Author Archive | Robert Myers, PhD

Teens Cutting and Other Self Injurious Behavior in Children and Adolescents

Most parents believe that the transition from child to pre-teen to adolescent is fraught with behavioral and emotional challenges due to a variety of causes – hormones, peer influences, and rebelliousness to name a few. However, the vast majority of children transition through adolescence relatively unscathed and go on to live happy and productive lives. The […]

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Honey, Don’t Stare

Children are not the most tactful people in the world, especially when they’re very young.  They don’t understand that staring is rude, so it’s up to us to teach them.  Here are some ideas you can use instead of simply saying, “Honey, don’t stare” when someone is different. It’s not that children intend to be […]

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How to Prevent Teenage Obesity

While childhood and adult obesity are getting more attention lately, it’s easy to forget that teens can also be overweight. It’s not just a problem of appearance; being overweight may make teens vulnerable to health problems in later life. According to the Center for Disease Control, overweight teens are at a greater risk for sleep […]

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Help Your Child’s Interruption Habit

Trying to teach your child not to interrupt can sometimes be an exercise in frustration.  Telling them there’s a time to interrupt (in case of a fire) and a time to not interrupt (boredom) isn’t enough. But putting these principles into practice is easier said than done, especially for a very verbal or high-energy child. […]

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