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Withholding Friendship as a Weapon

posted by Linda Mintle

I’ll never forget the day my five-year-old came home and said, “No one will play with ‘Sandy’ because she doesn’t do what they say!” I was upset and thankfully, my daughter thought it was mean. But the other girls excluded little […]

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Bully Targets Not Who You Think

posted by Linda Mintle

A high school sophomore takes two kitchen knives to his school and goes on a stabbing frenzy in the hallway of his high school wounding 22 people. According to his lawyer,  he was well liked and not a loner. The […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

A Bully Now Anti-Bully–A Spiritual Lesson

posted by Linda Mintle

Apparently, Abercrombie & Fitch CEO, Mike Jeffries, is reacting to all the negative press about his remarks to exclude uncool teens and unattractive people from his clothing line. Even late night television picked up the bullying behavior and did a […]

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 […]

News Anchor Confronts the Stigma of Obesity

posted by Linda Mintle

This week, a television viewer wrote anchorwoman, Jennifer Livingston at WKBT-TV in LaCrosse Wisconsin, an email informing her that she was overweight. He went on to say that she is not an example for young people, and needed to promote […]

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 […]

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 […]

How To Handle a Bully

posted by Linda Mintle

Now that we are well into the school year, kids everywhere are faced with the challenge of how to deal with bullies. Here’s a typical encounter: Your 5th grade son is playing soccer on the playground at recess. A 6th […]

Serena, Stop the Bullying!

posted by Linda Mintle

Another U.S. Open Grand Slam tennis tournament is over. What stands out in this year’s competition? Unfortunately, it’s not the incredible play of the Americans. It’s our leading lady, Serena Williams. Serena is an amazing athlete,  I love to watch […]

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 […]

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8 Questions: Are You A Hard Worker or Workalholic?
In the same way a drug addict uses cocaine or an alcoholic downs booze, work can have an anesthetizing effect on negative emotions. People use work to escape and avoid unpleasant emotional states. But because hard work is so sanctioned in our society, it is an addiction often minimized. Our once

posted 6:00:40am Mar. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Breaking the Mental Habit of Worry
Because worry is in the mind, it is a mental habit that must be broken. Here are a few practical tips to help break the worry habit: Identify the thought behind the worried or anxious feeling. Let it come and don’t try to suppress it with thoughts like, “Stop worrying” “Don’t do this

posted 6:00:40am Mar. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Hurt By a Conflict? How Do You ReBuild Trust?
You've heard the saying, trust is easy to break, hard to repair. How do you go about building trust with someone you’ve hurt! The key is to know the other person’s world and reliably respond to it. Do what you say. Keep your promises. Empathize with the other person’s issue and try to see t

posted 6:00:39am Mar. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Should You Keep Secrets From Your Partner?
I was in the grocery store yesterday, and the tabloids were headlining the secret love child of yet another celebrity couple. Even though we tend to expect this sort of thing from celebrity relationships, secrets are a problem. They don’t usually end well. I am often asked if it is a good idea

posted 6:00:53am Mar. 20, 2015 | read full post »

What's Your Attachment Style in Conflict?
We all develop an insecure or secure bond with our original families. That bond is referred to as an attachment style. The more secure the bond, the better you will deal with conflict. Two bonding styles make conflict difficult--anxious and avoidant. To feel more secure you want to lower your an

posted 6:00:47am Mar. 18, 2015 | read full post »

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