Q: Our ten-year-old granddaughter lives with us. We have custody of her but her father, our son, is now asking us for visitation privileges. I probably don’t need to tell you that both he and his ex-wife were not up to parental responsibilities. He says he’s cleaned up his act and wants a re… Read More ⇒

We have officially entered winter, with it a plethora of forces that can cause us to get sick, put on weight, become stressed or simply diminish our health and vigor. Don’t let that happen. The winter can be a time of fun indoor and outdoor activities, energizing social engagements and delic… Read More ⇒

Q: I’m already dreading the holidays. Our 8-year-old is a very excitable child and our family is expected to attend numerous holiday get-togethers at the homes of family members. When he’s included in events where there’s lots of excitement and anticipation in the air, he has a reputation fo… Read More ⇒

For years, Rowan Winch was nothing if not online. Each day his alarm went off at 6 a.m. and he would roll over in his twin bed, grab his iPhone and start looking for memes — viral images and videos — to share on Instagram. He’d repost a handful to his suite of popular accounts before getting… Read More ⇒

It’s been nearly a decade since my husband died, but every detail of the day remains etched in my mind as if it was yesterday. I remember the call that came from the hospice facility at 2 a.m., then talking to the funeral parlor that was to retrieve his body and transfer it to the medical ce… Read More ⇒

Q: Our 7-year-old son recently stole two small model cars from a playmate while he was at the playmate’s house. Apparently, he wanted to trade one of his toys for the two cars, but the playmate refused, so he stole them. When we found them, he claimed his friend had given them to him. We abs… Read More ⇒

Seasonal affective disorder, and the slightly less debilitating version, which psychologists call the winter blues, are forms of depression that are tied to the winter season. An estimated 10 million Americans struggle with full-blown SAD, and another 10% to 20% are believed to suffer from l… Read More ⇒

Q: My normally happy 6-year-old son has recently started incorporating death and war-like games into his imaginative play. He isn’t and has never been a mean-spirited child, but his dad and I just divorced (amicably), and I feel like he’s having trouble dealing with it. For example, he has s… Read More ⇒