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Extreme Parenting

Several months ago a couple in Maryland was reported to the authorities for allowing their children to walk home alone from the neighborhood park. This latest trend is called Free Range Parenting. While I don’t...
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Everything You Need To Know About Camps

  Written by The Parenting Center at Children's Hospital       summer, skeeters, and s’mores!   Taking the myth and mystery from finding the perfect camp. ...
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Don’t Shield Kids From Death

Funerals serve a specific purpose for adults; they are a helpful part of the grieving process. The ritual allows time for mourning, processing the departure of the loved one, and an opportunity to be comforted ...
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Back Talk And Eye Rolling

Riding the emotional roller-coaster of life with a middle school child. Contributed by the Parenting Center When we talk about the middle school years, it’s important to try to remember what those years are ...
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Children Suffer When A Parent Is Depressed

How a Mom's Depression Affects Her Kids by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. Parental depression can have an insidious impact on the psychology of a child. Even infants are at risk of suffering negative consequences of ...
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Communicating About Difficult Topics

by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D.   Divorce, illness and death are a few examples of the many things parents struggle to explain to their young children. These topics are hard enough for older children and adu...
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Celebrating Festival Season With Your Child

  How to get the most out of festival season with your little ones.   For NOLA families, festivals are like Mardi Gras—a way of life. We start the little ones early and go often. Having a game plan b...
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Cyber Junkies

With increasing frequency I have observed behaviors in children that seem consistent with addictive dependence on video games. Addiction is a chronic disease that involves the brain’s reward systems. The indivi...
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Christmas With A New Grandson

  Written by Laura Claverie       The best gifts   All this grandma wants for Christmas is time with her grandson   By Laura Claverie   ...
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Discuss, Don’t Destroy

When I was an undergraduate I phoned the DJ at WTUL (Tulane’s radio station) and railed at him for playing the Jimi Hendrix version of “Hey Joe.”  I was incensed at the sexist and violent lyrics (the song is ab...