Category Archives: Preschool/Nursery School

Sticks and Stones

Kids listen to what their parents say. Really, they do. They don’t always acknowledge that they are listening. They certainly don’t always agree with what they hear. And of course, they are not always compliant. But trust me; they listen. … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Grow on Trees

It’s that time again, the start of a new year when people all over the world are making vows to exercise more, to eat healthier, to call friends and family regularly, and to spend money wisely. These are, of course, … Continue reading

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The Right School for Your Square Peg

Psychologists who work with children and adolescents hear a lot about schools. We hear the good (When Schools Get It Right), the bad (Dealing with a Difficult Teacher), and the ugly (Bullying Is a Community Problem). Because school performanceĀ is generally … Continue reading

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Talking Turkey and Gratitude

For those of us fortunate enough to sit down tomorrow at a turkey-and-fixings laden table with friends and family, I have one sincere wish. I hope that amidst the talk of football and politics and “when can we have pumpkin … Continue reading

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When Schools Get It Right

As a child psychologist, I deal with a lot of schools. I usually get involved for one or more of several reasons: a young person is having trouble attending school due to symptoms of anxiety or depression a young person … Continue reading

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The Bottled Water Episode

Picture the following scenario: You and your 8-year-old child (or 4-year-old or 12-year-old) are sitting in my office (or the office of the pediatrician or orthodontist), and your child turns to you and announces that he is thirsty. You glance … Continue reading

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One Flight, Two Kids, and One Excellent Dad

In late August, I flew with my family from Philadelphia to Seattle for a last hurrah of summer. I sat with my daughter on one side of the plane while my husband and son sat across the aisle. Seated in … Continue reading

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