Parenting & Children Articles

How to Kick Out an Abusive Partner

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, March 6th, 2015
My partner of 6 years is an emotionally abusive alcoholic, who is currently on probation for his fourth DUI. He has no car, no driver's license, and only recently got a part-time job after more than 2 years of self-imposed unemployment. Even though he is ...

My 16-Year-Old Brother Is Always Angry!

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, March 6th, 2015
From Dubai: Hey, I hope you are doing well. I am 18 years old, I am the eldest in the family and I have a big problem. You see, my brother is 16 years old and is in high school. I live with my mother, ...

My Mother Is Going Crazy

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
I'm not talking about hearing voices in the head because thankfully she's not that crazy, but recently she has some major belief issues. She recently got sucked into this whole "4 dimensions," she truly and legitimately believes that her "soul wavelength" is equal to that ...

Constantly Screaming Toddler

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, February 28th, 2015
My 2 year old is throwing tantrums and screaming almost every day all day long. Literally every 10 minutes something else come up. If I look at her, she will scream 'no mommy looking, no mommy looking'. She asks for a tea, I give her ...

I Just Had a Baby and I’m Not Happy

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, February 28th, 2015
I just had a baby with my boyfriend, I've been really angry for no reason, when ever he gets home I'm all of a sudden angry, and he gets mad cause I complain to much about everything, I try to be happy, I don't know ...

Dad Versus Stepdad

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
My daughter is 5 going on 6. About two months ago she met her biological father. Until then she didn't even know about him. Recently she started telling me she doesn't love her stepdad who has been in her life for 3 years now and ...

My Dad Died, But All I Feel Is Relief

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, February 19th, 2015
My Dad passed away a little over a year ago after a 13-year battle with cancer. Everyone in my family mourns him, but I never grieved and all I feel is relief. It doesn't hurt me the way it does my siblings...it really doesn't hurt ...

Daughter’s Social Shyness and Low Confidence

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, February 19th, 2015
My 16-year-old daughter, who otherwise is doing great at school, straight A's, teachers are very happy with her, has a great group of friends, enjoys their company, goes to movies, birthday parties etc with them, but she occasionally will tell me that she feels somewhat ...

My Fiancé’s Grown Daughters Still Live with Him

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
My fiancé and I are waiting for his daughters (35 and 36 years old) to get to a place where they can financially afford to move out! But one of them spends her money on things such as a nose job and botox and doesn't seem ...

Mother’s Validation Needed?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, February 14th, 2015
Do I move on from needing validation from my mother or risk upsetting her by confronting her again? I became very close to my mother after my parents' divorce when I was 12. It wasn't until a few years ago that I realized that it had ...

I Don’t Need Much to Become Angry

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, February 13th, 2015
From the U.K: I have 2 small children, married for 5 years. I am a student as well. I find myself getting angry very easy about little things, and I feel I can not cope anymore with all the running of the household, husband and ...

Losing on Life

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
My dad left us when I was 10. I was brought up by mom single-handedly. She worked most of the time and I used to be alone at home. I was harassed and bullied by my uncle and his family with whom mom and myself ...
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