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Are Selfies Creating a Generation of Narcissists?

Some say that selfies are creating a generation of narcissists. Others argue that selfies and social networking sites are simply reflecting an old human tendency, just on a more public forum. Still, others provide an alternative perspective on the potential utility of selfies. A simple online search of “selfies and narcissism” readily elicits provocative headlines […]

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The Selfie Generation

What is a selfie? Why do we take them? Are selfies dangerous? We asked several of the psychologists at Children’s Medical Center to share their expert opinions about selfies to help parents understand more about this recent photo phenomenon. Our primary reason for writing a blog series on selfies is to open up discussion and communication […]

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How Do I Talk to My Teen About Sexual Violence?

It’s difficult to watch or read the news without coming across stories covering bullying and the increased efforts that schools are taking to prevent such behavior from occurring on school grounds. But what about sexual violence in schools? After all, research has shown that verbal bullying and teasing in middle schools predicts later perpetration of […]

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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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Scared of Santa? 6 Ways to Help Prepare Your Little One for a Visit With Santa Claus

You’ve been standing in line for an hour, waiting to get a photo of little Jenny with Santa Claus. When you finally get to the front of the line, she bursts into tears and refuses to go anywhere near him. Sound familiar? Parents often have high expectations for their child’s visit with Santa, but things […]

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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

Did you know that most suicide attempts in children and adolescents occur in the midst of depression or other mood disorders? Even younger children can experience depression. But how common is depression in children and adolescents? What depression warning signs should you look for as a parent? What can you do if your child is showing […]

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