Family Matters

The Union-Tribune's family editor talks to you about the latest news that affects you and your family. Call Jane at 866-818-6384, every Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Recent Shows

Making Marriage Work - Download

Local psychologist David Wexler, founder of the San Diego-based Relationship Training Institute, stops by to talk about marriage - how to build a strong foundation before the big day with the person you've chosen, how to make the marriage you're in a stronger one, what to do when it seems yours isn't going to work. Wexler also will discuss an upcoming workshop for couples.

Published: December 11, 2008

Single Parents and the Holidays - Download

Sherri Langburt, founder of, gives tips to single parents for navigating the delicate sharing that must go on this time of year including: sharing custody, how to avoid competing with the gifts you give to the kids and staying civil in the face of unwanted commentary from family and/or friends.

Published: December 4, 2008

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? - Download

Ah, Thanksgiving. Getting together with family. Having your mom ask when you're going to start a family, your dad asking if you're ever going to leave that dead-end job, your brother or sister igniting old sibling rivalries. Jeremy Greenberg takes a very funny look at all that in his book, "Relative Discomfort: The Family Survival Guide." Given that these gatherings can be fraught with tension, reading a chapter or two before going could put you in just the right frame of mind.

Published: November 20, 2008

Networking Mothers - Download

Alicia Campen founded Java Mama in San Diego after her first child was born so she would have a way to get together with other mothers feeling similar isolation. Gabriela Dow created Friends with Class for much the same purpose in North County - to get new moms out and to provide classes and workshops and other resources for them. Both women talk about how it's worked and what they have in mind for the future.

Published: November 13, 2008

Kids and Politics - Download

With the election around the corner, how do you get your children more involved? Jamie Woolf, author of "Mom-in-Chief: How Wisdom from the Workplace Can Save Your Family from Chaos," which comes out in February, is a leadership expert who talks about how to develop children's awareness of the political process, without "teaching" them how to vote.

Published: October 30, 2008

Planning for Baby - Download

The latest trend in growing a family is the "baby planner," the person who does everything from organizing your shower, to helping you shop for the right products and clothing right down to childproofing your home. Local baby planners Kate Cresto of and Carrie Furet of talk about their services and the new industry in general.

Published: October 23, 2008

Family Finances - Download

Dr. Linda Haack Rogers, local pyschologist, on how parents reeling from current financial problems -- from cutting back on expenses to more serious situations such as job layoffs or foreclosures -- can best approach discussions with their children and what is best said, and left unsaid, to different age groups.

Published: September 26, 2008

Grandparents Are A Good Thing - Download

Author and intergenerational educator Susan Bosak, chair of the Legacy Project, talking about Grandparents Day and about her organization's goal to increase awareness of the importance of the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.

Published: September 5, 2008

Girls and the middle school years - Download

"Pretty, Hot and Popular" is the name of the program designed to help girls at this critical age sort out the issues they inevitably face. Clinical psychologist and mother of a daughter in middle school, offers advice and resources to parents for helping their girls navigate this important stage.

Published: July 18, 2008

Childhood Obesity - Download

Amy Hendel, resitered physician assistant and author of "Fat Families, Think Families: How to Save Your Family from the Obesity Trap" talks about how, no matter what the weight of family members, there are nutritionally beneficial ways for parents and kids to eat. She also urges families to make food changes together, to increase the risk of success for everyone involved. She proposes a 4 "P" action plan (Plan, Prepare, Portion, Play) will help families unite as supportive team members and take back control of the kitchen and their health.

Published: July 11, 2008

Father/Son Relationships - Download

Walking up to Father's Day, Neil Bernstein discusses his new book - "There When He Needs You: How to Be an Available, Involved, and Emotionally Connected Father to Your Son." Bernstein believes dads need to be more aware of the importance of their role and how it benefits them and their children.

Published: June 13, 2008

Kids and Discipline - Download

In "Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm," psychologist and author Beth Grosshans addresses the problem in families where kids, as she puts it, are running the show. She believes parents have given up their power and now they're paying for it with unruly children. She talks about her five-step plan to restore order to parents and build self-control and cooperation in children.

Published: June 6, 2008

Saying NO to Kids and Meaning It - Download

Local psychologist Linda Haack-Rogers talks about the importance of saying no when parents feel that's the right response. And more importantly, not backing down, or waffling, just because you worry your kids will be angry with you.

Published: May 23, 2008

Mother/Daughter Relationships - Download

Walking up to Mother's Day, Cheryl Dellasega, international expert on family relationships and author of several books on girls and women, discusses how mothers and daughters can have more enriching relationships.

Published: May 9, 2008

Choosing a Guardian for Your Child - Download

Lawyer Alexis Martin Neely is author of a new book outlining for parents the importance of naming financial and custodial guardians in the event something happens to them. Without that preparation, she points out, children are legal limbo, at risk for going into foster care should both parents die, and could end up being pulled apart by family members who battle for custody.

Published: May 2, 2008

How to Cope with the Loss of a Child - Segment I - Download

Ken Druck, founder of the Jenna Druck Foundation, discussed the ways the foundation helps parents and other family members cope when a child dies, as his daughter Jenna did during a semester abroad in college.

Published: April 16, 2008

How to Cope with the Loss of a Child - Segment 2 - Download

Additional focus on how that loss can affect a marriage. He also talked about a growing leadership program at the foundation for young women in middle and high school, which is his legacy in memory of Jenna.

Published: April 16, 2008

Arts Funding - Download

Valerie Scher, Arts Critic for the Union-Tribune, and Marion Scire, creator of Classic for Kids, a San Diego County program to bring classical music and more to local children, talk about the importance of the arts as part of young people's broad education.

Published: April 9, 2008

Summer Camp II - Download

Mark Thompson from the YMCA's Camp Surf and Kirsten Kessler, Resident Camp Specialist for the Girl Scouts, talked about how kids - and their parents -- can get the best out of the summer camp experience.

Published: March 31, 2008

Summer Camp - Download

When kids go to camp, it's not unusual for them to get homesick, but now camp directors are dealing with parents suffering from "childsickness." Psychologist and author Michael Thompson, who works with the American Camp Association, says more parents can't bear to be away from their children and send them to camp with cell phones and otherwise don't cut the cord. Thompson says that isn't good for kids, whether they are gone to camp or to college. They need to be on their own, learn to solve problems on their own, go through tough times on their own, so they can figure things out, including how to make decisions.

Published: March 24, 2008

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