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Parenting: Reward or Punishment

Dr. Paul
Happy family sitting on a couch.

Parents often use punishment as a way to change misbehavior, but that is not always choice. Simple behavioral principles like positive reinforcement and consistency can prove more effective. Read more about Parenting: Reward or Punishment


Speak from your heart

Dr. Paul
Adult couple talking and enjoying themselves.

Speaking from your heart poses a risk of hurt or distress. Maybe your feelings will be further hurt by how they respond. But they will also get to know you better and understand something about you too. And just as your words may bring you further apart, they may also bring you closer. Read more about Speak from your heart


Look ahead to 2018, but look back first.

Dr. Paul
New Year goal setting.

2018 is upon us—it’s time to look ahead to the New Year. But first, let’s look in the rearview mirror.  What were the highlights of 2017? Did you have goals or intentions for this last year? If you did, how did you do? Did you make progress in those areas that you wanted to nurture? Read more about Look ahead to 2018, but look back first.

Parenthood isn’t the easier job

Dr. Paul
Stressed mother in the kitchen.

Very few of us have formal education in parenting. Our main instruction came from the universal course called “Watching our parents 201”. Our parents, in turn, completed their parental training titled—“Watching their parents 101”. Parental strengths and shortcomings pass from generation to generation. Given our lack of family education and support, it’s amazing we do so well! Read more about Parenthood isn’t the easier job


Lessons from 40 years of marriage

Dr. Paul
Adult senior couple.

On December 18th, Diane and I will have been married for 40 years! Wow! Where did all that time go? It seems like a lifetime ago that we got married in her parent’s living room, surrounded by family and friends. It was a small, inexpensive wedding by today’s standards. But everyone was as happy and as celebratory as they are at today’s bigger ceremonies. Read more about Lessons from 40 years of marriage


Coping with holiday loss

Dr. Paul
Holding photograph of family member.

On these gray winter mornings, I like to walk around Green Lake and watch the sun rise. This time of year, I think about my mom’s brief illness and death four years ago, which quickly followed Christmas. It was both a sad and sweet time. I was able to help take care of her and comfort her during her final weeks. On my early morning walks I find myself recalling those last mornings, watching the sun rise from her Florida terrace, listening to the sounds of tropical birds, wondering if each day would be her last. I think about her often.

I miss her terribly. Read more about Coping with holiday loss


DaVita Medical Group to Join Optum

December 06, 2017
  • Combination designed to improve care quality, cost and patient experience through multiple payer relationships across physician-led, patient-centered ambulatory care services
  • Applying Optum capabilities enables DaVita Medical Group community care practices to focus more on providing high quality care, less on administration
  • DaVita Inc. sells DaVita Medical Group to Optum


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