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Dr. Ben Carson, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and now presidential candidate, was raised in poverty to a single mom who lived in a tough neighborhood. Ben’s mom worked two to three jobs in order to put food on the table. She didn’t want […]

Hyper parenting is a relatively new concept. One that may be doing more harm than good when it comes to preparing our children for life. When I was growing up, we came home from school, played outside until we were […]

Parenting is on John’s mind now that his second child has arrived. John was raised by a father who was harsh and demanding. John often felt as if he could not live up to his father’s expectations. Now a father […]

Rita, like so many daughters, came to therapy because of a tense relationship with her parents. Rita feels her parents’ expectations are too high and she can never measure up. Expectations, when too high or out of line with a child’s true […]

This week we celebrate Mother’s Day. All over this county, moms will be receiving flowers, candy and going out to dinner. There will be special celebrations and multiple ways to honor our moms. But this Mother’s Day, I want moms to […]

Having an overweight child doesn’t mean he or she will stay that way. That being said, we don’t want our kids to go on diets. We want them to stop gaining weight and grow into the weight they already have. […]

Persistence is a trait that most parents want to see developed in their children. We know from research that persistent children are less likely to be delinquent and more likely to be engaged in school. What parent wouldn’t want to […]

Families are busy and when there is a little down time, kids usually grab their screens and engage in solo play. If they are on social media, they may have a number of “friends” but these are not deep friendships […]

Please, put away your cell phone! We are eating dinner.  Get off the video game now. You have homework to do.  How many hours have you spent on Facebook? How about a real conversation? I admit, I tend to focus […]

A reader asks: As much as I love to shop on-line, I prefer to tackle the masses during Christmas and head to the malls and store. My question is, “How can I shop with two little ones (ages two and […]

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