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Doing Life Together

Doing Life Together

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It is rare that a trained academic who speaks passionately to the heart of people providing real answers to real life problems and in a relatable style. Dr. Linda’s fun personality comes through whether she’s helping her audiences prevent a divorce or make peace with their thighs!

Dr. Linda Mintle is a national expert on the psychology of food, weight and body image and relationships. With years of clinical experience in weight loss and eating disorders, she is uniquely qualified to bring sensibility and real help to anyone struggling with weight, eating and body image. Her latest book, Press Pause Before You Eat explores how to say goodbye to mindless eating and hello to the joy of eating.

Dr. Linda is a best selling author, winner of the Mom’s Choice Award, a national news consultant and blogger and hosts her own website. Her academic appointment at Eastern Virginia Medical School keeps her abreast of current research in her areas of expertise. Her media experience includes seven years as the resident expert for ABC Family’s Living the Life television show and regular appearances on network television and radio. Her current assignment as a national news consultant allows her to comment on mental health issues in the news. As a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed clinical social worker, she brings 25 years of clinical experience to every day living.

It is often said that being with Dr. Linda is like having coffee with a friend. She makes the complicated issues of relationships and mental health easy to understand and applicable to every day living. The ease she has with people, coupled with her clinical training and experience makes her a sought after speaker on college campuses, at conferences and special events. Whether she is doing a TV skit with Tim Conway or discussing teen violence with Queen Latifa, Dr. Linda will entertain, educate and help you with Real Life. Real Answers.

A Super Bowl Outcome You May Not Like

posted by Linda Mintle

Super Bowl week! Yes, we are obsessed with the game. And part of that obsession includes our Super Bowl menu. But what if I told you that your menu and eating habits are influenced by the game. Super Bowl  has an […]

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Conflict? Who Should Make the First Move?

posted by Linda Mintle

Hannah hadn’t spoken to her mother for a month and the tension between them could be cut with a knife. It was Saturday morning and Hannah was contemplating picking up the phone and making a call. She wanted to resolve the […]

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Fighting with a Narcissist

posted by Linda Mintle

Rich and Sharon have constant fights, and the fights take on a common pattern. Sharon is dating a narcissist. The key traits of a narcissist are to be self-centered, need to be admired, be right, not admit fault and feel superior. All of those […]

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Dad’s Anxiety Could Affect His Unborn Child!

posted by Linda Mintle

Blog Question: My husband is very anxious about the birth of our second child. He is feeling the economic pressure of our expanding family and worries about everything. He is making me anxious because of his state of distress. What can […]

Who is Deciding If Your Child is ADHD?

posted by Linda Mintle

I’ve been in practice for over 20 years and worked in a center for ADHD. One of our goals was to make sure the right kids were correctly diagnosed when it came to ADHD. Great care was taken to do […]

10 Ways to Make Weight Loss Last

posted by Linda Mintle

Losing weight is no easy task. So when you make a decision to drop a few pounds, what should be included in your weight loss plan in order to be successful at not only losing weight, but keeping it off? […]

Is Your Relationship Abusive?

posted by Linda Mintle

Kylie started dating Tyler a few months ago. At first, Tyler seemed to be an upright guy. A little intense at times, with short anger bursts, but he was a guy, right? Wrong. That intensity was a red flag Kylie […]

Are You Ready to Lose Weight? 12 Questions

posted by Linda Mintle

Most of you reading this have been on so many diets in the past, you could write best-sellers about your experiences! Sadly, I’ve heard my share of  diet failures. You are probably wondering if this time will be any different from your past […]

Not Measuring Up to Your Former Classmates?

posted by Linda Mintle

 Question: I married and had children very early.  I love being a mom but I just attended a high school reunion and felt a bit envious of all the things my classmates have accomplished.  I noticed my confidence dropped as I […]

7 Spiritual Keys to Losing Weight for Life

posted by Linda Mintle

My book, Lose It For Life, is a total solution to losing weight and keeping it off. Not only do we have to attend to what we eat, become more active, deal with our emotions and thoughts and behave differently, […]

15 Questions to See if You Have Food Issues

posted by Linda Mintle

During coffee one morning, Rita said, “I wonder if I have a food problem.” She isn’t alone. You may be thinking the same. Here are 15 questions to ask yourself when it comes to food or eating problems: 1. Do […]

What It Takes to Make Lasting Change

posted by Linda Mintle

Through years of failed change attempts, the road of self-effort and control has not taken most of us where we wanted to go. Proverbs 14:12 tells us, “Before every man there lies a wide and pleasant road that seems right but ends […]

Happy New Year!

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Thanks for following my blog all year. Here is to 2016.

Avoiding Relapse on New Year’s Eve

posted by Linda Mintle

Holidays can prove to be challenging when it comes to fighting addictions. For those who struggle with food problems and binge eating, New Year’s Eve and day can prove most difficult. Food abounds and is the focus of celebration. Both […]

Get Ready to Be Offended…By Your Food!

posted by Linda Mintle

Honestly, I thought it was a joke when I read about the Oberlin College students who registered complaints about their food being racist! Sadly, it is not a joke, but certainly another example of political correctness running amuck once again. […]

Wishing You A Merry Christmas!

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Jesus, Our Hope and Joy

posted by Linda Mintle

I love this time of year. My mom’s Hummel Nativity scene greets you when you walk in the door.  The house is lit up with lights, candles glow in the evenings, and the fireplace warms the house as we enjoy […]

What Does Jesus Bring to Our Lives?

posted by Linda Mintle

Christmas is about the birth of Christ. The Prince of Peace was born. Now, fast forward to Luke Chapter 24 where we find Jesus revealing himself to some of his followers after his resurrection. Unlike the long awaited birth of Christ, Jesus comes to those […]

7 Tips To Prevent Overspending at the Holidays

posted by Linda Mintle

Gray Thursday, Black Friday, Cyber Monday…get ready for the before and after Christmas sales. Seems there is always a sale, a pull to get us to buy more! But considering most of us are on a budget, we need to […]

How Schools Need to Toughen Up!

posted by Linda Mintle

Jenna is an example of a steady stream of students who parade through my office feeling as though they can’t cope with the demands of academia. They are bright, capable thinkers but emotionally distraught. And I ask, how did this happen? […]

The Spiritual Road To Change

posted by Linda Mintle

We all have things in our lives we want to change. Maybe we don’t like the way we treat our neighbor, the prejudices we hold in our heart, or maybe we struggle to be free from addiction. Perhaps we want to stop an […]

Preventing Family Melt Downs!

posted by Linda Mintle

Family time over the holidays! Does that idea create incredible feeling of angst? While most of us will make the familiar trek home to join the family fun, others are growing more anxious as the holiday countdown continues. For many, the trip home […]

Why Losing Weight is Not Easy

posted by Linda Mintle

A few years ago, Mayor Bloomberg  created quite a stir in his efforts to regulate soda drinking in New York City. The idea was to regulate private citizens in terms of what they can or cannot eat in an effort to find a […]

How to Love Your Upsetting Family

posted by Linda Mintle

I spoke to a woman who hasn’t talked to her mother for most of the year. She is angry at the way she is treated. Because of her anger, she is refusing to see her mom at Christmas. “I want […]

Turn Stress to Joy This Holiday Season!

posted by Linda Mintle

Stress? It can make or break that holiday enjoyment. Not feeling the joy of the season because there is too much to do! Or maybe you are overwhelmed by the number parties and activities to attend. Watch and get a […]

Don’t Let Holiday Anxiety Get You!

posted by Linda Mintle

A woman walks into the mall to go Christmas shopping when suddenly she feels a sense of dread, her hands get sweaty, her heart beats faster and she feels like she is going to die. Or a man has to give a […]

Repairing Family Relationships At the Holidays

posted by Linda Mintle

The holidays are upon us and everyone has at least one family member they consider a little bit difficult. But what if the difficulty has created an uncomfortable distance that will be felt when you all sit down for the […]

Siblings: Help or Hurt Romantic Relationships?

posted by Linda Mintle

I’ve heard my daughter say that having a brother has helped her understand men. She feels comfortable being around men her age, in part, due to being raised with a brother. We know from previous research that having opposite sex siblings […]

Thanksgiving: More Than a Meal, Parade and Football

posted by Linda Mintle

When you think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Watching the Macy’s Day parade, eating a very large meal with all the trimmings and watching football with family and friends? Black Friday and the kickoff of the Christmas season? The original […]

Gratitude: How It Changes Us in Positive Ways

posted by Linda Mintle

I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for the past weeks. Each day, I write down 3 things for which I am thankful. Focusing on gratitude changes a person. If you want to know how, watch my blog to learn about […]

What’s Your Relationship Deal Breaker?

posted by Linda Mintle

My daughter was talking to us about relationships the other night. We asked about one young man she knew and her instant response was, “Too needy!” For her, that was a deal breaker. As I thought about this, we all […]

Exercise More, Lose Weight? Not Really!

posted by Linda Mintle

Eat less, exercise more. That is the weight loss mantra, right? The role of exercise in weight loss is often misunderstood. The State of Texas knows this first hand. They spend 37 million dollars on grants to help children in […]

Move Over “No Shave”, It’s No SHAME November

posted by Linda Mintle

I have to admit, I’m not a fan of No Shave November. I look forward to the month ending in order to see the faces of the men I care about again. But one of my producers had a different […]

How Sex, Hot Chocolate and 3 D Movies Keep Your Mind Sharp

posted by Linda Mintle

We all want to remain on top of our game as along as possible as we age. We’ve heard a lot about doing puzzles and mental activities that require cognitive engagement. But how about some fun ways to keep your […]

5 Ways to Honor a Veteran Today!

posted by Linda Mintle

This is  my dad when he fought in WWII! And on the right is my dad at age 94. He is one of the many veterans who needs to be honored today. Such sacrifices our veterans made and continue to […]

The Spiritual Side to Combating Addiction

posted by Linda Mintle

Recently, we have heard stories about addiction and how it has impacted families of those on the presidential campaign trail. Jeb Bush talked to CNN about his daughter’s run in with the law while fighting a prescription drug addiction. Others like Chris Christie […]

Need a Vacation? Let Science Help

posted by Linda Mintle

At this point in the school year, I find myself thinking, “I need a vacation!”As much as I love family, visiting relatives for holidays is not exactly a vacation. The idea of sun, a beach and white sand makes me […]

Aging: Think Old, Feel Old!

posted by Linda Mintle

I have no idea what it is like to be aging into my 80s or even 90s. But in so many conversations with aging people, the aches and pains of aging seem prominent and dominate discussions. So often I hear, […]

Why Married Women Lose on Gaining Weight

posted by Linda Mintle

A friend and I were looking at old wedding pictures. “I was skinny as could be when I got married. But look at me, a year later, I am packing on the weight. What happened to me?” she asked. The same thing […]

What To Do With Halloween

posted by Linda Mintle

As Christians, we have to decide what to do with Halloween. Do we ignore it, participate with our neighbors, do our own thing, go to a church harvest party, or what? Is it better to engage the culture, have a […]

Are Contact Sports Really All That Bad?

posted by Linda Mintle

Bad news for the NFL. In September, a study was released that looked at the brains of deceased NFL players who had donated their brain to science due to suspicion of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). Of the 91 players tested, 87 […]

Schedule Time at the Friendship Spa

posted by Linda Mintle

Friendships! Do we nurture, appreciate and take care of them? Having a friend you can count on is priceless, so perhaps we should pay attention to those important relationships that bring so much to our lives. The other day I […]

Do Texting Families Communicate Better?

posted by Linda Mintle

Most of us realize that a good way to get a response from a child, teen or young adult is to text them. This is how they like to communicate. There are benefits to texting communication: 1) Quick response 2) More […]

Feeling Lonely? EASE into Relationships

posted by Linda Mintle

When you want to be socially engaged and yet are finding it difficult to do so, you can feel lonely. And when you feel lonely, you tend to isolate and interpret peoples’ actions as negative towards you. The brain actually […]

Is It Time for Your Marriage Review?

posted by Linda Mintle

I just had my 6 month check up with the dentist. It wasn’t good news. There is an infection brewing under one of my teeth. I had no idea, but was glad I kept my six month appointment. Otherwise, I […]

The Importance of Trust When Working Through Conflict

posted by Linda Mintle

Trust is the foundation of any healthy relationship. The key to building trust is to know the other person’s world and reliably respond to it. Do what you say. Keep your promises. A second component of building trust involves empathy. […]

Why College Students Aren’t Ready for Real Life

posted by Linda Mintle

For 30 years I have taught in medical schools and universities. This generation is different. They are more anxious and suffer from higher rates of anxiety disorders.  And what I am about to say is a generalization. Not all college kids are anxious and acting […]

Yes, We Have Guidelines for Sitting!

posted by Linda Mintle

Last year, I wrote a blog, Is Sitting the New Smoking? In that blog, I reported on the impact of too much sitting on physical health. Too much sitting is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and early death from all causes. […]

Fighting? How You are Hurting Your Kids

posted by Linda Mintle

Jack and Rachel have been in a contentious marriage for quite some time. Their friends would describe them as a high conflict couple. The stress is getting to their two middle school children who beg their parents to stop fighting and try […]

What It Really Takes to Stop School Shootings

posted by Linda Mintle

When I listen to any political person rail against guns as a fix for school shootings, I get upset. The focus in wrong and yet it persists and dominates headlines. This tells me there is a lack of real concern […]

What’s At the Root of Your Procrastination?

posted by Linda Mintle

Most of us know the feeling of procrastination. It often goes like this: I know I have to complete that project by the end of week. Nothing in me wants to do it. I’ll go to the gym. Exercise will relax […]

Get Control of that Anger

posted by Linda Mintle

Are you easily angered? Do you have a low tolerance for frustration. Does any little thing annoy and frustrate you? Are you tired of feeling out of control? If so, consider this. Some children seem to be born more edgy […]

Who Made You the Boss?

posted by Linda Mintle

Have you ever had that moment when you thought or said, “Who made you the boss?” Someone in authority or a leader makes a decision and you think you know better. If we are honest, this happens all the time. Yet, in […]

Stress Eating? The Brownie or the Apple?

posted by Linda Mintle

You want to lose weight and know what you need to eat. But does stress make it harder to actually make healthy food choices? Let’s say you are under stress at work. You have to pass a series of exams to get […]

Harvard’s Humanist Chaplaincy: Good Without God

posted by Linda Mintle

I was listening to HLN the other day as I was driving home from work and heard a show about Harvard University’s humanist chaplain. I went to Harvard’s chaplaincy page and found this description, “The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard is dedicated […]

The Realities of Emergency Contraceptives

posted by Linda Mintle

Monica represents one in five sexually active teens now using emergency contraceptives for birth control. That number represents an increase from 1 in 12 a decade ago. According to the CDC, easy access and relaxed age restrictions have led to […]

Going Bananas Over the Small Stuff

posted by Linda Mintle

Every day, just living our lives, we face a number of opportunities to test our character. Often, our true self comes out in the small things; the everyday trials, frustrations or simple irritations. It’s in those moment, we see ourselves for […]

Dealing With the Pain of Loss

posted by Linda Mintle

For 7 years my husband and I experienced infertility. I was poked and prodded more times than I ever care to recall. All the testing came back with no known cause to our infertility. We were among the 4% of couples […]

Working Through Betrayal From an Affair

posted by Linda Mintle

When the cheating website, AshleyMadison, was recently hacked, names were released. Affairs were revealed. Couples, families and churches are dealing with the revelation of loved ones and leaders who used the site to secretively have an affair. The aftermath has left […]

How Grandparents Improve the Lives of Teens

posted by Linda Mintle

Happy Grandparents Day! I’m not a grandparent yet, but I have many happy memories of my grandparents around Sunday dinners, family get togethers and special occasions. My dad’s grandmother loved to stay with us when my parents vacationed. She would […]

Reflections on 911

posted by Linda Mintle

On my visit to NYC this summer, I went to the 911 Memorial. This was a picture I took as I stood at the footprint of the two missing towers. I don’t know David Brady or any of the other […]

Lessons From AshleyMadison

posted by Linda Mintle

When I wrote the chapter on Sex and Affection in my latest book, We Need to Talk, I referenced the infidelity site AshleyMadison.com. I couldn’t believe a website  promoted married dating. A a therapist, I know how devastating an affair […]

The Real Meaning of Labor Day

posted by Linda Mintle

Labor Day! Fire up the barbecue, head to the beach or hike that mountain trail! Most of us think of this as a welcomed day off, marking the end of summer and the beginning of school and work for the […]

Check Your Anger in the Check Out Line

posted by Linda Mintle

The other day, I ran into the grocery store to pick up a last minute item for dinner. As I meandered through the aisles trying to find the one item I needed, I noticed the checkout lines were long and […]

Do Intelligence and Creativity Come With a Price?

posted by Linda Mintle

When you contemplate a beautiful work of art by van Gogh, you sense the genius and creativity behind it. What mind envisions such beauty and is able to capture it on a canvas? Or how about when you read the […]

What Isn’t Discussed in Violent Shootings

posted by Linda Mintle

Like most of you, I was shaken by the horrific events of this past week: the senseless shooting of two TV journalists happened in my backyard. Those reporters worked at one of the TV stations in my viewing area and not […]

Why Sex is Not Always About the Sex

posted by Linda Mintle

If you watch most television shows, you would think that the most important part of any relationship is sex! But when it comes to what matters most in a relationship, it’s not the sex. And if we focus  only on sex, the […]

National Dog Day: Take Your Canine to Work!

posted by Linda Mintle

In honor of national dog day… I feel blessed that I get to take my dog to work every day. Zoe, pictured here, is the comfort dog for the medical school in which I work. Every morning she greets the students […]

Baby Names: Helping or Hurting Your Child?

posted by Linda Mintle

When Shakespeare asked,  “What’s in a name?” the answer is, more than you think. Many years ago, I worked in a very poor school district and noticed a number of the children had unusual names. The most unusual was a girl […]

Angry? Do You Really Want to E-Vent?

posted by Linda Mintle

John left the meeting frustrated, angry and ready to quit. He returned to his office and fired off an angry email. For the moment, he felt better, he got his anger off his chest. But did this behavior really help? Sarah […]

Picky Eaters May Have More Problems Than Food

posted by Linda Mintle

Rena, a charming three-year-old, stares at the carrots, potatoes and chicken on her plate. She tells her mom she doesn’t want any of it. No matter what is served, Rena wants to eat mac and cheese and hotdogs. Her mom […]

7 Ways Pride Makes Conflict Difficult

posted by Linda Mintle

“Conflict is an inevitable reality. Like a car flying down the interstate, our body shuts the windows and locks the doors to contain all our pain. Conflict moves in a set direction on four wheels – distress, anger, fear and […]

Is Your Preschooler a Future Criminal?

posted by Linda Mintle

Preschool, a time of fun activity, hands on learning and playing with other children. But preschool social interactions may tell us something about the future direction of those children. What if I told you that watching the play and interaction of nursery school […]

Texting and Walking: Are You Physically in Danger?

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a common sight. People texting and walking. I admit. I get annoyed when I am walking in a big city and someone walks into me because they are texting on their phone. Everything inside of me screams, “Look Up! […]

6 Easy Ways to Improve Your IQ

posted by Linda Mintle

While having a high IQ doesn’t guarantee life success, it sure helps with academic achievement. So if you feel you need a little IQ boost, keep reading. Measures of intelligence are not static and can be affected by life and […]

6 Tips to Reduce Conflict With an EX Over Kids

posted by Linda Mintle

Most of you are concerned about the effects of divorce on the adjustment of your children. You want to do whatever possible to help them adjust. You already feel guilty about putting children through the ordeal of divorce. A good […]

Eating Less But Still Not Losing Weight?

posted by Linda Mintle

Losing weight seems to be a life long trial for so many of us. Let’s just say that getting on the scale is a sometimes depressing event. I know it is important to weigh yourself regularly in order to keep […]

Bullying More Harmful Than Child Abuse

posted by Linda Mintle

Jerry struggled with not wanting to go to school. His parents noticed how anxious he was and finally learned that a bully was making Jerry’s life miserable. When Jerry reported this behavior to one of his teachers, the teacher downplayed […]

5 Nonverbal Behaviors to Influence Others

posted by Linda Mintle

Robert is at an  office party. He’s been working hard and wants to win over his colleagues and make a good impression. He’s wondering if there is anything he can do right now to win people over. Actually, there is, especially […]

4 Strategies to Minimize Relationship Conflict

posted by Linda Mintle

Five years ago, there was no conflict. Renee and Jerry decided to have children. At the time, both felt it was best for Renee to stay home with the children while Jerry worked outside the home. Recently, Renee was having […]

Can You Think Away Chronic Pain?

posted by Linda Mintle

Susan’s leg injury was healed more than two months ago, so why is she still having chronic pain? Her family thinks it is all in her head, but is it? Her doctor can’t find a reason for the pain and […]

Abortive Body Parts Only About Politics?

posted by Linda Mintle

Like most of you, I was horrified to see the video of the Planned Parenthood women having wine and food  while discussing abortive body parts for sale. The lack of a moral compass should outrage all of us, but yesterday, as I  listened to […]

What Ben Carson’s Single Mom Did Right

posted by Linda Mintle

Dr. Ben Carson, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and now presidential candidate, was raised in poverty to a single mom who lived in a tough neighborhood. Ben’s mom worked two to three jobs in order to put food on the table. She didn’t want […]

5 Practices of Healthy Leaders

posted by Linda Mintle

Are you a leader? You don’t have to be a CEO or President of an organization. You can be a leader in your family, school, church or in the community. One definition of a leader is someone who has followers. […]

Is Someone Too Controlling? 10 Questions to Ask

posted by Linda Mintle

Rachel: “He’s so controlling! I can’t even go out with friends or he gets mad. Should I be concerned about this or does this mean that he really loves me?” Barb: “You should be concerned! Someone who gets upset when […]

What Does it Mean to Be Called of God?

posted by Linda Mintle

What does it mean to be called by God? Too often we think this means we need to work in a  ministry or  church. But calling is something every person of faith must embrace. First and foremost is to understand that […]

7 Ways to Resist a Food Craving

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s summer. We want to keep our weight down, but that constant parade of food in the office makes craving a dessert a little harder to resist. Or maybe you are taking dessert to that summer picnic. All that baking […]

5 Tips to Help Motivating Someone to Change

posted by Linda Mintle

Rick was feeling discouraged. He tried to make a significant change in his life, but was struggling. As a friend, Jerry wondered how he could help. There are times in our lives when we want to be that supportive person […]

How Often Should I Weigh Myself? It Depends!

posted by Linda Mintle

We all know that the number on the scale isn’t suppose to define us, but that doesn’t stop us from thinking about how much we weigh on any given day. And the number often influences our mood. So how often should we weigh? […]

Stop That Hyper Parenting!

posted by Linda Mintle

Hyper parenting is a relatively new concept. One that may be doing more harm than good when it comes to preparing our children for life. When I was growing up, we came home from school, played outside until we were […]

What Does True Freedom Mean and Require?

posted by Linda Mintle

As we celebrate this Independence Day, it is important to remember the freedom we have in this country to openly embrace our religious beliefs. For the Christian, true freedom is found in Christ. But with this freedom comes responsibility as noted […]

5 Things to Say That Will Upset Your Partner

posted by Linda Mintle

If you want to upset your partner, try these tried and true conversation starters or responses. These phrases will get a reaction, mostly, an upsetting one. So think before you speak! 1) We need to talk. Yes, this is the title […]

Are You Practicing The Best Parenting Style?

posted by Linda Mintle

Parenting is on John’s mind now that his second child has arrived. John was raised by a father who was harsh and demanding. John often felt as if he could not live up to his father’s expectations. Now a father […]

Are You Genetically Predisposed to Worry?

posted by Linda Mintle

Susan feels she can’t stop worrying no matter how hard she tries. She’s beginning to wonder if she is a born worry. She is asking, “Can worry be genetic?” In 2007, Yale researchers found a gene variation associated with chronic […]

Does God Hide in Times of Trouble?

posted by Linda Mintle

When Christians are being beheaded in the middle east, when a man shoots people praying in a church, when young girls are taken and forced into sex slavery, when you are falsely accused or ridiculed for your beliefs, it often […]

Should You Keep Secrets From Your Partner?

posted by Linda Mintle

I was in the grocery store and the tabloids were headlining the secret love child of yet another celebrity couple. Secrets are a problem. They don’t usually end well. I am often asked if it is a good idea to […]

The Gift Your Father Gave You

posted by Linda Mintle

Happy Father’s Day! I know not everyone has a great relationship with his or her father. However, this Father’s Day, I encourage to think about your father and find one thing he gave you as a gift. Some of you […]

Divorce Physically Hurts a Woman’s Heart

posted by Linda Mintle

Their families were surprised. Don and Jackie were getting a divorce after 15 years of marriage.  Don’s sister believes Don will have a difficulty living alone. She fears the stress of the split could cause him serious emotional and health problems. But […]

Is Technology Stressing You Out?

posted by Linda Mintle

Technology is a good thing, but sometimes it can stress you out. For example, your phone is vibrating. Should you look at it, stay in the conversation and ignore it? Do you feel a compulsion to check? Ping! Buzz, Vibrate. I […]

More Than Worry: Understanding OCD

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a term we casually throw around, “I’m so OCD.” But for those who suffer, it’s no causal matter. It was 9:00p.m. Eric was rechecking every door in the house to make sure it was locked. He didn’t do this once, or […]

7 Tips to Put an End to Stress Eating

posted by Linda Mintle

“I can’t believe he just broke up with me!” Renee is headed for the ice cream and about to engage in stress eating. Eating when stressed or when we need to relax or calm down is a bad habit. But we […]

Falsely Accused: 3 Ways to Respond

posted by Linda Mintle

Have you ever been falsely accused and felt you had no power to deal with the situation because the accusers did not want to hear the truth? How do you respond when this happens? The natural thing is to get angry […]

Crying During Movies: Could Be A Highly Sensitive Person!

posted by Linda Mintle

If you are at the movies and someone is crying behind you, it might be me. When it comes to movies, I am a highly sensitive person. I cried during the capture of the horse in Warhorse, Lone Survivor deeply […]

Are You in the Prime of Your Life?

posted by Linda Mintle

Have you ever heard anyone say, “I’m in the prime of my life?” Do you wonder when the prime of your life happens? As we age, this may cross your mind as you notice certain skills fading away. But there is […]

Does An Affair Mean It Is Over?

posted by Linda Mintle

Tears in her eyes, Rachel admitted to Tom she had an affair. But does this mean the marriage is over? Betrayal cuts deep and undermines the trust in any committed relationship. Affairs are secretive relationships,  emotional connections to someone outside […]

Feeling Anxious? When Anxiety is Helpful

posted by Linda Mintle

Richard was feeling anxious. If you asked him, this feeling wasn’t helpful. He was asked to give a speech in front of his company and present his findings to the entire staff. All he felt was dread at the idea of […]

Does More Exercise Mean Better Learning?

posted by Linda Mintle

The push to academic learning at the expense of exercise has some parents concerned. Connie thinks her preschoolers academic learning doesn’t include enough exercise. She decided to meet with her preschool’s administration. The push for academic achievement is  appreciated, but her preschooler needs recess […]

Memorial Day: More Than a Backyard Cookout!

posted by Linda Mintle

Memorial Day is more than a long weekend to play. Yes, it is a three day weekend and the grills are firing up. But it is a day we recognize those who have died while serving in our armed forces. Honestly, it’s not […]

Are Your Tweets Tied to Heart Disease?

posted by Linda Mintle

#AngryInNYC Another stupid person runs in to me. Sorry doesn’t cut it. Look up from your phone you idiot. This is just one example of Sara’s tweets that regular fill her Twitter account. It doesn’t take much to anger Sara. […]

What To Do When Anger is Triggered

posted by Linda Mintle

Anger is triggered by expectations, perceptions, and things people say and do. These hot buttons are triggers that cause the feeling to rise. Knowing your hot buttons can prepare you for future conflicts. To deal with hot buttons, think about how […]

Why You Shouldn’t Withhold Sex in a Marriage

posted by Linda Mintle

Aaron and Jill feels distant in their relationship. Because of the lack of closeness, their sex life has suffered. Aaron came to therapy wondering how to change this dynamic in their relationship. Sex is so important to a man’s emotional […]

Parenting: The Cost of Too High Expectations

posted by Linda Mintle

Rita, like so many daughters, came to therapy because of a tense relationship with her parents. Rita feels her parents’ expectations are too high and she can never measure up. Expectations, when too high or out of line with a child’s true […]

Turning A Child Against a Parent

posted by Linda Mintle

Jerry has no relationship with his children now that he and his wife are divorced. Prior to the divorce, Jerry was very involved in their lives. But the relationships took dramatic turns due to something called Parent Alienation Syndrome (PAS). In the […]

Feeling Down, Discouraged? Time to Put on Those Spiritual Glasses

posted by Linda Mintle

A friend’s wife was diagnosed with ALS. Another, lost his wife to cancer and yet another had a son involved in a tragic car accident. When trouble hits, we wonder why. Why doesn’t God do something about disease, evil and […]

A Surprising Mother’s Day Gift

posted by Linda Mintle

This week we celebrate Mother’s Day. All over this county, moms will be receiving flowers, candy and going out to dinner. There will be special celebrations and multiple ways to honor our moms. But this Mother’s Day, I want moms to […]

Can Mothers and Daughters Be Best Friends?

posted by Linda Mintle

I was interviewed for a magazine article on mothers and daughters from my book, I Love My Mother But… The reporter asked this question: Should mothers and their daughters be best friends? Why or why not? Here is my answer: The early […]

10 Lifestyle Interventions to Reduce Anxiety

posted by Linda Mintle

Anxiety is something we are all familiar with and sometimes struggle to overcome. Certainly, there are the therapy approaches and medications to help with anxiety. But what about lifestyle changes that lessen anxiety and may even be the root cause. Here […]

Taking Charge of Anxious Thoughts

posted by Linda Mintle

About 29% of Americans will experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetimes. Anxiety is that uneasy feeling, apprehension, feeling of danger, doom or misfortune. It can be debilitating or mild. Anxiety can spawn fear, worry, and stress. Negative self-talk is behind […]

Parent Help With Overweight Kids

posted by Linda Mintle

Having an overweight child doesn’t mean he or she will stay that way. That being said, we don’t want our kids to go on diets. We want them to stop gaining weight and grow into the weight they already have. […]

I Spend, She Saves: 6 Tips on What To Do About Money

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a common scenario, one person in a couple is a spender, the other wants to save. Fighting over money puts strain on even the best relationship. So how do you work through what seems like a major difference in […]

When Healing Doesn’t Seem to Come

posted by Linda Mintle

I’m often asked on the radio if I believe that God heals. Yes, I do. I’ve seen God heal in my own life and the lives of my clients. Let’s keep in mind that God heals in many ways. Sometimes […]

5 Important Points When Dealing With a High Conflict Person

posted by Linda Mintle

We all have that person in our lives that drives us crazy and personalizes conflict, making it difficult to handle. Here are five points to keep in mind when dealing with a high conflict person. Choose your battles. Since most […]

The Consequences of Holding a Grudge

posted by Linda Mintle

A grudge involves holding resentment because of some real or imagined wrong. A grudge develops when you don’t like the way a conflict ended. Nursing a grudge can lead to revenge. Consider the story of John the Baptist in Mark […]

Angry: 7 Steps to Regain Control

posted by Linda Mintle

Anger is a powerful emotion that needs to be controlled. If you struggle with anger, consider these steps to regain control. Admit that you are out of control. While anger is a normal emotion and not a sin, anger expression […]

The Secret To Building Persistence in Your Child

posted by Linda Mintle

Persistence is a trait that most parents want to see developed in their children. We know from research that persistent children are less likely to be delinquent and more likely to be engaged in school. What parent wouldn’t want to […]

Reconciliation: The Willingness to Try Again

posted by Linda Mintle

The pain of a broken relationship is often difficult to heal. Years of hurt and resentment can feel too big to tackle. And the idea of embracing emotional pain without being able to control the other person means an uncertain […]

8 Prescriptions to Resist Taking Revenge

posted by Linda Mintle

Revenge is an angry response to being treated in wrong ways, but it is not a godly response. Scripture tells us that revenge is the Lord’s and we need to leave it to him. Revenge doesn’t solve anything anyway. It […]

10 Tips to Calm Anger in a Heated Conflict

posted by Linda Mintle

One of the keys to resolving conflict is to keep anger in control, to stay calm and not allow anger to overtake you. Here are 10 tips to help that process: Use humor to break the tension. Nothing lightens the […]

7 Ways to Keep Fear From Taking Control

posted by Linda Mintle

Fear is a warning system built into our bodies as a natural reaction to danger. It is healthy to feel fear in the face of danger. It acts like an alarm and prompts us to action. But when fear takes […]

Darkness, But Then The Hope of the Resurrection

posted by Linda Mintle

Last week, we heard about a co-pilot purposely taking down a plane with 150 people on board. In a moment, lives were lost. One moment, a passenger was laughing with a fellow travel and the next, he was diving straight […]

When God Doesn’t Meet Our Expectations

posted by Linda Mintle

Last Sunday was Palm Sunday, a glorious day in the church. We celebrated Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. I learned that the donkey was symbolic of a king coming in peaceful power. A King who goes to war would […]

The Mismatch of Conflict Styles: How to Handle It

posted by Linda Mintle

                If you’ve taken the FREE quiz on my website, drlindahelps.com, you know your conflict style–avoider, reactor or negotiator. Now the issue is, does your style match with those with whom you are […]

8 Questions: Are You A Hard Worker or Workalholic?

posted by Linda Mintle

In the same way a drug addict uses cocaine or an alcoholic downs booze, work can have an anesthetizing effect on negative emotions. People use work to escape and avoid unpleasant emotional states. But because hard work is so sanctioned […]

Breaking the Mental Habit of Worry

posted by Linda Mintle

Because worry is in the mind, it is a mental habit that must be broken. Here are a few practical tips to help break the worry habit: Identify the thought behind the worried or anxious feeling. Let it come and […]

Hurt By a Conflict? How Do You ReBuild Trust?

posted by Linda Mintle

You’ve heard the saying, trust is easy to break, hard to repair. How do you go about building trust with someone you’ve hurt! The key is to know the other person’s world and reliably respond to it. Do what you […]

Should You Keep Secrets From Your Partner?

posted by Linda Mintle

I was in the grocery store yesterday, and the tabloids were headlining the secret love child of yet another celebrity couple. Even though we tend to expect this sort of thing from celebrity relationships, secrets are a problem. They don’t […]

What’s Your Attachment Style in Conflict?

posted by Linda Mintle

We all develop an insecure or secure bond with our original families. That bond is referred to as an attachment style. The more secure the bond, the better you will deal with conflict. Two bonding styles make conflict difficult–anxious and […]

Why Men Need to Talk: Preventing Depression

posted by Linda Mintle

When Janet’s dad died suddenly, she was able to talk to friends and get though the tragic loss. Her husband, Jack, didn’t fare as well. Being male, he felt he had to be strong for Janet. Yet, Janet’s dad was […]

10 Tips to Help Your Child Make A Best Friend

posted by Linda Mintle

Families are busy and when there is a little down time, kids usually grab their screens and engage in solo play. If they are on social media, they may have a number of “friends” but these are not deep friendships […]

How Do You Deal With Conflict: Take the Quiz?

posted by Linda Mintle

WE NEED TO TALK! When you hear that phrase, what goes through your mind? Take the short quiz here and see how you deal with conflict. Now that you know your primary style, let me ask you a few more […]

Could a Difficult Childhood Age You?

posted by Linda Mintle

Jack was the victim of child abuse growing up. Then, his mother died and he became a ward of the state, in and out of foster homes. His childhood was not only filled with abuse and trauma, but abandonment. As an adult, […]

The Positive Side of More Screen Time

posted by Linda Mintle

Please, put away your cell phone! We are eating dinner.  Get off the video game now. You have homework to do.  How many hours have you spent on Facebook? How about a real conversation? I admit, I tend to focus […]

We Need to Talk: How to Successfully Navigating Conflict

posted by Linda Mintle

Jim and Rachel are at it again. They can’t seem to agree on so many issues and all the fighting is taking a toll. Like so many of us, this couple needs help navigating conflict in a way that grows, […]

10 Ways to Resist Sex Outside of Marriage

posted by Linda Mintle

Sean Lowe, made famous by the reality television shows The Bachelorette and The Bachelor, was known as the Virgin Bachelor. But Lowe makes no apologies for his desire to wait until marriage to have sex with the woman he wanted to marry. Recently, he […]

A Therapeutic Way to Deal With Heartache or Tragedy

posted by Linda Mintle

He sat in my office and told me his father died suddenly of a heart attack. There was no warning and he and his mom were heartbroken.  She was crying as she talked about her 20 year marriage coming to […]

Take the Quiz: Do You Love Money Too Much?

posted by Linda Mintle

Money, money, money…The OJays sang about it, reminding us us what people will do for the love of money-steal from their mother, rob from their brother, lie, cheat and don’t care who they hurt or beat, etc. In Matthew, Jesus […]

A School Success Measure More Important Than Intelligence

posted by Linda Mintle

These days, parents seemed consumed with their children getting high test scores. The belief is that high test scores predicts academic success. But a new study suggests that parents should put their efforts elsewhere–in developing the personalities of their children. With […]

One Way to Facilitate the Feeling of Love

posted by Linda Mintle

Rosie is a little anxious about her first date with Sean. We all know how important first impressions are when it comes to finding love. After a few outings at a local coffee shop, her feelings of attraction were obvious. The setting was […]

Want to Stay Young? Engage in the Arts!

posted by Linda Mintle

Music, dance, drawing, reading, listening to poetry–all ways we can engage the arts. But is there a connection between staying young and engaging these activities? Yes, engaging in the arts helps you stay young. 1) Take up dancing. Dancing is […]

What Is Really Drawing Women to Fifty Shades of Grey?

posted by Linda Mintle

Yesterday, I heard a CNN reporter talking about the movie 50 Shades of Grey like she was promoting a Disney Movie. I was stunned by what she was saying. She was giddy with approval (not sure how that was journalism) and telling me […]

Do You Suffer From iPhone Separation?

posted by Linda Mintle

The other day I was running late for a meeting. As I rushed to the meeting, I suddenly realized I left my iPhone on my desk. For a moment, I panicked. Should I excuse myself and go back and get it? […]

Are Women More Emotionally Stimulated Than Men?

posted by Linda Mintle

When my husband and I watch a movie that has a strong emotional story line, I seem to be more moved by the story. For example, the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan felt traumatizing to me. I kept whispering […]

Boring Love: 10 Ideas to Rev it Up This Valentine’s Day

posted by Linda Mintle

Coming this weekend is Valentine’s Day. Raise your hand if you are doing the standard dinner out, flowers and candy. While this is nice, some of you may need to infuse a little more excitement into your boring relationship; The key: […]

The Teen Brain: Why Addiction is So Much Worse

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s the end of the school day. Your teen is moody and complains about having a bad day. You later learn he has made poor decisions and acted impulsively. He tells you he smoked pot, missed class, but it is […]

A Secret to Making Love Last

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s exciting watching young couples in love. Their desire and love for one another is infectious. But those of us who have been married for quite awhile have some advice when it comes to keeping love alive and making it […]

5 Factors That Put You At Risk for An Affair

posted by Linda Mintle

Justin Lehmiller at Purdue University is the author of The Psychology of Human Sexuality and studies sex and relationships. He has found that about 1 in 4  or 1 in 5 married people admit to sexual infidelity. So what puts a person […]

Mean Girls or Is It Mean Boys?

posted by Linda Mintle

Perhaps you’ve seen the movie Mean Girls. If so, you remember the popular clique of girls who ruled the social scene by backstabbing and being verbally mean to anyone they didn’t like. The movie reminds most of us of those one or […]

Could Visualizing Food Make You Eat Less?

posted by Linda Mintle

You are on your way to work and feel hungry. The morning rush caused you to skip breakfast. You pass the bakery as you walk to your office. The smell of freshly baked croissants is tempting. As you look in the […]

Treating Binge Eating With Medication?

posted by Linda Mintle

Every day Sally vows she will not eat herself sick. But today is no different. She is distressed, eating past full and feeling as if she has no control. Sally suffers from Binge Eating Disorder (BED) which has been recognized […]

Is Binge Drinking Just College Fun?

posted by Linda Mintle

In the throws of January, college students begin dreaming about Spring Break. Those plans often include partying on a beach with nonstop drinking. Binge drinking is “a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g/dL. […]

Does the Cold Make You Catch a Cold?

posted by Linda Mintle

My mom used to tell me to put a hat on my baby when the weather was cold. I used to argue, “Mom, babies don’t catch colds from the cold. They get them from viruses. I’m not putting a hat […]

How Often Should I Weigh Myself?

posted by Linda Mintle

We all know that the number on the scale isn’t suppose to define us, but that doesn’t stop us from thinking about how much we weigh on any given day. And the number often influences our mood. So how often should we weigh? […]

Do Professional Women Have a Place in the Church?

posted by Linda Mintle

It was a usual Sunday and time for announcements. The Associate Pastor announced the women’s meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The focus was on decorating the church for the holidays. The men were meeting Friday morning at 6:30 am. […]

What To Know About Treating Depression

posted by Linda Mintle

You feel depressed and you know you need help. Where do you begin? First step, make an appointment with a mental health professional. This could include a psychiatrist (able to prescribe medications), licensed psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, licensed marriage […]

Treatment Approaches for OCD: What Works

posted by Linda Mintle

In any year, 1% of the U.S. population suffers with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) according to NIMH. OCD is characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety (obsessions) and behaviors or thoughts that reduce that anxiety (compulsions). Is is often debilitating. […]

Working Out in Cold Weather: How to Get Motivated

posted by Linda Mintle

I spent a week in South Florida this Christmas break. Every morning I was up and out the door to do a 2 mile hike to the beach. I simply got out of bed, put on my workout clothes and bolted out […]

Making Family Change: How Are You Doing?

posted by Linda Mintle

We are one week in to our New Year Resolutions. If you made family resolutions, it is time to evaluate how you are doing. For those of you losing steam, don’t give up on those areas of family life you […]

Time to Get Organized: 10 Tips to De-Clutter

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a new year. Time to question your thinking, “I might need this someday!” All year long I’ve stared at that cluttered basement–wrapping paper everywhere, half-emptied boxes scattered over the floor, bins of “stuff” that need to be sorted and […]

New Year’s Resolutions: Nice Idea, But Do They Work?

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s the start of a brand new year. Happy 2015! Once again, you determine to make a fresh start. You’ve thought it through. There are a few things on your list of TO DOs this new year. So, like millions, […]

The Emotional Side of Caregiving: What to Know

posted by Linda Mintle

Caregiving an elderly parent is not an easy job. The toll of decision making, talking with doctors, flying home on a regular basis and taking care of multiple needs can be physically and emotionally exhausting. For me, it wasn’t an […]

Merry Christmas! The Gift of a Lifetime

posted by Linda Mintle

MERRY CHRISTMAS I had to laugh as I watched the commercial. A woman and man were running towards each other just like you see in an old romantic movie. But as they get nearer and nearer, arms stretched out ready […]

When Disappointment Gives Way to Joy

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a familiar part of the Christmas story.Luke 1: Zechariah is told by the angel, Gabriel, that his wife Elizabeth would have a child. This proclamation was surprising because Elizabeth and Zechariah were infertile and had been praying for a […]

Grieving During the Holidays

posted by Linda Mintle

I was driving down the road the other day when a song played on my phone. It touched me and it will touch you. I encourage anyone who will be missing a special someone this holiday season to click on […]

Relatives Who Drink Too Much: How to Handle it

posted by Linda Mintle

Question: We will be traveling to our relatives in another state for several family gatherings during Christmas. Two of my siblings are problem drinkers and I am not sure how to handle this with my family. We do not drink […]

Christmas Shopping With Toddlers: Dr. Linda’s 10 Tips

posted by Linda Mintle

A reader asks: As much as I love to shop on-line, I prefer to tackle the masses during Christmas and head to the malls and store. My question is, “How can I shop with two little ones (ages two and […]

What’s Eating You This Holiday Season? Keep a Log and Find Out!

posted by Linda Mintle

Joanne looked at the chocolate-covered donut in her hand. As she took her first bite, she wondered, “Why am I eating this? I”m not really hungry, but the plate of goodies sitting by the office coffee pot just looks good. Besides, my […]

10 Ideas to Avoid Depression During the Holidays

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….well, not for everyone. Holidays can be difficult if you struggle with your mood and family issues. However, there are proactive ways to keep your spirit bright. 1) Don’t overspend. Avoid being caught […]

6 Tips to Avoid Child Meltdowns During the Holidays

posted by Linda Mintle

Are you dreading that trip in the car to grandparents? Is the hype of the holidays overstimulating your children? Too  much sugar, too little sleep? Try these 6 tips:   1) Routines and rituals: Try to keep as many going […]

Do You Really Want to Eat That Holiday Cake? 10 Ways to Stop!

posted by Linda Mintle

I know, the Christmas cookies are everywhere. There are candies, special coffees, extra treats….all temptations to indulge. So before you dive into that third cookie, ask yourself, “Do I really want to eat this? Will I be upset and sorry […]

Money Can’t Buy Love, But What About Happiness?

posted by Linda Mintle

Most of us think, “If I just had more money, I could relax, feel better about life and be happy.” But is this true? We know money can’t buy us love, but what about happiness? And if you are blessed […]

Do Right or Be Right? The Challenge of Betrayal

posted by Linda Mintle

We’ve all experienced it at one time or another–a friend breaks trust, a husband cheats, a boss promotes someone else, etc. The challenge is to respond to betrayal in a way that honors God. What better example to learn from […]

10 Reasons Why You Are Not Having Sex in Marriage

posted by Linda Mintle

You are busy. I get that. Welcome to life! When we are busy, sex can take a back seat and get lost in our everyday TO DO list. Of course busyness isn’t the only reason why sex wanes in a […]

10 Ways to Respond to Family Betrayal

posted by Linda Mintle

Forgive and love generously. Remember, as you choose to forgive, bless and do good, this does not mean you condone negative behavior, are minimizing hurt or denying problems. It means you have decided to follow the words of Christ and […]

One Secret to Staying Young

posted by Linda Mintle

Getting old is not for the faint at heart, at least, that is what my mother used to say. But is this attitude about aging one of the reasons we don’t age well? Research on aging tells us that the […]

TODAY GIVE THANKS!

posted by Linda Mintle

I am thankful for a world of beautiful color! For family who loves me and loves God! For a marriage that has endured 40 years with my best friend! For children who honor God and each other! For my dad […]

4 Ways to Cultivate An Attitude of Gratitude

posted by Linda Mintle

There is a great deal of entitlement in our culture. Daily, we are reminded as to what we deserve. Humility seems to be a lost character trait in a celebrity culture. So how can you intentionally develop an attitude of […]

10 Ways to Encourage Your Partner to Go to Couple Therapy

posted by Linda Mintle

“Our marriage needs help but my husband won’t go to therapy.” I’ve heard this statement often and it is usually filled with frustration, sadness and sometimes anger. A relationship is in trouble but one spouse refuses to get help. If a marriage […]

Change Whining Into Gratitude

posted by Linda Mintle

A mom asks: The other day I was so embarrassed because my child whined around when I was trying to talk to another mom. When our children whine, it really bothers us. We want to turn that whining to gratitude. […]

8 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

posted by Linda Mintle

Are you irritable? Difficult to live with because you are constantly tired? Time to look at your sleep habits and do something about them. If you are tossing and turning consider these 8 tips: Women take an average of nine minutes […]

Do You Help Your Teen Too Much? Answer These 5 Questions

posted by Linda Mintle

Julie was handed her biology test in class. While she studied for the test, the material was difficult. When she saw the red C at the top of the exam, she began to cry. Racked with anxiety, she couldn’t believe […]

Eating Well: Rules for the Road

posted by Linda Mintle

I’ve been commuting between a small town and a large city. The almost four hour rural commute usually requires a meal stop. Here is where the challenge comes. The only food stops on the rural route are fast food restaurants. […]

If You Want a Child Who Sticks To It, Look at Dad!

posted by Linda Mintle

If you want a persistent child, dads are key. Persistent is a trait most parents want to see developed in their children. When the assignment is difficult, we want  our kids to persist in their studies and do well. When […]

Thanks to All Our Veterans

posted by Linda Mintle

To all our veterans, To my dad, 93 years-old, a veteran of WWII, the greatest generation, love and prayers. Thank you for joining the fight at a young age and defeating the enemy! To my brother, Captain Gary Marquardt who lost […]

The Difference Between Remorse and Repentance

posted by Linda Mintle

John admits. He  struggles with addiction. He is determined to beat his habit but gives in, feels bad, intends to make a change, but ends up slipping time and again. When he does, it deeply hurts his wife. He sees the pain […]

Is Being Anxious Character Assassination of God?

posted by Linda Mintle

“Holding on to anxiety is like character assassination to our Father. “ This statement took me aback. It is a quote from my pastor. I had never quite thought of holding on to anxiety is this way. As the pastor […]

A Connection Between PTSD and Food Addiction?

posted by Linda Mintle

At the age of 10, Nicole, like so many children adored her mom. One day, the two were at the park playing and having a great time. Suddenly her mom fell to the ground and died. Nicole was traumatized by […]

Success at Work? Maybe It’s Your Spouse’s Personality!

posted by Linda Mintle

Dave is getting a promotion. His boss is impressed with his hard work. But could Dave’s work success be related to his wife’s conscientious personality? Possibly! Your spouse might influence your career. Conscientious, hard-working, agreeable….are these traits you list on your […]

Should You Celebrate or Ignore Halloween?

posted by Linda Mintle

A reader asked: My husband and I talked about it and decided we are not going to celebrate Halloween. Our child is three-years old and she really doesn’t know much about the holiday yet, but we do. I have been […]

Can You Multi-Task If You Are A Digital Native?

posted by Linda Mintle

Lately, we’ve heard a lot about people who think they can multitask but perform poorly. So parents all over America are turning off music and screens, telling their teens to focus on the single task of studying. Good idea, right? Maybe not […]

10 Ways to Recover and Respond to Angry Email

posted by Linda Mintle

It happens to all of us. Someone sends an email that upsets us and we react by firing off an angry response. This impulse to react usually leads to regret and ends up damaging our relationships. So how do we respond to hurt, […]

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