Latchkey Children

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Dear Dr. Vicki, I have two children, ages 9 and 12. I have to work and I don’t have anyone to watch them, so they come home after school and stay in until I get home. My friends think they are too young. What do you think? Dr. Vicki’s response: Latchkey decisions are tough calls. However, you are certainly not alone in your dilemma. Nearly 7 million children ages 5 to 14 were regularly... 

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Crash Brings Seat Belt Warnings

February 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Teenagers/Tweens

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Two Brevard teens in a fatal wreck didn’t buckle up. Melbourne child psychologist Dr. Vicki Panaccione said parents shouldn’t underestimate the impact of a teenager’s death among surviving classmates—even those unacquainted with the deceased. “Teenagers are feeling invincible. They’re growing into independence and into their own autonomy,” she said. “If they’ve experienced... 

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Abusive Stepmother

February 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Family

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This article comes from a column called Stepfamily Advice in Philly Women, written by Lisa Cohn. Dear Lisa: My brother-in-law lost his wife to illness 7 years ago when his own children were 6 and 2 1/2. Last year he met a woman who was divorced with children in the same age range as his. She seemed very nice and pleasant but in the year following their marriage, the real stepmother has presented herself. Last... 

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Peer Triangle

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Dear Dr. Vicki, My daughter and her “best friend” are once again battling over, “She said then she said and I heard you said…” There are three girls involved and this time my daughter is odd man out. It is difficult to stand by and watch. When do I or should I intervene? Should I just let it ride its course? The one girl is ALWAYS in the center of any and every conflict. Yet... 

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Programs Encourage Good Decisions

February 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Teenagers/Tweens

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It happens all too often. Whether it’s a quick trip to meet friends for breakfast or a late night out at a party, what teenagers may picture as a harmless good time can become a parent’s nightmare. Regardless of the cause, two teens lost their lives, something every parent dreads. Experts say there are some actions that parents can take to keep their kids safe as they encounter peer pressure and... 

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