Myrna Beth Haskell

A parent’s worst nightmare: Her teen daughter’s fairytale relationship has somehow spiraled violently out of control, and she doesn’t seem to want to free herself from it. Read more

When I was a child, the anticipation of Halloween night was unbearable for me. By junior high school started, it was no longer cool to go door-to-door asking for candy. By high school, most of my friends were assigned to doorbell management. Read more

Teens can be reckless, self-centered, impulsive, and impatient. It is no wonder an otherwise calm and reasonable parent can lose her cool. Read more

One of my friends vanished quite suddenly from my life just as we were beginning junior high. She started distancing herself & hanging out with people not from our neighborhood. It soon became apparent that my friend was involved with a bad crowd. Read more

Have you decided on a New Year’s resolution yet? How many times have you started a new year planning to exercise more, eat healthier, or go to that special place on your bucket list only to find that — three weeks in — you’ve lost your enthusiasm. Read more

Today, large families are no longer the norm. This may be, in part, due to the increasing costs of raising children in today’s society. Out of sheer necessity, large families need to hone their organizational prowess and frugality. Read more

Did you ever lie to your parents when you were a teenager? Be honest with yourself. Not even a teeny, tiny lie? Read more

I grew up with grandparents who lived in another state. Although New Jersey was not exactly the other side of the continent, our home in New York was a two and a half hour car ride, so visits had to be planned in advance. Read more

Conflicts seem to invariably arise when you are in the middle of making dinner or completing a presentation for work. You hear your kids arguing over who gets to choose the next game on the Nintendo console... Read more

According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology, “One out of every two marriages today ends in divorce and many divorcing families include children." Read more

When I was in school, bullying was an accepted part of the school climate. There seemed to be a commonplace attitude back then that “kids will be kids,” so victims often felt that there was no one to turn to. Read more

I knew a mom several years ago who had a “no TV” policy. She was adamant about a TV free environment, so she didn’t own one. What she may not have known was that her son would visit his friends’ houses and make a beeline for the TV. Read more

A father’s influence lasts a lifetime. Children look to their fathers for strength, encouragement and support. Both sons and daughters mimic their dads from a very young age. Fathers are role models for both genders in many profound ways. Read more

The bonding process begins in the womb. Once born, infants thrive on the voice and touch of a consistent caregiver. So, from the start, stability and security provide an anchor for human growth and development. Read more

Did you know that babies are communicating their wants and needs before they reach twelve months of age? Yes, babies are “talking,” not through verbal speech, but via sign language. Read more

Texting literally drives me nuts. No one uses words anymore. We’ve graduated to emoticons & abbreviations. I can’t even get a hold of my kids normally anymore. What does this say about communication between family members? Read more

Cabin fever months tend to encourage indoor activities for those who don’t bask in frigid air, especially for many kids today who consider some indoor activities to be the bomb, no matter what the weather is like outside. Read more

Why do some young people take charge of school projects and playground activities with ease, while others are happy to take the proverbial back seat? Are leaders born or nurtured? Read more