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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Could Depression Put You At Risk For Dementia?

posted by Linda Mintle

Let’s say it has been a rough year on the job. Your boss finally tells you he is downsizing and you are out of a job. Your kids are struggling in the job market as well. Your wife has been […]

Anxious Child? Face the Fear!

posted by Linda Mintle

You’ve heard it said — face your fears. Well there is more truth in that sentiment then you probably know. You don’t overcome anxiety by avoiding whatever makes you anxious. You overcome it by gradually facing it. Children are no […]

Are You OK With Your Kid’s Use of Media?

posted by Linda Mintle

I’d love to hear from you on this question! According to a survey conducted by Northwestern researchers, most parents answered, YES! Despite the number of hours spent with TV, tablets, cell phones, computers and other devices, only 30% of the […]

One Sure Fire Way to Help Your Kids Deal With Divorce

posted by Linda Mintle

Brian isn’t doing too well with his parents’ divorce. Lately he’s showing more aggressive behavior. His divorced parents, Sam and Sue, are concerned about his behavior and seek help. The therapist tells them that their unresolved conflict is causing Brian […]

10 Reasons Fathers Are Important

posted by Linda Mintle

June 14  is Flag day–not a day most people think to remember, but I do. It was the day we buried my oldest brother who was killed by a bomb on an airplane. He was an army officer and father […]

Oppose A Health Care Position and You Are Anti-Women!

posted by Linda Mintle

Why is it that if you oppose a health care position, you are labeled anti-women? Let me explain. I’m reading this story in USA Today  about the feds dropping the appeal over the morning after pill. A court has ordered […]

Is the ME Generation More Narcissistic Than Generations of the Past?

posted by Linda Mintle

I talked to CBN News about the TIME MAGAZINE cover concerning this generation being more narcissistic than the past. Watch the interview to see if this is really true. And how can churches respond knowing what we know? Click on […]

Bride to Be, Be Debt Free! 10 Tips!

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s June. Wedding month! OK this is crazy. The average cost of a wedding today is around $26,000 to $28,400 according to a recent article in USA TODAY. And it appears that the bride and groom are picking up more […]

Do You Get Along with Your Mother-In-Law? 5 Tips to Help

posted by Linda Mintle

In a few weeks, I will become the mother-in-law. For years, I have helped people in therapy deal with their  in-laws. In-laws can easily become out-laws in families. In fact, researcher, Sylvia Mikucki-Enyart at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point polled […]

What Happened to Funny Girl Amanda Bynes?

posted by Linda Mintle

I remember watching The Amanda Show with my kids and laughing a lot. We thought Amanda Bynes had a funny sense of humor and an entertaining show, but now, she is a mess. What happened to this teen star? The […]

10 Ways to Remember on Memorial Day

posted by Linda Mintle

Memorial Day usually means a day off, time to relax, barbecue, the beach and time with friends. But I hope on this Memorial Day you also take time to remember the significance of the day –honoring the people who have […]

Thoughts on Assisted Suicide: Is it Justified?

posted by Linda Mintle

When my poodle was almost 17 years of age, she suddenly took a bad turn and became disoriented with vomiting. I rushed her to the vet, thinking she was poisoned but in fact, she was dying. Her stomach was twisting […]

10 Tips for Vacation Planning for Children of Divorce

posted by Linda Mintle

Summer and holidays can be a time of challenge for children of divorce. It may be unsettling for a child to vacation with a non-custodial parent. From the child’s point of view, he/she will be in strange places, with strange […]

Autism Risk Linked to Newborn’s Placenta

posted by Linda Mintle

One in 50 children are now diagnosed with autism (CDC). Right now, there are no definitive tests to tell whether a child will develop autism, but we know that the earlier we detect autism, the better we can serve a child. […]

A Spiritual Take on Angelina Jolie’s Decision to Fight Cancer Risk

posted by Linda Mintle

So many families have been touched by cancer that just the mention of the word is scary to hear and often feels like a death sentence.  While this is not always the case and many cancers are treatable, the fear […]

Would You Do What Angelina Jolie Did?

posted by Linda Mintle

Some would call it a brave move. Others might see it as fear based. Angelina Jolie revealed that she underwent a double mastectomy to prevent getting breast or ovarian cancer. According to the New York Times, Jolie tested genetically positive […]

Happy Mother’s Day: Building Intimate Connections

posted by Linda Mintle

This weekend lots of flowers and cards will be sent to moms who raise daughters and sons. Usually this weekend causes us to reflect on our mother-daughter relationship. It doesn’t seem to matter if our relationship is great, terrible or […]

Abercrombie Doesn’t Want Your Business If You Are This…

posted by Linda Mintle

Here we go again. More insanity from CEO MIke Jeffries of Abercrombie &Fitch. Jeffries is like the school bully who says mean things and somehow gets away with it. He is no stranger to offending people. And seems rather pleased […]

One Thing Tweens and Teens Want, But Should They?

posted by Linda Mintle

They look at Justin Bieber and all his success and think, “I can do that. I can be discovered on You Tube too!” So they post, upload, pin and tumblr– all in the hope of one thing–becoming famous! That’s right, […]

The Morning After Pill: 10 Reasons for Parental Concern

posted by Linda Mintle

  The FDA decided to lower the age limit for the morning-after pill from 17 to 15-years-of- age. The pill can be bought without a prescription and from pharmacy shelves. You will find it in the aisle next to women’s […]

Post Boston Explosions: 8 Ways to Respond to Fear

posted by Linda Mintle

Fear is a normal response to what was witnessed at the Boston Marathon yesterday. The prospect of harm causes fear. Many were harmed and three people are now dead. Yet we cannot allow fear to get a grip on us […]

A Christian Response to Suicide

posted by Linda Mintle

This past week we all heard the tragic news of Rick Warren’s son’s suicide. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family  as they mourn this painful loss. Suicide is not a topic talked about in the church even […]

Convicted Felon for Murder and Robbery Now Teaching at Columbia University

posted by Linda Mintle

This is really hard to believe, but apparently true. As someone with a social work degree, I can’t begin to understand this. Surely, Columbia could find someone to teach who isn’t a convicted felon. According to the New York Post, […]

5 Tips to Combat Health Worries

posted by Linda Mintle

This morning I am taking my daughter to get her wisdom teeth removed. She can’t wait for it to be over and I feel the same. Even though this is a routine surgery, it is still a surgery and can […]

April Fools? Lying is No Joke!

posted by Linda Mintle

He was having an affair. The boss looked him in the eyes and said, “Pretend like this is God sitting and talking to you. Are you having an affair with a co-worker?” He looked her in the eyes and said, […]

The Shocking Side of Yale and Other Elite Universities: Get Ready to Be Outraged

posted by Linda Mintle

I watched an interview on the 700 Club with Nathan Harden, a 2009 graduate of Yale University. What he shared broke my heart and it will yours too! I advise you to watch it. It will open your eyes! Harden, […]

What’s in Your Refrigerator? Would You Pass the Test?

posted by Linda Mintle

Dr. Linda makes a visit to a parents home to check out what is in her refrigerator and pantry. Would you pass the 5.4.3.2.1 blast off to health? See how mom Julie does! P.S. Someone needs to learn how to […]

Is Housework The Great Equalizer in Couples?

posted by Linda Mintle

Men, when was the last time you rolled up your sleeves and tackled the dishes? Today’s modern family has women in the workplace and men much more involved in the home and parenting. This means men and women are figuring […]

Who is Really Feeling Stressed?

posted by Linda Mintle

The good news is that stress levels are down for most Americans. We must be doing something right when it comes to handling the opportunities to let stress get the best of us. But one group is not doing so […]

What Women Have More of Than Men

posted by Linda Mintle

So you are at that dinner party and you feel like you are carrying the conversation. As a woman, it’s the most natural thing to be entertaining others through verbal sparring and lively conversation. Your husband comments on how much […]

2 Physical Reasons Not to Avoid Conflict

posted by Linda Mintle

A typical question I get asked is, “Why can’t I just avoid conflict? It makes me uncomfortable. If, for example, my mother is driving me crazy, can’t I just ignore her? Or, if I get too upset talking to my […]

6 Reasons Why Your Teen Should Rethink Tanning

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s that time when high schoolers decide to hit the tanning beds in preparation for prom, Spring banquets and more. But should they be tanning? Here are my 6 reasons why teens should rethink tanning–an important conversation to have with […]

Do Peers Make Teens Stupid?

posted by Linda Mintle

Why do teens do things with their friends that they would never do by themselves? A part of the answer might have to do with the developing brain of a teen. Specifically, adolescents are wired in ways that lend to […]

Parent Alienation Syndrome

posted by Linda Mintle

In the 1980s, a forensic psychiatrist coined the term parental alienation syndrome (PAS) to describe the efforts of one parent to turn his or her children against the other. The syndrome involves deliberate mental and emotional abuse that can occur […]

Parenting Preschools: One Change Makes a Huge Difference

posted by Linda Mintle

Preschoolers learn by  imitating others. So is it any wonder that if the average preschooler spends 4.5 hours a day (way to much!) in front of a TV, that the content would teach him or her a thing or two? […]

Mr. President, Can We Talk?

posted by Linda Mintle

I watched a few moments of Beyonce at the inauguration. She was beautiful, talented and carried herself well. Yesterday, she was the topic of controversy. Did she sing the national anthem live? Apparently not, despite the dramatic ripping out of […]

PARENT QUESTION: What to do if my toddler stutters?

posted by Linda Mintle

My daughter is two and half and is beginning to stutter. Up until now, she has been a good talker. But when she gets excited, we’ve noticed she stutters, like her brain can’t catch up to her mouth. We are […]

Les Miserable or Django Unchained: More Grace or More Violence?

posted by Linda Mintle

I finally was able to see the movie version of Les Miserable. Stunning performances by the actors, beautiful cinematography and an incredible story of grace and forgiveness. One could not help but be moved by the message—every life is of […]

Could the Mental Health of Expectant Fathers Impact The Unborn?

posted by Linda Mintle

I’ve written several articles on the impact of the mom’s mental health on the development of her unborn baby, but what about the dad? Could the mental health of the father also impact his unborn child? A study published in Pediatrics provides […]

Blow to the Head? What Happens to the Brain?

posted by Linda Mintle

With all the football players leaving the field  for concussions and nasty hits during the playoffs, we need to be thinking about traumatic brain injury (TBI). What really happens when someone suffers a blow either by accident, in a sport […]

Cut 4 Bieber: Why Fans Are Hurting Themselves

posted by Linda Mintle

Bieber fever has spiked  a dangerous high in the past week. #Cut4Bieber began trending as a prompt for female fans to cut themselves in order to protest Bieber’s alleged smoking of pot. Beiber was caught on camera holding what looked […]

Trigger Happy Mom or Failed Penal System?

posted by Linda Mintle

An Atlanta mom hides her kids in a crawl space and armed herself to take on an intruder. Yet, MSN reports the mom as a trigger happy woman! So let’s understand this. A man knocks on her door. She believes […]

Take the Family Quiz: Could You Prevent Violence?

posted by Linda Mintle

Take the family quiz to evaluate how well you are doing when it comes to raising nonviolent kids. Given all the violence in the news, are there things you do to raise children who are peaceful, loving and kind? Take […]

The New Normal? Children Born Outside of Marriage

posted by Linda Mintle

More children are now being born outside of marriage, according to a new study by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values. Click on the photo to watch this short interview to learn how this impacts children.

It’s All Relative: 10 Come Backs to Family Digs

posted by Linda Mintle

There is no place like home for the holidays unless it is filled with family members who seem to have nothing better to do then criticize or complain. So to maintain a little peace on earth, think about how you […]

Physical and Emotional Reactions to Grief

posted by Linda Mintle

Today is the anniversary of my mother’s death. It has been two years and I miss her! And today, families are burying their loved ones in Connecticut. Grief can overwhelm but we can get through it. Grief is a normal […]

Reassurance, Identifying Kids at Risk and Forgiveness: Dr. Linda on CBN News

posted by Linda Mintle

This morning I spoke to CBN news about reassuring your children as they return to school after the horrific shootings. Watch this short interview for tips on what to do, how to identify kids at risk and the importance of […]

Ways To Help You Deal with the Connecticut Shootings

posted by Linda Mintle

I’m sure we all feel somewhat traumatized and emotionally exhausted from the events that took place on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. Our hearts go out to parents and loved ones who will begin […]

Coping With the Sudden Death of a Child

posted by Linda Mintle

The death of a child is one of the most difficult life events: Children are supposed to outlive their parents. The painful loss of a child by sudden death is not something any parent ever wants to experience. It’s out […]

Negotiating Holidays With Divorced Parents

posted by Linda Mintle

Jennifer wonders if it possible to satisfy everyone’s expectations for the holidays? She and her husband Sam both have divorced parents. This means four sets of parents want to see their grandkids for Christmas. And to complicate things, they all […]

10 Tips to Deal With Difficult Family Members During the Holidays

posted by Linda Mintle

1. Anticipate your reactions. Because of past experience with those difficult family members, you know what to expect. So, anticipate how you will react ahead of time. Think it through. Imagine a scenario and how you will respond. This anticipation […]

Calculate The Probability of Your Newborn Becoming Obese

posted by Linda Mintle

When you hold that beautiful new baby in your arms, you are probably not thinking about childhood obesity. But maybe you should. Researchers at the Imperial College London have developed an on-line calculator that strongly predicts a baby’s probability of […]

Breast Feeding Baby Doll: Would You Buy It?

posted by Linda Mintle

Looking for a special doll for your young daughter this Christmas? Well, there is one that has stirred up quite a bit of controversy. It’s called Breast Milk Baby and is sold through Berjuan Toys for $89.00. The doll comes […]

Can a One-Year-Old Be Influenced By TV Viewing?

posted by Linda Mintle

If the TV is on in a room, do infants pay attention to it? If so, does it influence them? Researchers at Tufts University say YES! One-year-olds can be influenced by messages from television. Infants pick up on the emotional […]

5 Tips To Help Control Your 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 these five tips: 1) Take a 20 minute time-out […]

7 Tips to Help Your Child With Nightmares

posted by Linda Mintle

A number of parents email me concerned about their children having nightmares and want to know how to help. Sometimes the cure is obvious. Take the case of my neighbor who, during a family movie night, selected a movie that […]

School Casino Night: Harmless Fun or Risk for Addiction?

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s “Casino Night” at the local high school. The flyer sent home reads, “Bring your family for a night of food and fun and raise money for our school.” But is exposing kids to the real world of gambling and […]

Parenting a Biting Toddler: What to Do

posted by Linda Mintle

People leave churches for all kinds of reasons. But when Jimmy bit Chelsea during the praise and worship time, Chelea’s family neeeded a little more grace and a better understanding of child development. Biting and hitting, though never acceptable behaviors, […]

5 Step Parenting Tips to Make It All Work

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 […]

Is It Ever OK to Lie?

posted by Linda Mintle

A few years ago, Connecticut’s Attorney General and US Senate candidate, Richard Blumenthal, was caught lying about his service in Viet Nam. According to reports, this wasn’t the first time he misspoke and allowed the myth of his wartime service […]

Inattentive, Problems Concentrating? Maybe you Have Adult ADHD

posted by Linda Mintle

Terrance, age 40, has quit multiple jobs because of boredom. At home, he has several projects going at once, has trouble concentrating and rarely finishes one thing before moving on to the next. His wife is frustrated because she knows […]

Handling Mother-Daughter Conflict

posted by Linda Mintle

If I asked you today, how you feel about your mom, would you be conflicted? Does that question raise anxiety in you, or make you feel upset, or do you just want to avoid the answer? The powerful mother-daughter bond […]

How To Get Out of a Relationship Triangle

posted by Linda Mintle

  Reader Question: I am in the middle of a big argument with my mom and sister. The issue is between me and my mom but my sister sides with mom and the two of them gang up on me. I […]

Why The Abortion Debate Will Never Be Resolved

posted by Linda Mintle

“People who are pro life are pro rape.” “People who are pro choice want to kill babies.” I’m sickened by both political parties making outrages attacks and statements about people grappling with the abortion debate. Pro-life Republicans accused of hating […]

A Parent Asks: Do I Have to Celebrate Halloween?

posted by Linda Mintle

Q: Our child is three-years-old and doesn’t really know much about Halloween yet, but we do. I have been surprised at how many people, Christians included, have given us a hard time about our decision not to celebrate. There is […]

Is the Digital World Damaging Your Family Relationships?

posted by Linda Mintle

The technology invasion has happened. Too often we hear how social media and other media have taken us captive and ruined our relationships and lives. Teens texting at the dinner table, kids obsessed with gaming and never giving an adult […]

6 Tips to Stop Over Scheduling Your Kids

posted by Linda Mintle

During a national TV interview, I was asked to give six tips to help families stop over scheduling their children. Here they are: 1. MOST PARENTS WANT THE BEST FOR THEIR KIDS, BUT ARE THEY LOSING SIGHT OF WHAT’S REALLY […]

Answering Parent Medical Concerns Regarding Tattoos and Piercing

posted by Linda Mintle

With so many teens wanting tattoos and piercings, many parents have asked about medical issues involved. Medical concerns should factor in to any decision. In this blog, I am not dealing with should a teen tattoo or pierce. That is […]

Get Ready to Be Stunned: Child Abuse By Biting

posted by Linda Mintle

This is an incredible story. I read it and thought, ‘Really. What goes through the mind of a 24-year-old to do such a harmful thing? ” Honestly, I don’t know because I can’t imagine sitting with a 6-year- old and […]

Lindsay and Dina Lohan: 5 Signs of Mother-Daughter Dysfunction on Display

posted by Linda Mintle

Lindsay Lohan could be quoting the title of  my book pictured here, I Love My Mother But…She may love her mother, but the two are quite the dysfunctional pair. The latest incident reported by all the entertainment sites involves an […]

Can You Change Your Mom?

posted by Linda Mintle

A willingness to change helps in every relationship. We aren’t perfect and all bring some emotional baggage to our relationships. Perhaps you and your mother are locked in a situation now where a change is needed, but it seems too […]

How to Deal With a Wayward Child

posted by Linda Mintle

Q: We raised our daughter to love God. She grew up in a Christian home, made a commitment of salvation and was very involved in her youth group. When she left home for college, everything changed. She rebelled against every […]

Lady GaGa Pushes the Envelope Yet Again

posted by Linda Mintle

Lady GaGa is such a mixed bag. She is talented singer, but so disturbing at times. And this is one of those times. One moment she is helping children stand up to bullying, the next she is smoking marihuana on […]

You Don’t Want to Be This Mom!

posted by Linda Mintle

Melissa denied she was an alcoholic despite two DUIs on her driving record. Mandatory adult alcohol education classes did little to curb her drinking. She had no intention of giving up alcohol because she didn’t consider herself a drunk. Mornings, […]

How Do I Love My Gay Son?

posted by Linda Mintle

Q: Dr. Linda, my son recently told me (his dad) that he is gay. I am having the most difficult time because of my Christian faith. It bothers me to think of him with other men. How do I deal […]

Is Buying a Lottery Ticket Gambling?

posted by Linda Mintle

Are you one of many who have said, “What’s the harm in buying lottery tickets?” Have you made a few wagers on Monday night football? Did you help plan Casino night at your kids’ school? Are you constantly hoping you’ll win the […]

I’m Saying Boo Hoo to Honey Boo Boo!

posted by Linda Mintle

It topped or tied the television ratings for both the republican and democratic conventions and also showed competitive numbers against the opening of the NFL season. The “it” is a new reality TV series that debuted during convention week. If […]

Discover One Benefit to Aging

posted by Linda Mintle

As we age, our bodies ache a little more. We forget things and lose energy. But not everything about aging is negative. In fact, stress and worry actually decrease with age! Older people, it turns out, have a higher ratio […]

Believe! Bieber Fever is All in the Brain

posted by Linda Mintle

“I can be a gentleman, anything you want. If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go.” Those lyrics can create fan hysteria. “Bielievers” (Justin Bieber fans) are star struck once again. His BELIEVE album has topped the charts […]

Prevent Child Depression: Treat Mom or Dad

posted by Linda Mintle

It is a sober statistic–one in eight women can expect to develop depression at some point in her life. One of those risk times is during the childbearing years. And when mom is depressed, it impacts the kids. In fact, […]

Mothers and Daughters: Adjusting Expectations for a Good Relationship

posted by Linda Mintle

When I was writing the book, I Love my Mother But…, women would ask me what I was writing about. When I told them it was a book about mothers and daughters, immediately they said, “Oh, you should interview me.  […]

I Am My Mother-Not!

posted by Linda Mintle

Years ago I had a favorite coffee mug. It looked like this: A shrieking woman was pulling out her hair, looking totally stressed, and screaming, “EEEEEEK I am my mother.” I laughed when I first saw it. Then I thought […]

Protecting Children From Abuse: A Fiction Story to Read

posted by Linda Mintle

I just finished reading Donna Van Liere’s book, THE GOOD DREAM. This piece of fiction tells the story of a young woman growing up in the south during the 1950s who encounters  a child who has been abused most of […]

Screening Sexual Content in Magazines for Tweeners

posted by Linda Mintle

Reader Question: I just bought a magazine targeted for my daughter’s age group but I am appalled at the articles in it. She’s only twelve and the sexual content is blatant. I really don’t want her to read this. Am […]

What to Do When an Ex-Spouse is a Bad Influence Over Your Child?

posted by Linda Mintle

I sat down with Joyce Meyer and discussed the problem of an ex-spouse continuing to exert a negative influence over a child or children. What can you do as the spouse who is trying to be a better example? In […]

What Does it Take for Kids To Thrive With Single Parents?

posted by Linda Mintle

Dr. Linda Mintle and Joyce Meyer take two minutes to answer the question, ‘What is the key to children doing well when it comes to single parenting?” Watch the video to learn how to help your child thrive.    

Struggling With Addiction? Get to the Root

posted by Linda Mintle

When a family member has an addiction but refuses to address the underlying problems of that addiction, the addiction does not go away. It may remit temporarily, but the same issues that led the person to escape and avoid through […]

Does My Anger Towards My Ex Hurt My Child?

posted by Linda Mintle

Reader Question:   My husband and I are divorced. We have a four-year-old daughter together and I worry about how well my daughter is adjusting. My ex-husband is very involved as a dad and this is helping, but I still […]

John Orozco Inspires Even Without a Medal

posted by Linda Mintle

Honestly, it was hard to watch John Orozco’s face Wednesday night for the second time in his Olympic trials. He looked like he was almost having panic attacks. I thought he might vomit after he fell apart on the Pommel […]

Dr. Linda Encourages Single Parents on Joyce Meyer’s EveryDay Life

posted by Linda Mintle

Here is a short video that will encourage you as a single parent. Do you want to know what works? Dr. Linda updates you on a little research.

24 Ways to Help Children Deal With Fear

posted by Linda Mintle

After the Columbine shootings and other horrific events that can raise fear in children, I wrote an article that included  24 ways to help children deal with fear. In light of recent events, this may be helpful to parents. Coping […]

Telling Kids You Are Divorcing

posted by Linda Mintle

Reader Question: My husband and I are separating and will most likely divorce. We have two young children. I am wondering how to tell them about the divorce. I am really dreading this because I know how upsetting it will […]

Mom Pressuring Daughter to Have Breast Implants

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s girls gone wild with mum leading the way! (Dad left 12 years ago!) 14- year-old Britney Marshall  lives in England with her family. She looks like a normal young teen, except the family photo could easily be mistaken for […]

The Battle of The Bedroom: Teens 1, Parents 0–Six Tips to Win!

posted by Linda Mintle

You’ve heard it and probably said it, “This room looks like a cyclone hit it!” Ah yes, the familiar, clean up your room…or else, that most parents find themselves regularly chanting. If you feel like your teen is winning the […]

Gospel Singer Yolanda Adams Challenges BET Entertainers

posted by Linda Mintle

I’m giving it up to gospel singer, Yolanda Adams on the BET awards this past week. After being assaulted by foul mouthed talk and rap, Adams gracefully accepts her award and says, “We need all of y’all. I’m saying the […]

Cruise-Holmes Split: Did Religion Play a Part?

posted by Linda Mintle

Big news last week in Hollywood. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes split after 5 years of marriage. Was I surprised? No, but it is still sad when a family breaks up and a child is caught in the middle. For […]

After Sandusky: What Survivors Face

posted by Linda Mintle

Jerry Sandusky was convicted of multiple counts of child abuse. But what about the victims who had to be so brave as to tell the story of their humiliation and victimization? Each one had to revisit the memory which could […]

John Edwards and Reille Hunter Split Up: Why You Don’t Want to Read The Book

posted by Linda Mintle

John Edward’s girlfriend announced today on an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulis (Good Morning America) that she and Edwards split, they are no longer a couple. Interestingly, this announcement comes on the heels of her new book release. When George […]

Every Boy is Some Mother’s Son

posted by Linda Mintle

I love this story. I read it in the Wall Street Journal a few years ago. A reporter recalled a story that touched my heart. It went something like this. A mom was waiting for her daughter to return from […]

Jerry Sandusky: Should His Wife Be Clueless?

posted by Linda Mintle

With the Jerry Sandusky case in the news, I heard a well-known radio commentator ask, “If these accusations are true, how could his wife not know what he was doing?” It’ a good question that people may wonder. If someone […]

College is Coming: 8 Summer Talks to Have With Your Teen

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s the beginning of summer, the last one until that teen heads for college in the fall. How can you use this time to prepare your son or daughter for what is coming? Begin now to talk about anticipated changes. […]

Married? Are You in the Majority?

posted by Linda Mintle

With a growing desire to say, Yes to the dress, Karla often dreams of her wedding day. In her head, it is all planned out–her colors, the music, location, the rings, the cake and how the ceremony will be conducted. […]

Father’s Day: How Dad is a Reflection of You

posted by Linda Mintle

I recently attended an all day seminar on couples counseling. We began the seminar filling out a form about our parents. There were two sections–positive and negative traits of  your mother and father (or major caretaker growing up). Then we […]

Caring For The Whole Person Adds to Quality of Life

posted by Linda Mintle

What if you went to your doctor’s appointment for your regular diabetes check up and did more than have your labs taken? Instead… A counselor talked to you about your support system at home and asked about other aspects of […]

A Not So Happy Father’s Day: 8 Ways to Cope

posted by Linda Mintle

As we approach Father’s Day this weekend, I am aware that not everyone looks forward to this day with anticipation. Sons and daughters who have been abused, neglected, abandoned and hurt by dad can have a tough time on this […]

Waiting For Your Inheiritance? 5 Areas to Consider

posted by Linda Mintle

Many baby boomers are counting on their parents to leave them an inheritance to pay off the mortgage, college bills or other finances. But with parents living longer, health care costs escalating and the market doing poorly, will the money […]

A Breath of Fresh Air

posted by Linda Mintle

I recently spent six days along the coast of San Diego, California hiking state parks, dining at cafes and shopping at boutiques and malls. What I noticed was that I didn’t have to move through a haze of cigarette smoke […]

Is Profanity on TV Harmless?

posted by Linda Mintle

Steven Tyler gets bleeped repeatedly on American Idol. Howard Stern, known for his use of profanity, is a judge on America’s Got Talent. I could make lists of people who are constantly bleeped on television due to their language. I […]

Try A Technology Cleanse

posted by Linda Mintle

You are at dinner in a nice restaurant with your wife and you find yourself checking your email before the salad arrives. Or your family sits down to eat and people are looking at screens rather than each other.Or maybe […]

Are You Too Happy?

posted by Linda Mintle

Happiness is a good thing, right? Sometimes, not so much! A Yale researcher compares too much happiness to too much food. When you overdo it, problems erupt! Too much happiness makes you a high risk taker. And with high risk […]

Depression Is Not Just in Your Head!

posted by Linda Mintle

Could it be that depression is an obvious symptom of deeper problems within the physical body? Researchers are asking this question as they look at stress and depression in new ways. Long-term depression, it appears, changes chromosomes the same way […]

Is It Normal for Children to Lie?

posted by Linda Mintle

I write for a parenting magazine and this is a question I frequently get asked, “Is it normal for children to lie?” While the answer is YES, that doesn’t mean it’s OK to lie. It is not, and parents have […]

Are Bullies and Victims the Same?

posted by Linda Mintle

Alex’s mom is tired of Alex being bullied on the playground. One way to help Alex is to understand the profiles associated with bullies and victims. In 2010, the *APA published a study where researchers reviewed 153 studies on bullying […]

What’s Missing From Lady Gaga’s Born This Way?

posted by Linda Mintle

Since I finally had a chance to watch the panel meeting with Lady Gaga at Harvard University where she launched her foundation, Born This Way. Lady Gaga was very engaging, passionate about helping create better communities that embrace kindness, love […]

The Truth About Autism and Vaccines

posted by Linda Mintle

Mary’s son is autistic. She desperately wants to believe that the vaccinations her child received as a toddler triggered the disorder. Toddlers receive the MMR  vaccine around the same time as autistic symptoms begin to be noticed by parents. Because of […]

Is Facebook Promoting Porn? 8 Guidelines for Parents

posted by Linda Mintle

Facebook has massive appeal. It allows us to stay in touch with friends, re-connect with people with whom we’ve lost contact, communicate with relatives, be aware of the needs of others and so much more that is good and healthy. […]

An Unusual Wish for a Child With Brain Cancer: How You Can Help

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s hard to imagine what the family of nine-year-old Ryan Kennedy is going through these days. Ryan has a rare form of brain cancer that has required multiple surgeries, rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Despite all the medical efforts,  the […]

Disturbed by the Cover of Time Magazine?

posted by Linda Mintle

First let me say, I am a huge advocate of breast feeding. I have worked on committees that target business to establish breast feeding rooms for nursing moms and breast fed both of my children. So when TIME magazine brought […]

Dr. Linda Mintle And Joyce Meyer Discuss Body Image

posted by Linda Mintle

Awhile back, I sat down with Joyce Meyer on her TV show, Enjoying Everyday Life, to talk about how to embrace your body and make peace with it. Here is the You Tube interview, “You Are Beautiful Inside & Out, […]

A Mother’s Day Dilemma: How to Deal With a Mom Who Left

posted by Linda Mintle

In this week’s lead up to Mother’s Day, an adult daughter asks… Every Mother’s Day I have a hard time honoring my mom for this reason. She left our family to be with another man when I was 14. It […]

Making Mother and Daughter Relationships the Best

posted by Linda Mintle

One of the common areas of tension between mothers and daughters involves boundaries. Boundaries are important because mothers and daughters often have different expectations about their relationship. Mothers tend to want more time and attention than their adults daughters can […]

5 Spiritual Helps to Overcome Temptation

posted by Linda Mintle

In the past few weeks, I’ve been commenting on the way television shows handle temptation. Typically, what we see is the power of the temptation and no power to resist. So, from a Christian perspective, what works to overcome temptation? […]

Does Watching TV Depress You?

posted by Linda Mintle

Last night, I was channel surfing on the television. I landed on a show that chronicled the last 24 hours of a death row inmate about to be executed. I couldn’t watch it to the end. The last hour was […]

Exciting New Research on Autism

posted by Linda Mintle

Autism is a developmental brain disorder that cannot be medically diagnosed and treatment can be difficult. According to a 2008 CDC study, autism affects 1 in 88 children, a number that is up 78% since 2002. One of the many […]

Feeling Flirty? Not So Much If You Are a Dad

posted by Linda Mintle

In our sexually hyped culture, how does a man stay true to his family? The answers involves a little help from his biology! Testosterone is a major sex hormone and is responsible for sex drive and reproductive growth. It is […]

5 Reasons People Don’t Go to Church (Part 2)

posted by Linda Mintle

Yesterday I posted a blog about the growing trend of not going to church. Here are a few of the reasons I think people stay home: 1) Church people require us to practice what we believe. It is easier to […]

Do You Value Church?

posted by Linda Mintle

I was surprised to learn that just 21% of people who call themselves Christians are committed to a community of faith (Faith by George Barna). Even though the Apostles’ Creed affirms that we believe in the communion of saints, many […]

Why We Often Struggle in Our Christian Walk

posted by Linda Mintle

Spend a day watching TV, going to a movie, perusing the news and talking to your co-workers. How often does your faith become a part of the experience? If you are like me, not often. TV shows rarely, if ever, […]

Main Reason Teens Abstain from Sex

posted by Linda Mintle

Mandy is a typical teen, but has decided abstinence is the way to go. Why? Because she believes that having sex before marriage is morally wrong. She learned that in her youth group at church. Religion made a difference in […]

Could a Blood Test Tell You if Your Teen is Depressed?

posted by Linda Mintle

It isn’t always easy to figure out whether a teen is simply in the throws of adolescent moodiness or is depressed. We have to rely on observing changes in behavior and looking for symptoms that fit depression. Picking up on […]

And Why Am I Supposed to Cheer Brad and Angelina’s Engagement?

posted by Linda Mintle

Big entertainment news last week on the cover of People–after living together for seven year and having  six children, Brad and Angie are engaged. We supposed to be getting excited over this news. Hollywood is dishing it out: Could Brad […]

Why Does Bill Maher Hate Stay-At-Home Moms?

posted by Linda Mintle

In my opinion, someone needs to reign in Bill Maher. Not because he doesn’t have freedom of speech, but because he is so mean-spirited when it comes to people who don’t hold his beliefs. His speech is often hateful and […]

The Choking Game: Every Parent Should Read This!

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s all over YouTube and it is scary. Kids playing a dangerous and sometimes deadly game called The Choking Game. Kids know the game by other names–the Scarf Game, Cloud Nine, Purple Dragon, Space Monkey, Fainting Game and more. If […]

Tim Tebow Booed and Antonio Cromartie Pursued? What is Wrong With This Picture?

posted by Linda Mintle

So this past Sunday night, Tim Tebow put on a NY Yankees cap and attended a game in Yankee Stadium. When the giant screen showed him sitting in the stands, the crowd booed. One of the reporters at ESPN commented […]

4 Parent Tips for Prom Night

posted by Linda Mintle

Yes, it is that season when high school girls say yes to their prom dress. Part of the fun is getting all dressed up, renting the limo and creating memories with friends. But that fun night can turn into a […]

Get Off the Scales and On With Your Life!

posted by Linda Mintle

Why is it that so many people are obsessed with weight and looking perfect? One reason has to do with the distraction beauty and weight loss serve in our lives. For example, it’s easier to obsess over an outfit than […]

Pornography Involves Somebody’s Daughter

posted by Linda Mintle

I’ve treated a number of people caught up in pornography addiction. So when my friend and founder of the ministry, Music for the Soul, Steve Siler did a CD and DVD on this topic, I had to pass it on. […]

How to Handle Rejection

posted by Linda Mintle

When a gunman opened fire and killed seven people and wounded three at a Christian college a week ago, the question was, “Why?” Why would anyone walk into a classroom and shoot people at point blank range? While we may […]

Video Encouragement to Overcome Eating Disorders

posted by Linda Mintle

My friend, Steve Siler, founder of Music for the Soul, uses music and video to encourage, heal, and move people towards recovery and hope. Recently, a song from his CD Tell Me What You See was made into a DVD […]

Stop Complaining and Get Out of That Spiritual Desert!

posted by Linda Mintle

Ever feel like giving up? Discouragement comes easy sometimes. Our natural tendency is to feel defeated  when things are tough. But Philippians 2:13-14 tells us that God works in us for His good pleasure, and that we are to do […]

Newborns: How Much Testing Should Parents Do?

posted by Linda Mintle

Today’s new parents have a lot of decisions to make. One of those decisions is how much testing to do on their newborn baby. Technology has opened a potential Pandora’s box when it comes to testing newborns for conditions and […]

The Difference Between Worry and Concern

posted by Linda Mintle

Be anxious about nothing. Is that really possible. It is if you know the difference between worry and concern. Concern is normal. Worry is not! Watch this short video to find out the difference:

7 Spiritual Steps to Overcome Mild Depression

posted by Linda Mintle

Have you struggled with feeling down for a few years, maybe even since childhood? Something just isn’t quite right. You feel irritable, hopeless, lethargic and low in self-esteem. This was true of Robin. He didn’t realize he was depressed and […]

You Can’t Change Him, But You Can Change You!

posted by Linda Mintle

  One of the biggest problems in our relationships is that so many of us believe we can change another person. Truth is, we can’t. But we can change our reaction to that person and then the relationship changes.This lie, […]

Do I Need a Christian Therapist?

posted by Linda Mintle

Question: I’ve got marital problems. I feel down all the time. Nothing seems to be working in my life. Maybe I need to get some professional help. But how do I pick a therapist? Do I need to see a […]

The Secret to Being Content

posted by Linda Mintle

Self-sufficiency was considered a virtue in Greek culture. The Greek word for content, autarkes, means to be self-sufficient or independent. However, the Bible offers a different view of this concept than the Stoic philosophers of biblical days. The Stoics believed […]

Web Exclusive: I Love My Mother But..

posted by Linda Mintle

Dr. Linda Mintle sat down with Canadian TV host, Moira Brown, from 100 Huntley Street and discussed one of her recent books, I Love My Mother But…The interview is  a little over 14 minutes long but is a great recap […]

Dance Moms: Over the Top Relationship Dysfunction

posted by Linda Mintle

The title of the TV show, Dance Moms, intrigued me because I am a dance mom. So I decided to watch a few episodes back to back the other night. I couldn’t believe what I saw. It was like watching […]

Dr. Linda Speaks to Teen Videos “Am I pretty?”

posted by Linda Mintle

I sat down with CBN news to discuss this latest trend –young girls looking on-line for self-esteem. In this 4 minute interview, I give tips on how parents can help given the damage this type of social media exposure can […]

How To Respond to Unfair Accusations

posted by Linda Mintle

My devotional reading this morning was quite challenging. It talked about responding to someone who accuses you. When a false accusation comes your way, the natural response is to lash out, come back with a real zinger, and put that […]

Self-Esteem On-Line: A Dangerous Trend

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a dangerous trend. Young girls post videos of themselves on You Tube or other social media and then ask people to rate them on this question– Am I pretty or not? I went to one You Tube and almost […]

Teens and Stress: Don’t Eat it Away

posted by Linda Mintle

A group of high school teens sat down with me and discussed stress and our tendency to eat when we feel it. Watch the video to see what stresses them and how they can cope in healthy ways.

Huge Benefits to Having Family Meals

posted by Linda Mintle

This week I did an interview for Telemundo Miami on the importance of family meals. The benefits from sitting down to meals as a family are so compelling that I hope  you think about making this a reality. Family meals […]

The Positive Side to Gaming

posted by Linda Mintle

Most of you know I am not a fan of children, teens and young adults spending long hours a day playing video games –especially the violent and sexually exploitative ones. We know from studies that playing violent video games changes […]

Couple Therapy For One Please

posted by Linda Mintle

Susan’s marital distress reached a tipping point, leading her to see a marital therapist. Her chief complaint was that her husband refuses to change, blames her for all the family problems, doesn’t hold a steady job and rarely takes responsibility […]

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