It has been shown many times over in research studies that a parent who is involved in their child’s education has a positive impact. It’s reflected in improved grades and test scores, strong attendance, a higher rate of homework completion, higher graduation rates, improved attitudes and behaviors in the child, as well as the […]
Author Archive | Robert Myers, PhD
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 […]
When you think of multitasking, do you envision being run ragged, or maybe just not getting anything done because you are doing a little of everything partway? This is a common view of multitasking, and for good reason. Just trying to do a bunch of things at once can definitely be counter-productive…unless […]
Dads are often busy fellows who get short changed when it comes to spending time with kids. But just because you’re short on time doesn’t mean you can’t spend quality time with your kids and have fun too.
Everyone has a “moment” now and then – we raise our voices, or respond to someone or something more angrily than we’d like. It happens to just about all of us from time to time.
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 […]
The majority of toddlers engage in some biting between their first and third birthdays. Probably the most common reason is that it is one of the few ways of communicating that’s effective for them, before verbal skills are developed. However, not all children bite. Some choose other forms of communication, such as grabbing, shoving, or […]
The joy of a new baby is certainly special and something that all new parents experience. However, a lack of sleep is also part of having a new baby and new parents notoriously get very little sleep, if any at all. Fortunately, there are some strategies and tips to help new parents get some sleep […]
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 […]
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. […]