Category: Family psychology

Three Tips for Finding Love Again

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The old Pat Benatar song titled, “Love is a Battlefield,” says it all. Many of my relationship phone coaching clients agree with this sentiment, no matter where they live, which gender they align with, or whatever their age they are. These eligible people, most of whom have lots of good things to offer, are tragically ready to throw in the relationship towel after ending a relationship. That’s because facing the prospect of putting themselves back out there to meet someone new leaves them flooded with old re-emerging feelings of vulnerability.

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Family Communication Styles

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A fundamental skill for powerful parenting is your ability to set clear, direct, and specific limits. Limits should be easy for your child to follow. According to the parents I work with in consultation, it isn’t always easy to know what the non-negotiable limits for behavior should be.

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Parents, Drop the Phone When Interacting with Your Kids

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We hear a lot about the role of technology in the erosion of human connection and the rise of social isolation. The irony of social media is that it makes our “virtual selves” available for engagement 24/7, but our devotion to the medium can leave some people in “real life isolation” 24/7 as well. Not only that, but the behavior of “technology-immersed” parents can limit the amount of parent-child interaction that occurs as well. These kids are likely to be less socially skilled, too.

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Do You Ever Wonder What’s Going On In Your Child’s Head?

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Have you seen the movie Inside Out? In the movie we get to ride around in the control room of a child’s brain as her sub-personalities work to keep her safe and happy. The movie gets exciting when those sub-personalities, namely Fear, Anger, Joy, Disgust and Sadness, start fighting for control. For instance, when Fear is in the lead, she cringes. When it’s Anger, she explodes into unkind speech. We can all relate: The movie describes something fundamental about our human experience.

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