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Spare the Rod, But Don’t Yell Instead

In recent months, several articles about disciplining children have come out in the media speculating on whether yelling has taken the place of spanking as a common form of discipline for children. Many parents believe that spanking is not an appropriate method of discipline, so instead, they often yell out of frustration because they don’t […]

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2 Steps to Identifying Your Child’s Perfect Holiday Gift

Selecting the perfect gift for your child can be challenging, especially when your child has special needs. This holiday season consider natural strengths before heading out to shop. Dr. Robert Brooks coined the term “islands of competence” – a metaphor for finding and nurturing a child’s individual strengths. This holiday season, try giving a gift […]

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Warning Signs of Suicide

You may have heard recent news about former Disney star Lee Thompson committing suicide at his home in Los Angeles. Most suicide attempts in children and adolescents occur in the midst of depression or other mood disorders, and even younger children can experience depression. And now you may be asking these questions: how common is […]

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Bullying in School: Coping Strategies

Another school year is right around the corner. While your kids may be excited about showing off their new clothes, making new friends and finishing homework (well, maybe not that last one), bullying in school is one thing they’re certainly not looking forward to. To help you prepare if bullying in school becomes a concern […]

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Evaluating Your Young Athlete’s State of Mind

Picking grass in the soccer field or volunteering to sit on the sidelines could signal your child lacks interest in a sport — or maybe not. Good communication between you and your child is key to addressing the issue, says Paul Glasier, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at Children’s Medical Center. Ask questions and watch body […]

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Love on the Rocks

Your teen daughter comes home and says she has a crush on the most popular boy in eighth grade. She texts him and anxiously wonders if he will text her back. She is already contemplating what to buy him for his birthday, too. Andy McGarrahan, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at Children’s, says these crushes can […]

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