Teaching Teens To Break-Up

We can all agree that breaking up stinks.  It’s hard at any age.  But despite learning over the course of our lives how to build good relationships, how to be aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol, why drinking and driving is a bad idea, and how to use social media appropriately, most teens […]

TV May Be Harming Your Children

We’ve all heard about the downsides of too much television watching for children, but a recent study highlighted some of the potential medial issues that can make television watching even more concerning. I sat down with Jennifer Ashton, CBS’ Medical Correspondent and The Early Show’s Erica Hill to talk about the medical and psychological issues […]

How the “Fat Talk” Can Be Hurtful

The term “fat talk” was coined to describe negative conversations about body shape. A recent study found that women often feel pressured into engaging in these types of conversations. How often have you been with your friends when the discussion turns in this direction? When you, or your friend start to say things such as, […]

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda…

A recent survey examined regret and in what areas Americans regret the most. The top five regrets are: ROMANCE 18.1% FAMILY 15.9% EDUCATION 13.1% CAREER 12.2% FINANCE 9.9% I am not surprised by the variety of regret, but I am concerned about the amount of regret people are experiencing. Many people spend time thinking about […]

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 […]

Parents and Teens: Sharing Alcohol?

A recent study revealed that many parents believe it is okay to provide alcohol to their children, mostly as a way to introduce them to it and, hopefully, de-mystify it. In fact, in 31 states, parents can legally serve alcohol to their children. There are pros and cons to the idea of giving one’s child […]

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 […]

Relationship Expectations

A recent study by Match.com of almost 5000 singles turned a lot of what we think about what men and women want in relationships on hit head.  Generally, the typical stereotypes of what men and women want did not hold up in the research.  So often, it has been thought that women are the ones […]

Fatigue Factors (and some ways to fight back)

It’s winter.  Days are shorter.  It’s darker longer.  The weather has been incredibly challenging for much of the country, with snow, ice and wind impacting many states.  As a result, many people are feeling unmotivated, depressed and just “off.” Believe it or not, this feeling of low energy is a real thing, called seasonal affective […]

Patience is a virtue.

How often do you find yourself losing your patience? Living in NYC, I find that I am often feeling as though I have to get where I am going faster than the people around me understand and often want to push them out of the way to get where I am going.  Luckily, this is […]

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 […]

Small Changes, Big Results

The Early Show is doing a short series on small changes that you can make in your life that will result in positive changes for your well-being.  The segment focuses on mental health, physical health and dietary changes you can make to start the year off right.  I was on this morning talking about the […]

Surprise! Teens need more sleep!

No surprise here…teenagers do not get enough sleep.  For a long time this has been the case, and now, with texting, computers, and television taking teens late into the night, they definitely are not getting the amount of sleep that they need. A new study just came out indicating that if school started 30 minutes […]