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All On-Call in the Family: Use of Electronics Hooks Teens, Parents, Even Babies! The Result: More Anxiety for Everyone

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on All On-Call in the Family: Use of Electronics Hooks Teens, Parents, Even Babies! The Result: More Anxiety for Everyone

All On-Call in the Family: Use of Electronics Hooks Teens, Parents, Even Babies! The Result: More Anxiety for Everyone

Much has been reported about the pervasive use of electronics by teenagers and the need for parents to have a screening policy against the overuse of screens.  Well, it turns out that parents are often part of the problem, not the solution, as many moms and dads have become overly attached to their smartphones, iPads, laptops, and social media.  In fact, today’s preoccupation with screens extends throughout the family, with Generation X and Y parents, boomer grandparents, and even babies involved:  Fisher Price is marketing a baby bouncy seat with an iPad holder, and now there is a potty...

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“Screening” Takes on New Meaning

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on “Screening” Takes on New Meaning

“Screening” Takes on New Meaning

Responsible parental screening of their kids’ behavior has always been a good idea.  But in today’s age of increasingly advanced technology, parents face unique challenges.  While there certainly are advantages to instant access of virtually any kind of information, there are also formidable risks associated with our digital age that can be quite damaging to kids if parents don’t exercise appropriate levels of control.  Put another way, if parents don’t do their job. Remember the “good old days?”  We grew up chatting on the “house phone,” which is now almost extinct. Our parents...

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The Under-Scheduled Child

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on The Under-Scheduled Child

The Under-Scheduled Child

As parents, we all have heard of the “over-scheduled child” who goes from one structured activity to the next, with no time to relax.  While this can be problematic, as a child psychologist who specializes in working with anxious kids, I am more concerned about what I call the “under-scheduled child.” This is the child who doesn’t like sports, hates music lessons, would never join a club, and won’t do anything after school. The child who through the years “tried” all these things, quit, and then refused to go back. This is also the child who doesn’t...

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Fall is Here! New Starts, New Expectations, New Rules

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Fall is Here! New Starts, New Expectations, New Rules

Fall is Here! New Starts, New Expectations, New Rules

With fall and back to school, everything changes. New schedules, new routines. This is a great time to look at what you expect of your child and how to work together to make family life run smoothly. Now is a great time to make changes in rules and limits. Mornings are now busy, and we have to get up and out! Some kids are great at this; others need more help.  No television in the morning is very important if you have kids who do not get ready easily (TV can be a show stopper)! Some kids get sucked in and everything stops…not a good idea in the morning, when they need to be moving and...

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Anxiety and Summer

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Anxiety and Summer

Anxiety and Summer

Long Days of Summer Summer is here and if your child is on the anxious side you may find that they easily turn into “homebodies.” They just want to stay home. “I don’t want to do that! I hate going there. Why do I have to?” Gone are the days for most kids where there is a large group of neighborhood kids up bright and early and running outside to play. Some suburban neighborhoods look like ghost towns in the summer because parents are working and kids are in camps. If your child is home for the summer months, the big attraction, especially for boys, is often the computer. Playing games until...

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The Birds and the Bees for Kids on the Spectrum

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on The Birds and the Bees for Kids on the Spectrum

The Birds and the Bees for Kids on the Spectrum

Recently, a 13-year old patient of mine did not understand why her mother would not give her nail clippers in the middle of a church mass. Her mother looked at me and said, “It was a teachable moment.”  This mom clearly gets it. Her daughter is on the autism spectrum and did not know mass is not a time to cut your nails.  She now knows. No clipping nails in church. It is a rule, she gets it. Kids on the autism spectrum usually get the “puberty talk” at school and parents have the “sex talk” at home. The problem is, like everything else, they learn the facts, but facts alone do...

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