parenting Archives - Ben Michaelis, PhD

“Sneaky Ways Your Partner’s Parents Can Affect Your Relationship” – The List

When it comes to dating, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. But sometimes it’s not what you’re doing that’s causing problems in your relationship, it’s the parents. Whether yours or your partner’s, parents can certainly have a way of butting in where they shouldn’t and can turn your relationship sour. To […]

How to Talk to Your Kids About Trump

Managing Post Election Stress Disorder This morning when I was on the train I saw a worried look in the eyes a white woman.  I could see the pain in her eyes and just for a split second, I felt her fear. Then I glanced down. I saw her holding the hands of her children, a girl and […]

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

With a sigh, I picked up yet another “Getting to Know Your Child” questionnaire, this time from one of my children’s music teachers. During the first weeks of elementary school for my three kids, I’d already filled out forms from their homeroom teachers. There were also a few forms at my middle schooler’s back to school […]

"When You Don't Like Your Grandchild" – Grandparents.com

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.” For Susan Bender Phelps, 62, founder of Odyssey Mentoring […]

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

Fame has its disadvantages. For example, if you’re as famous as David Beckham, you can’t take your 4-year-old daughter out in public with a pacifier in her mouth without getting worldwide attention. The parenting choice of the 40-year-old soccer legend and his wife Victoria, a fashion designer and former Spice Girl, was highlighted first in […]

"Toddler Discipline in 6 Essential Steps" – Healthline

It seems like only moments ago that you were holding a cuddly, helpless baby in your arms. Now, suddenly, that little bundle of joy is toddling about the house, reaching, grabbing, and loudly declaring “No!” Welcome to the next phase of parenting. “The time of parenting a toddler is the most labor-intensive time in your […]

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

Divorce can be hard on all of the parties involved, especially children. Separated and divorced parents will still need to communicate in order to make decisions about their kids. While it can be challenging to have a neutral relationship with an ex, it’s important to try and separate those feelings from your parenting duties. We […]