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The Emotional Toll of Childhood Obesity

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on September 19, 2017 in Grand Rounds
Why is still okay to tease "the fat kid?"
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The Problem of School Refusal

Most children look forward to the new school year with joy and enthusiasm. But for kids with school refusal, it is a nightmare for them and their parents.

Neuropsychological Evaluations 101

Thinking of getting your child "tested," but have no idea what that means? Read this FAQ to get some basic information about neuropsychological evaluations.

Young Yogis Rock

By Gail F. Melson Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Why the Wild Things Are
Contemplative practices, like yoga, mindfulness meditation, guided imagery and relaxation breathing can help children deal with stress, reduce anxiety and improve well-being.

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Attachment Styles

Attachment styles can affect our partner selection, the way in which we relate to our significant other, and the behaviors we display during the course of our relationship.

Do You Want to Raise an Obedient Child?

That doesn't mean you don't set limits. And sometimes children do have to do what adults say. But children also need to learn they have a right to say no sometimes.

Interview with Rene Denfeld, Author of "The Child Finder"

By Jennifer Haupt on September 19, 2017 in One True Thing
"It’s a myth that healing is something we must do internally, all by ourselves. Healing is the great gift we can give each other."

16 Fun Games to Play with Toddlers & Preschoolers in the Car

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Car rides can be meaningful ways to engage with toddlers and young children. They can help strengthen a playful bond and grow children's vocabulary and skills.

How to Respond Effectively to a Young Person's Anger

"Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry."
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Early Adolescence and the Fear of Change

Although parents sometimes feel critical of adolescent changes, they should also be admiring: Separating from childhood and starting to grow takes a lot of courage.

Changes in Coverage Threaten Mental Health Parity

Children with mental illness require regular monitoring and behavior management. Now, insurance companies and legislation threaten equitable access to mental health treatment.

Millennial Men, Women and Casual Sex

Millennial men may not be hooking up as much as we think they are, but their attitudes towards women suggest a deeper problem

Being Hard on Yourself Doesn't Make You a Better Parent

What we can do is make the commitment to increase our ratio of good parenting moments, and keep working at it, day after day.

Teaching Children to Be Honorable

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Memory Medic
Children are biologically wired to behave falsely. Where do they learn moral values and respect for truth?

How You Might be Enabling Your Adult Child's Inertness

By Brad E Sachs Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Emptying The Nest
Does your young adult seem unwilling to overcome obstacles? Perhaps your generosity is getting in the way.

Understanding School Refusal

With the school year officially upon us, many families may be facing heightened anxiety of their children related to school. There are ways that parents can help.

Is Your Mother Narcissistic or Controlling?

By Peg Streep on September 06, 2017 in Tech Support
It's true that children whose emotional needs weren't met by their mothers share common ground, but there are still important differences that affect individual development.

Psychological Problems: Are They Your Parent's Fault?

There's no such thing as a perfect childhood. And while some of your struggles may have helped you grow stronger, others may have left long-lasting emotional scars.
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Children Need to Be Taught to Protect Their Hearing

By Shari Eberts on September 06, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Children are more at risk from noise-induced hearing loss than ever before. We need to teach them how to protect their hearing before it is too late.

3 Ways Your Childhood Shaped the Core Beliefs You Hold On To

The simple life lessons you learned in childhood influence the choices you make as an adult.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Falling Out of Love with Your Adolescent

When the magic of parenting a child ends, the different, but equally magical, job of parenting an adolescent begins.

Parents, Please Don't Attend Your Child's Job Interview

A survey reveals that parents are getting more involved in their adult children's careers. And it's doing more harm than good.

Change Your Parenting: Get Me Re-Write!

Here's the key. Don't just decide to act differently next time. Instead, reprogram your subconscious, and give yourself a new script for how you want to respond.

How to Spot a Cyber Bullying Victim Before It Is Too Late

When it comes to bullying behavior, toxic texting is the new fistfight at the bike racks. Yet unlike an after school sucker punch, online bullying can be deadly.

This Is Your Brain on First Grade

By Lydia Denworth on August 30, 2017 in Brain Waves
When kids start grade school, they have to learn to sit still and pay attention. That experience helps them develop better executive functioning.
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"How's Your Sugar?"

By Elizabeth Young on August 29, 2017 in Adaptations
This was bad news.  Alice August, a girl in my fifth-grade class, had diabetes, and she was a mess. 
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Language Development

We have been exploring the enigma of language — its power in helping us understand one another, and the mischief caused by misinterpretations.

When Bullies Go Back to School: Spot Them, and Stop Them

Back to school is a time of excitement, or dread--depending on whether or not a child is being bullied. Spot and stop bullies from ruining another year for victims and families.

What You Didn't Know About François Grosjean

François Grosjean started this blog in 2010 and more than 1.3 millions readers have visited it since then. But who is this rather discreet researcher known the world over?

My Child a Bully? Never! Well Maybe…

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on August 28, 2017 in Raising Parents
How can a parent help their child when he is bullying others? A few suggestions to get to the heart of the problem.
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A New Diagnosis for the DSM?

Examining Non-Verbal Learning Disorder.
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Treating Nazis: Analytic Considerations on Hate

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on August 28, 2017 in Full Living
Hate is a normal part of the human condition. What separates us from those in hate groups is we had a childhood that helped us learn how to manage our feelings.

The Value of Pre-school

the preschool experience should help her to feels good about herself and enjoy going to school.

Back to School: Packing Your Emotional Backpack

Witnessing the pain of our children—the shutting down and withdrawal—may reawaken feeling-traps of our own, and cause us to respond in disproportionate ways.