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Is it OK for my 13 Year Old to Watch Kid Shows?

Is it OK for my 13 Year Old to Watch Kid Shows?

Question: My daughter is a 13 year old, fairly high functioning kid with autism. She frequently watches TV shows that are well below her age, for ex, Telletubbies and Barney. We encourage her to watch more age-appropriate shows which she does mostly, but several times a week she wants to watch the other shows. I […]

Repairing a Fragile Father-Daughter Relationship

Repairing a Fragile Father-Daughter Relationship

Question: I am married and have an 8-year-old daughter. I am able to spend more time with my daughter than my husband, even though we both work full time. I am very close with my daughter and am also the primary disciplinarian. Her relationship with my husband has devolved into constant fighting and power struggles. […]

Facebook and Families: Should Parents be 'Friends' With Their Children?

Facebook and Families: Should Parents be ‘Friends’ With Their Children?

Question: My daughters are embarrassed to see my presence on Facebook. But, it has become my single, most, effective way of communicating with friends, family and business peers… How do I convince them that I’m not trying to ruin their lives! – Westchester resident Pia Haas Answer: No matter what generation we are from or […]

How to Handle an Overweight Grandson

How to Handle an Overweight Grandson

Question: As a grandmother, how do I handle talking to my 7-year-old grandson who is 40 pounds overweight? – Anonymous Answer: It’s tricky for grandparents to influence grandchildren’s health habits when they are not around them all the time to enforce healthy practices. Unfortunately, if the child’s parents do not support your efforts or make considerable […]

What To Do About Annoying Friends

What To Do About Annoying Friends

Question: I find my wife’s friend annoying. The four of us often go out as couples, but I don’t enjoy these get-togethers. What should I do? Answer: Willingness to sacrifice and compromise is a hallmark of partnership, whether in marriage, business, or politics (one can dream…). Spending time with people you don’t like is one […]

Could My Friend's Fiancé Be Gay?

Could My Friend’s Fiancé Be Gay?

Question: What do I do if I think my female friend’s fiancé is gay? – Alison from Westchester Answer: Well, that’s a tough one! It is certainly difficult to watch people we are close to enter into situations that we believe might lead to hurt and disappointment. In some circumstances it is challenging but appropriate […]

Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry

Question: My cousin has asked for advice on sibling rivalry so I am turning to you for help. Her 50 year old single daughter, a well-educated and accomplished professional suffers from sibling rivalry. She aimed her jealousy at her younger sister until her sister met an untimely death. The situation was quiet for a while […]

How Do You Manage Joyful and Devastating Events Simultaneously?

How Do You Manage Joyful and Devastating Events Simultaneously?

Question: My husband’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer right after my sister got engaged. She is getting married overseas next month, and we already bought tickets to go there. I want my husband to come to the wedding, and I understand his ambivalence, but I want him there. How do I handle the situation? […]

Autism and Eye Contact

Autism and Eye Contact

Question: Can a child who makes eye contact and who relates well with his parents be autistic? – Sarah in Hartsdale Answer: That is a good question, as it is often confusing when a child has a delay in development but also has notable strengths. Eye contact in particular has received much attention, and the […]

Getting New Hires On Board in a Small Business

Getting New Hires On Board in a Small Business

Q: Our company has grown from two to nine people pretty quickly. When you hire people who have had experience in this field, they tend to be set in their ways. What recommendations do you have for turning them to the “company way” with policies and procedures, etc.?  – Valerie in Fort Myers Answer: First […]

Reducing Angst Over the Overdue Phone Call

Reducing Angst Over the Overdue Phone Call

Question: How do I call someone I have been neglecting to call but want to call without it being too awkward? – Anonymous Answer: I think everyone has encountered that feeling at some point in their lives. People get busy, and they genuinely want to catch up, but after time passes, they feel guilty and […]

Managing Extended Family Conflict Without Getting Stuck in the Middle

Managing Extended Family Conflict Without Getting Stuck in the Middle

Q: Following a very bitter divorce, my brother’s two teenage kids ceased contact with him. His two kids, my niece and nephew, have always been close to my kids, but now he is asking that I not include them in family gatherings so long as they refuse to speak to him. He has also asked […]

Doing it Your Way: No Apologies Necessary

Doing it Your Way: No Apologies Necessary

Question from Linda Rey: I’m a single female with no children, no pets, fake plants and I own a business with my sister. I’ve been out of a serious relationship for 3 years. I dedicate a lot of my time to business & social networking. I enjoy it, I’m good at it and have made […]

How Moms Can Manage Work-From-Home Guilt

How Moms Can Manage Work-From-Home Guilt

I am a “work-from-home” mom with two little boys, 3 and 2 years old. I realize I am very lucky to be able to stay home with my kids and run my business, but I can’t help but sometimes feel guilty. It is hard at times, I can be on the phone with a client, […]

Shaking Sunday Night Nerves

Shaking Sunday Night Nerves

This week’s question from anonymous: I like my job but I can’t shake the Sunday night anxiety? Why is that? What can I do? Many adults experience Sunday night anxiety – that feeling of dread that sets in when you realize that the next 5 days will be filled with early morning alarm clocks, rushing […]