Workplace Bullying: A Real Issue That Needs a Real Solution

Although school-based bullying in children and youth has achieved much attention over the years, adults bully all the time and in surprising places. Universities, hospitals, schools, corporations, and even the police force are all settings where the real, common, and shockingly increasing problem of workplace bullying is occurring.

Stress and the Gender Gap

Less than 200 years ago, women were faced with fighting for their fundamental civil rights. The right to vote, attend university, a pension, play contact sports, earn minimum wage, the list goes on. Today, despite being the closest we have ever been to equality in North American history, women are now fighting an entirely different battle against a silent killer: stress.

Workplace Bullying: A Real Issue, A Real Solution

Tigertown is a pushing, demanding, and stifling workplace. The hours are long, and the management is predatory, the employees are solitary, there is little community – definitely no mentors, and no time for fun or collegial bonding. Tigertown is an incubator for an insidiously growing problem - workplace bullying.

“I Know It Doesn't Feel Right But Everyone Else Is Doing It"

I did not say these words proudly. I said them with a pang of guilt for the hectic life I had created for my family. A life with “activities” that I had nothing to do with as a child myself. As the fifth child of immigrant parents, I was never in a single structured activity – ever.

Justin Bieber's Influence On Your Kids

Millions admire him, yet Justin Bieber’s lifestyle is not a set of circumstances an average child or teenager can relate to. He is living in a world where the lines of morality and law are distorted by the fact that his negative actions carry minimal consequences. Bieber may not have access to the essential building blocks of a healthy mindset.

Turning Brazil's Loss Into a Teachable Moment For Kids

Good parenting is the best coaching. Teach your kids that losing is temporary and a natural part of life! It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you handle the outcome of the game. Turning Brazil’s loss into a teachable moment for kids.

Want Successful Kids? Try Less "Tiger-ing," More Gratitude

As the youngest of five children in a “non-privileged” immigrant family, everything I owned was a hand-me-down, so I learned to be grateful for non-material other things: a loving family, sincere friendships, inspiring siblings, helpful mentors, and connection to my community. This taught me how to count my blessings rather than add up my problems.

How Travel Opens the Eyes, Minds, and Hearts of Youngsters

With all the hustle and bustle of my family’s everyday lives, we collectively look forward to our summer vacations together.Exposure to diverse cultures, picturesque scenery, fun activities and people can teach kid’s valuable life lessons and broaden their horizons…sometimes without them even knowing it.

Lessons I Learned in my Dad’s Taxi Cab

If one believes in cultural stereotypes, my birth should have been a day of mourning. I was the fourth girl born to traditional Indian parents. And because I was an overachieving student who started medical school at the age of 19, one may also assume that my immigrant parents were pushing, hovering tiger parents. Neither of these are true.

How the Tigers, Dolphins, and Jellyfish Parents Differ

The tiger parent is an authoritarian parent, taking over their child's sense of internal control and self-motivation. The jellyfish parent is a permissive parent. They tend to lack impulse control. The dolphin parent is the balance of these two extremes and are authoritative in nature. Like the body of the dolphin, they are firm yet flexible. What kind of parent are you?

Thank You Dolphin Mom

I just accomplished my childhood dream of becoming an author, but my mom will not be able to read my book. You see my mom never went to school – not even grade 1 so she can’t read well. She didn’t read any parenting books or blogs, she simply parented me with what she felt in her gut was right for her kids and family. How did she do it? The Dolphin Way.

Five Things Kids Can Learn From Microsoft's New CEO

After 14 years of bold, larger than life Steve Ballmer, Microsoft announced their new CEO—modest, understated 46-year-old Satiya Nadella. Quoted as being an icon of the new style of 21st century leadership, there are a few things kids and parents could learn from the new leader of the Microsoft Empire.

Don't Ban Bossy, Ban Barbie!

Of course, no one should judge what someone else wants to do with their own body, but I have seen far too many young girls suffer physically, mentally, and financially under the knife of plastic surgery to get the ideal "Barbie look" and later regret it. I say let's stop being bossed around by Barbie telling us how to look and act.

Attention Parents: Mother Nature Needs Us

Only innovators with twenty-first-century thinking can solve our twenty-first-century problems—but they have to be healthy enough and care enough to actually do so. If ever there was a time to come together and educate your children the important of their individual impacts and effects on the environment – it’s now.

The Benefits of Mistakes and Failure – The Dolphin Way

As children try new things, make mistakes, and fail, they learn that not everything works out on the first or even the tenth time. Mistakes allow children an opportunity to stop and assess what they’re doing, and to consider what they can change in order to succeed next time. Children who understand that failure is a necessary step towards success perform better.

Our Technology and Our Children

There are not many things parents feel more conflicted about than the issue of technology. There is no doubt that technologies like the Internet and iPads are all around us and are here to stay. And like anything, there are many drawbacks and benefits of technology use.

Establishing Healthy Homework Routines

Homework! Kids don’t usually like it and not so surprisingly, neither do parents!

Guiding Children Towards Healthy Friendships the Dolphin Way

“I have no friends.” This is what Alan, a 10 year old patient of mine said to me. However, after speaking to his mother, I realized he had plenty of other children who wanted to play and spend time with him. His problem was not that he didn’t have friends; it was his perception of not having enough friends. Interestingly, this is something many kids often feel.