Making It On Your own

January 18, 2009 by  
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Moving out of the parents’ house for first time can be rough. Whether it’s for college, a job or the military, no matter if it’s an apartment far away or close by, there is almost always an adjustment process after leaving the nest. “It can be a very emotional and stressful time,” said Dr. Vicki Panaccione, a child psychologist in Melbourne (FL). Panaccione said the stress... 

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Don’t Forget the Hugs

January 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Child Development

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“Children need to know they are loved simply for existing, not because of what they do, what grades they bring home, but just because of who they are.” Vicki Panaccione, Ph.D., child psychologist Parents spend a lot of time telling kids to clean their room, do their homework, wash the dishes, stop fighting with their siblings, brush their teeth and go to bed. When it comes to raising responsible... 

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Is that Your Cell Blinging?

January 5, 2009 by  
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Time was when phones were considered one step above two Dixie cups and string. Not anymore. “Children are getting (cell phones) at younger and younger ages,” noted licensed psychologist Dr. Vicki Panaccione. “And they’re using them as toys. They use them as cameras. And text-messaging is the new way to pass notes in class.” Accessorizing phones has become a big deal, according to Panaccione,... 

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