Since so many of our articles and blogs are devoted to childrens’ problems and pathologies, I thought I would range outside of that territory to look at some of the applications of psychology to other, less clinically oriented areas of study. There are many applications of psychology into the world of sports and enhancing performance […]
When decorating your living space, houseplants are a natural consideration. Their living greenery infuses life into your home and many plants help clean indoor air. However, if you have pets or small children, certain houseplants can be poisonous if ingested. Cats love grass-like plants, and dogs can pull entire plants up by their roots and gobble […]
According to Peg Dawson of the Seaport Coast Mental Health Center, as many as 30% of children suffer from sleep disorders. This amounts to three in ten children suffering from a lack of restful and restorative sleep. Much research has been done to indicate that getting enough sleep is critical for the daily restoration […]
As we raise our children, we face differenct obstacles as they go through different developmental, shall we say, “challenges.” At no time are these challenges more obvious to the world than when we take our family and its unique “baggage,” pun intended, on full display during the family vacation. I remember that, when my children […]
Although it’s not usually written as such, “scuba” is actually an acronym. It stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, which sets it apart from snorkeling. Snorkeling involves special equipment, too, but it comes down to using a tube to breathe natural air from under the water. Scuba diving is different. Scuba divers carry their […]
Do your teens whine about being bored? As a parent, that can certainly get on your nerves – you probably don’t remember the last time you were bored! But bored teens are more than an annoyance. Studies have shown that when young people don’t have anything to do, they are more likely to do something […]
A recent study published in Pediatrics suggests that children who are exposed to pets in the first year of life have fewer upper respiratory tract infections (URI). Most children have between 3-6 episodes of URIs before they are 1 year old. Factors such as exposure to older siblings, daycare, lack of breastfeeding, parental history of […]
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 […]
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