Katie's Take
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    It’s a delicate time – if not every parent’s worst nightmare - when a child enters puberty.

    Not only are their bodies changing physically, but hormones are raging and bad moods are in full swing. Katie Couric spoke with Dr. Barbara Greenberg, parenting expert and clinical psychologist, all about how parents can talk with their teens, and finally get some answers. Every parent wants to know what is going on inside their teenager’s head, and while the normal instinct is to give them the third degree about their day, Dr. Greenberg strongly encourages us not to interrogate temperamental teens.

    Avoid direct, general questions like, “How was your day?” or “How was the date?” Teens will respond more positively to indirect questions like “How was the movie?” because they aren’t ready to give you a whole bunch of information at once. Listening is an important part of any conversation, and interrupting your child may not get you much response.

    Most adolescents are discovering who

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    You know the saying, "Everything in moderation." It turns out that may be true for our bad habits, as well.

    I spoke to Dr. Ryan Fuller, a clinical psychologist, about the positive impact some of our bad habits may have if we keep some control over them. For example, I'm a procrastinator. Always have been and always will be. Dr. Fuller says a little bit of procrastination can actually calm us down, temporarily relieve stress and help us approach tasks more efficiently when we begin them. There are two types of procrastinators, the ones who blow off a task and miss a deadline and the ones who just wait until the last minute because they thrive on the adrenaline rush. If you're the latter, odds are you're OK.

    Dr. Fuller also said a little bit of red wine (one glass a day for women and two for men) is perfectly fine, and so is a little chocolate. In fact, the flavonoids in dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for heart disease. Also, a catnap during the

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    It’s Monday morning, and the day begins with a moment of panic.

    “Where are my keys?”

    As the search begins, the clock is ticking and you're already late for work. After turning over pillows, opening drawers and even checking the trash can, you find them in your bag…where they've been all along.

    As frustrating as they can be, moments like that are pretty common and probably brought on by stress induced memory loss. I spoke to Dr. Gayatri Devi about all these little lapses of memory we experience, how to prevent them and when they may be a sign of something more serious. Dr. Devi, a neurologist and director of New York Memory and Healthy Aging Services, suggests that simple mind exercises can help, particularly ones that utilize a very different part of the brain than you're accustomed to using. If you sit at a computer analyzing data all day, do something physical or manual to wake up the rest of your brain.

    We begin to experience memory loss at the early stages of

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