According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), about 25 percent of vets returning from the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are suffering from PTSD. That’s about 500,000 veterans. If we include family members, that number more than doubles. Not surprisingly, returning veterans—particularly those with PTSD—have a higher divorce rate than non-veterans. And [...]
Friendships between couples + Kids with sensory processing disorder + Speaking your spouse’s language
[amazon asin=B007M9D6L2&template=thumbnail1]Guest 1: Kathleen Holtz Deal, coauthor of Two Plus Two.
Topic: Couples and their couple friendships.
Issues: Friendships have been linked to healthier, happier, and longer lives—but very little research has been done on couples’ friendships with other couples; how couple friendships can enhance or undermine a marriage or relationship; how couples seek, form, and maintain friendships with other couples; what if you like one member of the couple but not the other? how does divorce affect couples’ friendships? And much more.
[amazon asin=0399533079&template=thumbnail1]Guest 2: Lucy Jane Miller, author of Sensational Kids.
Topic: Hope and help for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).
Issues:What may be typical activities for most kids become daily struggles that may result in social, emotional, or academic problems. Symptoms and signs of SPD and its subtypes; ways the disorder is diagnosed and treated; strategies for coping with it; advocacy method.
[amazon asin=1599956829&template=thumbnail1]Guest 3: Norman Wright, author of How to Speak Your Spouse’s Language.
Topic: Ten easy steps to great communication from one of America’s foremost counselors.
Issues: Couples often wonder, “Who is this person I married?” “What language is s/he speaking?” Dr. Wright shows how to uncover your partner’s communication style, learn to match it, and finally, connect.
[amazon asin=1897300034&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1: Ken Keis, author of Why Aren’t You More Like Me?
Topic: The secrets to understanding yourself and others.
Issues: Why certain kinds of people irritate you—and what you can do about it; increase team compatibility and leadership effectiveness; stop feeling offended and emotionally hooked; select the right job style for yourself; understand and encourage your spouse and children.
Guest 2: Neal Pollack, author of Alternadad.
[amazon asin=1400095581&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Topic: The wonders, terrors, and idiocy of parenting today.
Issues: How today’s young parents are different from those of previous generations; how unorthodox parents are becoming the mainstream; maintaining your pre-baby life after becoming a parent.
[amazon asin=074328920X&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 3: David Walsh, author of No.
Topic: Why kids of all ages need to hear it and ways parents can say it.
Issues: Do your children suffer from Discipline Deficit Disorder? Saying NO in a YES culture; three myths about self-esteem; why letting kids feel bad sometimes is a good idea; consequences of giving kids everything they want.
Dear Mr. Dad: You’ve written a lot about dads in the military, but I’m in the opposite situation—my wife is a deployed Marine, and I’m at home with the kids. I’m feeling completely overwhelmed. What can I do to support her and keep myself—and the kids–sane?
A: First of all, thank you both for your service. With women making up about 11 percent of deployed servicememebers, you’re not alone. Here are a few ideas that may help.
- Don’t fill your e-mails or phone calls with complaints or tell her about problems she can’t do anything to resolve. You’ll just frustrate her. But don’t paint an overly rosy picture either—she’ll get suspicious that you’re covering something up.
Guest 1: Barbara Probst, author of When the Labels Don’t Fit.
Topic: A new approach to raising a challenging child.
Issues: Discovering your child’s essential nature and temperament; respecting your child’s inner world; changing the way you think, talk, and respond; knowing when and how to help; taking care of yourself.
Guest 2: Karen Pavlicin, author of Life After Deployment.
Topic: How military families prepare for, cope with, and survive deployment.
Issues: Types of deployment; emotional and psychological stages of deployment; ways to keep in touch across time and distance; the effects of deployment on the soldier, spouse, and children; keeping reasonable expectations when coming home.
A Marine wife’s story of strength and service + Everything you could possibly want to know about summer camps
Guest 1: Michelle Keener, author of Shared Courage.
Topic: A Marine wife’s story of strength and service.
Issues: The effects of war on those who stay at home; how military spouses deal with deployment and the constant fear of losing a loved one; finding a support network; helping kids cope with their fears about the deployed parent.
Guest 2: Evan Heltay, president and founder of www.mysummercamps.com
Topic: Everything you could possibly want to know about summer camps.
Issues: The dizzying array of camp choices: fantasy, adventure, music, academic, weight-loss, and many more; picking the best summer camp for your child; checking references; exploring financial aid.