Archive for the ‘Parenting’ Category

#51 Mommy, why do I have three dads?

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Welcome to my very first premium episode of Ask Dr. Harriet. Today, we meet a woman who not only is one of the foremost experts on divorce and the growing phenomenon of the multiple step family, she and her husband also are part of a large blended family. Ann Ordway is a divorce lawyer in New Jersey specializing in couples mediation, communication and family counseling. The sometimes devastating ways in which divorce and re-marriage impact children is why Ann and husband Steve started Little Voices. In this episode we discuss how you know when divorce is the only alternative, and steps you can take now to prevent your relationship from reaching that point. We also delve into how divorce has evolved in society, and what that means for children growing up. Music heard on this show includes Wouldn’t It Be Nice, by the Beach Boys and It’s Your Lucky Day Now, by AJ and the Frozen Tundra Blues Band.

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#49 – Crossroads

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Funny how doing anything for exactly one year can often spawn an epiphany. It tugs at us to change direction, however minor the adjustment, to breathe new life into what seemed perfectly on-course until that 365 day marker appeared in the rearview mirror. Okay, enough suspense already. Harriet Katz is branching out! And what an exciting ride it is going to be! Music heard on this show includes You Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet by Bachman Turner Overdrive.

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Your Dime

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Harriet KatzI heard from a listener that this week’s podcast on Mother/Daughter Relationships was not helpful. My (seemingly “idyllic”) experience with my daughter Gabi doesn’t resemble normal mother/daughter relationships. I disagree. (more…)

#46 – Mother-Daughter Relationships

Monday, March 31st, 2008

mother-daughter.jpg Today, an intimate snapshot of a very special, adult mother-daughter relationship. Thank you, Gabi! Music this episode includes “Child of Mine” by Carole King.

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Little Miracles

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Harriet KatzMarch 5th, 2008 will forever be a special day to me. Amid all the chaos and craziness in the world, our Antonia Josephine was born. Our first grandchild. Her presence reminds me of the absolute miracle of life. It makes me reflect on the gift of a new life being filled with love, joy, and peace. It also brings me back to the reality that, for many, it is the beginning of a long journey of pain.

The experts say if you were unlucky enough to have been abused or seriously troubled, there’s little chance of raising a well adjusted child. Someone who could be comfortable among the content and joyful crowd.

I’m here to tell you that you can. (more…)

#42 – Under Pressure

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

under-pressure_50.jpgColleges have always been pressure cookers. The crucibles in which young adults can be fired to greatness are also heating some students to dangerous levels. Suicide and attempts are rising, as is campus violence. What’s going on? Helping us to understand the myriad pressures that today’s kids are under is Dr. Lynda Doyle, a therapist in-touch with the college generation. We also look at the controversial book, "Doing School" by Denise Clark Pope. Music heard on the show includes "Under Pressure" by David Bowie.

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#37 – Drama Queens

Monday, January 28th, 2008

dramaqueen.jpgSpare us the histrionics! Is there a drama queen in your life? Everything is always about them. Adversity befalls only them. One thing you must not do is play into it. Here’s is your DQ survival kit. Guest Wendy Susman. Music heard on this show includes “Drama Queen” by Dave Blackledge. E-mail me at

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#29 – The User

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Harriet Katz

Users usually want money. Yours. Or sex. Maybe you’ve dated one of these guys. Trouble is, users are not easily spotted. Often they come disguised as well-meaning relatives, or the neighbor who never seems to have whatever it is he/she is always borrowing. Users are expert manipulators. Here’s how (and when) to say NO and mean it.

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Music this episode includes “29” by Dominic Castillo and the Rock Savants.

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#18 – Adoption Stories

Monday, August 27th, 2007

A very special expanded episode this week explores life after adoption. I hope you enjoy this encore presentation of my radio show, “Tune-In to Relationships.”

If you have an adoption story you’d care to share, or would like advice in this area, please e-mail me…

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