I'm looking forward to being in touch with you. This
newsletter is a way of my doing just that. I'll be
sharing some thoughts, Sanity Savers and information
publications, interviews, and seminars on a variety
As you may know, "I'm OK, You're My
Parents" was published by Henry Holt & Co. in April 2004
and I'm starting off this year with the publication
of the paperpack! Shortly "Wedding Sanity Savers,"
co-authored with Annie Gilbar, will be available.
Looking forward to being in touch and would
appreciate you sharing this newsletter with your
friends and colleagues (see Send to A Friend button
Wishing you a healthy, peaceful and balanced 2005.
Healthier Family Connections
Now that the holidays are over and we've dealt
with our families, we can enter a new year with the hope
of beginning healthier family connections.
about what you can do differently to foster the
changes you would like to see and practice them so
you'll be successful. You do not do this because you
believe you will change the other person. You
will change and therefore the relationship will change
Remember, you are not going to reconstruct this
relationship overnight. Begin with one step at a time.
Reflect on Time Together: Sit alone and
reflect on what happened and which emotions you
Assess Your Response and Consider
Keep Expectations Reasonable and Realistic
Remind Yourself What is Already Working
Attempt to Understand the Other Person's Point of
View and Visualize a Better Interaction
Practice Your New Response: e.g. in the mirror, with
a trusted friend, write a letter/e-mail which you
will likely not send
When You're Ready, Take Action
|"I'm OK, You're My Parents"
now in paperback
I'm OK, You're My Parents is now available in
paperback. Learn how to overcome guilt, let go of
anger, and create a relationship that works.
|Tips for Couples
With a New Baby
Keep a Sense of Humor and Perspective
Know You Will Feel Overwhelmed (ask for and
Presume You and Your Relationships Will Change
Anticipate a Change in Your Sex Life
Make Time To Do Things as a Couple
Be Conscious of Your Language and Tone
Confide Your Ups and Downs with Each Other
Expect Difficulties and the Unexpected
Emphasize One Another's Strengths
Focus on the Positive: Appreciate Each Other's
Unique Approach to Parenting
Rest and Sleep Whenever You Can
Encourage Taking Care of Yourself and Each Other
DALE V. ATKINS Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist,
lecturer and media commentator who appears regularly
on the Today show.
She has more than twenty-five
years of experience as a relationship expert,
focusing on families, couples, parenting, aging well
and stress management.
Dr. Atkins is the author
and/or co-editor of several books including
"Sisters", "From the Heart: Men and Women Write
Their Private Thoughts about their Private Lives",
"Families and their Hearing-Impaired Children", "I'm
OK, You're My Parents" and the soon to be released
"Wedding Sanity Savers".
Find out more....