Teen Suicide: Prevention is Key

We express our deepest sympathies to the family who lost their son recently at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, CA. The community is grieving with the family, and parents, clinicians, and educators are working hard to map the steps to teen suicide awareness and prevention. In 2014, the Center for Disease Control and… Read more »


Child-Centered Divorce Network Praises ‘Family Changes’ Book

Image by Precious Little One The founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network, Rosalind Sedacca, praises Family Changes: Explaining Divorce To Children, as an “outstanding book“. Ms. Sedacca states: “Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children is a new book written by Azmaira Maker, Ph.D. As founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network, I am often sent new books… Read more »


January is ‘Divorce Month’: Tips To Protect Your Kids.

January has been tagged as ‘Divorce Month‘ in both the U.S. and the U.K., given the unusually high number of calls to attorneys and therapists during this month. The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and the Independent hypothesize that the stressors of the holidays, travel, family time, and financial tensions create significant conflict between partners, which could lead to… Read more »


Help Support Kids Coping With a Traumatic Death

Today is the fourth anniversary of the Sandy Hook School shooting. It is with much sadness that we remember this day and event, and we offer our heartfelt sympathies to the families and the community who lost their loved children and family members. Since the Sandy Hook shooting, 160 schools have experienced a school shooting…. Read more »


Tips and Tools To Keep The Holidays Joyful For The Kids.

As the holidays approach, it is important for parents (married or divorced) to be mindful of the multiple accompanying stressors, and the need to keep the holidays joyful and peaceful for the kids. This article provides tips and tools to help parents minimize conflicts in the hopes of allowing kids to be kids in a… Read more »


Golden Rules for Protecting Kids From Divorce Tug-Of-Wars

Tips for protecting children from divorce tug-of-wars. Approximately 40-50% of couples end up in divorce in the United States (CDC; Washington Post, 2014), and approximately 1.5 million children are affected by divorce each year (Scientific American, 2013). Research has demonstrated that divorce can contribute to significant consequences in children, including anger, depression, anxiety, school and… Read more »


How to Still Be a Great Parent When Coping With Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression is one of the most common mental health issues in the U.S. If you have struggled with depression, know that you are not alone. It is estimated that 1 in 10 Americans struggle with depression at some point in their lives. If you are a mother, it… Read more »


How to Explain to Our Kids What Happened in Orlando

How are we explaining to young kids what just happened in Orlando?  Another senseless tragedy has occurred, this time in Orlando, and our deepest sympathies go out to all the families who have lost loved ones and the Orlando community. As I watch the news and read the papers, I keep asking myself, what about… Read more »


ADHD & Other Disorders: Are Gifted Kids Being Misdiagnosed?

Are gifted kids being misdiagnosed with ADHD and other disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and mood disorders? Unfortunately, the literature shows that the misdiagnoses of exceptionally bright children continues to occur. The most common misdiagnosis of gifted children tends to be attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as these children may present with ADHD… Read more »


Family Changes: 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner

Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children is a winner in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. We are delighted to share that Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children has won two awards. Family Changes has been awarded the WINNER in the “Best Cover Design Fiction” category, and an AWARD WINNING FINALIST in the Children’s Picture Book Category of the… Read more »