New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions for Perfectly Imperfect People.

Dec 27, 2018 at 01:30 pm by aGentleDrLaura

Last night my husband and I watched a movie starring one of my favorite movie and television heroes. Handsome, brave and headstrong, sometimes rude, and yes, afraid of heights.... Read More

Christmas Thoughts for Perfectly Imperfect Parents

Dec 20, 2018 at 08:00 am by aGentleDrLaura

In 1977, when my youngest was 2 years old, I took a psychology class that hit me right smack dab inside my perfect parenting prejudices. I had them! Too many shoulds I believe.... Read More
Parenting Anger

Parents Corner: Three Steps and Five Questions to Turn Parenting Anger into Parenting Success

Dec 17, 2018 at 08:00 am by aGentleDrLaura

 Everyone gets angry sometimes. But there is anger and then there is destructive anger in your home. Most of us don’t want to harm our children. And one way to prev.... Read More
Child rearing

Six Steps to Problem Solving with Your Child

Dec 07, 2018 at 01:00 pm by aGentleDrLaura

In last week’s column, I explained how I developed a way to help our wild child. This involved walking him through a series of six question whenever he broke our rules,.... Read More
Communicating With Difficult Children

Parent’s Corner: Effective Strategies for Communicating With Difficult Children

Nov 29, 2018 at 08:00 am by aGentleDrLaura

When my children were babies, I talked with them as if they were adults. All the time about everything.  “Now I’m going to give you a bath.” Or “T.... Read More

Parenting Through Black Friday While Wearing Your Dysfunctional Family

Nov 21, 2018 at 09:30 am by aGentleDrLaura

I’ll admit I have my own stories of feeling the pressure to buy to excess for my children. To make up for the poverty, deprivation, and abuse of my childhood. And to mak.... Read More
A perfect Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Thoughts for Parents Recovering from Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse

Nov 15, 2018 at 09:00 am by aGentleDrLaura 2

We have all faced the pressures of advertising and the media and viewed the pictures of the perfect parent creating this grand feast of beautiful, delicious foods. We've read.... Read More