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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?

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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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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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The Long-Term Consequences Of Childhood Bullying

An important post from guest writer Anne Roberts.   Bullying is bad. It’s horrendous to experience, it’s soul-destroying, and it smashes children’s personalities to pieces just as they’re hitting a crucial stage of their development. Some, however, are still of the opinion that bullying ‘builds character’. Well, it’s time to put that idea down. Science states […]

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Meditation on nothing–letter to psychiatrist. Holiday guest post by Rhona Finkel

Dear Dr. Jaffe, Have you ever noticed there can be a lot of “nothing” lying around? I mean, just take my first niece. She went to meet my soon-to-be-sister-in-law who [quite unfortunately] came with her own babies—two cats. Named after two delicacies at Walker Brothers pancake house, they were Apple Pancake (may he rest in […]

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