To tell or not to tell: Discussing the Connecticut Shootings

It’s the story we are all discussing. A 20-year-old man entered Sandy Hook Elementary School dressed in black and open fired on classrooms of innocent children. The tragedy is almost too much to fathom. School is supposed to be a safe place where parents entrust their children. A situation like this shatters that in so […]

It’s Been A While….

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and I’ve missed it.  Time just seems to be flying by, and work responsibilities have definitely kept me from sitting down and writing out some thoughts. I’m excited to be posting several topics here today, and will, hopefully, keep up with it much more diligently in the future. […]

Paralyzed Mom Wins Visitation

In an excellent decision by a judge, Abbie Dorn, a mother of triplets who was paralyzed during child birth, was awarded visitation with her children. Ms. Dorn delivered two of her three children without incident. When her last child was being delivered, the doctor nicked her uterine lining, causing her to bleed excessively and suffer […]

Teens and Tanning: Should they do it?

The statistics are alarming. Teens spend an inordinate amount of time and money going to tanning salons. The government is trying to create some restrictions on this practice, as it is so dangerous for teenagers in the long run, and melanoma rates are increasing. Tanning is alluring not only to teens but to adults as […]

Can Trying to Be Happy Make You Unhappy?

Can the pursuit of happiness actually be detrimental? New research reveals that it might. Firstly, though we have to answer the age-old question, what is happiness? Do we measure it as short-term, instant gratification or a long-term outlook? Most of us look at the short-term rather than long-term fulfillment. We always look at what we […]

Talking to Kids about the Tsunami

Disasters occur. We have all seen it happen: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Earthquake in Haiti, and now the Tsunami in Japan. It’s often difficult to know how to speak with children about these situations. Emotional reactions to these types of situations will vary in nature and severity from child to child. These responses are impacted by […]

Birth Order and Romance

There are many factors are involved in shaping our character and personality, and all of these can impact decisions we make regarding relationships, both platonic and romantic.  Our gender, temperament, spacing between ourselves and our siblings, and other developmental and environmental factors play a significant role in how we become who we are as adults. […]

Ask the Experts

I got to participate in an “Ask the Experts” segment today, along CBS’ Consumer Correspondent Susan Koeppen and CBS’ Financial and Business Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis.  These segments are a lot of fun and we take questions submitted by viewers.  There never seems to be enough time to get all of the valuable information in, no […]

Forecasting the New Year

Surprisingly, or perhaps not so, certain days and months are going to be better for you this year than others.  Some researchers have been able to predict which days are going to be good, and which not so much, for you this year; when you should be aware of a potential break up and when […]

Making, and KEEPING, your resolutions

It’s that time of year again, when we identify the things we would like to do consistently for the upcoming year.  More than half of us will not get to February with our resolutions, when we will quit, forget or find something more important on which to focus. Keeping resolutions is not about willpower, despite […]

Parenting Preschoolers: Some valuable information

In doing some research for various things, I came across two very good articles that can help parents of preschoolers.  The first article focuses on common mistakes parents make with their 3-5 year olds and ways to be more skillful and effective parents.  WebMD put together some great tips on ways to help make parenting […]

When is it too much?

There is a lot of interesting new data coming out about teens and living in the digital age. We are all worried that children spend too much time online watching TV, movies, using social media outlets. We worry that children won’t grow up to have positive relationships; we worry who they are coming into contact […]

Tips for happiness….

It’s hard to be happy all the time…even people that you know that appear happy all the time, probably aren’t. There are lots of factors that contribute to happiness: genetic, life circumstances and then personal choices. Believe it or not, our choices account for up to 40% of our happiness! That’s a pretty significant percentage, […]