Gay In Brevard…Teenagers Struggle in Silence

August 30, 2008 by  
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Growing up is hard. Growing up gay is even tougher. “Teens in general are struggling with their identity, and gay teens have another whole layer of issues to deal with,” said Melbourne psychologist Vicki Panaccione. “Teens usually reach out to each other for support. Because gay teens are unsure of their sexual identity, they are less likely to reach out.” “They don’t... 

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Learn To Talk “The Talk”

August 21, 2008 by  
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“Telling children about puberty and sex might be difficult for parents,” said Melbourne child psychologist, Vicki Panaccione. It could be especially difficult for parents who feel uncomfortable dealing with sexuality, let alone discussing it with a young child. However, instead of waiting for “The Talk,” sex education should start early with open, honest communication and continue... 

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What, Me Worry?

August 17, 2008 by  
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We all worry at times—some more than others. “Even children worry,” said Melbourne child psychologist Vicki Panaccione. If we let worry get out of hand, it leads to anxiety. And that can lead to all sorts of physical ailments. Panaccione says some people worry all the time. For them, anxiety becomes a way of life. These folks need therapy. Many people avoid treatment for anxiety disorders... 

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Parents Want Consistent School Policy On Bullying

August 15, 2008 by  
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Unfortunately, everyone faces some sort of teasing or unpleasant remarks during their lifetime and it is important for children to learn how to appropriately react without resorting to violence. Vicki Panaccione, a licensed child psychologist who specializes in clinical and school psychology, said dealing with bullies is one of the most difficult, but important, parts of growing up. “You don’t... 

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Time for New (School) Year’s Resolutions

August 13, 2008 by  
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It’s August and a great time to be making new year’s resolutions. New school year, that is. With the school year soon upon us, the time is ripe for reflecting on the successes, as well as the trials and tribulations, of school years past. What worked? What didn’t work? In which areas did your child do well? Where were the pitfalls? What steps can be taken to make this year even better than the... 

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It’s Not Easy Being Teen

August 4, 2008 by  
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A lot of parents are just blown away when they discover that kids of 10 and 11 years old have heard about the issues of drugs or alcohol or sex and smoking. Children as early as 10, 11, 12 years old are well on their way to becoming cognitive thinkers. And it’s up to parents to make the adjustments to the realities. Like it or not. “We owe it to the children to make that shift,” said... 

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