Movies Offer Special Form of Therapy

September 18, 2008 by  
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Though the case can be made that we are regressing intellectually, like it or not, people’s love for movies is not likely to lesson anytime soon. Licensed psychologist Dr. Vicki Panaccione often suggests that parents have ongoing discussions with their children about the images they see and ideas they encounter while viewing movies. Panaccione sometimes finds that the discussion of film can be a... 

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Number of Overweight American Kids Skyrockets

September 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Child Development


Just as adults do, overweight children face increasing health risks not only from obesity-associated diabetes but from heart disease and some cancers. There also may be psychological problems associated with being overweight, said Vicki Panaccione, who has a doctorate in psychology and practices in Melbourne. Although in her practice, children rarely are referred solely because they’re overweight,... 

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Parental Dating

September 3, 2008 by  
Filed under Family


“Moms should be very careful not to introduce a date to the children until she really gets to know him, and decides that he really is someone she would like the children to know. Also, children can become very attached to these men. So unless mom plans for this relationship to have some long term permanence, I would not recommend introducing him to the children.” “On the other hand,... 

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Gaining a Poor Self-Image

September 3, 2008 by  
Filed under Teenagers/Tweens


Today’s busy parents need to be aware of whether their child is overly concerned about her body, and if so, get professional help. Dr. Vicki Panaccione, a Melbourne child psychologist, said she sees a “good many” young people—mostly girls—who think they’re fat or that something is wrong with their bodies, although they don’t have diagnosable eating disorders. “Generally... 

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Not All Secrets Should Be Kept

September 2, 2008 by  
Filed under Teenagers/Tweens


There’s no doubt secrecy starts early in childhood. Take, for example, when two kindergartners whisper to each other the name of a cute classmate. Teenagers secretly talk about sex, drugs and disagreements with their parents. And (adult) whisperings give way to office gossip. “It’s hard to keep stuff to ourselves, and we tend to want to share information, even intimate stuff,” said... 

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