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  1. Unconditional Regard ›

    How to establish self-esteem in our children.

  1. What’s Up, Doc?: Cannabis ›

    Due to increasing social acceptance, it is becoming harder to convince adolescent patients that there are risks to using marijuana.

  1. Preventing Tobacco, Alcohol And Drug Use…The 6G’s Guide For Parents ›

    It is a fact…teenage alcohol and drug use are extremely common…in all ages, races, and social classes. MOST parents have no idea their child is using alcohol or drugs until things get out of control.

  1. The Worry-Wart ›

    What is a parent suppose to do when the child refuses to go to school, crying and having an upset stomach every morning? Why is he so afraid to leave home?

  1. When Your Infant Won’t Sleep ›

    Obviously, a new baby in the house will be the reason for sleep deprived parents. The infant simply will not fall asleep without being held and cradled. Somehow this habit must come to an end---but how?

  1. How Can I Gain Control Of My Child’s Eating Habits, Part 2 ›

    Last week we discussed identifying possible overweight issues with my child. Today we will touch on bringing control to the problem.

  1. How Can I Gain Control Of My Child’s Eating Habits? Part 1 ›

    Is my child overweight? If so, what can I do to bring the child’s weight under control?

  1. The Clinging Daycare Child, Part 2 ›

    This is a continuation addressing the guilt and pain of having to leave your child in the care of daycare providers.

  1. Tracking Behavioral Traits ›

    My child’s wild behavior causes a great deal of stress in our family. Should I expect this behavior to settle down or subside as he grows older?

  1. The Night Crier ›

    Nighttime is miserable. My baby wakes up screaming every two hours. This has been going on for weeks. What can be the matter?

  1. A Few Quick Pediatric Dental Tips ›

    Here are a few quick reminders of current recommendations to maintain the health of your child’s teeth.

  1. Why Is My Baby Fussy? A Parent’s Guide To Interpreting Babies’ Cries ›

    Both new and experienced parents are often frustrated when they don’t know how to sooth their fussy infant.. You feel like you have tried everything, and your baby is still crying!

  1. My Baby Needs That Sleep Time Bottle ›

    She simply will not fall asleep unless she has that bottle with her in bed. Surely there can be no harm in that. Or is there?

  1. The Transitional Object ›

    Does your child have a “security blanket” that comforts him like nothing else? How important to your little one is that object?

  1. Fast Facts: Basic Infant Care ›

    Myths and Old Wives tales run rampant. Here are a few frequently told, and often misunderstood tidbits on infants. Fast Facts will be an ongoing source of quick, relevant, and easily accessible information.

  1. Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire ›

    Sandra Smith discusses kids' lies, why children lie, and how to deal with persistent lying.

  1. Teething Do’s and Don’t's ›

    Teething is a common cause of discomfort and pain for infants and children from 4 months to 3 years old, and often beyond. Parents need to know how to best sooth their child in a safe and effective way. New recommendations suggest caution with commonly used medications for teething.

  1. Finger Sucking: Breaking The Habit ›

    Finger sucking is a normal early behavior in infancy and a common habit in childhood. It can lead to health and dental problems if it continues over three-to-four years of age. There are several proven ways to help your child break this habit.

  1. Child Safety: Being Aware Of Your Surroundings ›

    Young people always seem to be “plugged in” these days. Be that the case--how aware are they of their environment?

  1. Separation Anxiety Disorder ›

    Separation anxiety disorder has an impact on the entire family. It is imperative that parents get involved in the child's treatment.

  1. Positive Self-Talk ›

    The benefits of positive statements.

  1. Healthy Choices For Your Teenager And Family ›

    Dr. Livingston examines the choices we make in our daily life, school, and more.

  1. Pediatric Suicide: A Problem We Hope We Never See ›

    How to be aware of the risk for pediatric suicide and how to screen for a child at risk.

  1. Childhood Obesity Trends ›

    A quick look at the growing issue of childhood obesity.

  1. Parenting Influences on Childhood Obesity ›

    It is likely that eating behaviors in young children are a function of both specific feeding practices and parenting styles.

  1. Will My Kid Develop An Eating Disorder? ›

    Dr. Welty examines recent literature on eating disorders.

  1. Help Your Child Become A Good Eater ›

    Seven tips for helping your children become good eaters.

  1. Bullying: What Should A Parent Do? ›

    Dr. Livingston looks at the steps a parent can take when their child is the victim of bullying.

  1. Giving Toddlers Choice ›

    All toddlers strive for independence. It is an important part of their development. When parents have the skills to help in the process, lots of frustration is avoided for both parent and child.

  1. Do I Love My Child Enough To Discipline? ›

    A look at effective discipline techniques.

  1. Cyber Bullying, Part 2 ›

    Part two of our look at cyber bullying.

  1. Cyber Bullying ›

    Part one of a two-part examination of cyber bullying.

  1. Sleeping With Mom And Dad ›

    How to resolve an unwanted co-sleeping situation.

  1. Tantrums and Time Out: Discipline For The Terrible Two’s ›

  1. The 5 D’s of Discipline: Teaching the Concept of “No” ›

    Dr. Livingston reviews five concepts that help reveal the power of saying "no."

  1. A Dinnertime Topic for Discussion: Have You Heard of the Choking Game? ›

    Know the warning signs of children playing the choking game.

  1. Eating Disorders ›

    Dr. Welty examines a patient with an eating disorder.

  1. Eating Disorders ›

    The treatment of eating disorders requires an intense, ongoing, and multidisciplinary approach.

  1. When Your Teenager Is Overweight ›

    Dr. Welty points out the do's and don't's of helping your overweight teenager attain a healthier weight.

  1. Teenage Sexuality and Contraception ›

    Dr. Livingston explores contraception options for teenagers.

  1. Elements Of Love ›

    Tips on effective parenting strategies.

  1. Mental Health Treatment ›

    Ask questions and gather information so that you are well-informed regarding the options available for your child’s mental health treatment.

  1. Childhood Depression ›

    Dr. Welty takes another look at childhood depression.

  1. My Kids Are Playing Doctor! Help! ›

    The curiosity of a child attempts to explore and compare their body parts with another child. What response should the parent have to this activity?

  1. Too Much TV Watching? ›

    Dr. Welty examines the risk factors involved with children's TV-viewing habits.

  1. Separation Anxiety Disorder ›

    Treatment for an anxiety disorder in children generally utilizes a short-term use of medication to eliminate the symptoms of anxiety.

  1. Five Do’s That Always (Almost ) Work ›

    Achieve your parenting goals with these tried and true techniques.

  1. Risperdal and Autism ›

    A look at Risperdal for the treatment of behaviors associated with autism.

  1. Who’s in Charge Here? ›

    The hallmark of effective parenting is a consistent and unified approach by both parents.

  1. Is Your Child a Fire Bug? ›

    Experts have concluded that a heightened interest and curiosity in fire is a significant predictor of the frequency and intensity of participants' fire involvement.

  1. Revealing the Choking Game ›

    The extreme dangers of The Choking Game.

  1. Behavioral Problems With Preterm Infants ›

    A look at the likelihood of preterm infants going on to have behavioral problems.

  1. Raising Financially Responsible Children ›

    Strategies for making children financially wise.

  1. What Happened To My Sweet Child? ›

    The middle school years are a time of rapid maturation. With boundaries, acceptance, guidance and support "tweens" grow into stronger people and students.

  1. Graduated Driver’s License Law ›

    A look at the purpose of California law SB 1329.

  1. Breakfast: The Meal of Champions ›

    Suggestions for providing healthy breakfasts for your kids.

  1. Enough Sleep Means Successful Learning ›

    Dr. Warnemuende looks at the link between sleep and learning.

  1. Nurturing Self-Esteem ›

    Self-esteem, or how one feels about him-or-herself, is a subject that concerns parents and teachers.

  1. Teen Smokers ›

    Dr. Welty explores teen smoking.

  1. Discipline: The Right Time, The Right Place ›

    Honing the skills of effective discipline and using them consistently brings positive results and keeps the parent/child relationship one of mutual respect and trust.

  1. Self-Cutting, Part 2 ›

    Dealing with self-cutting in children or friends.

  1. Self-Cutting: Is Cutting An Attempt To Suicide? ›

    Cutting, or any form of self-injury, must always be viewed as within the context of a larger problem.

  1. Ask For What You Want ›

    How to set an example to our children for making respectful, appropriate requests.

  1. Seasonal Affective Disorder ›

    Light therapy has emerged as an established treatment for SAD.

  1. Gambling And Your Child ›

    Dr. Cox examines the changing nature of gambling and how are children are affected by this change.

  1. Risk Of Antidepressants In Youth ›

    Dr. Welty examines the use of antidepressants in treating youth.

  1. On Raising Boys ›

    How to raise sons who are empathic, sensitive, and filled with integrity.

  1. Developing An Attitude of Gratitude ›

    Tips for creating positive, hopeful children.

  1. Ecstasy: Recreational Use and Its Consequences ›

    Many teens are under the impression that ecstasy is a recreational drug that may be used socially without any ill effects. This is a dangerous misconception that is being detailed extensively by scientific research into ecstasy’s neurological effects.

  1. Cough Syrup Abuse ›

    Dr. Cox looks at the dangers of cough syrup abuse.

  1. Eating Problems In Young Children: An Informed, Positive Parenting Approach ›

    Implementing some of the suggestions in this article may be sufficient to eliminate most minor eating problems.

  1. When To Seek Mental Health Service ›

    Dr. Welty on when it's appropriate to seek help for your child's behavior.

  1. Play In Psychotherapy ›

    A quick look at what a psychotherapist does in a session with a child.

  1. Scanning the Journals ›

    A look at recent pediatric articles of relevance to today's parent.

  1. When She Parents His Kids ›

    The responsibility of parenting your spouse or significant other’s children is a process. Rarely does the new family look like the fantasy that you and your partner had when you decided to become a couple.

  1. Parenting Another Man’s Kids ›

    Step-parenting or parenting the children of a significant other takes courage, patience, and maturity. Here are tips.

  1. The Depressed Youth ›

    The first of a two-part article on pediatric depression.

  1. The Effects Of A Child’s Brain Injury ›

    Dr. Welty examines a study of children impacted by traumatic brain injury.

  1. The Power Of Saying “Yes” ›

  1. Self-inflicted Injury ›

    A look at what self-cutting is and what it means.

  1. When Saying “No” Doesn’t Work ›

    Do you ever wonder why you have to say “no” to your child several times before she responds?

  1. The Body Beautiful ›

    Great tips for helping your children with self-image and diversity.

  1. Dealing With Bullies* ›

    Skills children can learn to safeguard themselves against a bully.

  1. Wild Imagination ›

    When is an imagination too much?

  1. R-E-S-P-E-C-T ›

    Guidelines to assist you in creating and maintaining a climate of respect in your family.

  1. Code of Discipline - part 2 ›

    How to establish appropriate discipline for your child, part two.

  1. Code of Discipline - part 1 ›

    How to establish appropriate discipline for your child.

  1. Thumb Sucking ›

    The habit of thumb sucking serves as relaxing purpose but can lead to severe problems.

  1. Sleep Problems And ADD ›

    Dr. Welty examines whether sleep problems are linked to ADD.

  1. Ten Tips That Promote Healthy Brain Development In Children ›

    Advice for healthy brain development.

  1. When My Child Steals ›

    Expert advice on how to deal with a child who steals.

  1. I’m Bored ›

    What to do when your child comes to you saying, "I'm bored."

  1. The Clinging Daycare Child ›

    This article deals with the guilt and pain of leaving a child in the care of daycare helpers that so many parents must endure today.

  1. Building Self-Esteem ›

  1. Terrorism: Helping Our Children To Cope ›

    Tips for parents whose children are experiencing reactions to hearing about terrorism.

  1. Shyness and Self-Esteem ›

    Dr. Samson answers a parent's question about their child's shyness.

  1. More Help For Anxious Worriers ›

    There is a wide range of emotional responses that children and adults display in response to a disaster.

  1. Kids In A Plane ›

    Observations on air travel with children.

  1. The Bully And His Victim ›

    A look at how to resolve bullying.

  1. In The Face Of Tragedy ›

    How to deal with tragedy.

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