Teens and Children

Violent Children

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Gangs, drive-by shootings, drug sales, school shootings... where does it end? Why does it begin?Parents, peers, caring adults, informed children are all part of the tapestry that will reduce and hopefully eliminate children killing children.What can parents do to keep themselves and their children safe? Recognize that any child from any family…

Raising Responsible Teens

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Gary Direnfeld Peer pressure move over. There’s a more powerful influence in the lives of teens and it’s found at home. While peers undoubtedly influence each other, social science research demonstrates time and time again that parents actually matter most. However, having parents per se is not the determining…

Parenting the Child Who Drinks

Thursday, January 15, 2015
For many parents, the thought of a child of theirs having a drinking problem is a sheer impossibility. These parents and these children are often quite vulnerable to many things including the disease of alcoholism. Because your child is affected by you, the environment you provide at home, and the…

Is Your Child The Next Shooter?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
It can start with seemingly small behaviors. It can start with something as small as a temper tantrum or a name-calling episode. It can grow to the use of violent threats when angry. It can then grow to becoming a murderer at the age of 12. Does every child who…
QUESTION: What is a state of being in which no matter what you say, do or think, there will be at least one stranger and one friend who will be convinced that you are doing it all wrong?ANSWER: Being a parent. Being a child.No matter your age or circumstance, you…
Perhaps the most important thing to remember about taking your child to a clinician who specializes in working with children is that your child deserves every tool you can make available to him/her. There can be many reasons for your child to be evaluated - and starting with your pediatrician…

A Parenting Primer

Monday, February 2, 2015
Parenting is perhaps one of the most difficult and joyful roles many will shoulder. Despite all the advice from all the books and experts - parenting remains a multi-faceted journey. Too often when a parent falters along the road - denial and self-blame become familiar signposts. When a parent learns…
QUESTION: When is parenting a never ending story? ANSWER: When you make it that way!Many of your friends are looking forward to their children "leaving the nest." But you… you are wondering if will ever be over. You are thinking you cannot afford the time or money to get away…