When Our Kids Don’t Conform To Their Gender

by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. With increasing frequency, parents are opening up about their gender non-conforming children. However, parental anxiety tends to be higher for boys than girls. Traditionally parents hav...

Uniting Or Not For The Holidays

Q: My in-laws are really great, but the holidays bug me: They never come to see us—it’s up to us to arrange to drive a few states’ over to go see them—and yet they always go way overboard on gifts for the ki...
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Tween Dating

Tween Dating- When our kids start wading into the dating pool. In some ways, first crushes and school yard romances have changed little over the years. There is still a lot of giggling, girls being egged on ...
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Too Young For A Cell Phone

By Jeanne Martin Q: My daughter is in the fifth grade and all of her friends have their own cell phones. I think she’s too young, but if all her peers have one, am I wrong? A: If all of he...
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Understanding The Shy Child

What we commonly call “shyness” is not a behavior problem. It’s a temperament trait. Temperament research focuses on nine personality characteristics that have been found to remain constant throughout a person’...
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Understanding Autism

  Written by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D.       autism 101   understanding the disorder is the first step in early intervention   By Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. ...
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Treatments But Not Cures For Autism

multiple challenges, multiple treatments In general, people on the spectrum have sensory sensitivity, speech and communication challenges, and social cognitive difficulties—including rigidity, restricted...
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Tips To Avoid And End A Tantrum

Tips to avoid a tantrum   1.  Make sure your child has enough food and rest 2.  Redirect a frustrated child to another activity 3.  Offer choices: instead of saying, “go to bed now” say, “what do...

Tips For Organized School Year

  8 Tips to Keep Things Going Smoothly This School Year As the school year begins, it’s often hard to shift from the easy, unstructured flow of summer vacation to the more tightly choreographed dance o...