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Bad Dad? Half Of Fathers Have Experienced Daddy-Shaming, Poll Reveals

As families prepare to celebrate dads for all that they do, one gift no father wants to get is a heaping helping of shame. Tales of “mommy-shaming” have cropped up from time to time in the media in recent years, but according to a recent national poll, about half of all fathers say they too have been struck with slings and arrows for all manners of parenting missteps — from overdoing the discipline, to abandoning the diet, to playing too rough.

The nationally-representative poll of 713 fathers of children ages 13 and under found that nearly half of fathers receive the criticism in a positive light and make some adjustments, but others have an opposite reaction, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan.

Criticism makes more than a quarter of dads feel less confident in their parenting skills and one in five feels like stepping back from the parenting role. For many fathers (43 percent), the criticism seems unfair.

A Talk With Susan Shofer About Divorce & Parental Alienation

Who is Susan Shofer?

* Susan is an agency-licensed private investigator turned divorce
consultant who started the Divorce Recovery Ladder _– _a
comprehensive site with tools, information, and tips on how to get
through a divorce unscathed.

* Susan is the creator of the audio series _Divorce Recovery Ladder
Podcasts: Juggling Your Divorce Program_, and the author of several
webinars and the _Divorce Recovery Ladder_ _Program._

* No one understands divorce and all the pain that comes with it
better than Susan Shofer. She’s a divorce survivor who has firsthand
experience with what it feels like to encounter many of the perils of
divorce, including successfully circumventing parental alienation.

Areas of Expertise

* Parental Alienation _–_ Susan can help anyone recognize and
circumvent parental alienation.

* Her webinar, _Finding the Right Attorney_, is a must-view before you
hire a divorce attorney.

* In this social media landscape, Susan shows people how to use this
media responsibly.

* Susan instructs you how to gather evidence to for attorneys.
* Susan shares her knowledge and experience gained as a private
investigator as well as her own divorce to help you prepare for and
navigate your court experience.

* Susan also teaches you how to take care of their mental and physical
health during the tumultuous divorce journey.

* Susan shows you ways to support your children through the fracturing
of the family unit.

Talking Points

* I teach people how to get through their divorce by helping them
devise an organized approach by compartmentalizing the various aspects
of divorce, maintaining excellent records, finding the right counsel,
caring for their children, gathering evidence and taking care of their
physical and mental health.

* Many people will experience problems with their attorney because
they don’t know how to hire the proper one for their case. I developed
a list of 10 questions you need to ask before even hiring a divorce
attorney, as well as the answers you must receive.

* Parental Alienation recognition and circumvention is something I
teach.

* Social media communication is a big part of what I do. I urge people
to calm down and use caution before going onto Snapchat, Instagram,
Facebook, Twitter or logging on to their person email as venues to air
personal issues regarding their divorce.

* Another thing I do is teach people court etiquette.

* Several factors will affect the severity of parental alienation
including: the age of the child, the sex of the child, when they
became alienated, and the circumstances surrounding the alienation.

Will the Continuing Decline of U.S. Education Lead to a Society of Illiterates?

Andrew Bernstein holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the City University of New York. He has taught high school–but largely college–classes for thirty years and has witnessed, first-hand, the decline of the educational system to the point where he no longer assigns essays in college Philosophy courses,
because the majority of students cannot write collegelevel essays. He has published six books and dozens of essays on a wide variety of topics, including education. His forthcoming book, American Education: The Collapse, The Cause, The Cure, explains the reasons public schools collapsed and points the way to educational renaissance. He lectures across the United States and in dozens of countries around the world.

Father’s Day: How Your Relationship With Your Father In Adolescence Directly Impacts Your Mental Health As An Adult

Mainstream Mental Health Radio Is Hosted By Dr. John Huber

Father’s Day: How Your Relationship With Your Father In Adolescence Directly Impacts Your Mental Health As An Adult

People who grow up having a strong relationship with their Father will be profoundly impacted differently than those who did not. Often times when we didn’t get something from our Fathers as a child such as unconditional love, acceptance, or even respect, we tend to seek these qualities out in others as adults.

Did you grow up having one of these Fathers? Here’s how they may have impacted your childhood & adulthood.

Funny Dad
A Father is who is constantly cracking jokes won’t be as uptight as other parents. Children who have a Dad like this can find the lighter side of gloomy situations and comfort themselves with humor well into their adulthood.

Angry Dad
This type of Father can make his kids feel disciplined, restricted, fearful, and judgmental about themselves and others. Adults of angry Fathers may have challenges in developing trusting relationships on both a personal and professional level.

Handyman / Reader
A Dad who is always fixing things around the house and regularly reading books can instill in his children a sense of early independence and appreciation for knowledge. Children of handymen / readers may develop a natural interest and passion for entrepreneurship as adults.

The Overachiever
Does Dad have tons of trophies or is he a CEO of a major corporation? Children of successful Fathers may develop great insecurity and feel inadequate because they are constantly comparing themselves. However, if this type of Dad allows his children into his world and allows them to achieve on their own, they too can become very successful.

Helicopter Dad
A Dad who overly involved in everything for their child may very well be causing that child to delay their development & maturity. Adults of helicopter Dads may have a hard time making decisions for themselves and can develop co-dependency on others.

Father Who Is An Alcoholic / Drug Abuser
This is someone who needs parenting themselves and is a poor role model for their child who needs love & guidance. Children of addicts can often develop obsessive compulsive behavior, co-dependency, and even become addicts themselves into adulthood.

The Triumphs & Tribulations of Former Heavyweight Contender “Gentleman Gerry” Cooney

New Book Explores The Triumphs & Tribulations of Former Heavyweight Contender “Gentleman Gerry” Cooney

Beginning in the late 1970s, “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney’s professional boxing career was marked by exhilarating fights, exciting wins, and a powerful left hook. In 1982, Cooney landed a lucrative match against world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes on one of the biggest stages in championship boxing. Yet Cooney’s bouts in the ring were nothing compared to the inner turmoil that he dealt with and eventually overcame.

Gentleman Gerry: A Contender in the Ring, a Champion in Recovery chronicles the career of a boxing legend, the challenges and triumphs of a trauma survivor, and an alcoholic’s journey to sustained recovery.

“Gentleman Gerry: A Contender in the Ring, a Champion in Recovery” – June 12, 2019

Gerry Cooney and John Grady provide a detailed account of how the former contender went from an abused childhood to becoming a two-time Golden Gloves champion. More than just a biography, this book explores the challenges of surviving difficult moments and overcoming obstacles such as alcohol addiction. The authors also provide historical perspectives of the era and behind-the-scenes insight into the world of professional boxing.

Complete with photographs from esteemed sports photographer Joe DiMaggio and stories directly from Cooney himself, this book offers an unprecedented look into Cooney’s life and the lessons he learned. Fans of boxing, as well as sports enthusiasts and others recovering from addiction, will find Gentleman Gerry a must-read.

About Gerry Cooney
Gerry Cooney is a former boxer who emerged as the #1 contender for the heavyweight championship of the world. Ranked #53 on The Ring Magazine’s “100 Greatest Punchers of All Time,” Cooney fought all-time great champion Larry Holmes in one of the most memorable and anticipated title fights in boxing history. Cooney currently co-hosts “At the Fights” on SiriusXM radio with Randy “The Commissioner” Gordon.

About John Grady
John Grady is a licensed professional counselor, licensed alcohol and drug counselor, dually certified supervisor in mental health and addictions, university lecturer, and author.

Mental Health Perspectives: The Impact Of Helicopter Parenting

Mental Health Perspectives with Dr. John Huber and Kristin Walker

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You Might Be a Helicopter Parent if…

You only let your child play on playgrounds with shredded rubber mulch.
The first thing you did when your 4th grader came home crying from school because her best friend Jill called her a name is to call Jill’s mom to sort things out yourself.
You have found yourself up at 11pm rewriting your child’s English essay because you know that they could have done a better job if they hadn’t been so tired.
Your 8 year old still has the training wheels on his bike. Not that you let him ride it that often. The sidewalks are dangerous and they go too fast for you to keep up!
You have a bad back from stooping down and following your toddler’s every step.
You get heart palpitations at the thought of letting your child go on a field trip with their class.
Having them help out by preparing dinner or cleaning the house has never crossed your mind. Knives are sharp and the cleaning fluids are too dangerous!
As a Christmas gift you gave your daycare a webcam so you could watch the daily happenings while you are at work.
You and your son are having a meeting with the teacher and when she asks him a question you answer it for him.
Your child didn’t get accepted to his preferred major at college so you call the Chair of the department to negotiate for an exception.

Mental Health Perspectives: Anger’s Impact On Your Mental Health

Mental Health Perspectives with Dr. John Huber and Kristin Walker

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What are the signs and symptoms of anger management problems?
Feelings of anger or violent acting out can be related to many different underlying difficulties including depression, anxiety, addictions and other mental health problems. Many individuals can have underlying difficulties with severe low self-esteem, as well as problems with mistrust. Some people may also have a history of past physical, sexual or emotional abuse. There may be many interlocking features that have led someone to develop anger management difficulties.

While it’s important that anger, amongst other emotions, doesn’t get bottled up, maintaining control over your anger is crucial to maintaining calm, and ensures that outward expressions of anger don’t negatively impact your relationships. The emotion of anger is entirely natural, and it is usual to feel angry when you’ve been mistreated or wronged. Whether these responses result in angry outbursts, comes down to how you deal with it; first and foremost, anger becomes dangerous when it causes harm to you or others. Anger management difficulties can lead to loss of a job, broken relationships and criminal convictions.

A Psychiatrist’s Guide: Helping Parents Reach Their Depressed Tween

Gayani DeSilva, MD is a Psychiatrist. She is also the author of A Psychiatrist’s Guide: Helping Parents Reach Their Depressed Tween. Gayani’s second book, A Psychiatrist’s Guide: Stop Teen Addiction Before It Starts, will be in bookstores August 13th, 2019.

Gayani DeSilva, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, obtained her medical training at Albany Medical College, internship at Brown University, and residency at Harvard University. She holds numerous awards and citations and currently is in private practice in Laguna Beach, CA. In addition to private practice, her previous work incudes Juvenile Justice and Foster Care. She was even Koko’s (the gorilla who learned sign language) doctor.

Dr. DeSilva has spent over 15 years as a Psychiatrist, specifically enhancing the mental health of children and adolescents. Much of her work consists of the complex array of needs with adolescent and young adult criminal and violent offenders to understand the interplay between mental illness, societal factors, and interpersonal issues. Gayani dedicates her psychiatric practice to improving children’s health and wellness. Straight talk and practical expertise are her tools of the trade to address the mental health needs of children and their families. She wields not just her expert medical opinion; she advocates to achieve wellness for the entire family.

Her first book, A Psychiatrist’s Guide: Helping Parents Reach Their Depressed Tween¸ helps parents learn to be cognizant of childhood developmental processes so that they can better support themselves in the process of raising their depressed or anxious teen.

Mainstream Mental Health Radio: How To Help Veterans

Hosted by Dr. John Huber (http://www.mainstreammentalhealth.org)

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Guest: Alton Pete
Title: US Army Retire
Website: AltonEugenePete.com
Author of “Life is So Precious”

Searching for happiness these days for all the Veterans are one of the most difficult emotional feelings to find. As a Veteran, it seems that someone is always watching to see how we handle adversities. Depression, loss of interest, lack of energy leading into sadness and negative mood swings are on the rise. Some may experience weeping and excessive crying for no apparent reason other than their hearts are filled with so much pain, grief and hurt.

I know how one may feel because I myself have to fight everyday by trying to keep my head above the waters a river from being a veteran and also dealing with the loss of my mom and my sister and this is my battle. Some days are wonderful and my other days are dark and cloudy for me. It’s a war, a fight, a battle, some combat all at the same time. But, as a Veteran who can stay positive, I want to share Healthy Mental Thinking. A pivotal way of reducing depression, anxiety, undesirable stress and the pressures of life that may have cause many to experience the blues in Veterans.

A few wise key examples of how a Veteran can luxuriate a challenging mood into a pleasurable savor to bring the mind, body and heart above any bleak periods that may occur begins with understanding the importance of some celebratory moments from prior achievements, accomplishments and successes. What we gotta do and what we need to do is reach deep inside your inner man and the inner woman and grab those positive thoughts about yourself. Grab that positive Joy and Peace, and know You are Worth Fighting For.

It’s okay to start over by reinventing yourself and learning what drives you and motivates you to the highest level. Be honest with yourself, be open about yourself and seek some counseling if need be. I discovered, getting the madness and the unwanted stress off my chest makes me feel so much better and lighter. Plus, speaking with someone about your issues, still works. That’s the Good News.

As I always say, Love Heals, Delivers and Reveals who we really are within. You are stronger than you think you are. You matter, you’re worth it and you deserve everything positive in your life. We are built to last forever. Love yourself, again…

The Psychology Behind Elder Abuse (And How To Stop It) with Toni Patillo

Hosted by Dr. John Huber (http://www.mainstreammentalhealth.org)

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Featured guest: Toni Patillo

Topic: Preventing Elder Abuse

Website: ToniPatillo.com

Elder abuse is a topic I’ve discussed many times on webinars, phone conferences, in coaching sessions, while teaching in classrooms and when sitting with real estate clients and their family members.

Personal Story: When the market crashed in 2007, I had to move my mother to Las Vegas to live with her favorite nephew who is a very successful ophthalmologist for the past 40 years there locally. He was recently divorced and living along in a 6,000 square foot home and it was perfect timing for him as he cherished the idea that he could host his favorite aunt in his home for however long we needed. The stipulation with him was that we hire a full-time caregiver, not live-in. Over time as the economy continued to worsen, the full time caregiver we hired finally convinced my mom’s Dr. to let her move into the home and operate as a LIVE-IN. From that point on she began to take ownership of the opportunity and became very controlling with my mother.

My mother was reluctant to tell anyone of what she was experiencing and it wasn’t until much later that we, the family, discovered that she was being abused. It was the doctor that contacted me to share that she felt something was not right. The doctor had been sending messages back to the family that we weren’t receiving. Finally, the doctor contacted me directly with her concerns. I immediately moved her back to LA with me and my sister. My mother was physiologically devastated and was afraid to bother us with this nightmare. She was so grateful for all that we were doing for her well being that she didn’t want to worry us.

This is a very common story through out our country. I have to say that it was just after my mother made her transition that I decided to really plug in to the 50+ market and get connected with all the networking groups so that I could stay on top of these things and potentially help my fellow agents/peers and my clients. Simply put, it affects all of us and like all other social and health problems plaguing our society, it’s much better to be proactive than reactive. With that in mind, today is all about practical things both you and your family members can do to prevent elder abuse.

GET THE WORD OUT
Education is the silver bullet in the fight to prevent elder abuse. Gather as much credible information as possible and communicate with your aging loved ones and any professionals with whom they interact. You might be asking, “why educate the professionals? Don’t they already understand?” Well it’s good for multiple reasons. First, elder abuse may not be part of their every day work concerns or training. Therefore, the professional is ill equipped to effectively recognize when it’s happening. They need and will appreciate the help. Second, it puts on notice any professional who may have had less than pure motives, that you are informed and watching.

BEWARE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Alcohol and prescription drug abuse are more and more common among the elderly. Sometimes an addictive personality is the problem, but more often than not our loved ones are getting addicted to over prescribed drugs for legitimate health issues. This is so dangerous and can cause many internal issues that are hard to see until it’s too late. Also, because the drugs affect cognitive judgment, he or she becomes more vulnerable to other forms of abuse such as financial abuse.

JOIN SUPPORT GROUPS
Did you know that there are probably a dozen support groups in driving distance for aging adults and their families? I’m not kidding; they’re out there. A support group is a great place to get information and make friends who will go out of their way to be available to you and your loved one. Having a sense of community will be of great comfort when the challenges of aging come.

STAY CONNECTED
Social isolation leads to depression and poor decisions. Your loved one will become more vulnerable to scams and may even let abusers into their lives purely out of boredom and loneliness. Keep your aging loved one connected with friends and family. Get them out of the house and engaged with physical activity and hobbies.

KEEP PERSONAL INFORMATION PRIVATE
The aging population is a target for all sorts of identity theft. I’ve literally stopped a house from being stolen right out from under a client’s nose. It’s terrible. Be sure your loved ones are protecting their identity in a every way possible. Here are a few good tips.

· Have them freeze their credit. It’s easy to do and prevents anyone from using their social security number to open new accounts.

· Sign them up for an identity theft protection service such as Life-lock that will alert them when there is a breach.

· Have them post and open their own mail or allow only you to do it for them.

· Warn them against ever giving their personal information over the phone. Criminals have gotten very clever and will be persuasive.

PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
Help your loved ones plan for the future. With a power of attorney or a living will, you both can address health care decisions to avoid confusion and family problems later. Seek independent advice from someone you trust before having them sign any documents.

DON’T LET JUST ANYONE IN THE DOOR
Carefully interview anyone who might be given access to your loved ones home such as a part-time healthcare worker. Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals before any hiring decision is made. Finally, feel free to drop in unannounced to get a more authentic view of what happens on a daily basis.

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