Kids are from Krypton; Parents are From Pluto

W.A.I.T.—Why Am I Talking?  Radio Series Update:  As I mentioned last week, I am doing a new parenting series, called “Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto.” It’s on heartbeatradiousa.com every Thursday at 1:30 EST. You can listen by live stream or WRHB Heartbeat Radio for Women. This week, the title of the segment was W.A.I.T.—Why Am I Talking? As you might guess, we... 

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Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto™

February 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Communication, Education, Family, Parenting

Well, I hope you were able to catch my radio debut. It is a new parenting series, “Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto™”. It’s on heartbeatradiousa.com every Thursday at 1:30 pm EST. Catch it on live stream or WRHB Heartbeat Radio for Women. For the next four weeks, we’ll be talking about communicating with your kids. Each week I’ll be posting communication tips... 

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Oprah Asks: Are You Second String In Your Own Life?

February 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

The other day, in her Spirit newsletter, Oprah asked women: “Are You Second-String in Your Own Life?” The accompanying article addressing this topic was written by Caroline Myss discussing the way women sabotage themselves in their love relationships. Well, I am here to tell you that I watch women sabotage themselves every day in their relationship with their kids and their mates. They... 

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Parenting and Passion…Not Mutually Exclusive

The best thing you can do for your kids is to love each other. Yesterday’s Valentine’s message encouraged you to put passion and intimacy back in your marriage. When you can enjoy each other and feel good about yourselves, you will then feel more positive about the other roles that you also have to fill. The most important role? Parent! Believe it or not, being parents and being passionate... 

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Raising Kids is Like Launching a Space Shuttle

August 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Communication, Family, Parenting

Nighttime Space Shuttle Discovery Launch The midnight sky suddenly lit up like a fire ball; white, billowy smoke was exploding from the horizon and the ocean waves appeared to sparkle like fairy dust.  I stared up at the sky as the Space Shuttle Discovery launched into space, the sky so clear that we could actually see the two rocket boosters separate from the rocket and descend toward the... 

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Enjoy your kids while you can!

August 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Family

My awesome son Today is my son’s birthday.  At 4:05 a.m., Alex turned 23.  Wow!  How did that happen???  Surely I haven’t aged that much! It seems like only yesterday that he was  a baby!  Then, before I knew it he was going off to kindergarten.  And, I cried.  “Tomorrow he’ll be going to high school,” I lamented.  His dad laughed at me. Then, sure enough…... 

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Jon & Kate Plus 8 still=DIVORCE

August 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Family

The Gosselin family Over the past few weeks, I have received a number of calls from Life & Style, Star and People magazines all wanting expert advice, mostly about Jon & Kate Gosselin (the famous parents of 8-year-old-twins and 5-year-old sextuplets,) their very public divorce, and how it affects the kids. Though more public than most, their divorce brings up basic issues not only applying... 

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My Child Spends Too Much Time On the Computer

April 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Family

Dear Dr. Vicki: My daughter and all of her friends spend hours chatting/blogging on the computer and she doesn’t spend any time with me. That is all we argue about. She feels I am always harassing her about it. I HATE computers. How can I change me/it? What’s a reasonable amount of time to be on the computer? I’ve been told it’s the “teenagers” way of communicating?????... 

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Lack of Friends

March 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Family

Hello Dr. Vicki: I am concerned about my son, who is 8. He does not have any friends that he plays with on a daily basis. Where we live there are only 2 boys his age (but) they are never home and do not attend the same school. He tells me that there aren’t any kids that he plays with at school. (But) I know he is well liked because when I pick him up, there are a lot of kids saying, “Hi”.... 

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Abusive Stepmother

February 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Family

Angry Mom

This article comes from a column called Stepfamily Advice in Philly Women, written by Lisa Cohn. Dear Lisa: My brother-in-law lost his wife to illness 7 years ago when his own children were 6 and 2 1/2. Last year he met a woman who was divorced with children in the same age range as his. She seemed very nice and pleasant but in the year following their marriage, the real stepmother has presented herself. Last... 

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