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Coping with the unexpected death of a loved one

Dr. Paul
man with head in hand

It was over 30 years ago when the telephone rang. My stepfather’s voice was flat and hollow. “Your brother is dead. He was jogging. A car hit him. The driver was drunk.”

I heard his words, but I felt numb. Driving that night to my parents’ house, I kept repeating to my wife, “I can’t believe it…It can’t be true”. But it was, and will always be so. He was 32 years old. I was 28. Read more about Coping with the unexpected death of a loved one

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Approaching a young family member you suspect of abusing drugs or alcohol

Dr. Paul
man standing with beer

The other day a good friend wanted to know how to talk to her 25-year-old daughter, Sarah, about her drinking. During the big playoff game between the Seahawks and the Packers (now that was a miracle!), Sarah drank almost two six-packs of beer! Sarah’s parents were concerned and wondered if Sarah had a problem. They weren’t sure what to say to her.

A few days later, a parent asked me—“How do I talk to my 22 year old son, Bill, about his daily marijuana use?” Read more about Approaching a young family member you suspect of abusing drugs or alcohol

Effective Discipline: Reward vs. Punishment

Dr. Paul
little girl sitting on step

When my daughter Naomi was little, she was a spirited child. (Now she is a spirited adult!). She was not a member of the “get along gang”. In kindergarten, she refused to sit on the “line” during story time. She often insisted on getting her way, and like many parents, we often felt frustrated and helpless. We didn’t want to squash her exuberant spirit, but we did want to have a little more day-to-day cooperation. Read more about Effective Discipline: Reward vs. Punishment

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What’s it like to be a kid with ADHD?

Dr. Paul
photo of mother talking to son

I don’t have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), so I can’t say what it is like from personal experience.  But over the last 35 years, as a psychologist, I have spent hundreds of hours listening to children, teens, and adults share with me their lived experience of this condition. Read more about What’s it like to be a kid with ADHD?

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