Family Library

  • How to Get More of the Behavior You Want in Kids (Without Really Trying)
    When kids independently do what we would have wanted, either their natural inclinations ...
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the Teen Brain
    When my son Dan was at a residential treatment program to battle his severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, my husband and I were encouraged by ...
  • Mother’s Day is Family Day
    It’s May and Mother’s Day is around the corner. However we may feel about the holiday, the greeting card and floral industries ...
  • OCD and Atypical Antipsychotics
    While the frontline treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder continues to be Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, many who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder also ...
  • Neuroscience Sheds Light on Why People with Asperger’s Syndrome Lack Empathy
    Families of those with Asperger’s want to know why their Aspies act the way they do. ...
  • Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression & Finding the Light Within
    Every family has its secrets. They appear in those silent moments of conversation, the extended pause followed by the hasty explanation. History is written, then rewritten, and even the present revised, all to try to ...
  • Book Review: Outside the Lines: A Novel
    Outside the Lines powerfully encourages readers to reexamine their perspective regarding mental illness. Amy Hatvany intricately explores the world of someone who’s mentally ill, detailing painful repercussions, stigma and societal perceptions. And alongside ...
  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
    I’d like to think that some April I won’t have to write about Child Abuse Prevention Month. But here we ...
  • Parenting the Whole Child
    The brain is a fascinating organ. It weighs about three pounds when fully grown and entails a plethora of complicated electrical and chemical processes that can stump the savviest of scientists. Encased in a jelly-like ...
  • 8 Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness
    If you find yourself making promises you are never able to keep, or agreeing to do things you really have no desire to do, passive-aggressiveness may have slowly insinuated itself into your life without your ...
  • Book Review: Best Kept Secret
    “Cadence didn’t sit down one night and decide that downing two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea.” - Amy Hatvany Amy Hatvany’s Best Kept Secret is a gripping novel that explores the ...
  • Teen Daughters Need Moms Instead of Friends
    “I’ve tried so hard to be her friend. Why is she doing this to me?” Ginger, the mom I’m talking ...
  • Retelling the Stories of Our Lives: Everyday Narrative Therapy to Draw Inspiration
    This book began as a project between author David Denborough and the creator of narrative therapy, the late Michael White. Denborough worked alongside White for 15 years, then carried the book to fruition following White’s ...
  • Transforming Struggles with Kids into Parenting that Works
    Kyle, a happy, active, strong-minded 5-year-old, was busy playing after dinner when he was supposed to be clearing ...
  • Why and How to Teach Grandma to Access the Internet
    The Internet offers promising new ways to end isolation and loneliness among the senior citizens we love. ...
  • Treating Schizophrenia Successfully
    Schizophrenia is a complex and often chronic illness that requires long-term treatment. Medication is the bedrock of managing schizophrenia, said Peter Buckley, MD, ...
  • How to Manage a Critical Mom
    Casey’s mother is coming to visit next weekend. She doesn’t feel she can say no. After all, her mom and dad ...
  • Parental Guilt Over Kids’ Perceived Failures, Part 2
    Children’s struggles or failures -- real, perceived or anticipated -- can activate strong reactions of disappointment, shame and guilt ...
  • The Department of Lost & Found
    Allison Winn Scotch’s The Department Of Lost And Found is a captivating read that depicts a young woman battling breast cancer. However, Scotch’s words are inspirational. She relays the message that once we ...
  • Boys Need Help with Self-Esteem, Too
    I’ve been writing an advice column for years. Lately, I’ve been receiving more and more letters from boys who feel bad ...
  • Parental Anxiety Over Kids’ Perceived Failures, Part 1
    Sometimes when kids don’t succeed fully, it reverberates with parents’ own dread of failure, leading to personalized reactions, or overreactions, and a cascade of negative cycles ...
  • OCD, Lying, Hyper-responsibility & Honesty
    My son Dan was an honest child; an unusually upfront, truthful boy, who as far as I know, never lied to me. ...
  • Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Michelle was terrorized for much of her childhood. Her father was an inconsistent presence and her mother expressed outright disdain for her. Often when Michelle went to her mother for comfort, she was accused of exaggerating or being a "crybaby" and sent away. Starting at age 4 until she was out of the house at 16, Michelle was molested by several family members -- including her brother, her uncle and a couple of cousins. As she grew up, different men in the neighborhood also sexually assaulted her. At 19, she began dating Carl, who initially was very affectionate. However, he then began to be suspicious of different friends of hers and concerned about how she spent her time. This escalated into more and more controlling behavior and occasionally he was physically violent.
  • 9 Tips for Destressing Getting the Kids to Bed
    One of the sweet pleasures of parenting can be the nightly ritual of tucking a child into bed. ...
  • Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma
    “Tapping resources” has a second meaning in EMDR therapy. In Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, you literally tap them in — maybe on your knees, maybe on your shoulders. The movement is sometimes called “installing ...