When you might let go of family or friends

One area I have come to specialize in as a psychologist is relationships. Love relationships, family relationships, and friendships can become problematic or a source of stress for all of us, but more and more I hear from people who repeatedly give in their relationships, but they get very little back. And many relationships areContinue reading “When you might let go of family or friends”

Repost: 8 (9) Tips to Enjoy the Holidays More

Whatever you celebrate or whether you celebrate, this time of year may be filled with family gatherings, get-togethers with friends, and being a bit busier.  Many of us enjoy the holidays, yet people report a significant amount of stress surrounding them.  Whether it’s trying to do too much, financial concerns about gift buying or takingContinue reading “Repost: 8 (9) Tips to Enjoy the Holidays More”

Repost: 8 (9) Tips to Enjoy the Holidays More

Whatever you celebrate or whether you celebrate, this time of year may be filled with family gatherings, get-togethers with friends, and being a bit busier.  Many of us enjoy the holidays, yet people report a significant amount of stress surrounding them.  Whether it’s trying to do too much, financial concerns about gift buying or takingContinue reading “Repost: 8 (9) Tips to Enjoy the Holidays More”

Getting the Most Out of the Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again, and by the title I don’t mean how to get the most stuff- but how to get the most enjoyment out of the season.  Many look forward to this time with anticipation, excitement, and good memories, but most of us know that the holidays can leave us feeling disappointed, sad,Continue reading “Getting the Most Out of the Holiday Season”

Back to School: Six Strategies to Ease the Transition

It’s August 1st.  You know what that means, right?  For my kids, 24 days until school starts.  Others have the luxury of starting after Labor Day (about 32 days left). But who’s counting? (haha) For most of us, summer is winding down- summer camps, vacations, barbeques, time at the pool, and so on.  Hopefully everyone has beenContinue reading “Back to School: Six Strategies to Ease the Transition”

Finding Balance over the Summer

No school, lighter schedules, and fewer responsibilities can mean more idle time- much different from our usual, busy routines. Couple this with hot weather, and kids can become bored, tired, irritable, and so on. Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it can get to be too much- and long before school returnsContinue reading “Finding Balance over the Summer”

“Only a Sith deals in absolutes…”

I enjoy a good sci-fi movie, although admittedly I’m no expert on the genre.  Like most Americans, though- and in fact most of the world, I love Star Wars.  Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of my favorite characters.  He’s smart and delivers a lot of great one-liners.  One of the best is when he tells AnakinContinue reading ““Only a Sith deals in absolutes…””

7 Tips for Reducing Family Stress

Anyone with a family knows that family life can be stressful- with work; busy schedules; often conflicting activities; trying to meet everyone’s wants and needs; constant demands for time and money; and of course the unexpected. Some times are easier than others, but often our resources are limited (time, money, or our ability to handleContinue reading “7 Tips for Reducing Family Stress”

How Old is Too Old? (And 5 Reasons Why the Answer is “No”)

I came across this article last week, “How old is too old to skateboard?”  The author talks about “skate geezers”, men he says are too old to be riding skateboards and to be “thinking they’re cool”.  He brings up valid points- that falling hurts a lot more when you’re older (it does), injuries may have more consequences (like missed work or lostContinue reading “How Old is Too Old? (And 5 Reasons Why the Answer is “No”)”

Starting a Family in Graduate School: Are You Ready?

I was recently interviewed for an article, ‘Is it time to start a family?’, published in the January 2014 issue of GradPSYCH, the magazine for psychology graduate students.  Eight other recent graduates and myself were asked about our experiences with having children while in grad school and what we might recommend for current or futureContinue reading “Starting a Family in Graduate School: Are You Ready?”

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