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Assigning Chores – At What Age Should Children Start Participating in Chores?

April 2, 2014 | posted in: Parenting 101 | by

We’ve all heard it – the chorus of little voices at our knees begging to get involved. “I wanna help!” “I can do it!” “Can I try?” 

Kids have a natural desire to help. They want to be involved; they want to be mommy or daddy’s little helper. As parents, one of the most important..

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Childhood Self Esteem – A Balanced Approach

March 27, 2014 | posted in: Mental Health | by

  As parents, we try to protect our children from harm. We warn them about playing too close to the busy road, supervise them when they cook over the stove, scold them for riding their bike without a helmet and remind them that too many sweets will give them an upset tummy. Our concerns and..

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Question of the month – When Should we Ignore Childhood Crushes?

March 11, 2014 | posted in: Question of the Month | by

In my work as a psychologist, I feel that certain questions come up again and again.  One question that came up last month as Valentine’s loomed had to do with how to handle childhood crushes. Q: Our second-grader has a crush. He talks about his “girlfriend” all the time, asks to call her and writes..

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Mental Health Awareness

February 23, 2014 | posted in: Mental Health | by

Mental Health Awareness: Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a complex psychological disorder with neurological components. First described in 1887 as dementia praecox by German physician Emil Kraepelin, schizophrenia consists of both positive and negative symptoms. The positive symptoms of schizophrenia are those that involve an exaggeration or distortion of normal thoughts, emotions and behavior, such as delusions..

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Tourette’s Syndrome: Can Alternative Treatments Help Your Child?

February 23, 2014 | posted in: Holistic Treatments, Mental Health | by

Tourette’s syndrome, or TS, is a neurological and psychological disorder with onset in childhood, though symptoms may last into adulthood. In 1885, French neurologist Gilles de la Tourette discovered the disorder after noticing that many of his patients presented with a distinct cluster of symptoms involving verbal and motor tics. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual..

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Helping Improve Motor Skills in Elementary School Children

February 23, 2014 | posted in: Elementary School, Motor Skills | by

Understanding appropriate developmental physical activity during middle childhood begins with examining the tasks and challenges of this particular period of life. Freud described this phase as a time of latency, meaning that energy is not solely focused on the development of the psyche, but rather a child can turn outward and start to form a..

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Why do some people feel anxious after exercise?

February 23, 2014 | posted in: Anxiety | by

The benefits of exercise are always on the top of people’s minds, and recommendations for amounts and timing seem to be constantly changing.  Though exercise is clearly good for the body, some people feel anxious before, during or after workouts. This strange phenomenon is worth taking a look at!  The human brain is a complex..

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Depression in Teens – Developmental Factors

February 23, 2014 | posted in: Depression | by

Depression in teens is quite common and very frustrating for parents.  One helpful way to better understand depression in your child is to view the disorder from a developmental perspective. According to the historically well-known child psychologist Erik Erikson, adolescents must resolve two major crises in order to mature into healthy, well-adjusted, happy adults.  Erikson’s..

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Alternative Treatments for Children with ADHD

February 23, 2014 | posted in: ADHD, Holistic Treatments | by

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, displays signs of inattention and distractibility in at least two different environments. ADHD is not simply an inability to pay attention in school. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders describes ADHD as inattention and hyperactivity combined with executive dysfunction. The executive functioning system in the..

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Social Media and Teens: How to Help Prevent Negative effects of Social Media on Adolescent Development

February 4, 2014 | posted in: Parenting 101, Social Media | by

Social media has had a significant impact on the way teens interact with one another. While the internet offers positive attributes, such as easy access to information and ability to check academic progress, it also has dangerous pitfalls. Teens often lack the ability to understand that once something is in print or online it is..

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