• 00:30

    Ask Dr. Annie Abram 3/29/10

    in Parents

    Join parenting expert Dr. Annie Abram, Ph.D. on March 29th, 2010. She will talk about how parenthood presents opportunities for self-transformation throughout our lifetime. The parenting experience provides on-going opportunities to think about our life stories and understand how this narrative informs our daily life. We become mindful by making the connection between today and yesterday allowing ourselves to live in the present.
    You Can Rewrite Your Life!

    Call (646) 716 52 32 at 12:30pm EST, 11:30am CT, 9:30am PT with your questions and to learn more about healthy parenting styles.

  • 00:30

    Ask Dr. Annie Abram

    in Parents

    Our show is an open conversation about mindful parenting, finding your voice as a parent and feeling competent in this role. Parenting is a relationship not a set of rules and it gives us the opportunity of a lifetime: to re-write our own life narrative. On our show we talk about developing a deeper understanding of ourselves in order to better understand our children.

  • 00:34

    Sex Trafficking in the US

    in Parents

    Today Annie Abram and her guest, David Trotter, will discuss sex trafficking in the US. There are "100,000 children in the sex trade in the United States each year. In the US, sex trafficking commonly occurs in online escort services, residential brothels, brothels disguised as massage businesses or spas, and in street prostitution. Victims are frequently lured by false promises of a lucrative job, stability, education, or a loving relationship. In the U.S., victims can be men or women, adults or children, foreign nationals or U.S. citizens. While they share the trait of vulnerability, victims have diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, varied levels of education, and may be documented or undocumented." (http://www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/overview)


    David Trotter is filmmaker, author, and speaker with a passion to help people take action on important social justice issues in our world. He is the Co-executive Producer and Co-director on two documentaries - MOTHER INDIA: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan (www.motherindiafilm.com) as well as IN PLAIN SIGHT: Stories of Hope and Freedom (www.inplainsightfilm.com). He is the author of multiple books including the recently released Start Something to End Trafficking. He has been married to Laura for over 20 years, and they live with their two children in Newport Beach, California.

  • 00:31

    Dr. Annie Abram's guest today is Dr. Phyllis Chesler

    in Parents

    Are you outraged by custody battles frequently resulting in decisions that are not in the best interest of the child? We must find ways to change the justice system that discriminates against the "good enough" mother, and awards custody to fathers, who have proven themselves to be unfit, disinterested in the role, and often neglectful/abusive. Join Dr. Annie Abram and Dr. Phyllis Chesler, author of "Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody" for the live discussion.
    Call in to ask your questions during show time at (646) 716-5232 or email us at drannabram@gmail.com.

  • 00:40

    The Devastating Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

    in Parents

    Today I will talk with Dr.Linda Olson about the devastating effects growing up in a family of domestic violence has on children.

    "More than 1 in 7 adults in the United States, or 40 million people, lived with domestic violence as children. Worldwide, the number of people who currently are living with it is 275 million."
    (Martin, Brian F. (2014-09-30). Invincible: The 10 Lies You Learn Growing Up with Domestic Violence, and the Truths to Set You Free (Penguin Publishing Group).

  • 00:35

    "Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child"

    in Parents

    Homosexuality as an identity is increasingly acceptable in our society. However, we have a long way to go in offering help to children and their families as a gay child struggles with his/her identity, and makes the decision to come out. We need to find ways to be supportive to families and the individual child. The dynamics of a family are invariably changed when a child comes out and the family needs to be considered as a system in order to begin to come to terms with their child's identity.


    Parents often feel stigmatized, and believe that they have not succeeded in being a good parent. "What did I do wrong?" Kids may blame themselves for even feeling any sort of sexual attraction to a same sex person, and fear they could lose their family, if it was even hinted at.  Although many parents suspect their child is gay, it is rarely a topic that is addressed openly before the child comes out.


    Today's guest, Dr Michael LaSala, the author of "Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child,"  will help us understand the complexities of this concern and how we can navigate them.


    Michael C. LaSala, PhD is a psychotherapist and associate professor at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. He has been in practice for more than 30 years and he currently treats LGBT individuals and families at the Institute for Personal Growth in Highland Park, NJ.


    Dr. LaSala’s book entitled “Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child” is available from Columbia University Press and describes the findings and practice implications of a National Institute of Mental Health funded qualitative study of 65 gay and lesbian youth and their families.


    http://drmichaellasala.com/

  • 00:37

    Are You Ready For Your Parents Aging?

    in Parents

    As AARP's Home & Family Expert, Amy Goyer provides expertise on a variety of issues, including family caregiving and aging in place, livable communities, grandparenting, parenting and other family relationships, multigenerational living and family history.
    Amy’s book Juggling Work and Caregiving was published by AARP in October 2013. For more information, visit aarp.org/caregivingbook. Read her blog at http://blog.aarp.org/author/amygoyer/


    Amy Goyer is a primary caregiver for her father. In 2009 she began spending most of her time in Arizona as a primary caregiver, while frequently returning to Washington, DC for work.


    She writes a column on AARP.org, acts as an AARP media spokesperson and is a regular guest on AARP radio. Amy is the author of "Things to do now you're a Grandparent." She is also a winner of 2012 ALTY Best Blog Award in Caregiving category and Finalist in Seniorhomes.com Social Media Rockstar Award.
    Follow Amy on Twitter @amygoyer and Pinterest!


    "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?" Marin Luther King

  • 00:33

    Managing Difficult Family Relationships During The Holidays

    in Parents

    Dr. Ruth Nemzoff, author of Don't Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2008) and Don't Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws Into Family (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2012) is our guest on Monday, December 8. She will be talking about the complexities of family relationships and how they are often exacerbated by the holiday season and family gatherings. How many times have you heard: - "prey for me - we're going to my mother-in law," or: "my son's and his wife for the holidays".



    Dr. Ruth Nemzoff is a resident scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center. She lectures on parenting adult children, relationships and family dynamics. Her papers are archived at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University where she also holds a doctorate in social policy. She has served three terms in the New Hampshire Legislature and was New Hampshire Deputy Commissioner of Health and Welfare. She is the mother of four adult children, four in-law children and grandmother of eight. She lives in Brookline, MA with her husband Harris Berman, Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine.

  • 00:32

    What Causes Bullying?

    in Parents

    Bullying may be defined as the activity of repeated, aggressive behavior intended to hurt another person, physically, mentally or emotionally. Bullying is characterized by an individual behaving in a certain way to gain power over another person.[9] It can be classified into four types:[10]


    Physical, verbal, and relational bullying are most prevalent in primary school and could also begin in preschool. Cyber-bullying, arguably the most destructive and common form today, is more common in secondary school than in primary school.[10]   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullying#cite_note-:0-10


    If you hit your kid, you give them a message that it’s okay to hit others. And a new study examining the case histories of almost 2,500 American children confirms that spanking breeds bullies. Lead author Dr. Catherine Taylor of Tulane University... factored out the influences such as maternal mental health and use of drugs, domestic violence, neglect, income, age, race and education. And spanking emerged as the most important factor in determining which three-year-old children developed into aggressive five-year-olds. ("Mothers' Spanking of 3-Year-Old Children and Subsequent Risk of Children's Aggressive Behavior", C. A. Taylor, J. A. Manganello, S. J. Lee, J. C. Rice, Pediatrics 2010; 125:5 e1057-e1065; published ahead of print April 12, 2010, doi:10.1542/peds.2009-2678)


    Should we focus on early intervention with parents?

  • 00:30

    Advocacy for Changing Domestic Violence Law

    in Parents

    Leigh Goodmark’s book, “A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System” challenges traditional ways domestic violence is understood by our society and its institutions. She sees WAVA (Women Against Violence Act, 1994) as a significant step forward in empowering women.  However, although disappointed that WAVA did not pass in 2013, Dr. Goodmark urges that we see it as an opportunity to rethink how we might improve it.  For example, we need to recognize that there is no “cookie cutter” solution for domestic violence.  Each abused woman’s circumstances are different and in order to truly understand and help her, it is essential that we help empower her to do what is best for her. “The justice system is simply one tool, and not always the best tool, among the many available to respond to domestic violence. Those who want to eradicate woman abuse must channel their energy, creativity, and passion into constructing multiple pathways for women to live autonomous lives free of abuse”. (Goodmark, Leigh (2011-12-01). A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System (p. 198). NYU Press short. Kindle Edition)


    Leigh Goodmark joined the Maryland Carey Law faculty in 2014 and teaches the Gender Violence Clinic, which she launched while a visiting professor here at the law school during the 2013-2014 academic year.


    Professor Goodmark is a member of the Editorial Board of Violence Against Women and serves on the Advisory Board for NVRDC, a victim service organization. Professor Goodmark is a member of the Maryland, District of Columbia and California bars.

  • 00:45

    Does the High Rate of Gun Violence in America Reflect Our Values?

    in Parents

    Today our guest is Attorney Mike McLively from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. We will discuss the complexity of gun laws in the US.

    The latest manifestation of this "hot" topic is campus life and guns -- "lawmakers in 10 states are busy adapting the issue of campus sexual assault to the campaign to arm college students". (http://nyti.ms/1D2uR1S)

    How do we understand the prevalence of gun violence in America?
    60% of the US homicide occur using a firearm. In other gun permeated countries like Finland it is only 19%. United States has the highest gun ownership in the world. (The Washington Post, 12/14/12)

    Is it totally unrealistic to think we can ever become a land without guns such as Japan? Are they smarter than we are? What's the story?

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