No Meltdown Outings: How to Manage Your Child’s Public Behavior

Tips on how to encourage good behavior on outings with your child

Public outings with your child can be quite challenging and demanding, and there tend to be more excursions over summer vacation. Children sometimes find the new environment, whether it be a store or amusement park, to be over-stimulating, and want to carry out the outing ‘on their terms’ rather than on yours. However, if you make a plan in advance, […]

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Mission: Fatherhood! An Open Letter To Dads

Celebrating Dads: A happy dad plays with his laughing daughter on Father's Day

On This Father’s Day, First I Gotta Give a Shout-Out to Moms! We all fully recognize the importance of a mom in a child’s life. Indeed, no one can surpass the love, compassion, caring, empathy, and tenderness of a mother. Dads sometimes can demonstrate those traits, but usually not on par with their female counterparts and, one could argue; that’s […]

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Preparing Your Kids (And You) For Summer Fun

Children have fun swimming during Summer break

Just Around the Corner It’s May and summer recess will be here before ya know it, so it’s best to start planning and preparing now. There are lots to think about, and I would hate to have you awaken that fateful day in early June with the incessant “I’m bored”, or loud screaming that typically accompanies siblings being home together […]

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Is ‘Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)’ a Valid Diagnosis?

An Audiologist tests a child's hearing to determine if they have APD.

What is an auditory processing disorder (APD)? Quite simply, it’s a difficulty with the processing of auditory information. Usually, APD is diagnosed by an audiologist. Some of the specific signs Here are some of the specific symptoms of APD: Difficulty with: auditory discrimination auditory memory auditory sequencing hearing speech in a noisy environment  maintaining attention locating the source of a […]

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Is Your Teen Depressed, or Is It The Lock-down, or Both?

Teen boy with depression struggles to focus on homework.

I write about improving self-esteem and academics in my new book, Managing the 5 Most Challenging Childhood Behavioral Health Conditions of Our Day, and clearly we face a particularly difficult situation with our present-day pandemic and school-hybrid/lock-down situation. The impact of lock-down I am seeing more kids and teens struggling with their ‘down’ mood, lack of productivity, declining grades, and […]

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When Your Teen Resists Online Schooling During Covid

Teen on cell phone in bed

The options from our local school districts It seems that most parents are being provided the option of their child returning part-time in-the-classroom or full-time online. However, it seems that most of the elementary schools are more prone to offer full-time in-the-classroom while most high schools are offering part-time in-the-classroom and part-time online. It appears that a difficulty establishing what […]

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