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  1. Is There Really A Santa Claus? ›

    At what age should we tell our kids there is no Santa?

  1. Teens And Eating Disorders Part II ›

    Last month we discussed how adolescence is the prime developmental age for the onset of eating disorders. Now we will cover what an assessment of my teen should include.

  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. Effective Communication With Your Teen, Part 2 ›

    Last week we covered basic methods of communicating with your teen. Today we will stress steps to take when a serious problem or behavior needs addressing.

  1. Effective Communication With Your Teen, Part 1 ›

    In this two-part dissertation on the topic of communication with your teen, Dr. Smith enlightens us on methods of reaching them.

  1. Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire ›

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

  1. Understanding Your Teen: What Is “Normal?” ›

    Trying to decide what is normal and what is abnormal behavior in your teen is a difficult task. Clear communication is critical. Guidelines help parents make informed decisions.

  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. 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. 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. Autism Part II: What Happens After The Diagnosis Is Made ›

    The appropriate course to follow if a parent suspects their child may have autism or another developmental disorder.

  1. Autism: Basic Facts For Informed Parents ›

    It is currently believed the 3-to-20 genes may contribute to susceptibility to autism.

  1. When My Child Steals ›

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

  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. Terrorism: Helping Our Children To Cope ›

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

  1. Fear Of The Dark ›

    Fear of the dark is one of the most exhausing issues parents face. The fears are real and must be addressed. Here are some guidelines for parents to use through this difficult time.

  1. Trichotillomania: Compulsive Hair Pulling ›

    Compulsive hair pulling is a disorder associated with tension and urges. Is there a treatment for this disorder?

  1. Bipolar Disorder: Does It “Happen” To Children? ›

    An examination of bipolar disorder, its diagnosis and treatment in children.

  1. Oppositional Defiant Disorder. What is it? Does my child have it? What can we do? ›

    An examination of ODD and some coping methods for parents.

  1. Bipolar Disorder: Assessment and Treatment in Adolescence; Second in Series ›

    This article addresses the particular difficulties in the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder in the teen population.

  1. Teens and Eating Disorders ›

    Yalom states that adolescence is the prime developmental age for the onset of eating disorders. (1) School-based surveys indicate that about 80% of high school students believe that they need to lose weight. (2) Over one-half of high school girls acknowledge that they have dieted; 20% of these admit to dangerous weight loss methods.

  1. Warning Signs of Violence ›

    An examination of risk factors for teen violence.

  1. Setting Limits With Your Teen ›

    An examination on setting and enforcing limits with your teen.

  1. Teenage Depression: the Hidden Disorder ›

    Teen depression can be disguised as acting out behavior, sadness or unhappiness. The syndrome is not always readily identifiable. Read some of the hallmark symptoms and what you can do about it.

  1. Is My Child Kindergarten Ready? ›

    Guidelines to help prepare children for Kindergarten.


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