Learning Years

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...

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...

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