Have you ever considered the importance of your presence in the life of a child without actually being that’s child’s mother? What if we didn’t run from the role Aunt (whether it is a biological connection or the child of a best friend), while we are trying to conceive and instead embraced it? Is that possible?
The holiday season is often difficult for me. It’s s a time of particular loneliness for many on the spectrum – where the emphasis is on a social world that isn’t easy for us to navigate. For me, it’s also difficult for other reasons. Because it brings back bad memories.
"Tis the season...for electronics?! Again?! As a child psychiatrist, I dread January, when instead of being rested from a couple weeks off of school, many of my patients come in revved up and spaced out.
Though Ebenezer Scrooge's chronic embitterment and narcissism fortunately never resulted in his becoming a mass murderer, it conceivably could have. And, in extreme real life cases, clearly does. What can we learn from Scrooge to help us better understand and prevent tragedies like the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School?
A booming “ho, ho, ho” is one of the inescapable sounds of the holiday season. We expect the rich voice of Santa to bid people a Merry Christmas, not the squeaky voice of one of his diminutive elf helpers. Based on the characteristics of leaders's voices around the world, it seems the sound of Santa's voice makes him safe among his elf constituency for generations to come.
December 21, 2012 the National Rifle Association (NRA) blamed the media for promoting violent video games and movies and then cited these phenomena as the primary causes of mass violence. The biggest fear many parents have is that exposure to such media may turn our kids into violent people in the world. However, research does not support this concern.
To address 2012 graduates aspiring to dazzling careers, UPenn picked someone who hasn't worked for pay in a decade, and whose self-stated mission is "to bring smiles to the world and stillness to my heart". At the heart of his message were four key insights gleaned from a radical 1000 km walking pilgrimage through the villages of India -- and received a standing ovation.
Relationship to the deceased makes a difference in how various mourners respond. Each group deals differently. Where a member was killed, families grief is more intense and extended over time.. Help is important but more important over time There is no quick healing as they deal with their own pain, their other children's pain and the unreality of what has happened
"Cancer attacks the mental well-being of not only the host, but also the family of the host. And with the incidence of childhood cancer increasing by over 20% from 1975-2007, the issues resulting from a diagnosis of cancer are becoming more common," says Trevor Schaefer. The new book "The Boy on the Lake" by Susan Rosser tells his story.
Does it seem like Christmas or your birthday comes sooner and sooner each year? As a child, it seemed like they would never get here. As an adult, they seem to come around sooner and sooner. Why is it that time appears to go more quickly as we get older?
Many single parents face a lonely holiday season without their children. It's the other caregiver's turn to watch them open presents. Attending a huge family gathering may not be the best way to ease the pain.
In the aftermath of a shooting spree, people grossly overestimate the likelihood that it could happen to them, due to the availability heuristic. In reality, people are much safer than they think they are.
Most parents want more for their children than individual achievement. We also want them to be “good kids” - children who act with kindness and generosity toward their families, their friends, and their communities. These are universal values, shared by parents who are secular and religious, liberal and conservative.
This Christmas morning, many youngsters will wake to find video games, gaming systems, handheld gaming consoles, smartphones, and laptops wrapped underneath their trees. What are the effects of videogaming on children’s development? Should we worry?