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…

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…

Top Tips For Managing Your Temper

*  Deal with your anger in the moment.  The build-up and surprise factor is the scariest part for your child. *  When angry, remove yourself, take a short cool-down time, then return and deal with the situation directly and in…