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“How well do we know our kids?” – The Washington Post

When I was a kid, we were rarely asked why we did this or that, or what we thought or felt about anything. This is not to knock our parents, who loved us dearly but felt that they didn’t need to have many heart-to-heart discussions with a 7-year-old. Then parenting began to change. “In the […]

"The 20 Best Things You Can Do For Your Relationship" – Redbook

Spend time each week, maybe it’s every Friday night, talking about your hopes and aspirations as a couple, and think about what will make you happiest going forward. You can say, ‘We’ll buy a house in our favorite neighborhood within five years.’ or, ‘We’ll hvae another kid by next summer,’ or even, ‘We’ll eventually visit […]

“How to keep politics off the table at Thanksgiving” – Chicago Tribune

New York-based clinical psychologist Dr. Ben Michaelis said this very concern was a source of anxiety for a Friday afternoon patient of his who was about to fly home for the holiday. So how to keep politics off the table at Thanksgiving? Some strategic planning can help. [Read more]  

"How to keep politics off the table at Thanksgiving" – Chicago Tribune

Many families are familiar with one recurring Thanksgiving appetizer: political banter. Whether it’s a cousin passing out “Feel the Bern” stickers or Donald Trump trumpeting on television in the background, many dread the moment when high-blood-pressure topics overshadow the turkey. New York-based clinical psychologist Dr. Ben Michaelis said this very concern was a source of […]

"When You Don't Like Your Grandchild" –

Being less than gaga about a grandchild isn’t something most grandparents want to admit out loud. “Though generally not spoken about in social settings,“ says Ben Michaelis, Ph.D., author of Your Next Big Thing, and clinical psychologist,  “I do hear it often in my private practice.” [Read more]

"Ask the Experts: Is David Beckham Right About Pacifiers?" – Healthline

“Obviously, this is a personal decision. Generally speaking, sucking on pacifiers is a good thing. Infants under 6 months who suck on pacifiers are at a lower risk for SIDS [sudden infant death syndrome]. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests weaning children off pacifiers between the ages of 6 and 12 months. From a psychological […]

"Toddler Discipline in 6 Essential Steps" – Healthline

“Kids, and adults actually, tend to learn best when there are natural consequences for their actions,” says Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. and author of Your Next Big Thing. “So in situations where these consequences can be achieved without significant pain or injury, parents should consider allowing the natural learning process to occur.” Permitting natural consequences is […]

"6 Co-Parenting Tips That Really Work" – Healthline

  “Ideally, co-parents should create a shared understanding about what the rules and expectations are,” says Dr. Michaelis. “If at all possible, the rules should be the same in both households, but I know that this is not practical, and so as long as the expectations are clear, children can generally roll with it.” [Read […]