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Three Cheers for the Sandwich Generation

July 29th, 2012

Three Cheers for the Sandwich Generation By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. July is Sandwich Generation Month, a chance to pay tribute to adult children who are juggling the demands of raising kids while taking care of aging parents. The number of Americans 65 and older is projected to increase from 40 million in 2010 to over 88 million by 2050, doubling the ranks of those experiencing this stressful combination of responsibilities. We expect to take care of our growing children. After all, isn\’t that part of the parenting job description? Even after the last kid... Read More

2012 College Graduates are Moving Back Home

July 29th, 2012

2012 College Graduates are Moving Back Home By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. This year over 1.75 million college students walked across the stage to pick up their diplomas. Seniors everywhere were excited to graduate as parents were thinking about words of wisdom to impart. With the scarcity of jobs and school loans due, it\’s going to be harder than ever for these kidults to engage in adult roles. If your brand new graduates are boomeranging back home, here\’s some practical insight to share with them: Face uncertainty with a positive attitude. You can\’t... Read More

Steps to Deal with Bullying

June 4th, 2012

Steps to Deal with Bullying By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. Remember what it was like to be in school, afraid of the big bully in the neighborhood? The documentary Bully reignited the national dialogue about this challenge for kids, following several students and their families over the course of one school year. Bullying is pervasive in our society today – research indicates that one in three children have been involved in an incident, either as perpetrator or victim. It\’s been estimated that 13 million children in the U.S. are bullied each year, with 3... Read More

So You Didn\’t Win the Lottery…Now What?

April 19th, 2012

So You Didn\’t Win the Lottery…Now What? By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. Now that all the mega-lottery winners have stepped forward, the overwhelming odds are you didn\’t win. Americans spent $1.5 billion in their quest to win the jackpot, fantasizing about how they would happily spend the $656 million to be paid out to the winner. As it happened, there were three winning tickets so the final after-tax take home for each will be about $100 million. Still, nothing to sneeze at. Are you wondering how winners have fared in the past? In many cases, not so... Read More

Women and the Art of Play

April 2nd, 2012

Women and the Art of Play By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. We all know about the importance of play for the emotional growth and development of children. It can enhance their imagination, increase social skills and boost self-confidence. So why don\’t we place more value on play for ourselves? According to a recent study by the Families and Work Institute, 50% of American women don\’t have enough time to spend on themselves and the activities they enjoy. Early on, girls tend to be collaborative, communicative and caring – you can see it when they play... Read More

Love is More Than a Four Letter Word

March 15th, 2012

Love is More Than a Four Letter Word By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. Long before it was a song, the saying was a part of our conversation – and it\’s especially appropriate during February, the month of love: Love makes the world go \’round. With all this whirling, love can make you feel off balance and dizzy. Sometimes it\’s tricky to keep your personal world turning without having it spin totally out of control. Although our focus is most often on romantic love, there are many different kinds of love that help keep us grounded. We can be fully... Read More

What Bhutan Can Teach Us About Happiness

January 31st, 2012

What Bhutan Can Teach Us About Happiness By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. It has been over ten years since I retired from my fulltime practice and spent three months doing volunteer work and traveling in Southeast Asia. One of the best parts of my trip was spending time in the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. It was their monarch who defined the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) to measure quality of life. And Bhutan is the only country in the world that puts happiness and general well-being at the heart of its government policy. The Bhutanese distinguish four... Read More

When Boomerang Kids Move Back Home

November 15th, 2011

When Boomerang Kids Move Back Home By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. Not since the Great Depression have so many fledgling adults moved into the empty nest with mom and dad. This cyclical trend has accelerated along with the economic crisis. Faced with school loans, debts or no job, it makes sense to head for home – with its emotional security and financial safety net. If you\’re a member of the Sandwich Generation, caring for parents growing older as well as kids growing up, adding a boomerang kid to that mix can increase your stress level. Recently the statistics... Read More

Sexting and Parenting in the Digital Age

October 27th, 2011

Sexting and Parenting in the Digital Age By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. Now that your teens are in school again, are you concerned they\’re back to risky behaviors on the Internet – sending inappropriate sexual pictures and texts on their cell phones? If so, you\’re not alone. A recent survey of parents with children between the ages of 10 and 18 found their number one worry was not school shootings, bullying or grades, but sexting. Nearly half said their child had received some kind of racy message or image in the past. And with impulsive teens not... Read More