What’s In a Name?

October 27, 2008 by  
Filed under Child Development

These days, more parents are choosing—or at least considering—the nontraditional route when it comes to picking names for their children. “Every parent wants their child to be unique, special or distinctive,” said Vicki Panaccione, a licensed psychologist in Melbourne. “One way to do that is with a name.” Because our nation has become more diverse and is a huge melting pot,... 

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Don’t let “The Talk” Leave You Tongue-tied

October 17, 2008 by  
Filed under Teenagers/Tweens

According to a September survey by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the majority of adolescents 12 to 19 said parents most influence their sexual decisions. On the other hand, most parents believed their children’s friends are most influential. In addition, 6 out of 10 adolescents surveyed said their parents are role models for healthy, responsible relationships. While it may cause... 

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Student Obesity Screenings Create Controversy

October 14, 2008 by  
Filed under Child Development

Overweight is defined as having a body-mass index higher than 95 percent of children the same age. At-risk is defined as having a body-mass index higher than 85%. Brevard’s Health Department has decided to begin screening students, to identify at-risk children. While some schools send the (screening results) letters home with report cards or sealed in envelopes, others simply hand the students stapled... 

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Telling the Kids

October 4, 2008 by  
Filed under Teenagers/Tweens

Whether by force or choice, politicians, celebrities and even neighbors are admitting to illegal drug and alcohol use. But as a parent, would you tell? And just for fun, let’s make it even more interesting. Would you tell if your children asked you directly? “Yes, there are some things that are none of the child’s business, like details about a parent’s sex life, licensed psychologist Dr. Vicki... 

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