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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.

Are You Addicted to Love?

posted by Linda Mintle

Some of you remember singer Robert Palmer’s well-known music video, Addicted to Love. The chorus repeats the line, “Might as well face it, you’re addicted to love.” What if Palmer was on to something here? Can people be addicted to […]

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Boys Dealing With Rejection

posted by Linda Mintle

“No, you can’t play with us! ” When children are left out of activities with their peers, it is painful. No one likes to be the child that isn’t picked in P.E. or the one who didn’t get invited to […]

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Help! My Child Eats Dirt!

posted by Linda Mintle

A mom notices that her three-year-old son eats dirt, paper and sand. She wonders if this is normal and if he will eventually grow out of this behavior.   A child who persistently eats nonnutritive substances like dirt, sand and […]

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10 Guidelines for Talking to Your Kids About Marital Separation

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s tragic whenever a marriage comes to a point where two people are struggling to coexist. When a relationship becomes toxic, dangerous, emotionally exhausting or so contentious that two people can’t have a civil conversation, separation can function like a […]

Are Energy Drinks Good for Kids?

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s Spring soccer for the kids. We take the field, watch our kids run in a herd towards the goal and come back to the sideline for a short pep talk. Then, it is halftime. The mom in charge of […]

Happy Mother’s Day: Giving Back to Mom

posted by Linda Mintle

Even though my mom is no longer with me, I will miss her this Mother’s Day! This is a picture of us celebrating years ago. And while my mother-daughter relationship was not perfect, there was so much she gave me […]

How Social Media Affects Moms

posted by Linda Mintle

The Barna Group surveyed American moms in their FRAMES project and discovered both positive and negative influences of social media on how moms feel about themselves. We all know that  social media can certainly make someone look better than perhaps […]

Mom Taking Care of Mom: A Little Self-Care Needed!

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s 6 a.m. You begin your day with two cups of coffee, feed the kids, and grab a granola bar as you run out the door to meet the school bus. Then you make a mad rush to do errands. […]

New Report: No Amount of Alcohol is Safe!

posted by Linda Mintle

In the past few years we have heard about the benefits of having a little alcohol (e.g., red wine), but a new report says the downside of alcohol outweighs the benefits. And certainly we know how easily alcohol can be […]

Hope for That Difficult Person in Your Life

posted by Linda Mintle

We all have that one or two people in our lives that are hard to live with or obnoxious to be around. You know, the person who growls when any little thing goes wrong, or maintains a frown when people […]

More Evidence That Pot is Not Harmless

posted by Linda Mintle

In recent months, the debate concerning the harm of marijuana has been in full force. Our own President insisted that smoking pot was no worse than alcohol. But the science, not the opinions of many, of marijuana use is proving […]

Mad at Your Spouse? Go Eat!

posted by Linda Mintle

The last thing you will hear from me, an eating disorders specialist, is to grab some food when you are angry. This is exactly what I help people NOT do –eat when they are emotional. So many of us channel […]

Too Much Information (TMI) Tori Spelling!

posted by Linda Mintle

Tori Spelling, former Beverly Hills 90210 TV actress and daughter of well known television and film producer, Aaron Spelling, takes her broken heart to reality TV.  After seven years of marriage and four children, Tori is telling all in her […]

Why is There a War on Christianity?

posted by Linda Mintle

Every time I turn on the news I hear about some group who is trying to strip God out of the culture. They don’t want prayer in school, God on our money, the 10 commandments in court rooms, Christian clubs […]

Have You Found Your Soul Mate?

posted by Linda Mintle

People tell me in therapy that they have or want to find their soulmate.  I’m really not sure what that means. Murray’s new book, The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead defines  soulmate as your closest friend to whom you are sexually […]

Should You Marry Young?

posted by Linda Mintle

Friends of ours married off their son when he just turned 21. Another is getting married at 20 and hey, I was married at 19! Yes, I know, that is really young. But is marrying young a good idea? Well, […]

The Hope of the Resurrection

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s Good Friday. Do you sometimes feel as if your life is lived  in a perpetual Good Friday mode? Like the movie, Ground Hog Day, it seems you are replaying the same bad day over and over, fighting despair and […]

Honey, Do Your Know Where My Glasses Are?

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a running joke in our house. Where are mom’s glasses? Mom, that would be me, is constantly putting them down and forgetting where they are! I don’t think it is an aging thing because the misplaced glasses have been […]

It’s Tax Day But How Is Your Emotional Bank Account Doing?

posted by Linda Mintle

Yes, today is tax day and many of you will make that last minute run for the post office before midnight! Why? Because you don’t want to be penalized by the federal government. But what about your emotional bank account? […]

Chew on This If You Chew on Gum

posted by Linda Mintle

When that new flavor of gum hits the grocery store, its tempting. Watermelon sour, triple berry fruit…sounds like dessert in a stick, but what is the skinny on gum chewing? As a mom, I didn’t let my kids chew gum, […]

#NOT TALKING TO YOU #FIGHTINGAGAIN: Tweeting Our Way to Conflict

posted by Linda Mintle

TWEET: You didn’t follow through on your promise today#madatyouagain TWEET: How about the way you responded #outofcontrol TWEET: No way. Call me @JohnSmith. I’m over Tim! TWEET: #overreacting. #outofcontrol and trying to blame me. I guess I eat out tonight! […]

I’m Trying to Fall Asleep But I’m Too Wound Up!

posted by Linda Mintle

I spent too much money on a pillow that was supposed to help me sleep better. The promise was that it would stay cool and not cause any neck discomfort. It is a comfortable pillow, but I still find myself […]

Your Doctor May Be Checking a New Vital Sign!

posted by Linda Mintle

Let’s say you just had a check up and found out your blood sugar was too high. Your doctor talked to you about managing your diet in a way that might bring those levels down. Now, it is up to […]

Are You a Hoarder?

posted by Linda Mintle

You walk down the stairs to your basement. It is filled with stuff, everywhere. There isn’t a pathway to walk because of all the boxes and things you have stored and kept. You are afraid to throw away anything. After […]

The Cure for Body Dissatisfaction

posted by Linda Mintle

Imagine living your life free from distraction, distortion, obsession and self-preoccupation…imagine living in the moment and liberated from the patterns of the past while being excited about the future. Imagine accepting and even celebrating the body you’ve been given, knowing […]

Who is Telling Grandma to Stop Baking Cookies?

posted by Linda Mintle

My grandmother could cook with a vengeance. I have many fond memories of sitting at the kitchen table watching her pull dough for strudel, bake pies and create German delights. So when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) came out […]

Worried? Take Those Thoughts Captive!

posted by Linda Mintle

Worry is one of the easiest things to do considering the world in which we live. We can worry about anything—nuclear war, unrest in the Mideast, a failing economy, our marriage, aging parents, what to wear to a party or […]

5 Ways Parents Can Help Kids Who Use Hurtful Words

posted by Linda Mintle

“You are an idiot and I hate you!”  “You make me sick! Loser!”  Parents cringe when they hear this type of speech out of the mouths of children. The tongue is one of the most powerful parts of the body (James […]

Real Pain, But No Solution?

posted by Linda Mintle

“Hey doc, I have this pain in my back and I don’t know why?” Chances are, your doctor may not know either. One study (2011, 620 German primary-care patients,  Journal of Psychosomatics) estimates that up to two-thirds of patient pain […]

Is Monogamy Only for Women?

posted by Linda Mintle

I generally like the work of biological anthropologist, Helen Fisher. She wrote a book called, The Anatomy of Love, and concludes that women are more wired for monogamy than men. She claims that men are wired to want sex with many partners […]

Could Strawberries Prevent Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s?

posted by Linda Mintle

What if eating strawberries, cucumbers and other produce could prevent an Alzheimer’s patient from memory loss? There may be new evidence for this based on mice studies. These findings have not been replicated on Alzheimer patients yet, but the mice […]

College Abuse of ADHD Medications: What You Should Know

posted by Linda Mintle

Mike is a 20-year-old college student who needs to score well on his next big test. If he doesn’t get a high grade, it could jeopardize his grade point average and chances of getting into medical school. Mike knows that […]

March Madness: 8 Tips for Anger Management

posted by Linda Mintle

March Madness, as most of you know, is a term referring to college basketball play offs that are scheduled in March. We are now in the thick of those playoffs. What you might have noticed is  aggressive and violent acts […]

Can’t Sleep? 8 Tips For a Good Night’s Rest

posted by Linda Mintle

You turn on the TV  with the hope that the late night show will put you to sleep, but does it? That depends … 1) If your female, it will take you longer to fall asleep than your male counterpart. […]

Relationship Dissatisfaction? Could be a Power Imbalance?

posted by Linda Mintle

When  Donna and Jim were asked if they want an equal relationship, they answered, “Yes.” What they mean by that answer is where communication breaks down. People have widely different ideas about what equal means in a relationship. Power usually […]

Let’s Ban Profanity, Not “Bossy”

posted by Linda Mintle

When I heard Beyonce was part of a campaign to ban the word “bossy” for female empowerment, I was confused.  She is worried about “bossy” when her husband Jay-Z spews filthy and degrading lyrics on most of his songs? If […]

Signs that Your Child May be Bullied

posted by Linda Mintle

The federal government has a website called Stop Bullying Now.  On that website are these signs that may indicate your child is being bullied. As you look at the list, keep in mind that it is important to intervene early […]

Facebook: Do I LIKE What I See and Does it Affect Me?

posted by Linda Mintle

When Kelly looks in the mirror, she is usually self-critical. Not much changes when she checks her Facebook every day. She clicks through the posts mostly looking at photos. When she encounters one with her picture in it, she is […]

Mrs. Obama Says Let’s Move to User Friendly Food Labels

posted by Linda Mintle

As I was finishing off a bag of pre-popped popcorn, I decided to read the label. To my surprise, the half bag I had already consumed was considered 3 servings. Oops, that was a total of 480 calories for that […]

Appearance More Important Than Health, Finances and Family

posted by Linda Mintle

“I feel fat today. I need to lose five pounds.” “I hate my stomach!” Do you feel old, unattractive, find yourself staring at that selfie and saying, “What? I don’t look like that!” According to a survey from Today/AOL, Ideal […]

10 Ways to Manage Single Mom Stress

posted by Linda Mintle

Ten Ways to Manage Single Mommy Stress: 1) Find another single mom and trade out a morning or few hours of kid time so you both get a break. You agree to take her kids for a morning and then she […]

What Will You Give Up for Lent?

posted by Linda Mintle

Today is Ash Wednesday.  It is the beginning of the 40 days of preparation (Lent) that leads to the celebration of Chris’s death (Good Friday), burial and resurrection (Easter). On this day, we focus on our sins, repentance and God’s […]

Manorexcia: Men With Eating Disorders

posted by Linda Mintle

When we hear anything about eating disorders, we tend to think of girls and women. Yet, some of you are familiar with the term “manorexic,” referring to boys and men who also struggle with a clinical eating disorder some time […]

A Non Medication Treatment for Depression

posted by Linda Mintle

Not every person who is depressed can tolerate the side effects of antidepressants, nor are the medications always effective. So if a treatment with few side effects that targeted a specific region of the brain was available, would you be […]

Could Music Help Alzheimer Patients Remember?

posted by Linda Mintle

When I would visit my mom in the nursing home, I would visit the Alzheimer’s unit  and ask my mom to come sing with me while I played the piano for the patients.  What was remarkable was that the Alzheimer […]

A Trick to Snacking Less!

posted by Linda Mintle

When it comes to losing weight, all the tricks we know help! So here is one to add to your bag. If you want to eat less of an item, buy it individually wrapped rather than loose in the bag. […]

Hey Mom, Time for a Little Self-Care!

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s 6 a.m. You begin your day with two cups of coffee, feed the kids, and grab a granola bar as you run out the door to meet the school bus. Then you make a mad rush to do errands. […]

Keeping Health Worries at Bay

posted by Linda Mintle

Everyday, we are exposed to new health findings in newspapers, blogs, on-line websites, and news feature. If you listen to them all, you will end up confused, and feeling like your family gets an “F” in health. And all of […]

Five Tips to Help Your Child Adjust to a Stepparent

posted by Linda Mintle

Terry slouched on my therapy couch and mumbled, “My mom has a new husband. She wants me to be nice to him, but I don’t feel like being nice. I’m sick and tired of not seeing my dad. I don’t […]

How to React to a Child Swearing

posted by Linda Mintle

According to a  study by psychology professor Timothy Jay at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the rise in adult vulgarity is being mimicked by children and teens. Jay says that swearing really takes off between ages three and four. The […]

Sexless Marriage Can Get the Sparks Flying Again

posted by Linda Mintle

Sex therapist will tell you that lack of sex in a marriage could be a sign of marital crisis. While that may be true, it is normal for a couple’s sex life to slow down over time and even stop. […]

Does Father’s Drinking Impact His Unborn Child?

posted by Linda Mintle

We all know the warnings new moms are given to stay away from alcohol and drugs before and during a pregnancy. Maternal exposure to alcohol in-utero is a risk and cause for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Children born with FAS can […]

Coveting: The Socially Acceptable Sin

posted by Linda Mintle

Joshua 7, a sobering chapter deals with sin in the Israelite camp. It begins with a sin committed by Achan, one member of the tribe of Judah. When the Israelites took the city of Jericho as recorded in chapter 6, […]

How to Keep Passion Alive

posted by Linda Mintle

Rick and Susan were once passionate lovers. Now, they wonder what happened. Can they keep passion alive in their relationship? For years, researchers believed that romantic love wore off after about 18-36 months, explaining why romantic love burns hot in the […]

Singles and Relationships: Oh How We’ve Changed

posted by Linda Mintle

A survey of more than 5000 singles for Match.com reveals real change in the attitudes of singles when it comes to marriage and relationships. When asked about sex dating and what is OK in relationships, here is what the survey […]

Discouraged Because You Are Not In Love?

posted by Linda Mintle

Reminders of Valentine’s Day are everywhere. When you are not in love and would like to be, this can be a discouraging week. Whatever it is that is discouraging you, note the cure the psalmist David employed in Psalm 103:1-5. […]

10 Ways to Love That Difficult Family Member

posted by Linda Mintle

This season of love, take a look at your family relationships. 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 […]

A Quick Worry Evaluation

posted by Linda Mintle

  BODY: Check for physical tension. Do you have any of the physical signs of anxiety such as a racing or pounding heart, sweaty palms, difficulty breathing, stomach upset, frequent urination or diarrhea, muscle tension, headaches, fatigue or insomnia? Be […]

A Challenging Response to Betrayal

posted by Linda Mintle

Betrayal cuts deep. A husband cheats, a daughter lies, a friend goes behind your back…Your heart is broken! Jesus knew the heartbreak of betrayal when he watched his beloved disciples turn against him. Judas gave Him over to his enemies […]

Friday Night Tykes or Frights?

posted by Linda Mintle

Here we go again. Toddlers and Tiaras, Dance Moms and now Friday Night Tykes. Yes, one more installment in the reality TV genre that leaves the viewer wondering if entertainment involves watching children being screamed at with profanity, then humiliated […]

Tips to Handle the Terrible Twos

posted by Linda Mintle

I have a two-year-old and we are right in the middle of the “terrible twos.” I want to encourage her development but some days I feel like pulling out my hair! I need help with the frustration I feel. There […]

Shamed by a Secret? Let it Go!

posted by Linda Mintle

Do you have a secret? If so, you join more than 95% of people who do. Most of us keep one fact or piece of information about ourselves from others. One reason for this is that secrets often involve shame. […]

Does the NFL Make You Fat?

posted by Linda Mintle

The big game is right around the corner and people are planning their Superbowl menus. But what if your fan experience could make or break your weight loss efforts? That’s right, if you are a big Denver or Seattle fan […]

How to Break Out of Feeling Lonely

posted by Linda Mintle

What happens if you tell yourself that nobody like me…When you have that negative thought that somehow you don’t matter? Nothing good! You experience loneliness, not to be confused with depression or aloneness. Being alone is not a bad thing. But […]

Are You Showing Respect for Your Child’s Teachers?

posted by Linda Mintle

Your child comes home from school and tells you the teacher treated her unfairly. There was a fight and she was sent to the principal’s office. But it wasn’t her fault and the teacher was picking on her. Do you? […]

Weight training? How About Temperature Training to Lose Weight?

posted by Linda Mintle

Temperatures are expected to plummet to single digits again tonight. But is there an upside to all this cold weather when it comes to weight loss? As they say in frigid Minnesota, “You betcha!” It has something to do with […]

Simple Ways to Improve Your Relationships

posted by Linda Mintle

We know that when we feel negative towards someone, the relationship suffers and is difficult to turn around. So try these few ideas to think more positively. Some one I know does loving kindness meditations. She thinks about the good […]

Is Marijuana No Big Deal? 10 Considerations

posted by Linda Mintle

When our President said that marijuana is no more dangerous to a person’s health than alcohol, not everyone agreed. Consider these 1o points: 1) The American Medical Association opposes marijuana legalization and continues to see it as a public health concern. […]

Do Men and Women Speak the Same Language?

posted by Linda Mintle

Jack and Kirsten are out to dinner. Kirsten begins the conversation. “How was your day?” “Fine.” That was it. Jack stopped talking. Kirsten was frustrated. Kirsten is thinking that a little more detail would be nice. Let’s say Kirsten began […]

Are the Rules of Dating Confusing You?

posted by Linda Mintle

“Going to O’Reilly’s. Join me at 7″ When Sarah received this message, she wasn’t sure if Jason was asking her on a date or just wanted her to hang out with friends. The message came by text. She was hoping […]

What if Eminem’s Daughter Dated A Guy Raised on His Music

posted by Linda Mintle

This was inspired by a satire on THE ONION about Eminem. What would happen if Rapper Eminem’s 17-year-old daughter brought her boyfriend home to meet dad? Would dad, Marshall Mathers, AKA Eminem, have a wake-up call? Let’s say the boyfriend […]

Stay or Go? How Spouses Can Move Past Adultery

posted by Linda Mintle

    This interview with CBN News was based on the news story about Governor Sanford’s infidelity a few years ago, but has some terrific points in terms of how to think about picking up the pieces after an affair. […]

Teaching Children Civility

posted by Linda Mintle

I was on a radio show discussing how the behavior of politicians and celebrities give permission for children to bully each other. It was an interesting angle, looking at the behavior of adults in our culture and discussing how the […]

10 Diet Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

posted by Linda Mintle

As I was preparing for my next radio show on Diet Mistakes, I thought I would pass these along on my blog. This is the time of year many of us are being intentional about losing weight. So what should […]

Does a Little Porn Help a Relationship?

posted by Linda Mintle

I was reading a new book on relationships by one of the leading people in the field and was stunned. In the book, he suggested that “a little” pornography could help a marriage. Here is why he is wrong. After […]

Is Sitting the New Smoking?

posted by Linda Mintle

Listen up all you couch potatoes. I’m actually standing while typing this! Here is why. Too much sitting is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and early death from all causes. That’s right, the World Health Organization puts sitting or physical […]

Can Social Network Emotions Be Contagious?

posted by Linda Mintle

You log on to Facebook, check the status of your  500 plus “friends” and post a few comments. You notice that several of your friends are feeling down this post holiday season and are talking about feeling lonely and depressed. […]

What Were the Signs of Ke$ha’s Eating Disorder?

posted by Linda Mintle

Pop singer Ke$ha entered eating disorder treatment at Timberline Knolls on January 3 and asked her fans to give her 30 days to rehab, but eating disorders don’t begin or end suddenly. They develop over time and take more than […]

Strategies to Keep Those New Year Resolutions

posted by Linda Mintle

Ok it’s only been days since the New Year. Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Less than half of you did! And according to  a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, by the end of the year, only 8% of […]

The Best of the Dr. Linda Mintle Show

posted by Linda Mintle

Happy New Year! Today’s blog is The Best of the Dr. Linda Mintle show. Body Image, Forgiveness, depression and more…CLick on the picture to listen!

Will You Have a Happy New Year?

posted by Linda Mintle

Soon, we will all be shouting, “Happy New Year!” It’s a warm and hopeful sentiment because we know that happy people live longer, healthier and more prosperous lives. Scripture confirms that true happiness is found in our relationship with God. […]

The Chicago Bears Prompted 5 Tips to Lose Gracefully

posted by Linda Mintle

I don’t like to lose, but when you are a Chicago Bears fan like I am, losing is a regular thing. Oh, and let’s not forget the Cubs too! Everyone likes to win. But last night, during the football playoffs, […]

Twas the Night Before Christmas…

posted by Linda Mintle

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, but I felt like a louse! As I gazed at the packages all in a row, I was aghast! The tree looked bulimic due to […]

Help to Deal With Difficult Family Members During the Holidays

posted by Linda Mintle

Today’s blog is a 30 minute radio show I did on dealing with difficult family members during the holidays. We all have that obnoxious uncle, cranky grandparent or out of control cousin. How do you deal with these people in […]

5 Tips to Change a Marriage From Fizzle to Sizzle

posted by Linda Mintle

According to marriage researcher, Paul Amato, 60% of divorces in the U.S. are from low conflict couples. This means these divorces were not characterized by abuse, addiction, repeated infidelity, or even high conflict. The marriages just fizzled. Couples stopped paying […]

10 Ways to Combat Holiday Loneliness

posted by Linda Mintle

Millions of people feel depressed when they hear the words to that popular Christmas song: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”.  For many, the holidays are times of loss and loneliness. If you are lonely, it’s important to […]

4 Ways to Say NO to Christmas Cookies, YES to the DRESS

posted by Linda Mintle

Whose idea was it to invent the Christmas cookie and give us days of eating temptation? Actually, the tradition of the Christmas cookie can be traced to Medieval European recipes.  During the 1500s, the Christmas cookie was popular all over […]

10 Ways to Worsen Relationship Conflict

posted by Linda Mintle

 Jackie and Mike felt like they were constantly battling over small things. Like them, most of us need a little help when it comes to dealing with conflict in our relationships. Here are 10 things NOT to do. They only […]

Why the Pope, Not Miley Was a Surprising Choice for Man of the Year

posted by Linda Mintle

Thankfully, Time Magazine chose Pope Francis as their Man of the Year, not Miley Cyrus! When I heard the announcement, it gave me a moment of hope. He is deserving of that award. But in one way, he was a […]

Three Suggestions to Figure Out Family Visits During the Holidays

posted by Linda Mintle

Reader Question: Both my husband and I love visiting family during the holidays. Each year we are invited to both families but they live in separate states about a three-hour drive from our home. Our relationship with both families is […]

Will You Rate Your Marriage and See Where You Stand?

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s not uncommon for couples to come to therapy and a therapist to ask, “On a scale from 1 to 10, how would you rate your marriage?” Even couples who don’t come to therapy will occasionally think about this. What […]

10 Holiday Tips for Blended Families

posted by Linda Mintle

Bob and Rose are a blended family now. They are asking for ways to make the holidays better in terms of that blending. Here are 10 tips: Examine your expectations and  let go of any  “Brady Bunch” fantasies. Most disappointments […]

Dealing With Drinking Relatives During the Holidays

posted by Linda Mintle

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 so […]

Stressed? Ways to Avoid that Scrooge Feeling!

posted by Linda Mintle

Even though I love the holidays, I also dread them because of the stress involved. I feel on-edge, my children are out of sorts and my husband and I seem to fight about family and activities to attend. I don’t […]

Are You in a Spending Competition for Your Kids During the Holidays?

posted by Linda Mintle

I am divorced and think my ex spends way too much money on Christmas gifts for our two young kids. This is causing tension between us. It feels like a competition I can’t win. I find myself spending too much […]

Shopping with Young Children: Tips to Keep Your Sanity

posted by Linda Mintle

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 four) and remain […]

One Way to Stress Less During the Holiday

posted by Linda Mintle

Today’s video blog offers a big tip on how to stress less during the holiday season. Check it out on my video blog!

10 Ways to Deal With Loss During the Holidays

posted by Linda Mintle

Today, on Cyber Monday, I won’t be shopping. I will be attending the funeral of my neighbor who, at 64 years of age, was working in his yard and died. His death was sudden and unexpected. I wished him Happy […]

Stay in the Black on Black Friday!

posted by Linda Mintle

Maybe you are one of those people who got up at 4a.m and shopped until you dropped to hit all the Black Friday bargains. I did it once. Probably, won’t do it again. I had two problems. 1) I got […]

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

posted by Linda Mintle

From my home to yours, enjoy the feast, give thanks and relax! Click on this link to listen to the Dr. Linda Mintle radio show on the power of gratitude.

The Physical, Psychological and Social Benefits of Gratitude

posted by Linda Mintle

Happy Thanksgiving. I wanted to spend a few moments talking about the physical, psychological and social benefits of being grateful. If you need a reason to give thanks, here are a number of goof ones! This is a video blog […]

Thanksgiving with Rowdy Kids and the In-Laws

posted by Linda Mintle

Reader Question: We are attending Thanksgiving at my in-laws and I am concerned about how they will treat my children. My husband is an only child and we have three very rowdy young boys. Last time we visited, my in-laws […]

Helping Kids With the Meaning of Thanksgiving

posted by Linda Mintle

Reader Question: Q: Thanksgiving is a holiday that doesn’t seem to get its due. I want my children to understand the meaning of the holiday, as it is an important part of American history. What kinds of activities can I […]

Holiday Drinking: 5 Ways Aging Matters

posted by Linda Mintle

Tis the season for alcohol to flow regularly. Office parties, get togethers, holidays celebrations. But does your age make a difference when it comes to alcohol consuming? As you age, you lose muscle mass, body water and tend to add […]

6 Tips to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

posted by Linda Mintle

Start your engines…the holiday eating season officially begins in a week. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, the eating frenzy will be in full force! If you are like most of us, you will put on an extra pound or two. […]

All the Single Ladies: 5 Wrong Moves on a Date

posted by Linda Mintle

Rachel is like so many of her friends, single but wants to be married. She is tired of being set up and being disappointed when it comes to finding the right guy. But is her complaint all about the men […]

6 Ways to Respond to a Mother-In-Law Who Doesn’t Like You?

posted by Linda Mintle

When Robert came home from work, he found his wife sitting in a chair crying. She was hurt by something that happened on the phone talking to her mother-in-law about holiday plans. Robert’s mother insisted they come to her house […]

Miley Cyrus Living for Shock and Awe

posted by Linda Mintle

Well, it seems the We Can’t Stop singer, can’t stop. She continues to pull out all the stops! Her most recent antic was to smoke pot on stage during the MTV Europe Music Awards held in Amsterdam where marihuana use […]

Why Don’t More Parents Care About Technology and Their Children?

posted by Linda Mintle

CBN News looked at this issue and invited me to speak as an expert. A new survey indicates that parents are aware of the problems with technology and their kids, but just don’t care. Watch the short news piece. Be […]

Embarrassed? Do You Do This?

posted by Linda Mintle

You walk in to a room full of co-workers and trip. Everyone stops what they are doing and stares at you for what seems like hours. You are embarrassed. Really, you just tripped through the door in front of your […]

The Dangers of a Sexless Marriage

posted by Linda Mintle

Aaron and Holly were like many couples in the early years of having children. What was once a hot romance between the two of them seemed to fizzle to barely an ember. When they came to see me, they reported not […]

What Does Anger Do For You?

posted by Linda Mintle

One of the reasons we hold on to anger even when it troubles our relationships is because we think it works for us. We don’t’ like to give up things that serve a purpose. So ask, what does anger do […]

Veterans Who Have Paid A Price With TBI and PTSD

posted by Linda Mintle

Today we honor our veterans who have served in our armed forces. Every day we are thankful for the freedom they secured, but today especially, we honor them as a nation. As we appreciate the service of so many women […]

6 Ways to Calm Down During an Argument

posted by Linda Mintle

Jack and Rachel do not agree on household chores.  Both work outside the home and are tired when they come home. The last thing either wants to do is tackle dishes, clean, water plants, etc. The conflict has come to […]

Should You Keep Secrets from Your Partner?

posted by Linda Mintle

I was in the grocery store yesterday. The tabloids at the check out were headlining the secret love child of yet another celebrity couple. While we tend to expect this from celebrity relationships, secrets are a problem. They don’t usually […]

10 Tips to Express Anger in a Healthy Way

posted by Linda Mintle

We all get angry, right? But how we deal with others when we get angry makes a big difference. Here are 10 tips to express anger is way that helps your relationships, not hurts them. 1)    Press pause. Don’t respond […]

A New Method for Working With Autism

posted by Linda Mintle

When Ann took away her son’s play station to begin his homework, he threw a huge temper tantrum. Her son, Rob, was autistic and a handful when it came to managing his behavior. So Ann decided to try a method […]

10 Reasons To Forgive Even When You Don’t Want To

posted by Linda Mintle

You’ve been hurt, wronged, treated unfairly, or even abused. The natural response it to seek revenge or want to hurt the person back. But Jesus was radical when he talked to us about how we are to respond to someone […]

Don’t Like Your Thighs, Stomach or Other Body Parts! Help is HERE!

posted by Linda Mintle

Today’s blog is my 30 minute radio show on Making Peace With Your Thighs and other body parts. Love the comments..issues with hands, thighs and other body parts. Fun show and lots of tips. Enjoy! Click here! 

Could a Halloween Costume Be Sending the Wrong Message?

posted by Linda Mintle

Halloween is not my favorite holiday. I don’t like all the creepy costumes associated with darkness. But it is not just the creepy costumes that bother me. Too many of the costumes, regardless of how you feel about Halloween, send […]

Who is Banning Tanning Beds?

posted by Linda Mintle

You know I have written on the dangers of tanning beds before (Six Reasons Why You Should Rethink Tanning), but now, one country is going beyond the warnings and actually banning the beds. Australia has one of the highest skin […]

7 Things to Say If You Want to Upset Your Partner

posted by Linda Mintle

Getting along in a relationship takes work. Some of the things we say, make things worse. Here are a few phrases that will probably bring more tension.  I was inspired by Gina Barreca’s recent blog to put a relationship twist […]

New Warning, Lose Weight but Not Too Fast

posted by Linda Mintle

Mary came to me for therapy. She weighed 305 and was told multiple times that her current weight was putting her at risk for serious medical issues. She was 28-years-old and the mother of a 5-year-old. She admitted that keeping […]

Soft Porn: Reframed as Normal Thanks to Hollywood

posted by Linda Mintle

The headline in USA Today asks if hypersexuality is the new normal in Hollywood. Miley Cyrus and the class of 2013 have decided to answer that question with a big YES. To make it big, you become raunchy and show […]

Can You Be Addicted to Oreos?

posted by Linda Mintle

Oreos have been around since I was a child. Like me, do you split the cookie and eat the center first? Harmless right? Maybe not! What if you gave a mouse a cookie? Could that cookie be addictive? Now, I’m […]

Could WHY You Have Sex Affect Your Marriage?

posted by Linda Mintle

Grace was really tired and knew her husband would approach her in bed. She just wasn’t in the mood, but thought she should probably have sex and get it over with–not the best motivation to be intimate. At least, she […]

Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Take the quiz!

posted by Linda Mintle

Relationships are such an important part of our lives. How do you measure up in your partner relationship? Check your emotional intelligence here: Answer YES OR NO to each question. 1) When your partner does something that bothers you, do […]

The Jazz Attack: A Glimpse of Heaven

posted by Linda Mintle

This morning, I am on my way to the beautiful Mackinac Island to speak at a women’s conference all week. The air is brisk with smells of Fall. The leaves are turning stunning colors and the heat of summer seems […]

Rejected in Love, Accepted by Food

posted by Linda Mintle

Ann was on an eating binge. Oh it wasn’t because she was a compulsive eater or had an eating disorder. It was because her boyfriend, Rob, decided to break it off. Ann was in the midst of grieving, but was […]

The 3 Best Ways to Unwind

posted by Linda Mintle

I have a big academic paper  to write. This kind of task, like many we encounter at work, requires sustained energy and focus. But after awhile, we all need a break. So what is the best way to unwind for […]

How to Empower a Child

posted by Linda Mintle

I was at Costco grabbing a slice of pizza and watched a mom, her older son, middle daughter and younger son get lunch. They looked like they were having a great time. The mom was about to go and get […]

Breaking Free From Negative Self-Image

posted by Linda Mintle

All you have to do is listen to people comment as they walk around the mall. So many have a negative view of self. Everything from, “I feel fat today” to “I hate the way I look” can be heard. […]

Listen to How to Let Go of Worry

posted by Linda Mintle

Today’s blog is the link to my radio show, The Dr. Linda Mintle Show, that airs weekly on Victory FM. The show is on Letting Go of Worry. Most of us need help in this area so here is the […]

Anti-Bully Programs Get an F in Schools

posted by Linda Mintle

This month is anti-bully month and according to a new study, all this awareness of bullying may actually be making things worse! That’s right, schools with no programs have less bullying than those with the programs. Put up a poster […]

Can You Pray Away Mental Illness?

posted by Linda Mintle

A number of years ago I had back surgery. Before the surgery, I prayed and believed God could heal me. The night before the surgery, I had no pain and was convinced God had done a miracle. I was rejoicing, […]

Making Peace With Those Two Extra Pounds

posted by Linda Mintle

 I was getting ready to drive to the doctor’s office for an annual check up and I thought, “Well, I’ve been eating well, walking the dog every day and going to the Y three times a week. Basically, I’ve been […]

Are We Theologically Correct in Praise and Worship Time?

posted by Linda Mintle

I’m not a theologian. But I’ve been a Christian for years and  still attend church. Lately, I’ve had three questions about the theology of the part of the service usually referred to as the praise and worship. I’ve noticed that […]

10 Things Happy Couples Do

posted by Linda Mintle

I couldn’t get in to blog today until now so this is brief but good. A number of years ago, I found this on a website, Thirdage.com.  It’s simple but true. This is what happy couples do… Go to bed […]

Is The Other Woman/Man More Attractive? Surprise!

posted by Linda Mintle

When John left his wife for another woman, his wife was shocked. She saw  pictures of his lover  on her on Facebook and could not believe it. She was not attractive. What was going on that he would leave her […]

Does Profanity in Media Reflect Real Life?

posted by Linda Mintle

After clicking through a number of cable channels, I was stunned by the amount of profanity I heard during the family hours. We have this ongoing debate in our household. Do people really use the amount of profanity we hear […]

Getting the “High” Out of Higher Education

posted by Linda Mintle

I love watching college football. You all know Michigan is my team! But what I don’t love is watching the number of college kids getting totally trashed at games. It’s like a right of passage that doesn’t end well. An […]

What Mom Knew But Scientists Discovered

posted by Linda Mintle

As I was dusting my piano the other day, I thought about how much I hated to practice as a kid. Yes, all three kids in my family were forced to take piano lessons. I hated the 30 minutes of […]

Six Tips to Embrace The Stress of Change

posted by Linda Mintle

I go to the gym three times a week because I am a grown up and know I need to do this, not because I enjoy it. I don’t! I am used to getting in there, hitting the cardio machine […]

Put Down That Cell Phone and Pay Attention!

posted by Linda Mintle

Recently, I was in New York City. I love the energy of that city. But I noticed something this time I had not noticed before. People were constantly walking in to me because they were on their smart phones and […]

Her Cheating Heart At the Office: 10 Ways to Put on the Brakes

posted by Linda Mintle

Sara was going through a rough patch in her marriage. She and Jeff were struggling to spend time together and found themselves growing apart. They stopped attending church, rarely went out or did anything together. Both were in intense careers […]

What Men Want That Women Don’t Understand

posted by Linda Mintle

“I’m in the middle of an emotional crisis here and you want sex?  Really?” Yes really. The woman who uttered this during a therapy session did not understand her husband’s bid for emotional closeness. In the middle of emotional crises, […]

Our Obsession With Fame and How it Impacts Our Teens

posted by Linda Mintle

I don’s usually post radio shows but this one I did on the rite of passage for our teens, obsession with fame and how media sexualizes women is a powerful show. It’s 30 minutes long and important for any family. […]

Is It True That Blondes Really Do Have More Fun?

posted by Linda Mintle

When Kim Kardashian decided to dye her hair blonde after the birth of her first child, my eye caught a survey about the differences between blondes and brunettes. All blonde jokes aside, Rose-Marie Jarvis of Goody hair conducted a survey […]

5 Stages of a Mass Shooting and How to Respond If You Are In the Area

posted by Linda Mintle

With all the shootings in recent years, people are thinking of how they might respond to such an horrific event. Here is some help from law enforcement.  Praying that none of you are ever in a position to have to use […]

Again, What Are We Looking For in Mass Shooters?

posted by Linda Mintle

To my dismay, I feel like I have written some version of this blog too many times. I fear if won’t be the last time. Whenever there is a mass shooting, we try to understand what happened in order to […]

An Easy Brain Boost for Kids

posted by Linda Mintle

“Please, can I just stay up a little longer?” “Mom, I need a drink. Can you read to me? How about a snack?” We’ve all heard our children’s pleas to stay up longer at night. They beg, distract, tell is […]

5 Ways to Handle Embarrassment By Your Partner

posted by Linda Mintle

You are at a party, turn around and your spouse has a lamp shade on his head and is doing an impression. Or maybe, you are visiting friends and he tells an off color joke. How about the time she […]

Is Your Teen Involved in An Abusive Dating Relationship? Know the Signs!

posted by Linda Mintle

Would you be surprised to learn that more than a third of teens say they have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused while dating?  This was the finding of a new survey presented this past July at a meeting of […]

Dr. Linda, I Was Nice, But It Didn’t Seem to Matter

posted by Linda Mintle

Couples come in to therapy with this complaint. “I did nice things for my spouse, but it doesn’t seem to matter. She doesn’t even notice. I don’t get it.” Honestly, they usually don’t get it. They fail to see that […]

Where Were You on 911?

posted by Linda Mintle

Today is always a sobering day. It’s one of those days that will forever be in our memories. There have been other moments like 911 in my life: The Shooting of President Kennedy. I was very young, in a grade […]

A Quick Anger Guide for Relationships

posted by Linda Mintle

John and Mary are at it again. Arguing escalates to anger and John has a hard time calming down. As they sit in my therapy office, they ask what needs to happen. Basically, here is a summary: 1) John needs […]

Does Yelling at Your Teen Work?

posted by Linda Mintle

We’ve all done it. Many of us grew up with it. But should we? Your teen walks in 30 minutes past curfew. You’ve been worried sick and have worked yourself up. The minute she comes through the door, you yell, […]

Are Senior Moments Happening to Millennials?

posted by Linda Mintle

As Dana was grabbing her purse to fly out the door, she couldn’t remember where she put her car keys. She was already late for class! “Mom, where are my keys.” “Your asking me,” Mom yells back. “I can’t find […]

How Well Do You Really Understand Anger? Take the Quiz!

posted by Linda Mintle

Tony insisted he doesn’t have an anger problem. Yet, by all accounts, people say he does. I asked Tony to answer these 10 questions. After taking the quiz and talking with me, he changed his mind. See how well you […]

The Difference Between Worry and Anxiety

posted by Linda Mintle

I was on a national radio program last night talking about anxiety. A caller asked a great question. “What is the difference between worry and anxiety?” Anxiety is that uneasy feeling, apprehension, a feeling of danger, doom or misfortune. Clinically […]

Should You Reveal Your Secrets to Your Spouse?

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. While we tend to expect this from celebrity relationships, secrets are a problem for any couple. The question asked […]

The Secret Relationship Killer

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s toxic. It can be sexual, but doesn’t have to be. It can be present and you may  not be aware of it. It’s at the heart of failing relationships. The secret relationship killer is betrayal. And betrayal isn’t always […]

10 Emotional Repairs for Relationship Conflict

posted by Linda Mintle

You are in the middle of a fight. Temperatures are rising and you know this isn’t going well. How can you bring down the tension and allow reason to prevail? You make what we call in therapy, an emotional repair. […]

A Non Medication Strategy for ADHD Preschoolers

posted by Linda Mintle

ADHD is a legitimate diagnosis based on underlying neurological conditions. It is a brain-based biological disorder that can be detected by brain scans and imaging. Chemical differences are found in the ADHD brain when compared to non ADHD children. Furthermore, […]

Miley Cyrus Doing What Hollywood Taught Her

posted by Linda Mintle

Social media outlets have been ablaze with buzz about the gross and shocking “performance” of Miley Cyrus on MTV’s Video Music Awards. I watched and was deeply saddened. While Miley bopped around the stage like a porn star, others were […]

Anxious? Don’t Avoid the Fear.

posted by Linda Mintle

When Julie was a child, she was bitten by a dog and developed a terrible fear of dogs. She desperately wants to overcome that fear. Today, she agreed to visit a good friend who has a small submissive dog. When […]

Is Your Child/Teen Becoming Screen Sighted?

posted by Linda Mintle

I was riding on the airport tram the other day, when I noticed a mom with a two and four-year old. Both had smart phones in their hands and were completely unaware of what was going on around them. They […]

Can You Stay NICE During a Conflict?

posted by Linda Mintle

“Please, when you come home, would you help me with the kids? I am trying to get dinner going and need you to take them for awhile. Is that asking too much? “ “It seems like the minute I walk […]

How Do You Know You Are Having a Nonsexual Affair?

posted by Linda Mintle

Kim and Jack have worked together now for the past five years. Sometimes, in a joke, Jack refers to her as his “work wife.” They spend most of their day together, work on projects and go to lunch everyday. They […]

The Kids Are Gone! Are You More At Risk for Divorce?

posted by Linda Mintle

The last child has now left the nest. The house is quiet. You look at that person you’ve been married to for so many years and yet, he/she feels like a stranger. There isn’t much to talk about except to […]

Talk on How to Handle Disagreements and Arguments. Listen In!

posted by Linda Mintle

Faith Radio and I talked this week about disagreements and arguments. What are the secrets to keeping things calm and actually coming up with solutions. Listen to the 20 minute interview. Click here.                 […]

A Possible Divorce Prevention?

posted by Linda Mintle

When you think of preventing divorce, you usually think about improving communication, strengthening the marital friendship and dealing with conflict. What you probably do not think about is how many children were in your family growing up. Yet, one new […]

The Throw Down: Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and President Obama

posted by Linda Mintle

After reading a story in the Telegraph about the President’s dog, Bo, being helicoptered to Martha’s Vineyard on one of two MV-22 Ospreys (a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane,) for yet another family […]

Bathing Beauty or Sex Object? Are Women Sold a Lie?

posted by Linda Mintle

  You put on that bikini and think, It’s just a bathing suit. Men see more skin on TV and in the movies than on me. No big deal, right? Well at the risk of once again sounding like a […]

Why Can’t I Fall Asleep on Sunday Nights?

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s Sunday night and you have a big day at work tomorrow. You need to get a really good night’s rest. But Monday morning you wake up tired and not feeling quite rested. What happened? A new survey sheds light […]

Guest Blog: My Biggest Critic: Navigating the Adult Daughter-Mom Relationship

posted by Linda Mintle

Trying to figure out how to have that healthy relationship with your mom? You are not alone. Take a look at TODAY contributor, Julie Halpert’s blog for insight into what works when it comes to moms and conflict. Click here. […]

MTV, Virgins, and Reality TV: Why I am Skeptical!

posted by Linda Mintle

What do MTV and a biblical worldview have in common? Virtually nothing! So when I read that MTV was planning to do  a reality TV show about a group of 18-25 year old virgins, I about flipped. Totally unexpected. According […]

How to Calm Down An Argument

posted by Linda Mintle

Russ and Rachel were at it again. Russ is driving like a maniac through busy traffic. “Hey, slow down. You are driving way too fast!” “I know how to drive and don’t need to be told what to do. When […]

Can a Medical Device Help Diagnose ADHD?

posted by Linda Mintle

Chris has been diagnosed by his psychologist as having ADHD (Attention Deficit/HyperActivity Disorder) but mom and dad are not sure this is the right diagnosis. They keep asking, other than our reports and those from the school, is there any […]

Real Answers About Millennials and Church

posted by Linda Mintle

As a baby boomer, I see  differences between people in my generation and  millennials. I am the mom of two millennials and have church conversations with them  all the time. With so many millennials leaving the church, I want my […]

Offended? The Media Will Help You Stay That Way!

posted by Linda Mintle

Yesterday I listened to another round of racial offense, this time located in the NFL. The story is basically this: A white football player went to a concert, starting drinking and made a racial slur, captured on video. Now, he […]

Ramblings About The Pope, Gays and Conversation

posted by Linda Mintle

What happened with the Pope’s comments, usually happens whenever any comment is made about homosexuality. It is taken out of context if it is not politically correct, and all attempts to polarize positions are made. In conversations about homosexuality, someone […]

If Anthony Weiner Was a Patient Who Walked in to My Office…

posted by Linda Mintle

Forget for the moment that Anthony Weiner is running for Mayor of New York City. Set aside your politics and think about Anthony Weiner’s behavior. Let’s pretend Weiner comes to see me because he has been ordered by someone to […]

Addicted to Work? Take the Short Quiz

posted by Linda Mintle

If you work to avoid negative emotional states such as anxiety and depression, perhaps work has taken on an addictive quality. In a state of frustration, Rachel recounted her life. “It’s like I married my alcoholic father. Not a day […]

Anxious? Give Exposure Therapy a Try

posted by Linda Mintle

Let’s say you really want a dog but you are afraid of dogs. Every time you see a dog, you become anxious and move away from the dog. This lowers your dog anxiety but doesn’t help you tolerate a dog […]

Can Peer Pressure Be a Good Thing? 8 Parenting Tips

posted by Linda Mintle

Peer pressure sounds like a negative thing because we usually think of it as something to resist. But the teenage brain loves social acceptance more than the adult brain. In fact, teens get great pleasure from being liked by other people. […]

Why The Royal Baby Was A Stress Reducer

posted by Linda Mintle

After all the bad news of the day, did you find yourself smiling at the birth of the royal baby? If you did, you were engaging in stress relief! Stuck in traffic, SMILE! Someone cuts in line at a sporting […]

Does Your Partner Want Your Advice?

posted by Linda Mintle

You see her trying to balance the checkbook. You have some advice that you are ready to give. After all, you are just trying to be helpful, but it turns out that your partner may not appreciate that type of […]

Corey Monteith Overdose: 10 Truths About Drug Addiction

posted by Linda Mintle

Glee star, Corey Monteith, made no secret of his struggle with drug addiction before his untimely death. Back in 2011, he made the comment that he was lucky to be alive given his history and struggle. He began using marihuana […]

Consider This Response to the Zimmerman Verdict by Dr. Alveda King

posted by Linda Mintle

The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shares her thoughtful response to the Zimmerman verdict. Dr. Alveda King: “Grieved over strife surrounding Zimmerman verdict” I believe that the verdict in the Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin Case further exposes a grievous and […]

Bieber Bad Boy Behavior: Why Do Celebrities Act Out?

posted by Linda Mintle

He sang about being your boyfriend, but what girl wants a guy who pees in a janitor’s bucket in a restaurant?  Most “girlfriends” would run for the hills, thinking this guy has issues. And there was more, he spritzed a […]

Should You Ditch the ADHD Medication for Your Child?

posted by Linda Mintle

Years ago, I began treating children with attention and behavioral problems with parent training. Yes, it was time consuming. Parents had to attend classes, track their child’s behavior and apply various parenting skills to the problems they saw. Then I […]

Learning to Let Go of Offense

posted by Linda Mintle

Do you ever have one of those days when you are mad at the way people behave? Something really unfair happens and you try very hard not to be offended?  Not that I am not perfect, but when I see […]

Sticks and Stones Do Break Psychological Bones: 10 Parenting Helps to Respond to a Bully

posted by Linda Mintle

I was horrified to learn that 11-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz, who sang the national anthem  in his mariachi costume at the NBA finals, was bullied on Twitter. To the child’s credit, his response to all the bullying was incredible. […]

Do You Hate Your Job?

posted by Linda Mintle

Can’t get excited about going to work in the morning? Don’t like the atmosphere at work? Prefer not to be with your co-workers? Do you even like your job? If you answered, NO, you join more than half of all […]

Does Spiritual Independence Bring Freedom? Happy 4th!

posted by Linda Mintle

HAPPY FOURTH of JULY! As we celebrate our country’s freedom today, here is an interesting take on the concept of independence as a Christian trait. My brother, the Reverend Dennis Marquardt, preached a sermon on the spiritual difference between independence […]

Couples: How Far is Too Far?

posted by Linda Mintle

 “I did not have sex with that woman.” These words from President Clinton concerning his relationship with  White House intern. Monica Lewinsky. raised questions about what does and does not constitute marital infidelity. How does one define infidelity? Is it […]

If You Could See In Someone’s Heart–4 Minutes To Think of Others

posted by Linda Mintle

With all the bad news about hate speech, hurting people, murder and mayhem, use this 4 minutes to stop, reflect and care about those you encounter every day. Instead of selfishness, hate, anger and uncaring, let’s build love, support and […]

What Do Trayvon Martin and Paula Deen Have in Common?

posted by Linda Mintle

I’m doing tomorrow’s blog right now. The reason is I couldn’t believe the sound bite I just heard from Fox News. It was an audio piece from the Trayvon Martin case. The star witness from the prosecution, Rachel Jeantel, was […]

Why and How Parents Should Stop Sibling Bullying

posted by Linda Mintle

With all the talk about bullying and its damaging effects on kids, we don’t often hear much about sibling bullying. Isn’t it normal for little Billy to push around his brother Joey? Sibling bully, it turns out, is just as […]

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