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Author Archive | David Paltin, PhD

Is it Time for a Family Meeting?

Family meetings always seem like a good idea on the surface, but when it comes down to it, it can seem like the early stages of democracy in an emerging country.  Think about it.  Alliances are formed between usually warring factions (i.e. the kids), and civil discussions break down into protests as authority figures (i.e. […]

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Helping Shy Children Become Social Adults

Social science researchers suggest that around thirty percent of the population regularly experience the intense feelings of self-consciousness and shame associated with the experience of shyness. For children, shyness can be especially painful and intense because of limits on their ability to filter and balance shy feelings against other, more positive social experiences.  Shyness in […]

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Remember, Mistakes are for Learning

It’s not easy to catch a baseball.  Ask any four-year old.  You have to keep your eyes tracking this small object hurtling at you through space, constantly separating the shape and color of the ball from other distracting colors and shapes, meanwhile, moving your hands and arms to match the ball’s arc across the sky […]

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Sexual Media Influences Teen Decisions About Sex

The media recently reported that a popular clothing retailer has decided to reintroduce a catalogue that includes semi-nude, young models for distribution to their 18-years-and-older shoppers.  Parents of some online gamers have been shocked to discover that some popular games allow sexual dialogue and communication.  A popular youth star has been in the media spotlight […]

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“Coach Yelled at Me!”

Summer is almost here, and with it come the ill-fitting baseball uniforms, iodine swabbed skinned soccer knees, and a load of sports uniform laundry that will keep the washer going continuously until September.  Legions of children sign up for summer sports across the country and enjoy the benefits of exercise, fresh air, and personal goal-setting and […]

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Mothers: science’s new rock stars?

Mother’s Day is typically a time to pay tribute to our own, individual mothers, or at least the person who we had a personal, mother-like relationship with. On an individual basis, our mothers of course had their strengths and their weaknesses, their days of sorrow and days of peace. But why don’t we take a […]

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