cartoon of a parent shouting at a child

Negative effects of divorce on children

I wrote this article in response to some of my readers who wanted to know how to handle their (almost adult) children’s growing hostility.  In both cases they attributed the change in character to the breakdown of their relationships and the fact that the other parent had always been manipulating and controlling. I will address […]

Jane Clements and dog looking out over a river at sunset

Supporting someone recovering from an emotionally abusive relationship

Don’t ever underestimate the impact that somebody else’s previous trauma can have on your relationship with them. Whether it’s a partner, friend or family member we may find ourselves trying to deal with unwanted emotional outbursts. Anger and withdrawal are just two behaviours that might occur unexpectedly when they are triggered by something and these […]