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Parents should be concerned about the amount of time their kids spend using screens, especially during the summer months when kids look for easy entertainment to relieve restlessness and boredom. Studies have found 8- to 18-year-olds are using technology significantly more than the two hours per day recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.Read More
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person – he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano.
Fathers can be excellent role models for their children, and a father’s behavior can shape a child’s behavior from birth onward. Early modeling of their parents shapes a child’s view of the world and themselves in relation to it. And, therefore, a father’s ability to be a positive role model is essential to child’s internal sense of safety.Read More
In 2002 when Ben Affleck proposed to Jennifer Lopez, the web overflowed with descriptions of the event.
“It’s just a blanket, a quilt of rose petals, all over the whole entire house,” Lopez recalled. “So many candles, and vases, bouquets. And my song ‘Glad’ was playing … I walk in and I was just like overwhelmed. I wasn’t expecting it, and I was just like ‘Oh my God.’” Step aside Jen and Ben because today’s teen prom proposals or “promposals,” as they’re commonly called, make Ben’s marriage proposal seem trivial in comparison.Read More
Spring brings the best of times and the worst of times. It’s by far the busiest sports season and with graduations, proms, college acceptances, end-of-school-year deadlines and summer vacation planning, the days are filled to the brim.Read More
Seventeen years after the Columbine massacre, Sue Klebold, Dylan Klebold’s mother, has written a memoir “A Mother’s Reckoning.” Dylan and his friend and classmate, Eric Harris, killed 13 people and injured 21 others before killing themselves on April, 20, 1999, during a school shooting at Columbine High School. “A Mother’s Reckoning” is Sue’s attempt to help parents recognize signs that a child is in trouble, signs that she failed to recognize in Dylan.Read More
Children and teens today are more depressed and anxious than those one and two generations ago. There is a growing body of research, including studies conducted by child development expert Dr. Peter Gray, that indicate that children are suffering from less time for play and more parental control, including being over controlled, over scheduled, and over rescued.Read More
Rates of childhood anxiety and depression have increased during the past 15 years. The reasons for this are complex. Some speculate that societal changes, such as higher divorce rates, over scheduling and emphasis on achievement as opposed to emotional connection, are possible contributors.Read More