1. What are Executive Functions?

    What are Executive Functions? Executive functions are a core collection of higher order mental skills that help us to learn, work, manage our lives, and interact with others. They include: Inhibiting responses Working memory Emotional control Sustaining attention Beginning tasks Planning and prioritizing Organizing Time management Setting and working towards goals Flexibly shifting between tasks M…Read More

  2. Can This Relationship Be Saved?

    Q: These past few years have taken a toll on my marriage. Being home with my family has been really stressful. When I tried to talk to my husband about how this extra stress is affecting our relationship he was frustrated with me. I decided not to bring it up anymore. Now I feel like there is nothing between us. He is always working or on his phone. I can’t bear it anymore. I’m so sad and I do…Read More

  3. The Bedwetting Secret

    Q: My son is 10-years-old and thanks to COVID has never had an overnight or a sleepover. We haven’t even visited family in over 3 years! But we’re all vaccinated now and excited to visit my parents in Wisconsin over spring break. Problem is that our son is still wetting the bed. He’s self-conscious about it and wants to keep it private, hoping I can help him keep it on the down low during th…Read More

  4. Breadcrumbed by a TikToker on Valentine’s Day

    Q: My best friend has been talking to a “famous” local TikToker online. She has been telling me all the details and it sounds like she is really into him. Problem is, it doesn't sound like he feels the same. Every time they plan to do something he cancels at the last minute or he just won't answer her. He seems to be a player based on the things I read in his comment section and I've heard som…Read More

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  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

  10. Nobody Is Going to Want Our Stuff

    Originally published in the Lakelands Leader in our advice column the Laudable Life Q: Over the last several years, three of my relatives have passed away leaving me their memorabilia and several pieces of antique furniture. My townhouse is now extremely cluttered and I feel like I’m suffocating. It breaks my heart to let these things go because of their sentimental value, but I don’t have the…Read More