Why Kids Curse – How to Stop Kids From Cursing and Swearing


One day your sweet and innocent little child is going to open its mouth and instead of the language of a child, you will hear a profanity. Your child will not understand the meaning of the word, but they will know that it is a word that they have heard and feel confident in repeating. It is how you react to your child using adult language that sets the tone for how things will continue. In years...

Living Alone After a Relationship Breakdown


“Following three months with [girlfriend] I must now readjust to living alone again. These notes are written to give me the reassurance to work through the transition period: 1. You will recover! This is a fundamental truth. Your past experience confirms it. It may take one month or it may take six but you will recover the peace and tranquility you enjoyed prior to the relationship. 2...

How to Cope With a Long Distance Relationship


Being in a relationship, particularly a new or developing one, should be a happy time. Getting to know each other and spending time together is exciting and is what many of us describe as the ‘honeymoon period’ of a blossoming romance. However a relationship separated by a long distance can be very frustrating and challenging. It can be hard to feel that your relationship is...

When Your Child Is Assaulted


At the back of every parent’s mind lurks a dark fear. They bring a child into the world, watch it grow, and love it more than they can bear. And yet they also know that as the years pass that child will move further out into the world, a world in which assault is a real possibility. Different Forms of Assault Assault takes many forms. The most obvious example is school bullying. In some...

When You Discover Drugs in Your Child’s Bedroom


Most parents worry that their child will experiment with drugs. But you mustn’t overreact. Countless teenagers go through a drug’s phase and emerge unharmed. If you’ve discovered a cannabis joint or bag of cocaine, you aren’t the first and you won’t be the last. Initial Reaction Imagine the scene. You are hoovering your daughter’s bedroom and accidentally knock...

When You Want Children But Your Partner Does Not


In most relationships, a major question is whether or not to have children. Usually the couple are in agreement from the start: both either want them or do not. Sometimes, however, this is not so, and the situation needs to be handled with care. Understanding Your Partner First, you need to understand why your partner feels this way. Remember, the reasons they give may not be the real reasons...

When Your Child Won’t Let You See Your Grandchildren


Being estranged from one’s grown up children is hard enough, but when that also means losing your grandchildren the pain can be unbearable. Thankfully, there are ways of fighting back – including legal ones. Becoming Estranged People become cut off from their grandchildren for all sorts of reasons. Often, it is the child’s partner who causes the problems, sometimes as a form of...

When Your Child Befriends Dangerous People


Every parent is haunted by the fear that their teenager will befriend the wrong sort of people. Peer pressure is very real and very dangerous. Indeed, pregnancy, eating disorders, petty crime, drug addiction, and many other things, can often be traced to the influence of toxic friends. Understanding As with so many things in life, the more you understand the better. Growing up is hard. And it is...

Turning an Acquaintance Into a Friend


In one’s childhood and teens, friends come and go. Once you reach your thirties and forties, however, close, intimate friendships can be harder to find. The key is learning how to transform a casual acquaintance into something deeper and longer lasting. The Problem Of course, meeting new people is relatively easy. Even making friends is easy (if there is one thing the 21st-century produces...

When Your Partner Lies About Their Debts


No matter what sort of relationship you are in, trust is vital. Once trust is gone, it can be very hard to recover. And that is true not only of infidelity and drug use but also of money. Indeed, debt, especially when hidden, often destroys relationships altogether. Why People Get Into Debt People get into debt for all sorts of reasons. One of the problems with life in a materialistic society is...

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a consultant specializing in the social-personality psychology. His publications include magazine chapters, articles and self-improvement books on CBT for anxiety, stress and depression. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about political and social history.

*The views expressed by Mr. Goddard in this column are his own, are not made in any official capacity, and do not represent the opinions of his employers.