Instant Gratification

    Do you ever have one of those episodes with your children where you wonder, “When is he going to stop doing this?” Your child does something weird, aggravating, or just won’t grow out of a phase? Wish you…

Family Gatherings Can Be Challenging

 Courier, The (Findlay, OH) – Monday, December 24, 2012 Author: LOU WILIN ; STAFF WRITER With blessings at Christmas family gatherings will come challenges for many: the abrasive conversationalist, unwanted advice, old arguments, pressure to pick a side in a drama.”Most families…

When Your Child Pal Offends

THE PARENT’HOOD, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE When your child’s pal offends Your daughter’s pal throws around the word ‘retard’ a lot. Is it OK to speak up? Your child’s pal uses an offensive word (Eric Herchaft, Getty Images / December 6, 2012) RELATED ‘Mom, can…

Parenting Amid the Connecticut Tragedy

Words fail.  How does a parent try to explain to a child what happened at the elementary school in Connecticut yesterday.  The horrific massacre is every parent’s worst nightmare – unthinkable. Unless your child has been exposed to this incident…

Boys and Fathers Relationships

1) Define some various relationship patterns between boys and their dad’s. *  Healthy Attachment – Dad is interested and well-engaged with his son.  When Dad gazes at his son his eyes beam adoringly. *  Detached Father – Father is not…

Raising Good Kids

DR. FRAN’S TOP TIPS FOR “RAISING GOOD KIDS” *  Always be curious and open enough to look within and become more self-aware. *  Be kind and nice to your child(ten). *  Do not strive for perfection.  Be “good enough.” *…

Financial Impact on Marriages

How do you keep your marriage together when you have financial problems? Marriages require a solid foundation based on trust and open healthy communication.  Flexibility is required, as well.  I treat many couples in which the husband lost his job…