband and I have a pretty good marriage, but when it comes to certain topics we seem to go from 0-60 in nothing flat, every time. Before we can get to the heart of the matter he's saying, "I can't talk with you about this right now." Or "You're just being irrational." Or even, "I'm tired (or I've had a long day at work), can we talk abo…Read More

  7. When Your Spouse Says They’re Not In Love with You Anymore

    Originally Printed in the Lakelands Leader in our advice column The Laudable Life Q: Around Thanksgiving my wife told me she is not in love with me anymore and that she wanted a divorce.  I told her we needed to get through the holidays and I asked her to try to put it out of her mind until the New Year.  I hoped we could make the holidays special and she would forget about it. It didn't happen.…Read More

  8. 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

  9. 6 Tips For When Your Spouse Won’t Go To Therapy With You

    Q: As I look at the start of 2017, I want to see my marriage improve, but my husband doesn't seem to be willing to do much on his end.  He won't go to therapy and he says he's tired of "talking about it all the time."  What can I do on my own that might make things better?  Everything I seem to try gets resentful push-back.  What am I doing wrong? A: Of course it's impossible to say what if …Read More

  10. 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