Learning Years

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Communicating About Difficult Topics

by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D.   Divorce, illness and death are a few examples of the many things parents struggle to explain to their young children. These topics are hard enough for older children and adu...
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Cyber Junkies

With increasing frequency I have observed behaviors in children that seem consistent with addictive dependence on video games. Addiction is a chronic disease that involves the brain’s reward systems. The indivi...
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Discuss, Don’t Destroy

When I was an undergraduate I phoned the DJ at WTUL (Tulane’s radio station) and railed at him for playing the Jimi Hendrix version of “Hey Joe.”  I was incensed at the sexist and violent lyrics (the song is ab...
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Being Able To Let Go

by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. My only child graduated from high school in May and is off to the East Coast for college later this summer. Like most parents, I’ve always dreaded this transition. But now that it’s h...

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