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3 Ways to Help Your Kids Give Back on #GivingTuesday

As a young child, I loved Thanksgiving and Christmas. To me, both these holidays meant lots of getting: getting yummy food and getting presents. But over time, my focus shifted from getting to giving. How can you help your kids learn the importance of giving during this holiday season? Here are a few ideas to […]

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Giving Thanks This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving really is a wonderful time of year, full of family and feasting and fun. From the turkey to the homemade rolls to the pumpkin pie, my stomach always comes away happy! While I love having an excuse to eat my fill of delicious food, Thanksgiving should be about more than just turkey and pie. […]

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Stressed and Depressed (pt. 2): What Parents can do to Reverse the Teen Trend

Research shows that teens are now more stressed than adults and are overdosing on drugs and committing suicide at higher rates. In Part 1: How American Teens are Hurting Themselves, we saw from a pediatrician’s perspective how stressed and depressed teens are abusing drugs and alcohol, committing suicide and even finding new ways–like extreme “fad” diets […]

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Stressed and Depressed (pt. 1): How American Teens are Hurting Themselves

American teens are stressed and depressed. As a pediatrician, I see the suicide attempts, the overdoses, and all the new methods that teens are finding to intentionally hurt themselves—to somehow dull the pain. It’s getting worse. According to recent results from the Stress in America Study, teens are now more stressed out than adults: 40% […]

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Understanding Domestic Violence Part 1: Prevalence and Prevention #DVAM (Domestic Violence Awareness Month)

How prevalent is domestic violence really? Domestic Violence (DV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IVP) are problems that affect 1.5 million teens every year (1). In fact, after women ages 18-24, children and teens ages 11-17 are most affected by this problem (2). In order to talk to our children about DV-IVP we need to know about […]

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A Positive Outlook on ADHD

“In my opinion, ADHD is a terrible term. As I see it, ADHD is neither a disorder, nor is there a deficit of attention. I see ADHD as a trait, not a disability. When it is managed properly, it can become a huge asset in one’s life.”- Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. The author of the […]

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Playing with Your Child

Play has developmental value Research has repeatedly shown that play has numerous developmental benefits for children. Children “practice” the concepts they learn through their play. It is delightful to see children focus on a block or science activity for hours as they learn about how things work. Other reasons for play include: Children learn math […]

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Online Computer Game and Video Game Addictions

  Computer games–sometimes children just can’t seem to get enough of them. But could this fascination with each new, eye-catching, and highly detailed game become a problem or even a serious addiction for our children? Video and computer games have only been around for the past three decades, and much research is still needed to […]

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Laughter: Nature’s Medicine for Family Relationships

  Finding ways to laugh through the hard times builds resilience and relationships in a family. The effects of laughter are both immediate and lasting for people of all ages. A few weekends ago I visited some of my husband’s family I had never met before to attend the funeral of his aunt. Emotions were […]

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Resources for Parents and Families of Autistic Children – Supporting Parents and Families with an Autistic Child (pt. 2)

Part 2: Resources for Parents and Families of Autistic Children The information for this article is taken from a qualitative research study and report by Stephanie Williamson. The research focused on the coping strategies of 12 different mothers who had between one and three children with autism. Mothers, who are often the main caretakers of […]

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