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Marcia Sirota

Author, speaker, coach and MD

Marcia Sirota is an author, speaker, coach and psychiatrist. She's the founder of the Ruthless Compassion Institute, whose mandate is to help people have better relationships, be happier and create good habits.
Here's Some Graduation Advice That Could Save Your Child's

Here's Some Graduation Advice That Could Save Your Child's Career

If you've grown up with parents who overprotected you, did too much for you, and made you feel like everything was coming to you, you're going to be at an even greater disadvantage than the average graduate in today's marketplace. These helicopter parents love their kids but they're doing them a terrible disservice, as their kids are coming out of college and university lacking the basic skills and mindset that will set them up for success.
06/06/2017 12:11 EDT
The 12-Step Cure For Helicopter

The 12-Step Cure For Helicopter Parenting

If parents and schools make it too easy for young people to shirk their work, it's unlikely that these youth will ever be willing or able to do what's necessary, in order to excel in their training or in their future jobs. If a young person has had helicopter parenting and/or has graduated from a college that coddled them, how can they overcome these disadvantages and achieve success in the workplace? It's simple, if not easy. They have to learn the attitudes and skills that will make it possible for them to succeed.
05/08/2017 11:26 EDT
Helicopter Parents Are Raising Unemployable

Helicopter Parents Are Raising Unemployable Children

Helicopter parents think that they're doing what's best for their kids but actually, they're hurting their kids' chances at success. In particular, they're ruining their kids' chances of landing a job and keeping it.
05/02/2017 12:41 EDT
Is Your Style Of Relating Successful Or

Is Your Style Of Relating Successful Or Problematic?

In working with people for over 25 years, I've identified five styles of human interaction. What do I mean by five styles of interaction? I'm describing the ways that people relate to one-another based on what's driving them internally and how much awareness they're bringing to their relationships.
04/06/2017 12:11 EDT
Want To Connect More To Others? Learn To 'Just Be' With

Want To Connect More To Others? Learn To 'Just Be' With Them

It seems that people have become more and more alienated lately. More often than not, our mode of interaction is transactional, as opposed to empathetic. "Empathetic" and "transactional" are two of the ways that people behave with one-another, and they're quite the opposite.
04/03/2017 11:55 EDT
How To Inadvertently Turn Your Kid Into A

How To Inadvertently Turn Your Kid Into A Sociopath

Parents do their kids no favours when they're in denial of their child's capacity for behaving badly. Parents need to stop idealizing their children. They need to see that even their precious darlings are capable of behaving badly, and that it's their job to guide these children onto the right path in life. If parents remain this state of denial, their children are deprived of of this guidance.
03/21/2017 11:32 EDT
The Entertainment Industry Double Standard Hurting Women And

The Entertainment Industry Double Standard Hurting Women And Men

Sex is great, being sexy is great, looking sexy is great. Double standards, not so much. I don't see why a young actress in a magazine article describing her talent and her latest projects must be photographed in her underwear, when a young man in the same situation is photographed in jeans and a shirt.
03/09/2017 01:45 EST
Make March Break More Meaningful For Your

Make March Break More Meaningful For Your Teens

Parents need to take advantage of every opportunity to redirect their teens' energies toward more constructive and fulfilling activities, or risk raising a generation of irresponsible, entitled youth with barely any coping skills to bring to their adult lives.
03/06/2017 05:23 EST