06.26.17
Conquering the Epidemic of Victim-Mentality
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It seems like a lot of young people today feel helpless and overwhelmed. They're anxious and stressed and have little confidence in their ability to solve their own problems. In fact, they feel like victims in their lives. There are two types of childhood experiences that leave young people feeling this way: the experience of childhood...


06.26.17
Why Do So Many Young People Feel Powerless in Their Lives?
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The things that happen to us in childhood are responsible for many if not most of the attitudes, beliefs and expectations that we carry into our adult lives. If we received adequate nurturing, validation and protection from our parents (and the other important adults) in our childhood, we're more likely to grow up feeling confident,...


06.15.17
Parents, Don’t Raise the Next Generation of Incompetent Kids
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I've been writing a lot lately about the consequences of helicopter parenting on young people currently graduating from college and university. I hope I've made my point that over-protecting and coddling our kids is not doing these young people any favours. Many of the radio hosts who've interviewed me recently have been asking,...


06.5.17
Making a More Meaningful Summer for Your Kids
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As I get older, time goes by so much faster. If I'm not making the most of my time, I figure I'm probably wasting it. Summer is a perfect example of this. The season here in Canada is so short that if we blink,  it's over. If I don't take a moment to think about how I'm going to spend it, it becomes a wasted opportunity. For...


06.3.17
The Most Important Thing Commencement Speakers Aren’t Telling New Grads
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For those of you in your last semester of college or university, it's spring and you probably feel like celebrating. You've spent the past few years working hard (or maybe not that hard) and you're looking forward to a break from classes, papers and exams. Perhaps you're planning a summer vacation. Or maybe, you're doing some serious...


05.10.17
The Six Ways We Avoid Our Genuine Emotions
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Our emotions are important signals for us. They give us information about ourselves, other people and the world. When we shut ourselves off from these feelings it's as though we've eliminated one of our senses; even worse, in fact. We avoid our feelings for only one reason: because they have painful or upsetting implications. Children...


05.9.17
11k Word Essay : The Dark Side of Being Too Nice
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Part One: What does it mean to be "too nice" (and why is it a problem)? Being too nice - otherwise known as people-pleasing - is an overlooked and serious problem today. Unlike other counterproductive behaviours, individuals who engage in it rarely visit their doctor or counselor, saying, “I need help with my compulsive people-pleasing...

confidence in relationships, hurtful-relationships, kind, narcissist, nice, people-pleasing


05.7.17
The Twelve-Step Cure for Helicopter Parenting
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It’s spring, and kids are graduating from University and starting their careers.Those young people whose parents raised them to be hard-working, responsible and self-directed are going to be at a huge advantage, compared to those who have helicopter parents or those who’ve studied at schools that act like helicopter parents. Frighteningly,...


04.29.17
Good Parents Give Their Kids These Six Things
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Parenting is one of the hardest thing in the world to do. That's why it never hurts to be reminded of a few basic truths. The fact is, children need six things in order to grow up healthy, happy, confident, resilient, and best able to succeed in life: love, guidance, limits,  protection, validation and respect. 1. LOVE: Children...


04.29.17
Helicopter Parents Raise Kids Who Are Unemployable
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Helicopter parents are in the news a lot these days. These are the parents who  can't stop hovering around their kids. They practically wrap them in bubble wrap, creating a cohort of young adults who struggle to function in their jobs and in their lives. Helicopter parents think that they're doing what's best for their kids but...

children, family, kids, love, parenting, personal growth, relationship advice, relationships


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