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March 2016 Archives

Sometimes when I turn on the news, I feel a bit defeated. It seems our culture is taking so many wrong turns in terms of values and civility. Add to this the personal issues that creep into our lives when […]

How many of us love our bodies? We look in the mirror and don’t like what we see. It starts early, especially if your physical body developed before others your age. Body image development takes on special significance during adolescence. We judge […]

As I heard the devastating news of two little boys killed in a house fire, I was struck by how quickly the lives of that family changed. One moment a mom and dad were playing with their children, the next […]

When Sharon talked to me, she was at her wits end with her friend, Ann. Ann is moody, unstable and easily upset. When Ann is upset, she has an intensity that makes Sharon uncomfortable. Ann’s angry outbursts often result in […]

For many parents, having conversations with teens about sex  is uncomfortable. Yet, considering how much sexual content and images they are exposed to on a daily basis, they are dealing with sexual thoughts and feelings on a regular basis.  Talking about […]

Q: The minute I get my kids in the back seat of the minivan, the ride becomes a ride of horrors! They start picking at each other and fighting. I dread taking them anywhere and feel like they’ve got me […]

Jeff has been struggling to go to work everyday. He desperately needs his job to pay bills and provide for his family, but this past year, he has grown disenchanted with his work environment. So much so, that he thinks about […]

Urban legend has it that during one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history, a band of people were partying on the third floor of the Richelieu Manor Apartments in Pass Christian, Mississippi, ground zero for the storm. As the storm […]

Question: My ten-old-daughter refuses to talk to her new stepdad at meals and will not listen to him when he gives her directions. This is causing tension in our house. I have been divorced for three years and my daughter […]