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Ph.D., Psychology, author, speaker, consultant

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Is Google Killing Wonder?

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“I wonder.” How often you have made this simple statement? I’m going to guess quite frequently. How often have you heard it from others? I’ll bet even more often. Anytime an interesting question is asked, “I wonder” seems to naturally appear in our psyches. It’s only two words, yet those two words are far more […] [Read More]
Categories: Technology

You Won’t Find Happiness at the Finish Line

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We pursue happiness in America with such passion and purpose. We devote immense amounts of time, effort, energy, and money. Yet, that pursuit seems to be wholly unsatisfying and ineffective, as evidenced by the fact that there exists a ‘happiness-industrial complex’ in which billions of dollars are spent annually on books, lectures, apps, psychotherapy, coaching, […] [Read More]
Categories: Personal Growth

The Ultimate Price of Our Hyper-Achievement Culture

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In a recent post, I described the high cost that pushing kids too hard can have on their lives. A truly tragic example of this trend is Madison Holleran, a U. of Penn student and athlete, who committed suicide in early 2014. On the surface, she was a happy, and successful young woman. But inside there […] [Read More]
Categories: Psychology

Are You a Free-Range Parent? You Should Be

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There was a great article in the New York Times the other day titled, The Case for Free-Range Parenting. It argues persuasively for the need for our children to have the freedom to explore their worlds on their own without parents acting like helicopters, always hovering around to “protect” them for the apparently dangerous world in […] [Read More]
Categories: Parenting

4 Rituals to Create a “Green Family”

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One of the best ways to communicate any message to your children is through regular rituals that are woven into the fabric of your family’s lives. The consistency of intention and action help ingrain the messages you want your children to get most. The use of rituals is very effective in teaching your children about […] [Read More]
Categories: Green

The Digital World is Full of Possibility and Worry

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The Huffington Post recently asked me to write a blog post on the influence of technology on the lives of children, parents, and families in connection with the new film Men, Women and Children. The request inspired me to put my ideas on (digital) paper wearing both my professional and personal hats. I come to […] [Read More]
Categories: Technology

Are Young People Getting a Bad Rap These Days?

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Young people in America don’t seem to be held in a very high regard these days. They’re accused of a veritable rap sheet of bad attitudes and bad behaviors. We constantly hear about the impending Armageddon when the next generations take over our country. Some of the less-than-admirable qualities that are attributed to young people […] [Read More]
Categories: Popular Culture

Is Emotional Openness the Key to Healthy Relationships?

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Have you ever been at a social event, whether a hosted dinner, picnic, party, what-have-you, and you meet someone who is obviously intelligent, well educated, and successful? You fully expect an interesting conversation, yet it stumbles from the start. The conversation stays at a superficial level and, within a short time, you are actually struggling […] [Read More]
Categories: Psychology