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…

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…