NEPA Features Dr Maker: A Guide to Divorce Over the Holidays

NEPA Family Magazine features Dr. Maker’s article on guidelines for navigating divorce during the holiday season.  Divorce is a complicated process with many emotional tug-of-wars that can be painful for children.  These tug-of-wars sometimes become exacerbated during the holiday season, as each parent consciously or unconsciously vies for the children during the holiday celebrations.  Hence, children… Read more »


An Interview with Dr. Maker on Divorce & Children

The Littlest Bookshelf, an excellent resource for reviews on children’s books, conducted an in-depth interview with Dr. Maker on divorce and children.  To read the complete interview, please visit Littlest Bookshelf. The interview questions ranged from how Dr. Maker’s book, Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children was created, best ways to explain separation and divorce… Read more »


Managing Impulsivity in Children: Tips and Tools

Many parents and teachers struggle with excessively impulsive children. They wonder if the child is choosing to be oppositional, defiant, and intentionally disobedient, or if the child truly cannot control their behavior. They may even question whether their child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Parents and teachers believe that the child cognitively knows better,… Read more »


Collaboratively Explaining Divorce to Children

There are many different ways to explain divorce, a major life transition, to young children. Although there is no exact or perfect way to process divorce with children, there are some general guidelines that counselors, family lawyers, and advocates recommend that are in the best interest of children. Being in agreement on what to say… Read more »


Six Year Old Explains Emotional Needs To Divorced Parents

I recently viewed an extraordinarily powerful video of a six year old child explaining her emotional needs to her divorced parents.  This young girl shares in very poignant ways how she needs her parents to be friends, to be calm, to be stable, and to be nice to each other.  This video and what the… Read more »


Tips For Explaining Divorce To Young Children

Divorce is an emotionally complicated process and one that can be very difficult to explain to young children.  Although there is no one correct way to support children through a divorce, as children and families are unique, most professionals do agree on general guidelines that facilitate children’s well being during and after the divorce. When… Read more »


Increasing Focus & Productivity During Your Divorce

Divorce can be an emotionally complicated process that can sometimes debilitate your work performance, focus, and productivity.  Please read my article published in the Human Talent Network for effective tools and a guide on how to increase your work productivity, focus, and motivation at work during a divorce.  


Investigating the Effects of Screen Time on Children

Parents often worry about the amount of time their child is spending on electronics and how it is affecting their: social skills, motivation, attention, emotional regulation, and neurological functioning. Given the easy access to multiple media modes (TV, ipads, computers, iphones, etc.), electronics have become the “go to” in quiet moments. Screen time has also… Read more »


Is ADHD Overdiagnosed and Overmedicated?

Recently, I read a very informative article by Dr. Tynan (Director of Integrated Health Care, American Psychological Association Center for Psychology and Health) on the stunning number of young children who are diagnosed and medicated for attention-deficit-hyperactive disorder (ADHD) in the United States. The article states that an estimate of almost two hundred thousand 2-5… Read more »


How is Social & Academic Pressure Affecting Our Children?

In February 2015, I visited colleagues living in Palo Alto, CA who shared some disturbing news with me. There had been a recent flurry of suicides among high school students attending the local school. In attempting to research the facts, statistics, gender, and history of recent and previous teen suicides in Palo Alto, particularly in… Read more »