First we took Johnny to our pediatrician sensing something wasn’t going quite right. At 18 months he was a bright happy child, eager to relate to others, and at 2 ½ years he wasn’t recognizable as the same child. He had lost speech, become increasingly...

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Can We Ever Really Adapt to Loss?

For the most part, the media attention has died down, the satellite trucks are gone, the children have returned to their ‘new’ school. Things seem to be pretty normal at Sandy Hook . . .What? Far from it, it’s just the beginning. I too, watched the...

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Our daily ride depends on how we fuel our bodies

On 9/26 and 10/3 my Blog Talk Radio guest was Erin Macdonald – a Registered Dietitian. She is the President and co-founder of U Rock Girl! – a health and wellness website for women, providing information, products, and services to nourish the mind, body, and spirit.  Erin is a great believer in food being fuel for the body. If the fuel we put into our bodies is not nutritious/healthy, one is already at a disadvantage in every area of life: performing in school and work, having the health and energy to enjoy and participate in life, and simply being our best selves. It can not be emphasized enough that just as cars need fuel to run, our bodies and brain need healthy food to develop and perform optimally.

Redefining Grand-parenting in XXI Century

On September 19, on the  “Ask Dr. Annie Abram” radio show my guest was Dr. Ruth Nemzoff, Ed.D. Dr. Nemzoff is an author of “Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children” (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2008). Ruth Nemzoff is a resident scholar at Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center.

During our interview Dr. Nemzoff pointed out that this generation of grandparents is redefining what grandparenting means. Granny sitting in the corner knitting is being replaced with a very active and involved person.  Indeed with access to better health care and longer life spans, grandparents become great grandparents with some frequency.

Today we live in an innovational, not an industrial economy, and roles of family members have changed. Children are no longer responsible for “working on the farm.” We are bringing up our children differently.

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