A new study out of the University of Georgia suggests that when middle school students date there are many negative consequences. Some of these consequences include dropping out of school and an increased use of marijuana and alcohol in high school. While the study demonstrates this important relationship over time it does not discuss the […]
On December 10, 2012 Michelle Healy for USA Today wrote an article on teen dating and the effects these early experiences may have on adult functioning. Her reported statistics were alarming: 30% of a large number of teens surveyed for research reported being a victim of teen dating violence. Even more alarming were the links […]
I often am asked to comment on whether it is okay for a parent to begin dating after their divorce. Parents are rightfully worried about how this process will affect their children and often acknowledge the separation of parents has been painful for their children. Yet, many parents do date and some do re-marry. Understanding how to balance your child’s perspective with your own needs may help you make good decisions about introducing a new adult into your family.
Yesterday, SFGate published an article on Lego’s new toys aimed at girls. The article pointed out the negative gender stereotypes and why Lego is currently being criticized for its new line.
Last Spring, Andrea Peterson of the Wall Street Journal published, “So Cute, So Hard on Marriage”, an article about couples taking preemptive steps to curb the decline in marital satisfaction following the birth of a child.
Entitlement. This word has significant meaning to our culture and has been associated with a new generation of adults and their children expecting behavioral and material privileges. While most Americans typically focus on too much materialism, parents of young children are becoming increasingly concerned about entitled behavior. While we have all seen entitled behavior in children and young adults is it really caused by having too much? The simple answer is no, not exactly.
On November 19, 2011 Thomas L. Friedman wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times entitled, How about Better Parents? Mr. Friedman’s main thesis focuses on better parenting as the route to improve the academic success of American students.
According to the Mayo Clinic, preparing for the stress of the holidays can assist in avoiding a complete meltdown. Yet, what if the stress is not your own? Parents with young children may find that they can take care of themselves but struggle with the behavior of their little ones this time of year. What can you do to prevent your child from combusting between Thanksgiving and New Year’s?
Molly is 16-months-old when her parents separate. She is bright, verbal and social. Yet, overnight she seems to become a much younger child. She wants to be held, she regresses in her talking and both parents notice she has significant difficulties going between their homes. What is happening?
I’m often asked why do babies and toddlers need a psychologist. Aren’t they too young? On the contrary, often times young children have developmental needs that respond to early intervention and other times young children are placed at risk for emotional difficulties because of troubles that their mother and father are experiencing. Why?