Learning Years

Learning Years: Gender & Identity Exploration

July 30, 2019 "Fortunately, some youngsters are allowed to gradually learn who they are with supportive families." The notion of gender gets more complex the more socially ubiquitous it becomes, but parents p...

Tips to help your child overcome negative thinking

Negative thoughts lead to more negative thoughts, but using logic and self-reflection can help guide your child out of this pattern. Party pooper, stick in the mud, and Debbie Downer are all terms for negative...

The importance of object permanence on babies.

By Pat Blackwell, Ph.D., 1.10.19 There are simple ways to observe your child's play and interact with them to create lasting effects to their motor and cognitive development. Renowned Swiss child psychologis...

3 key steps you need for potty training success.

by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. Left to their own devices, most toddlers learn to use the potty without much fuss. They peek at mommy or daddy as they engage in the target toileting behavior. Or they run around in t...

Mastery and Achievement

By Pat Blackwell, October 2018 Intelligence is related to school performance but does not itself determine academic success. Why? Because other factors such as motivation are foundations of learning and perf...

Creating a Solid Relationship with your Teen

By Pat Blackwell, Ph.D   It may feel precarious and difficult at times, but you can create a solid relationship with your teen.  There are many similarities in the ways of managing children–from toddler...

Are your kid’s supplements really adding up?

By Pat Blackwell, Ph.D., September 13, 2018 An astonishing number of American children are consuming dietary supplements including but not limited to multivitamins. According to a recent article publis...
nature vs. nurture

Nature vs. Nurture, and Your Role as a Parent

The age-old debate... For centuries, experts have debated the relative weight of nature versus nurture (or environment versus genetics) on the development of children, and to this day, no one knows the exact r...

Creating a Peaceful “Neighborhood” for All of Us

What would Mr. Rogers say about guns and children in America? In the wake of the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida the children I see in my practice are again fearful. While it is highly unlikely tha...

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