Recognizing Bullying

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Going back to school shouldn’t mean going back to being bullied. Most parents are aware of the potential dangers of bullying, and some of the ways in which it can damage a child emotionally. However, children are not always willing to openly discuss being teased or bullied with their parents. They may feel embarrassed, or they may want to take on the challenges by themselves, feeling like parent intervention would show ...

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Summer Structure

Whbeachen the sun is shining and the weather is warm, it may not seem like there is much to complain about. However, the summer can also be a difficult time to manage mental health issues for adults and children. Summer is often seen as a time of freedom and bliss, although the lack of structure during the summer months may result in feelings ...

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Personal Discipline for Better Child Discipline

parent-child-talk2As necessary as it is, parents generally find discipline to be one of the most difficult aspects of parenting. In our article, “Hard Lessons: Discipline and Child Behavior,” we discussed several types of effective techniques for teaching discipline to children. Here we discuss some helpful tips for self-discipline to keep in mind when applying those techniques.

Parenting is not only one of the most ...

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Hard Lessons: Discipline and Child Behavior

Salvi LoPiccolo, LMHC

dad_teaching_kid_disciplineWhen it comes to parenting children, there’s a big difference between discipline and punishment. Discipline is meant to teach and guide the child toward adopting behaviors that are acceptable in our society while also maintaining a level of positive self-esteem and a healthy relationship between the parent and the child.

Punishment, on the other hand, does not teach but rather instills a penalty ...

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Avoiding the Lunch Box Bug

abdominal-pain-in-children-from-eColiThe food supply in the United States is among the safest in the world. However, when certain disease-causing bacteria or pathogens contaminate food, they can cause food-borne illness, often called “food poisoning.” The Federal government estimates that there are about 48 million cases of food-borne illness annually — the equivalent of sickening 1 in 6 Americans each year. And each year, these illnesses ...

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Back to School! Tips for Reducing Stress

Kids-back-to-school-stress-640x480Transitioning back-to-school brings a sense of excitement for many children, change of routine, reuniting with friends, buying new school supplies, and going to a different classroom. With that excitement, comes the stress parents are left with in managing all of the change and needs of their children.

Going back-to-school does not need to be thought of as a crazy time of year. Instead it ...

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Eating Disorders Signs and Symptoms

By Sonya Ervin & Phil Rainer, LCSW

young-people-eating-disordersAlthough eating disorders are most common among female adolescents and young adults, they can affect any age, or gender.  According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime.  There are several different types of eating disorders including, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating disorder, etc. Although each is unique and ...

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Kids and “Entertainment Violence”

tvchildFor all a parent might do to monitor the influences on their kids, everything from enrolling them in positive activities to controlling who they hang out or play with, studies indicate that one of the strongest influences on kids’ values and at least some of their behavior may be the television.

As with other statistics, those on the “average” American family and its TV ...

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Sometimes Children Need Counseling Too

Child in counseling_counselingJust like adults, children can have life issues that are hard to deal with. Problems that affect families may affect children in different ways than the adults in their lives. Even things that adults see as positive or as an opportunity may be stressful for children. Like adults, most children are resilient, and part of growing up is learning to deal with change and life events. But big bad ...

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Anger in Children: What’s “Normal?”

Child AngerOf all of the challenges of parenting –and there are many- perhaps none is as frustrating, infuriating, and troubling as dealing with anger in a child.  Depending upon a child’s age, it can manifest as tantrums and screaming fits, aggression with playmates, classmates, and siblings, or sullen, disrespectful and intentionally hurtful words or acts.  Among the difficulties in dealing with these situation is realizing what is going on…and then knowing ...

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