Helping Kids Transition “Back to School”

Last week I was reminiscing with my three grown sons about how we used to do our annual back to school ritual of shopping for school supplies. I think it was more fun for me than it was for them! The stacks of binders and loose-leaf paper were piled high. Choosing the colors and themes...

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Helping Parents Navigate their Child’s Addiction

It’s understandable that one of the scariest issues a parent has to confront is the reality that their son or daughter is abusing drugs or alcohol. The immediate desire to minimize it or even deny that it’s a genuine problem is a defensive response that may often be rooted in feelings of fear or being...

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The Adolescent Brain: A work in progress

There is so much new and exciting research in the literature reminding us that the developing brain of an adolescent is truly different from that of a young child or an adult. The adolescent brain is wired for aggression, pleasure seeking, impulsivity, and risk taking. Interestingly, this can either be a recipe for disaster or...

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It’s So Easy to Blame the Victims

I have to be totally honest- when I heard about Janay Rice’s decision to stay with and marry Ray Rice, after being brutally knocked unconscious by him and then dragged from the elevator without a hint of remorse- I had a momentary feeling of being angry with her. Of course I was outraged and furious...

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When Love Turns to Hate: Managing Divorce While Keeping Kids Out of the Middle

In this show, Dr. Silberg will explain how some people who are domestic abusers can use the children in a form of domestic violence by proxy, hoping to hurt their ex, by physically, sexually, or emotionally by abusing the children. Many domestic violence perpetrators threaten their spouses by using their children as pawns, convincing their...

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The Challenges and Rewards of Raising a Special Needs Child

In this hour, we will talk with Dr. Wayne Evans and his wife, Reverend Robin Williams Evans about their journey in raising their now 6 year old, Wyatt. After a normal pregnancy, a birth trauma left their newborn without oxygen for 17 minutes. As a result, Wyatt is a “severely special needs child” requiring ongoing...

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Life Lessons Learned From My 98-Year-Old Grandmother

In this hour, Lisa will share stories and words of wisdom from her remarkable 98 year old grandmother, Faye, who endured many hardships throughout her life, but always maintained a remarkably positive outlook, and a deep understanding of human behavior despite her limited formal education. As the matriarch of her family, Faye touched the lives...

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The Power of Adoption

Along with special guest Maris H. Blechner, M.Ed, LCSW, we explore the current state of adoption, including misconceptions about the process, who is adopting, who is placing their children up for adoption and who needs to be adopted in the United States. We also look at: What makes an adoption successful or unsuccessful, how to...

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The Sandy Hook Tragedy

Like most of you, I have shed many tears over the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.  I grapple with the overwhelming senselessness of it all.  I can barely process the unspeakable pain that will haunt the families who have lost their cherished, innocent children, mothers, daughters or siblings.  I have only an intellectual understanding of...

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Re-Envisioning the Holidays

By Susan A. Osofsky, LCSW I was standing  in our popular shopping district today watching the annual Halloween Zombie Walk, delighted by the creativity of all the young  people dressed as the “Walking Undead”. There were elaborate, grotesque costumes on the serious faced actors as they literally dragged themselves down a mile long street and...

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