It Takes a Village

“If somebody corrects you or your child’s behavior—the implication is that you are a bad parent.” – Holly Baird, Mother Is it appropriate to discipline someone else’s children who are behaving badly? Some people today say no, that’s a job reserved for the child’s parent. But, there can be problems when parents are the only [...]

Teacher Recommendations

“I only see a few (recommendation letters) that are really specifically negative, but a few are less than positive. That’s the best way I can put it. Where they say, ‘Well, this student may be strong in this area in the future,’ or, ‘They have a lot of potential.’” – David Graves, Associate Director of [...]

Obesity Rates Leveling

“If you have a gut, you are probably overweight.” – Luke Beno, M.D., Pediatrician On the subject of obesity and young people, there is both good news and bad news. The bad: a third of our kids are overweight. The good: that number hasn’t changed over the past five years. The Centers for Disease Control [...]

Antipsychotic Drug Use

“So if you are going to give your child a medicine that is going to slow their ability to learn and then send them to school, that’s a serious thing. You really want your child treated with the least amount of this medicine that is required…for the shortest period.” – Shannon Croft, M.D., Child Psychiatrist, [...]

Winning the War of Wills

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 “Kids are incredibly perceptive on ways to wiggle in and to manipulate the situation in their favor. So if they know that dad, when he comes home from work or mom, when she comes home from work… tend to be a little bit more wishy-washy, that’s when they go in for [...]

The Down Side of Screen Time

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 “Because being in the virtual world, being in front of a screen all day is not sufficient for good teenage socialization. You need to have a combination of a screen life, and a real life.” – Larry Rosen, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends two hours of [...]

Generation “Me”

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 “They are looking at materialism in an effort to demonstrate and to illustrate self-worth. And, when you are not able to buy enough, when you are not able to have the iPod, the iPod phone and the BMW… when you’re not able to have all those things at one time, there [...]

Gossip is Good

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 “It lets people really know each other, and know about what’s going on in their lives. And that enables people to feel safe. It makes them feel a sense of belonging.” – Wendy Simonds, PhD, sociology The Tiger Woods scandal sparked discussions about personal image and adultery on news stations and [...]