Marriage/Partnership | Skills and Strategies

Ask Dr. Claire: No Interest in Sex

Dear Dr. Claire, My husband and I have been married for nine years and have two children, a three-year-old and five-year-old. My husband works long hours and travels; I am in charge of the kids from ...

Children | Parenting | Skills and Strategies

What I’ve Learned About Helping a Child Cope with the Loss of a Pet

When pets come into our lives, they become part of our families. In the day-to-day hustle of family life, pets fold into our routine and habits. In turn, we make accommodations for them creating feedi...

Children | Motherhood | Parenting | Skills and Strategies

Practical Mindfulness: Back to School Advice

I can hardly believe we're thinking about back to school when it seems I just started to settle into a summer routine. For years now, this time of year brings a twinge of melancholy as I'm bombarded w...

Communication | Skills and Strategies

What Not to Say to Someone Experiencing Pregnancy Loss (and some things you should)

Pregnancy loss is a term to describe many different losses; miscarriages, both in first and second trimester, and later pregnancy loss, often referred to as neonatal loss, including stillborn babies a...

Skills and Strategies | Social Relationships

The Art of an Apology

Apologizing is both an art and a skill. Many people do it wrong. Historically, women apologize too often; for having an opinion, being assertive or accomplished, and for expressing their feeling...

Communication | Mental Health | Self-care | Skills and Strategies | Stress in Motherhood

Self-Care is Not Selfish

The past winter has been anything but typical in my household. Living in the Northeast, we've had massive amounts of snow, which equals lots of snow days and missed school. Add to the mix, colds and v...

Positive Psychology | Self-care | Skills and Strategies

9 Reasons To Practice Meditation

Did you know, the average person has approximately 12,000 thoughts a day? According to the National Science Foundation, if you are a deep thinker, you have closer to 50,000 thoughts in a day. And I th...

Self-care | Skills and Strategies

New Year’s Resolutions: 9 Things to Consider

The New Year brings a myriad of reactions for people; joy, sorrow, relief, anxiety, happiness and hope. Not everyone experiences the changing of the numbers the same way. Many people I know have a ...

Family of Origin | In-law Relatioship | Mental Health | Self-care | Skills and Strategies | Stress in Motherhood

Detoxing After Thanksgiving Visits

How was your Thanksgiving? Peaceful, relaxing and enjoyable? Did everything go just as planned with no stress? Did you have moments with your parents, in-laws or siblings that were enjoyable,...

Mental Health | Self-care | Skills and Strategies | Stress in Motherhood

Overwhelmed with the Holiday Season? You Are Not Alone

Ready or not, time is ticking and the holiday season is upon us. Although retailers have us convinced the season started back in October when Halloween decor and candy shared space along Christmas and...

Children | Parenting | Skills and Strategies

Why Family Meals Matter

Parents all over ponder this question daily-"What are we going to have for dinner?" Here is an important question to add-"Can we make it a family dinner?" There is a growing body of social science ...

Child Development | Mental Health | Skills and Strategies | Stress in Motherhood

Stressed About the World? How to Cope in Unsettling Times

The world of late seems overwhelmingly saturated with awful, heart-wrenching events in local, national and world news. Every day there seems to be negative, scary, and overwhelming information bombard...