Nature vs. Nurture, the age old debate and important discussion as to what influences us as humans. When it comes to formal educational attainment and success, it is my strong opinion that this is not an either/or debate. As a psychotherapist working with individuals of all ages, families and couples, it is quite clear to me that the subject of nature vs. nurture is rather: nature AND nurture effects who we are. Thus, a both/and scenario not an either/or debate.

Joy Lim Nakrin & Dr. Karen Ruskin

During my regular bi-weekly mental health segment on NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin where I provide analysis and tips on timely topics that viewers want to learn about, it is this most recent episode that the topic of nature vs. nurture and educational attainment was discussed. If you missed my live interview where we discuss a new study in ‘Nature Genetics’ revealing genes as predictor for educational attainment, my analysis, perspective and tips for parents and kids, I invite you to view it on demand: Nature vs. Nurture: educational attainment.

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The 5 Part series on mental health in the NBA cannot go unnoticed, especially by a Psychotherapist such as myself in particular as I counsel professional athletes and coaches at the highest level as well as the college and High School level providing individual treatment, relationship/marriage counseling, and family therapy. I am so glad and proud of the NBA that they are highlighting mental wellness, as it is not just an NBA problem it is an everybody problem. Calling attention to mental health and wellness will indeed help the many. Thus, I wanted to make it a point to provide the link to the series on my blog today as I am confident there are a wide range of points and stories that the public will find helpful.

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Joy Lim Nakrin & Dr. Karen Ruskin on NECN

As parents, helping one’s children to adjust to the new school year, and transition smoothly when change occurs, all kinds of change, is an important part of parenting. During my bi-weekly segment on NECN this morning, I provided parenting tips to help with the process. If you missed my live segment, here’s the link for viewing on demand: Helping children adjust to change.

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Joy Lim Nakrin & Dr. Karen Ruskin

New U.S. Census Bureau research shows that the income couples report on Census Bureau surveys do not always match tax data. Why the discrepancy? During my bi-weekly segment on NECN where I provide analysis and tips on timely mental health topics, I weighed in on this topic. Additionally, I discussed financial secrecy between couples in terms of what they do or do not disclose to one another. Concrete tips for having a healthy financial relationship was addressed. If you missed this live segment, provided is the link for viewing on demand: Relationship Financial Secrecy.

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The Me Too movement is extremely significant. The importance of holding those accountable for sexual assault is imperative. The after-effects this movement has had on dating and relationships is profound as well. I am hearing from males and females their experience in dating in terms of how this movement has effected them.

During my bi-weekly segment on NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin, this week’s discussion I provided viewers with the view of males and females in the effects Me Too has had on dating. Although this is not the experience of all males and all females, it is certainly enough of a theme posted by celebrities for the public to read, as well as the everyday public whom are coming in for relationship coaching expressing their challenges.

If you missed my interview live, as always, here is the link for viewing on demand: MeToo’s impact on dating: males vs. females.

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What is independence? How can you help yourself and your children be independent? These are the questions I answered and Claiming Your Independence is the topic I addressed this week, during my regular bi-weekly mental health segment on NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin.

Dr Karen Ruskin & Joy Lim Nakrin on NECN

As we celebrate the national July 4th holiday of Independence Day, as a mental health professional I see this as an opportunity to help people to claim their independence on Independence Day. For viewing on demand, in the event you missed this live segment, here is the link: Claim Your Independence.

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Anchor Joy Lim Nakrin with Psychotherapist Dr. Karen Ruskin

Summer is a time of transition for many families. Which means adjustment. During my regular bi-weekly mental health segment on NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin, we discussed this topic today. We explored that for some families this results in positive feelings, excitement and connection. For others the result is family tension, family conflict and feelings of nervousness. Whether children are transitioning to summer camp or to college or to returning home for the summer from college… whether adults are trying to adjust to their child spending time over the summer with their x-spouse, with grandparents, leaving for graduate school or their child is back home post college – parents and kids may desire a few tips to help them experience a happy, adjusted summer transition. I invite you to view my latest interview, if you missed it live-on-air this morning, it is now available for viewing on demand: Summer Transition For Families.

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For many, thoughts of the summer and the summer itself, brings smiling faces. For others, summer time is filled with anxiety, emotional discomfort and feelings of sadness. During my bi-weekly regular mental health segment on NECN with Joy Lim Nakrin, this week’s topic: Summer Mental Health I address 4 top reasons why there are those who struggle emotionally during the summer months. Additionally, I provide 4 tips to help make your summer be an emotionally healthy one. You are invited to view this segment, and all of my segments on demand, if you miss them live-on-air.

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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.

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