September Transitions

It’s September and another school year – for me personally, it means an exciting combination of fresh beginnings. A grandson just started high school, two nephews are now freshmen in college, a great-nephew has begun kindergarten, and I am teaching a new set of first year medical students. Are you too finding yourself in the middle of stimulating transformations? Some parents are dropping off their kids on campus and others are accepting them back home four years later as boomerangs, given the still sagging economy. If you’ve got a revolving … Continue reading


Ashley Madison and the High Cost of Infidelity

Adultery isn’t a new concept to any of us, but the illegal hacking onto the Ashley Madison website was an unprecedented crime. The ripple effect of the massive information release has impacted over 37 million families. And it’s taken a huge emotional toll – hate crimes, blackmail, embarrassment,  shame, even suicide. Of course, there are many hidden dangers in acts of betrayal. And to minimize the fallout is totally naive. The result is often personal ruin and devastation of the family. An affair can be related to many issues – poor moral … Continue reading

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Cuddles and Hugs

Have you heard of “cuddle clubs?” They are the latest trend around the world among Millennials, Gen X’ers and Boomers who are in need of a hug. Cuddling – with a parent or sibling or even a favorite stuffed animal – was easier when we were younger. But it can be difficult for an adult who is not in a relationship to find a partner to embrace. With the widespread use of social media on the Internet taking the place of face-to-face interactions and delayed marriage rates, young adults are … Continue reading

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Travel for Millennials or Their Moms

We created Her Mentor Center in 2000, 15 years ago. And way back then, before blogging was popular, women would tell us their stories and we’d share them on our website. Lately we’ve discovered that, despite all the talk about the generation gap, getting outside of the box is one ideal that Baby Boomers and Millennials share. Here’s one narrative about the lure of travel that might resonate for all: “The bad news came swiftly and unexpectedly – the office was being closed and I was out of a job. … Continue reading