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Teenage sexuality: The challenges for parents

Dr. Paul
Teenage couple lying on a bed and looking at each other

For many years, my brother and I went on a spring backpacking trip in the North Cascades. It’s a beautiful landscape, with jagged peaks and rushing rivers. When my daughter was 17, we took her and her boyfriend on a four-day trip. My daughter and I slept in one tent and my brother and Gabe slept in the other one. It was a great trip. On the trail back, my brother, who had older kids, kidded me—“Don’t be surprised when Maya wants to go backpacking with her boyfriend next weekend”. I was shocked. The thought never occurred to me. Read more about Teenage sexuality: The challenges for parents


Stand up for health!

Dr. Paul
Spring walk in the outdoors.

A few months ago, I went to the Seattle Opera to see Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”. I love the opera—the music, the costumes, the voices, and the spectacle. Not surprisingly, I noticed that the overwhelming majority of the audience was in my age group and beyond—graying adults. But I also observed that many of these opera-loving folks had trouble getting up those two flights of stairs at McCaw Hall! Many needed canes and walkers to get around. Read more about Stand up for health!

Are middle-aged men an endangered species?

Dr. Paul
Portrait of middle aged male.

Two years ago, my good friend Joe, 62, went to his regularly scheduled meeting with the accounting officer in his firm. Joe was shocked when he saw his boss sitting with the financial guy. He was thanked for his years of service as Vice-President of Sales, given a severance package, a box to pack up his things, and was sent on his way. Joe was in shock for weeks. He had been a stellar producer for years. In these last two years, Joe has been unable to find a job at the same level. Who wants to hire a 64-year-old mid-level manager? Read more about Are middle-aged men an endangered species?

Shared Medical Appointments

Dr. Paul
Group of patients at a shared medical appointment

In the early 1990’s, a middle-aged health psychologist, Ed Noffsinger, Ph.D., developed a serious illness—pulmonary hypertension. For a period of several years he found himself exhausted, lying in bed for days, barely able to breathe. As time wore on, he felt angry, alone, and frightened. His wife was sympathetic, but she was taking care of their three young children and her ill father. She didn’t have much time or attention to listen to Ed’s fears and concerns. Also, he was very frustrated with the health care system. Read more about Shared Medical Appointments


Has modern childhood become a pressure cooker?

Dr. Paul
Grade school girl sitting and thinking in classroom.

What kind of childhood is ideal for children?

Naturally, we want our kids to be happy and healthy. We want them to have the values we hold dear. We hope that they will turn into resilient and successful adults. But what nurtures these outcomes? How do we form the soil that grows these sturdy individuals? It’s so difficult to know how today’s parental decisions will impact our youngsters 20 years in the future. Read more about Has modern childhood become a pressure cooker?


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