Safety Tips for Enjoying Fireworks this Independence Day

Enjoying the fireworks is one of the most fun things about Independence Day. They are spectacular for all ages, but they are especially enchanting for kids. No matter where you decide to attend the fireworks in your community, safety is still a consideration, as is everyone’s comfort level. Here are some safety tips for enjoying […]

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Why Kids Should Learn to Cook

As more and more emphasis is placed these days on eating whole foods and having meals at home, some people may be eager to embrace this home-cooking lifestyle, but aren’t sure where to begin. After decades of eating gourmet food out at restaurants and heating up frozen dinners at home, many families just don’t know […]

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Is your Teen Involved in a “Mine-Field Relationship?”

Early relationships in middle and older adolescence are, how should we describe it,… intense and emotionally charged. Remember Romeo and Juliet, the 13 year-olds from feuding families that Shakespeare tragically paired together in 15th century Verona? With good reason, we mythologize love in adolescence, with its power to plant in our hormonally-fertilized psyches the seeds […]

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Sassy Kids Watching Sassy TV

Sassy Kids Watching Sassy TV

Have you heard? Sassiness is in fashion among the 8 to 16 year old crowd. Sarcasm, subtle insults and put-downs, and conversation stopping one-liners have become the conversational style not only in kids speaking to each other, but interacting with parents as well. “Mom, you really don’t have to get out of the car when […]

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Attention and Concentration Problems

Attention and Concentration Problems:  Biofeedback and Neurofeedback as Alternative  Therapies for Helping Your Kids Perform Better in School, Sports, and Life Few of us have gone an entire day without hearing a commercial for neurofeedback training as an alternative to medication for children’s attention and concentration problems.  For parents who are fearful about the lack […]

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Measles Making a Comeback

The number of cases and outbreaks have almost quadrupled in the United States in 2011. Normally there have been about 60 cases a year and 4 outbreaks a year over the past decade. Most of these cases have been in patients whose parents opted out in vaccinating their child or teenager. In Europe, vaccine refusal […]

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Surprising Videogame Benefits

Video games have been linked to violence, poor school performance, behavioral problems and addictive behaviors. But recently there have been studies to use videogames to improve mental health. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a standard form of psychotherapy to treat mild to moderate depression. In CBT, patients are taught to change their negative thoughts and […]

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Autism

A recent report from the CDC indicates that the prevalence of autism has increased by 78% since 2002. It is unclear what has caused this increase in prevalence. According to the CDC, this increase may be due to the way autism is identified, diagnosed and treated. Public awareness of this condition has steadily increased over […]

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