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Parental authority is hard to enforce. “No” does not seem to mean much in contemporary American culture.

How do parents supervise homework, friends, internet, driving, spending, drug and alcohol exposure? How can you tell if your child is seeking normal separation from parents versus withdrawing into something more serious?

Children can’t learn from their mistakes if parents protect them from uncomfortable consequences of their choices. My expertise in setting up appropriate consequences helps restore balance in the family.

Adult children are as challenging in their way. We are experiencing a dramatic rise in unemployed adults, or divorced a children with their own families, moving back in with parents.

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Rescue Marriages

It probably seemed pretty clear how the first problem marriage structure, of the over- and under-functioning spouses, could lead to marital stress–although  many of these couples stay together for the long-term. The second ‘problem marriage,’ in my view, though, is that of the rescue marriage, and oftentimes it’s harder for people to see the problem with […]

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Eating Crow in 2018

“Eat more crow. Its the most nutritious of all brain foods.” This New Year’s advice from Jason Zweig (WSJ, Dec.30, 2017), although it appeared 3/4 of the way though a longish series of resolutions, arrested me, shouted out to me, and pierced me. When I was a self-righteous teen-ager (weren’t we all?), frustrated Mom stomped […]

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Taking a Vacation as a Blended Family

Anne Robert’s guest post add important information to my multiple earlier posts on challenges for blended families. Taking a Vacation as a Blended Family Blending families is never easy, and many couples (and their children) need support and mediation in order to overcome their vision of what the ‘perfect family’ looks like and accept the reality […]

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