Marriage Expert Dr. Karen Ruskin & NECN Anchor Joy Lim Nakrin

Marriage – empty nest, pre-marriage, newlyweds, long time marrieds – looking for a few practical tips? During my bi-weekly segment on NECN’s morning news with Joy Lim Nakrin, where I provide analysis and tips on timely topics, today I discussed: marriage, including my marriage book: Dr. Karen’s Marriage Manual. If you wish to watch this interview on demand, here is the link: Marriage – what you need to know. If you wish to learn more about my much talked about marriage book discussed on air, check out this link: Dr. Karen’s Marriage Manual.

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Keynote Dr. Karen Ruskin at Foxborough Regional Charter School

This weekend I had the pleasure of being the keynote speaker for the Foxborough Regional Charter School’s annual Family Engagement Conference – Parenting in the 21st Century. My keynote: Digital Media – the effects on the developing brain.

My intent for this keynote was to provide the most up to date research, as well as real life practical tips. Thus resulting in parents feeling both informed and empowered to make the best choices for their family in creating a healthy digital media plan (AKA screen time plan), for their children and family.

A few of the topics I addressed included:   [click to continue…]

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Boys are getting lost, in school and at home. They don’t have a voice. Boys becoming men is an important topic that is not being addressed, and we are seeing the problematic outcome of this. The tragic Santa Fe School Shooting, is one of far too many cases of a young male expressing inner turmoil with outward violence. Boys express deep emotional pain with outward anger resulting in violence.

FOX News At Night’s Shannon Bream with Dr. Karen Ruskin

This is but a few of my points during an interview on FOX News at Night with Shannon Bream. If you missed it on air live on 5/18/18, the link is available for you to view on demand: Sante Fe Shooting – Psychotherapist Commentary.


Psychotherapist Dr Karen Ruskin, Anchor Joy Lim Nakrin on NECN

Teenagers: to work this summer or not to work? That is the question, and my most recent on air discussion during my regular bi-weekly appearance on NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin, where I share analysis and tips on timely topics through my lens as a Psychotherapist/Family Therapist.

My answer: oh yes! There is much value for a teenager to work over the summer, which absolutely includes mental health. If you missed this live interview, check out the why and the what for summer jobs by viewing it now: Teens and the value of working over the summer.

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On air today on Sharon Community TV (SCTV) I hosted a panel discussing the importance of voting yes to ban recreational marijuana shops. Each panelist provided through their lens of expertise, factual information to the public as to why voting yes to the ban is absolutely the decision urged.

Dr. Karen Ruskin , J.J. McGrath, Connie Dai, Jill Katz

We provided our viewers with the information that on Tuesday May 8th at 7pm at the Sharon High School gym 66% of those in attendance must vote yes to ban recreational marijuana shops here in our town of Sharon, otherwise, it is coming…. Therefore, every vote counts. If you are interested in viewing our 30 minute informative panel discussion program to learn more, it airs daily starting today leading up to voting day & beyond on local Sharon TV Channel 8 (check what times on SCTV website). Or, view now: Dr. Karen Ruskin & Panel: Vote Yes To Ban Recreational Marijuana Shops. Below in this blog you will find the following: panelists information, a summary of a few of the points explored on air, and links to various videos and articles to learn facts and details about Marijuana so that you can be ‘in the know’ with evidence based research and factual information rather than simply having emotional based bias that is far too often posted on social media. [click to continue…]

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So many people are on social media. Thus, many know what it is like to post their opinion about a debate-worthy topic to only get blasted personally rather than the focus being on the debate topic at hand.

NECN – Anchor Joy Lim Nakrin, Psychotherapist Dr. Karen Ruskin

Why is the communication style for some on social media attack oriented and aggressive? What are tips to be a healthy social media communicator? How to respond to the unhealthy communicators? If you are interested in the answer to these questions, check out my latest interview on NECN where anchor Joy Lim Nakrin and I discuss this very topic. Social Media: healthy debate vs hurtful communication

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Sharon Town Meeting TUESDAY MAY 8th at 7pm (updated from Monday May 7th) is important to attend if you do not desire to have one of the largest Marijuana (MJ) cultivation/growing facility (large half acre) in MA, specifically located in Sharon, as well as a 2nd location in Sharon for a recreational Marijuana retail store. As a mental health practitioner in Sharon and as a Sharon resident, I feel it is my duty to take the time to assure that my fellow residents are aware of this upcoming vote. As it has come to my attention that many Sharon residents are not only unaware of the date of town meeting, additionally many are unaware of what is on the docket that specifically, unless 2/3 rd’s of the voters (that’s 66% of those attending) say YES to ban the facility, both facilities WILL be going up. ‘Say yes to say no’ details below: [click to continue…]

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As the keynote speaker for Foxborough Regional Charter School’s Family Engagement Conference 2018 I shall discuss: Digital Heroin- the effects of screen time on the developing brain. This will be my 3rd year in a row as a speaker for FRCS, and I am proud to be invited back. Each year is a different timely topic as a school that provides up-to-date information and tips that parents want to know. Save the Date: Saturday May 19, 2018. Sign up NOW, reserve your spot today. Details below: [click to continue…]

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Football! The season is coming closer. For anyone who is the parent of a High School football player, or for anyone who currently is a player or has played football knows how meaningful football is in the lives of the players, the school, and the community. The connection and bond teammates have is undeniable, the life lessons and life skills is significant in terms of what is received by the High School football player. This is the one sport that kids of all social groups come out and cheer together. The town comes together. Here in Sharon where I am the proud parent of a football player, there is a wonderful opportunity available for this upcoming football season for a football coach to be an important part of Sharon High School, a top rated school, and top rated town to live in. Sharon High School has an opening for a head football coach and/or for an assistant football coach. Since this news has been uncovered just but a few months away from practice starting and the beginning of the season, we are all excited about who will be apply and ultimately be hired.

This group of boys are passionate about football, they are a solid team who work together on and off the field and have heart. Whoever the coach is that joins this team will have a fabulous opportunity to be a part of a great group of kids in an excellent school. The team is excited about the opportunity to find out who is going to be their coach for the 2018 season. Seeing that the job opening is public on the MIAA site, I took that advertisement and provided below the key points as a summary. Why would a parent of a football player who has a counseling practice in the town of Sharon, and therefore typically writes on her blog about mental health topics decide to go outside of her usual writing to post a job opening? Well, the answer is obvious. I care. This matters. And, thus anything I can do to play a part in spreading the word I am game for and thus took it upon myself to do so. Hey, take action on what you believe in, right? Isn’t that what I help people everyday to do? Word of mouth can at times be the difference that makes the difference, right? You never know. Here’s the information below on the job description and where to apply, spread the word. [click to continue…]

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Dr Karen with Joy Lim Nakrin on NECN

If you are the parent of a teenager, then it is quite possible your teen is sexting. As NECN’s trusted go-to Psychotherapist/Family Therapist, this past week I had the opportunity to provide viewers with education regarding teen sexual development, my reaction to JAMA’s latest study about teenagers and sexting, share my timely analysis, and offer concrete parenting tips.

I invite you to check out my latest live-on-air discussion with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin to learn more: Teenagers and Sexting: Parenting Tips.

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