Due to increasing social acceptance, it is becoming harder to convince adolescent patients that there are risks to using marijuana.
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.
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?
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?
Last week we discussed identifying possible overweight issues with my child. Today we will touch on bringing control to the problem.
Is my child overweight? If so, what can I do to bring the child’s weight under control?
This is a continuation addressing the guilt and pain of having to leave your child in the care of daycare providers.
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?
Nighttime is miserable. My baby wakes up screaming every two hours. This has been going on for weeks. What can be the matter?
Here are a few quick reminders of current recommendations to maintain the health of your child’s teeth.
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!
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?
Does your child have a “security blanket” that comforts him like nothing else? How important to your little one is that object?
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.
Sandra Smith discusses kids' lies, why children lie, and how to deal with persistent lying.
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.
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.
Young people always seem to be “plugged in” these days. Be that the case--how aware are they of their environment?
Separation anxiety disorder has an impact on the entire family. It is imperative that parents get involved in the child's treatment.
Dr. Livingston examines the choices we make in our daily life, school, and more.
How to be aware of the risk for pediatric suicide and how to screen for a child at risk.
It is likely that eating behaviors in young children are a function of both specific feeding practices and parenting styles.
Dr. Livingston looks at the steps a parent can take when their child is the victim of bullying.
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.
Dr. Livingston reviews five concepts that help reveal the power of saying "no."
Know the warning signs of children playing the choking game.
The treatment of eating disorders requires an intense, ongoing, and multidisciplinary approach.
Dr. Welty points out the do's and don't's of helping your overweight teenager attain a healthier weight.
Ask questions and gather information so that you are well-informed regarding the options available for your child’s mental health treatment.
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?
Dr. Welty examines the risk factors involved with children's TV-viewing habits.
Treatment for an anxiety disorder in children generally utilizes a short-term use of medication to eliminate the symptoms of anxiety.
Achieve your parenting goals with these tried and true techniques.
The hallmark of effective parenting is a consistent and unified approach by both parents.
Experts have concluded that a heightened interest and curiosity in fire is a significant predictor of the frequency and intensity of participants' fire involvement.
A look at the likelihood of preterm infants going on to have behavioral problems.
The middle school years are a time of rapid maturation. With boundaries, acceptance, guidance and support "tweens" grow into stronger people and students.
Dr. Warnemuende looks at the link between sleep and learning.
Self-esteem, or how one feels about him-or-herself, is a subject that concerns parents and teachers.
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.
Cutting, or any form of self-injury, must always be viewed as within the context of a larger problem.
How to set an example to our children for making respectful, appropriate requests.
Dr. Cox examines the changing nature of gambling and how are children are affected by this change.
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.
Implementing some of the suggestions in this article may be sufficient to eliminate most minor eating problems.
Dr. Welty on when it's appropriate to seek help for your child's behavior.
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.
Step-parenting or parenting the children of a significant other takes courage, patience, and maturity. Here are tips.
Dr. Welty examines a study of children impacted by traumatic brain injury.
Do you ever wonder why you have to say “no” to your child several times before she responds?
Guidelines to assist you in creating and maintaining a climate of respect in your family.
The habit of thumb sucking serves as relaxing purpose but can lead to severe problems.
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.
Tips for parents whose children are experiencing reactions to hearing about terrorism.
There is a wide range of emotional responses that children and adults display in response to a disaster.