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 »


Protecting Children from Divorce Tug-of-Wars: Ten Golden Rules

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 »


Are Gifted Kids being Misdiagnosed with ADHD and Other Disorders?

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 like… Read more »


Family Changes Wins Two Awards in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

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 »


Separation-Anxiety and Divorce: Dr. Maker Reviews A Helpful Book

Separation-anxiety and divorce in young children is not uncommon, as a stressful life changing event can trigger anxiety and worries in children. I have reviewed a helpful children’s book, The Kissing Hand, on Littlest Bookshelf that could serve as an effective tool for adults to use with children struggling with separation anxiety during and after a… Read more »


Chicago Tribune Interviews Dr. Maker about Children’s Fears of Racism and Terrorism

Chicago Tribune interviewed Dr. Maker about children’s fears of racism and terrorism in today’s world. Children are growing up in a very different environment today, as they are surrounded by incidents, news, and conversations related to racism and terrorism. It is difficult for parents and adults to have honest and reassuring conversations with children and teenagers… Read more »


Dr. Maker Reviews a Helpful Book on Step-Children on Littlest Bookshelf

I recently reviewed a new and helpful book by Erin Mantz, titled Hey, Who’s In My House? Stepkids Speak Out on Littlest Bookshelf.  This book addresses the myriad of struggles and hopes step-children may experience during their parents’ journey through new marriages and blended families. Although divorce is a complicated process for both adults and children, creating… Read more »