Archive for the ‘Behavior’ Category

How to Help A Child Who is Struggling To Make Friends

Making a friend is a skill. Some kids are going to be better at this than others, but there are things you can do to help your child who is struggling in this area.

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The Best Way to Fight With Your Teenager

As children and teens and college students are home from school this summer, conflicts and bending and challenging the rules is more apparent. No parent looks forward to fighting with his or her teenage child. But the friction that comes with raising adolescents might be easier to take when we see it as an opening, […]

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Dealing with Difficult People

Some people are easy to be around and some are not. Difficult people can range from those who are a mild annoyance to those who can make life seem nearly intolerable, at times. Those at this negative end of the continuum, especially if we have contact with them on a daily basis, can jeopardize our […]

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Why Can’t My Child Make Friends?

A pretty 10-year-old girl sat across from me in the office tearfully struggling, “I don’t understand why I don’t have friends. Amanda’s (another girl in her class) teeth stick out like mine, but the kids will play with her, so it isn’t that. I am smart like Brad (another boy in her class) and he […]

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Why Do People Cut Themselves?

It can be hard to understand why people cut themselves on purpose. Cutting is a way some people try to cope with the pain of strong emotions, intense pressure or upsetting relationship problems. They may be dealing with feelings that seem too difficult to bear or bad situations they think can’t change.

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Being right or being happy

I was asked the following question, “Why do I always have to be the one to control my anger?  Why is it always me?  My wife gets to say her piece, but when I do, I am ‘out of control’”.  I agree that there is some stereotyping that only men have anger problems and only […]

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Dealing With Emotional Pain

When a person undergoes a life disruption, such as divorce, job loss, a death, it is usually not advisable to take medication that will alleviate the pain immediately.  When pain is alleviated with medication, the person’s motivation to make changes is reduced.  And there is a great deal to learn from the process of managing […]

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

As we all know, some people worry too much.  Rather than solving a problem, too much worry becomes the problem.  Not only does excessive worry create much personal suffering, but it also affects the people around the worrier.  I wonder if a lot of our worrying in life is like this:  constant, spontaneous and effortless […]

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Communication Dead Zone

“I don’t want to talk about it.”  Few sentences conjure up as much feeling for the listener as hearing this refusal to talk.  Such a commitment to silence often dooms a relationship, whether between a husband and wife, or child and parent.  The listener feels so very frustrated in not knowing what to do next. […]

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Happiness, addictions and letting go

I hope this time of year finds you and your family happy. I want to share some thoughts on this topic of happiness and also to inform you of developments in the office since our last blog. One happy note since then, Dr. Kevin Cubala has joined our practice with a particular specialty with children […]

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We're taking you back to 1993 for a special #TBT issue of the UPDATE featuring thoughts and insights on dual-career couples. In this issue we mention Leave It To Beaver and how it's still relevant in the 90s, but reading through this in 2018, there are STILL some takeaways that are important for couples to share with each other. We hope you enjoy. ...

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