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April 21, 2018

Apparently, even when parents argue “in private,” or if they don’t argue but act coldly towards one another, children as young as six months old can sense that something is wrong and show physical/emotional responses to it. When measuring physical signs of stress on ch...

December 4, 2017

A couple of weeks ago we discussed bullying and the strategies used by schools to try to prevent it. One of the approaches used is “teaching children to care.” In other words, to teach them empathy. As we know, empathy is more of an experiential than an intellectual le...

November 27, 2017

Spanking is a very controversial topic. I’ve had friends say that the reason our kids are the way they are these days – misbehaving, entitled, etc. – is that we aren't allowed to physically punish them anymore, as we used to be in the good old days. Others believe...

November 22, 2017

Despite our efforts, the rates of depression, self-harm, and anxiety among young teens are at unprecedented levels. And it isn't that the problems that they face today weren't there years ago. These kids just seem less resilient and more fragile. And, as is Ame...

November 8, 2017

There is a general misconception that every woman is born to be a mother. They tell us that we have a maternal instinct that is triggered by pregnancy. With the maternal instinct comes maternal love, a feeling that would make us naturally inclined to put our child abov...

September 30, 2017

America has a growing problem of children and adolescents being medicated for anxiety issues, and while studies are performed to identify meds to help manage the problem, I wonder if anyone has ever wondered what may be causing it.

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