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Help Your Child Cope With Today’s Shooting

In light of today’s tragic shooting in Connecticut, you should be prepared to talk to your children about the event. Pete Stavinoha, Ph.D., a child neuropsychologist at Children’s, says that while you should discuss today’s events with your children, the subject could also raise anxieties in children who see the images on TV or hear about them on the radio or […]

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Bullying: What’s a Concerned Parent to Do?

The movie Mean Girls may have been fictional, but much of the story line rings true for children and teens today. Nearly one in five students has been bullied, according to a recent study from Olweus Bullying Prevention Program — and bullying has taken a high-tech turn with social media. Now kids can log onto Facebook […]

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Calming First-Day-of-School Fears

Q: My 5-year-old son is nervous about his first day of school. How can we ease his jitters? — Mark B. A: If possible, visit the school with your child before that first day. Walk him through the halls and into a few classrooms — if you can meet the teacher, even better. Or take […]

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Talking to your children about tragedies

In light of the shooting tragedy in Tucson and the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, parents should be prepared to talk to their children about these events. In fact, First Lady Michelle Obama has penned an eloquent letter to parents that offers some insights into talking with your children about tragedies such as Tucson. […]

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What to do instead of spanking

> Spanking has been in the news again. When your child misbehaves, sometimes you might think a swat on the behind is deserved. But, there are many better alternatives to spanking. Child development expert Pete Stavinoha, Ph.D., a pediatric neuropsychologist at Children’s Medical Center, suggests these other ways to interact with your child: Clear communication. […]

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Depression in children

You may have heard recent news about child suicide, including a 9-year-old in the Dallas area. Most suicide attempts in children and adolescents occur in the midst of depression or other mood disorder, and even younger children can experience depression. And now you may be wondering how common is depression in children and adolescents; what […]

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