Understanding Family Dynamics

Can't we all get along? That's a tall order when your limelight has been snatched away by your adorable new little brother. Family, you love them and you hate them. There are so many things to consider when you think of family: there's birth order, rivalries, the only child, to name a few.

Recent posts on Family Dynamics

Handling the Perpetual Challenge of Sibling Squabbles

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on June 28, 2017 in Once Upon a Child
The painful, but essential, lesson that life isn’t likely to be forever fair.
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Where is Your Home?

By Diana Raab PhD on June 27, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
If you are like most Americans and have moved an average of eleven times, have you wondered where your home is? When you get down to it, home is where your heart is.

One Crucial Thing "13 Reasons Why" Gets Right

Don't miss an important message in "13 Reasons Why" that is being lost in the critique of the show.

Are You A Parenting "Know It All"?

"Parenthood is a contagious disease," Jeff Terry observes. "It's like smoking. Even though we can witness, firsthand, the devastation caused by parenting, it spreads.”

My Mean Tween Made Me Cry

Seeking to affirm their individual opinions and identities kids start to argue back. These new responses may at first seem sweet, but sassy lacks luster when you're the target.
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Telling the Start of Adolescence by How Parents Can Change

When the child starts changing in adolescence, to some degree parents can start changing in response, as the relationship between them alters as well.
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Survive Your Difficult Family by Being Smart

Much of what is labeled as individual pathology in adults and children is really the playing out of family stresses and conflicts. Learn what you can do in this eight part series.

Understanding Children’s Best Interests in Divorce

“Shared parenting now has enough evidence...[that] the burden of proof should now fall to those who oppose it rather than those who promote it.”
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A Choose Your Own Adventure Guide to Building Relationships

We build our relationships upon the strengths and weaknesses of our parents, as well as our own. An exercise in discovering the challenges and the keys to overcoming them.

Unloved Daughters and the Culture of Shame

By Peg Streep on June 23, 2017 in Tech Support
Shame plays many roles in an unloved daughter's life, especially on the road to recovery when the cultural notion of filial obligation becomes yet another obstacle.
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Is Your Partner Passive-aggressive?

Passive-aggressive try to block whatever it is you want. You feel their unspoken anger. Learn the signs and what you can do.

Making Romance Last: Part 1

Enlarging our comfort zone is good for us as individuals and terrific for us as a couple. Our life becomes more interesting and creative.

Collaboration When a Family Has ADHD: Like Parent Like Child

Finding an empathetic, mutual path around ADHD aims families towards a shared goal instead of a battle, while adults build the same skills they’re aiming for in their children.

How to Avoid Taking Your Work-Related Stress Home With You

If you're mistreated at work, you're more likely to mistreat your loved ones. Studies show these two strategies end that cycle.

Reflections on a Father's Day Mystery and Its Impact

Why did he run away from the orphanage at 14 and hop freight trains across Canada? What led him to settle into a life that sought security but harbored unfulfilled dreams?

Did Your Father's Advice Shape Your Life?

Even if most fathers mean well, their advice needs a context.

For New Dads - Keys To A Great Experience

What do new fathers need? A review of survey findings and pragmatic tips about how to avoid common mistakes and make the most of your first years as a father.
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A Roadmap to Helping an Addicted Loved One Enter Treatment

By Michael Ascher M.D. on June 16, 2017 in Unhooked
Effective tips to help a loved one seek treatment for a substance use problem.
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Talking With Your Parent About Aging and Death

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on June 16, 2017 in On Call
Ways to deal with a life stage that brings opportunities as well as challenges.

Hey, New Dads: Having Scary Thoughts Is Common

This Father's Day, let's challenge the most pervasive fantasy of all time — that fathers don’t need emotional support.

Why Father's Day Matters

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Father’s Day is an opportunity to recognize that dads matter by bestowing in their children the psychological gifts of confidence, self-esteem, sense of adventure, and risk-taking.

Surviving Father's Day

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Social Lights
Strategies for coping with father loss.

Childrearing Tips for Modern Families

By Kimberly Key on June 14, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Research reveals what successful families do that increase resilience & functioning in kids--a must-read for any families in crisis or that suffer from addiction

Do You Really Need Premarital Counseling?

What should you do to prepare for marriage? Research reveals effective tools to help your relationship thrive for a lifetime.

Decreasing Self-Centeredness May Also Help Reduce Loneliness

A study published today by John Cacioppo and colleagues reports that self-centeredness and perceived social isolation feed off one another as part of a reciprocal feedback loop.

No Syrup, Just Butter

A Father's Day story about abandonment and healing.

Why Parents May Sacrifice their Own Children

Under certain circumstances, we have inherited a biological tendency to sacrifice ourselves and our children for our kin or social group. Abraham and Isaac's story is illustrative.

My Husband Is Not My Soulmate, but Could He Be?

By Jennifer Haupt on June 12, 2017 in One True Thing
I used to love telling how my husband and I met. How I knew he was “the one” but wasn’t attracted to him in that gotta-have way. Read why I stopped telling that story.
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Why Adolescents Lead Double Lives

Adolescents have a private life and a public life, an online life and an offline life, a family life and a friends life. No parent is going to be allowed to know it all.
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Are You the Parent of a Depressed Child or Teenager?

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on June 07, 2017 in On Call
Are you the parent of a depressed child or teenager? A psychiatrist and a teenager's mother team up to offer recommendations.