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10 Ways to Help Your Young Adult Resist Premartial Sex

posted by Linda Mintle

A recent Gallup poll reported: 80 percent of young unmarried Christians have had sex outside of marriage. Two-thirds of unmarried Christians have been sexual active in the last year. 42 percent of the 18-29 year olds in the 80 percent […]

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5 Tips to Beat Mom Stress

posted by Linda Mintle

Do you have mom stress? Then, stop what you are doing and look at this checklist. You can only go on empty so long. So…. 1) Take one hour a day for yourself. I know this sounds impossible but take […]

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The New Normal: Slurring People On-Line

posted by Linda Mintle

According to an August 2011 MTV poll, young people seem to have no problem using racist and sexist language on-line. Name-calling that would make parents cringe seems to be acceptable to teens and twenty-somethings when it takes place while texting […]

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Is “Selfish” Genetic?

posted by Linda Mintle

Two toddlers are at play: Timmy hands his truck to his friend, “Here you can play with it.” But Ricky hangs on to that truck for dear life. “No it is mine!” Is the difference genetic? In an Israeli study […]

VA Worker Rude to My 90 Year Old Dad

posted by Linda Mintle

My dad is a WWII veteran. At almost 91 years of age, he thinks clearly, gets around and still manages his own home. He is a remarkable man who is also hard of hearing and needs my help to navigate […]

WWBD? What Would Barbie Do?

posted by Linda Mintle

Some feminists believe playing with Barbie leads to body dissatisfaction and the desire for breast implants. Now I know some of you are thinking, Oh come on, she’s only a harmless doll. An icon from the twentieth century. It’s not […]

What is in Your Refrigerator? Does Your Family Pass the Test?

posted by Linda Mintle

What are your family eating habits? Dr. Linda pays a visit to one local mom and discovers what is in her refrigerator and pantry. How did she rate? Watch the short video.  

Making Relationships Work

posted by Linda Mintle

Today, I am at the E-Women conference in Lynchburg, Virginia. The event is sold out and Sarah Palin is headlining the conference. The women are here, ready to be inspired. As a marriage and family therapist, I love to talk […]

Bye Bye Playboy Club

posted by Linda Mintle

The new TV drama that was promoted this Fall–The Playboy Club was cancelled this week by NBC. The Parents Television Council (PTC) called for a boycott and urged sponsors to pull out of the show. According to the Hollywood Reporter, […]

Surprise: Girls Most Dangerous Sport

posted by Linda Mintle

Now that it is Fall and we are focused on football and other Fall sports, you may be surprised to learn what the most dangerous sport is for girls and women.  According to data gathered by the National Cheer Safety […]

Kate Plus 8(8)

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s not really news when someone gets a speeding ticket. Most of us have unfortunately had that experience. So when Kate Gosselin was again in the news this week for paying her speeding ticket, I didn’t think much about it. […]

PETA Going Porn

posted by Linda Mintle

PETA is located in my community. They are always in the news about something. Even though I am an animal lover and hate animal abuse, I find their antics a bit over the edge at times. The photo to the […]

Are Churches Neglecting the Elderly?

posted by Linda Mintle

Before my 84-year-old mom died last year, she received a letter from the church she had been a member of for more than 60 years. The letter informed her that she no longer had voting privileges because of her lack of attendance […]

Could You Give Away the Family Pet?

posted by Linda Mintle

I was sitting in church not too long ago when a guest speaker was talking about his family’s decision to give away their two small eight-year-old dogs. I could hardly listen to the story and the somewhat buried spiritual point […]

Why Joe Jonas, Why?

posted by Linda Mintle

OK I admit, I am a little stuck on celebrity issues these past few days. That is what happens when I jump on the Arc machine at the Y and stay on it for 60 minutes. So here is the […]

Kate Gosselin’s New Reality is No Reality

posted by Linda Mintle

I hesitated to write about Kate Gosselin because  last time I did, I was immediately thrown in to one of two camps–the haters and the supporters. I’m neither. I do not hate Kate, nor do I support a number of […]

How Well Do You Score on the Forgiveness Quiz?

posted by Linda Mintle

I was deeply moved yesterday listening to the names of the victims from 911. I watched a number of anniversary specials and saw both resilience and heart break in families. My heart went out to those who are still stuck […]

Remembering 911…Ways to Help Children Cope With Fear

posted by Linda Mintle

To the families who lost loved ones, we haven’t forgotten you. You are in our prayers. Sunday will not be an easy day. Here are 24 tips to help children cope with fear, especially after a disaster, trauma or life […]

Jake Says, “Embrace Porn”

posted by Linda Mintle

The other day I was sitting in a medical office waiting for my routine mammogram. There was a small table next to me with reading materials on it. The first thing I noticed was that the office placed a Bible […]

Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be…Football or Hockey Players, Boxers…

posted by Linda Mintle

I can hear the sound of the high school marching band practicing out my window. Ah, the excitement of the Fall football season and I am definitely a fan. The Michigan flag is flying proudly. From our home, you will […]

Normalize Pedophilia? This is Sick!

posted by Linda Mintle

An academic conference was sponsored in Baltimore this month in which a handful of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals want to normalize pedophilia and take it out of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a […]

Goodbye to My College Freshman

posted by Linda Mintle

Today, I make the long drive out of state to take my daughter to college for her freshman year. She is the last to leave the nest. I am very excited for her and proud of the way she ended […]

One Book You Don’t Want to Buy Your Child

posted by Linda Mintle

I just received a request from FOX news to go on their weekend show to discuss a new book coming out for kids. I couldn’t do the interview because of logistics so I’m writing about it. I’m not going to […]

Should Your Toddler Be Using your IPOD or IPHONE?

posted by Linda Mintle

I was at the hairdresser the other day and my stylist had her two and a half year old with her. I was entertaining her for while but at one point, she handed the toddler her IPOD touch and what […]

Brigadoon in the Bedroom

posted by Linda Mintle

“Jeannie’s packin’ up, Jeannie;s leaving town…” I sang those lyrics in the musical Brigadoon my junior year of high school. Funny, I remembered the song today as I was helping my daughter pack up to leave for college. The mood […]

Could You Be A Tanorexic?

posted by Linda Mintle

Since I received a great response to my blog on tanning and teens, I wanted to add a little to that topic. Ever heard of “tanorexic?” I treat anorexics but this was a new one for me. A “tanorexic” is […]

Getting the “High” Out of Higher Education

posted by Linda Mintle

There is a huge pile of college gear sitting on my living room floor. In two weeks, my daughter begins her freshman year. College is definitely on my mind which is why my eye caught an article in the Wall […]

Dog Days: Too Hot to Trot

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s hot! And every time I try to take my dog for a walk, she and I about pass out before we get to the end of the block. Neither of us is getting the exercise we need. I can […]

Why Lady GaGa Led Me to Prayer

posted by Linda Mintle

My daughter is a dancer so for years we have watched So You Think You Can Dance. Last week, was Ga Ga week. As a judge, I found her incredibly affirming to the dancers. But one performance brought out a […]

Debt Ceiling Crisis is Like Watching a Dysfunctional Family

posted by Linda Mintle

I don’t like to write about politics but I am really over this debt ceiling decision! I’m tired of all the fear tactics and bullying! This is what it feels like to me. We’ve got parents who haven’t paid attention […]

Are You Angry at Casey Anthony’s Release?

posted by Linda Mintle

Today Casey Anthony was released from a Florida jail and an angry group of people were there to yell and hold up signs decreeing her guilt. People are angry even though the justice system worked the way it was supposed […]

Obese Children Need Help Not New Parents!

posted by Linda Mintle

I am weighing in on the ridiculous position of a physician and lawyer who argue that extremely obese children in dangerously poor health should be placed in foster care. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) should never have […]

I Love My Mother But…

posted by Linda Mintle

Just returned from an amazing weekend with mothers and teen daughters at THE GREAT ESCAPE conference at Sandy Cove Conference Center in North East Maryland. I spoke on the topic of my latest book, I Love My Mother But…And while […]

Talking to Your Teen About Tanning

posted by Linda Mintle

I’m reposting this from last year since there was such a great response to the topic. Offering parents a little help with teens and tanning.   It’s summer and we live in a beach town. And my daughter is going […]

Treatment or Celebrity for Casey Anthony?

posted by Linda Mintle

Hopefully, now that the sentencing is over and we know that Casey Anthony will be released next week, we can all move on from this morbid fascination with this very disturbed woman’s life. The best thing that could happen would […]

Casey Anthony, Family Dysfunction on Parade

posted by Linda Mintle

As a family therapist, the inside look at the Casey Anthony family was all too familiar.  Family members lying, covering up for one another, accusations of incest, neglect, cut off, lack of empathy and out of control behavior. It is […]

Move Over Wimbledon, Casey Anthony’s Closing Arguments

posted by Linda Mintle

I am a huge tennis fan and deeply disappointed in the lack of exciting American men on the tennis singles front. In the Wimbledon finals tomorrow, I will be routing for Nadal but where is the next McEnroe or Sampras? […]

Why at the Y? Embracing Change

posted by Linda Mintle

We all know how important it is to exercise. I get that and have written books (Lose It For Life) on the multiple benefits of exercise. But when the Y (it is no longer called the YMCA) completely revamped its […]

Doing Life Together: Beginning July 1, 2011

posted by Linda Mintle

Grab a cup of coffee. Get comfortable and let’s do life together. We will tackle everyday issues that lead to good mental health. I bring years of clinical training and experience to our virtual table and will serve up tips […]

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posted 7:00:31am Sep. 04, 2015 | read full post »

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posted 7:00:13am Sep. 02, 2015 | read full post »

What Isn't Discussed in Violent Shootings
Like most of you, I was shaken by the horrific events of this past week: the senseless shooting of two TV journalists happened in my backyard. Those reporters worked at one of the TV stations in my viewing area and not too far from the massacre ...

posted 9:00:29am Aug. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Why Sex is Not Always About the Sex
If you watch most television shows, you would think that the most important part of any relationship is sex! But when it comes to what matters most in a relationship, it's not the sex. And if we focus  only on sex, the relationship won't ...

posted 7:00:42am Aug. 28, 2015 | read full post »

National Dog Day: Take Your Canine to Work!
In honor of national dog day... I feel blessed that I get to take my dog to work every day. Zoe, pictured here, is the comfort dog for the medical school in which I work. Every morning she greets the students and helps reduce their stress. ...

posted 7:00:18am Aug. 26, 2015 | read full post »

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