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July 2016

Update On What Really Happens When You Hit Your Kids

Parents often justify spanking because they insist it is the only way to teach children the difference between right and wrong. Yet the results clearly showed that spanking was also significantly associated with lower moral internalization ability.

Poor Sleep in Childhood Ups Risk of Later Depression, Anxiety

Children who experience inadequate or disrupted sleep are at greater risk for developing depression and anxiety disorders later in life, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Houston. Study leader Candice Alfano, a clinical psyc...

Raising a Securely Attached Child | Dysfunction Interrupted

Attachment theory is receiving much attention lately in all aspects of life including relationships, work and of course, parenting. Attachment is defined as a special emotional relationship that invokes an exchange of comfort, care and pleasure. These...

Trauma Of Domestic Violence: 7 Ways It Alters Your Life | Caregivers, Family & Friends

Do you know someone who is (or have you been) the victim of domestic violence in some form (i.e., as a child, a parent, a spouse, etc)? Do you remember what happened during the abuse? Domestic violence is more prevalent than most people believe. In fact, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that about 20 people, per minute,  are being physically abused in their home  by an intimate partner or spouse.

Parenting While Traumatized

Parenting is not an easy task. Imagine how much more difficult it must be to parent after surviving a childhood trauma.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Co-Parenting Well

Living with a chronic condition, like depression, requires you to focus on creating balance and well-being on a daily basis. For those who are separated, divorced or sharing custody of a child, the struggles of co-parenting can produce enormous stress...

10 Things to Know About Parent-Child Relationships

We know that our role as parents is a critical one, in terms of child development. But what exactly can we and should we be doing to raise mentally healthy children or at the very least, to minimize the impact of mental disorders?

The Big Disconnect: Parents’ Digital Dilemma

When I tried to explain the risks of too much screen time for young children, my friend balked. In fact, she hardly heard me. She wanted to tell me how adept her grandchildren, ages three and almost five, were at sliding their fingers across an iPad. She became defensive, explaining that her son and daughter-in-law limit the children’s time on devices.

The Big Disconnect: Parents’ Digital Dilemma

When I tried to explain the risks of too much screen time for young children, my friend balked. In fact, she hardly heard me. She wanted to tell me how adept her grandchildren, ages three and almost five, were at sliding their fingers across an iPad. She became defensive, explaining that her son and daughter-in-law limit the children’s time on devices.

Parenting Style Can Lead to Kids’ Unhealthy Snacking | Psych Central News

New research finds that a hands-off parenting approach to feeding children may unknowingly contribute to an increase in children’s snacking. Unhealthy snacking is a problem for overweight or obese children with strong appetites. Investigators discovered snacking is an important factor influencing weight control as an 18-month study determined that more than 40 percent of children’s daily intake of added sugars came from snacks.

Struggles That Make Kids Stronger

It’s natural for us parents to want to protect our children from pain and suffering, but if we rush to rescue children from problems that they could solve on their own, we prevent them from learning how to cope. Well-intentioned comments like, “Here, let me do it,” “I’ll talk to the teacher for you,” or “I’ll take care of it,” tell children, “You can’t handle this.” Sometimes the best thing we can do for our kids is to allow them to struggle.

Struggles That Make Kids Stronger

It’s natural for us parents to want to protect our children from pain and suffering, but if we rush to rescue children from problems that they could solve on their own, we prevent them from learning how to cope. Well-intentioned comments like, “Here, let me do it,” “I’ll talk to the teacher for you,” or “I’ll take care of it,” tell children, “You can’t handle this.” Sometimes the best thing we can do for our kids is to allow them to struggle.

Responding to Anger in Children

Several weeks ago, I had to pick up my elementary school-aged daughter early from school for her annual flu shot. I made the appointment as late in the day as I could, to accommodate my work schedule and to minimize the time she would miss from class. As most parents can attest, there was a lot of shuffling and hurrying involved, but I multi-tasked, I juggled, and I was feeling good about having “fit it all in.” Until I arrived at school.

Responding to Anger in Children

Several weeks ago, I had to pick up my elementary school-aged daughter early from school for her annual flu shot. I made the appointment as late in the day as I could, to accommodate my work schedule and to minimize the time she would miss from class. As most parents can attest, there was a lot of shuffling and hurrying involved, but I multi-tasked, I juggled, and I was feeling good about having “fit it all in.” Until I arrived at school.

Helping Your Shy Child

When they’re around other kids, shy children feel like outsiders looking in. Here are ways to help your child feel more comfortable and confident in social situations.

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