Blog Category - Parenting

What Do Five Decades of Research Have to Say About Spanking?

June 14, 2016 in Parenting

By Dr. Gina Zuccolo - - Spanking, defined as an open-handed hit on an individual’s behind or limbs, is sometimes a form a discipline used by parents in attempts to correct a child’s behavior or increase the child’s compliance to rules. A recent analysis of 50 years of research on spanking has shown that spanking actually has the opposite impact on children than what parents hope or intend.


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Dealing with Your Child's Anxiety

November 12, 2014 in Parenting

by Dr. Chris Berrios By now your child has probably settled into his or her back-to-school routines. In most cases, the anxiety that comes with starting a new school year has dissipated and your child is in the trenches of the school year. In some cases however, anxiety can persist past what is considered to be normal and can impact your child’s academic potential, as well as his or her happiness. Here are some tips for understanding and responding to your child’s anxiety.


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She Just Likes to Daydream

February 27, 2016 in Parenting

She Just Likes to Daydream By Dr. Chris Berrios Consider the following scenario: Jane is a bright well-behaved 4th grader whose academic work is just about on grade level. She chooses to sit in the back of the classroom and much of the time she’s doodling in her notebook. When asked to complete a written assignment, Jane works diligently at first, but then she becomes easily distracted by noise outside the window and loses track of her assignment. The unfinished work then gets stuffed into her messy backpack and is rediscovered several weeks later. Now take Johnny, a bright 4th grader who has trouble remaining seated. He is always fidgeting with his pencils and anything else on his desk. He shouts out answers and constantly interrupts his teacher with comments and requests to go to the bathroom. Johnny’s academic work is less than expected for his age and capabilities. Who do you think is more likely to be referred for an evaluation?


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Silence and Lack of Communication in Teens - What to Do With It

September 27, 2013 in Parenting

by Anisha Hume-Keaton, MA and Dr. Jeanne Peterson Even when teens seem not to understand the importance of maintaining positive family relationships, parents know that keeping a healthy relationship with their teen is crucial for the teen’s sense of self, for his or her overall development and for the teen’s learning on how to build relationships with others. To help foster a fruitful level of engagement between you and your teen, here are two ways to keep your teen talking to you


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Tips for Helping Children Complete Homework

November 12, 2014 in Parenting

by Dr. Gina Zuccolo Many factors can influence children and teens’ ability to complete homework. For instance, fear of failure, anxiety regarding not being “smart enough,” comparison of their academic abilities to peers, and previous negative feedback from teachers and/or parents can often hinder children’s self-esteem, motivation, and desire to complete homework assignments. However, parents can help children establish an after-school routine to make the task of completing homework more structured and consistent.


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Silence and Lack of Communication in Teens - What It Means

September 27, 2013 in Parenting

by Anisha Hume, MA and Dr. Jeanne Peterson Often times, parents feel alone or disconnected from their teenager as their teen shifts from being a talkative child to a silent and withdrawn adolescent. Much of this behavior is typical of normal adolescent development and parents may see their once friendly and cuddly child now try to avoid any interactions with them. Experts on adolescent behavior have highlighted some reasons for the lack of communication


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Coping With an “Empty Nest”

November 12, 2014 in Parenting

By Dr. Jill Langer You’ve spent years preparing for this moment: Your child is going away to college. Congratulations on a job well done! This transition often comes with many mixed feelings for both you and your child. Some Normal Feelings You Might Have: Anxiety and worry: You child is leaving the safety of home for the first time and it is instinctual that you feel compelled to protect them from all that could go wrong.


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