Learning Years

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...

Tips for Telling your Child They Have Autism

Your Child Has Autism. When (and How) Do You Tell Him? Parents of children with autism often struggle with why, when and how to share the diagnosis with the child; the “why” part of this issue is clear. Childr...

Is Your Stress Showing?

Raising Kids Is Tough – Find the Joy, and Kids Will Notice! A persistent myth about parenting is the blissfulness of it all. In reality, parenting is a mixed bag that includes intense, fleeting surges of joy m...
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It’s a Great Time to Be a Kid

Parents can count their blessings while acknowledging the work yet to be done   Recently I overheard a discussion about how sad it is for children today. Most of the women talking were “Boomers” raised in the...

New Years Resolutions

No more “perfect parents." This is one resolution worth keeping!   The holiday season is a time for resolutions. I’d like to suggest one for you to consider: I will enjoy the experience of parenting more. Thi...

Putting a Stop to Pestering

How to teach your child that nagging is a no-no We all know the adage “perseverance pays off.” However, some kids take this to an intolerable limit. It comes by many names – fixation, badgering, nagging or pe...

Give Dad Credit Where Credit is Due

When fathers take an active role in parenting, kids survive and THRIVE!             Behold the bungling father. Ever notice how the media has portrayed dads? They tend to be cast in the role of the loveable g...

The Importance of Grieving

Teaching children how to cope from an early age will benefit them when tragedy inevitably strikes My daughter, Olivia, and her friends recently were celebrating their impending college graduation. At the party...

Responding to Sexual Behavior in Young Children

Even in today’s sexually open society, parents struggle with the idea that their children are sexual beings. So, like it or not, parents need to know about the progression of normal sexual development and learn...
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The Opioid Epidemic

What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids By this time, most people know that we are in the midst of a drug-related disaster in this country. Overdose is the number one cause of death among people younger than...

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