Ten-year old Jack is depressed. Does mom need to head for the medicine cabinet or rush to the pharmacy for antidepressants to help him cope with his emotions? This should be our starting point for a social and bioethical dialogue about the way we deal with both normal emotions and psychiatric symptoms in children, since […]
Here are a few simple tips to make a family trip to an amusement park safe and fun for all: Bring bottles of water, kids get thirty and dehydrate quicker than adults do – bottled water costs $2 at a lot of major parks Sunscreen everybody, every time – getting burnt ruins the fun Buddy […]
Families these days seem to be drifting apart at an alarming rate. Parents often work overtime or have more than one job just to make ends meet. Children and teens are involved in a myriad of activities which keep the family running hither and yon. Why not plan a weekend of miniature golf? It’s fun […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Mothers with a history of migraines are twice as likely to have an infant with colic. The genes that are linked to migraines may cause an infant to be more sensitive to external stimuli and become “colicky”. The study also indicates that fathers with migraines also increase the chance of colic too. This new research […]
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 […]
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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