Dear Rhonda & Dr. Cheri

Rhonda’s Top 10 columns and podcasts

Rhonda teamed with therapist Cheri L. McDonald, PhD, LMFT, to write a weekly newspaper column for several years, and also recorded podcasts about the topics they addressed. Here are Rhonda’s picks for her Top 10 favorites of those columns (and the associated podcasts).

  • The Pain of Being Ostracized Dear Rhonda and Dr. Cheri, My best friend and I work together. Her sister also works with us. Her family liked her first husband better than the guy she just married. None ...
  • Bullies Need Help, Too > Dear Rhonda and Dr. Cheri, My nine-year-old daughter was always shy, but I’ve put her into activities. The principal just told me she’s in a group of bullies. You could’ve hit ...
  • Bully Fatigue Dear Rhonda and Dr. Cheri, My cousin committed suicide last month and I can’t understand what happened. She was only 11. Not only was she bullied for five years by three of ...
  • One-Upping: The Game Where Everyone Loses Dear Rhonda and Dr. Cheri, My problem with my daughter-in-law is awful. I can’t figure out why she reacts to me as if we’re in a competition, which we aren’t. Why ...
  • “J/K” Does Not Make it OK Hello, Moms and Listeners! My dear mother passed away a few days ago in hospice care after suffering a fall. I’m out of town and will be away for a time. Please ...
  • Whatever Happened to Gratitude? Dear Rhonda and Dr. Cheri, I’m a teacher and I dread going back to work in the fall. The reason is ingratitude. I don’t feel recognized, appreciated, or cared about by ...
  • The Barbie Bullies Dear Rhonda and Dr. Cheri, I’ve been reading about Barbie with new sizes and shapes. My grandkids have Barbie dolls, and not one has ever said anything about Barbie’s unrealistic figure. I’m ...
  • Oversharers Need Boundaries Dear Rhonda and Dr. Cheri, A co-worker flies into our break room to tell anyone who’ll listen her latest horror story about a boyfriend. She blurts out unbelievable amounts of personal information ...
  • Your Happiness: One Thing Bullies Can’t Stand Dear Rhonda and Dr. Cheri, I can’t tell my parents about the kids that bully me. They already had to deal with it with my sister. My sister is in high ...
  • Unique, Just Like Everyone Else Dear Rhonda and Dr. Cheri, Our son went into high school and suddenly he is hanging out with kids who do drugs and drink. He said he doesn’t. He dresses in wild ...