Blog for Better Living

The Value in Perspective Taking

By: Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. | July 29, 2016

Perspective taking is the ability to see things from another person’s view and to better understand what he or she is thinking and feeling. It also comprises of the ability to experience and convey empathy for the other person. It is a life skill that is essential in our social interactions. Perspective taking is related […]

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Family, Relationships, Stress

Help Kids Beat Summer Boredom

By: Rebecca Zygar | June 17, 2016

Almost every child looks forward to the summer. At the beginning of the season it seems like there are endless things to do and all the time in the world to do them. But, without structured schedules things can get boring in a hurry – especially towards the end of vacation. Summer is supposed to […]

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Children, Family, Parenting

Dr. Perper Contributes to the Cover Story in the San Diego Reader!

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | May 20, 2016

The cover story of the San Diego Reader, titled We Shared this Bond discusses the importance of group support for children who have lost a mother.  The article features a San Diego-based program, Chula’s Mission. Chula’s Mission was founded in 2010 by Lyndsey Ruiz after the loss of her mother to cancer. Upon realizing the […]

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Children, Family, Grief, Parenting, Relationships

The “Sandwich Generation”: What is it? And, How to Manage this Life Role

By: Francine Martinez, Ph.D. | April 29, 2016

The question raised in the title is one that I found myself asking as I faced my “sandwich generation” role with an aging parent and an ill spouse — it sure feels like I’m in the middle of that sandwich! Writing a blog is both a learning/teaching opportunity, as well as a therapeutic one, so […]

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Children, Family, Parenting, Relationships, Stress

Instilling Family Values

By: Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. | April 22, 2016

Values are instilled at the heart of every family. They are the values that we feel are important to uphold when living our lives and interacting with our world. If asked what values are important in your family, some values may be bold and obvious while others may be a quiet undercurrent. Either way it […]

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Children, Family, Parenting

A Parent’s Guide to Managing Sibling Rivalry

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | March 18, 2016

When parents decide to have more than one child, it usually involves a fantasy about a perfect relationship between siblings. The reality is that sibling rivalry exists to some degree in virtually every family in which there is more than one child. It’s completely normal for siblings to have a natural rivalry. Siblings clash and […]

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Children, Family, Parenting

8 Steps to Help Your Child Learn Problem Solving Skills

By: Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. | March 4, 2016

As adults we solve problems all throughout the day, from minimal to major problems. We are called upon to make decisions and find solutions to problems occurring in our homes, jobs, relationships, health, etc. The list is endless! Many problems we fix are common and we have learned a variety of solutions to use without […]

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Children, Family, Parenting, Teens

Healthy Ways to Express Anger in a Relationship

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | January 29, 2016

No matter how much we love our partner, or how happy we may be in our relationship, feelings of anger are inevitable. Bottling up your anger or expressing it in the wrong way can damage trust and result in a loss of intimacy in your relationship. However, expressing anger in a healthy way will help […]

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Family, Personal Improvement, Relationships

Getting the Most from a New Year’s Resolution

By: Kelly Anderson, Ph.D. | December 28, 2015

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is almost upon us! This time of year often prompts people to reflect on the past twelve months and think about goals for the New Year. In fact, almost 50% of all American adults set a New Year’s resolution every year. However, research has shown that less than 10% […]

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Family, Holidays