Turn Off the Tube

April 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Discipline


This is the time of year when we are supposed to shut off the TV for a week and find better things to do. Groups such as the American Academy of Pediatricians and Physicians for Social Responsibility and the National Educator’s Association want us to think about the children and how fat they’re getting because they’re not playing as much as kids did in the olden days. Between Saturday... 

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Over-scheduling Your Child's Activities


Dear Dr. Vicki, I have two children who are interested in a lot of different activities. I want them to do extracurricular activities, but it seems like they are always busy. Is this good for them? Dr. Vicki’s response: As you said, pursuing interests and activities outside of school is very healthy for children to become well-rounded. It is also a way for them to explore various interests,... 

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Changes In Girls and Boys In Puberty

April 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Teenagers/Tweens


Dear Dr. Vicki, I have a 10-year-old daughter who is already showing signs of puberty. Is this normal? What should I tell her? Dear Dr. Vicki, Although his friends are starting to develop, my twelve-year old son doesn’t have any signs of body changes yet. How do I explain this to him? Dr. Vicki’s advice: Puberty is an issue with which most parents experience some degree of difficulty. It... 

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Moms Who Feel Like “Desperate Housewives.”

April 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Discipline


Dear Dr. Vicki, Help! My kids get sick a lot in the winter and I feel trapped. They are bored, whiney, demanding and I just don’t know what to do. I love my kids, but winter is coming and I am dreading being stuck in the house with them. What can I do? Signed: Desperate housewife! Dr. Vicki’s response: You are not alone! There is nothing funny about having to go through a week of dealing... 

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Child Development


Dear Dr. Vicki, I know that there are certain child development stages that all children go through. But what if my child hasn’t reached that stage and her friends the same age have? Dr. Vicki’s advice: I like to think of child development as climbing a staircase, with each step representing a series of tasks to work on and master before going on to the next step. All children climb the... 

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I Feel Like a Broken Record with My Child

April 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Discipline


Dear Dr. Vicki, I have to ask my child 3 or 4 times to do something, at which point, I am angry. For example, my son was playing with his friend’s cell phone in the back of our car. I asked him 3 times to give it back to his friend (knowing the battery was low). By the time he gave it back, the phone was no longer usable as a phone. This is just one example. I feel like a broken record. Dr.... 

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Anger Issues with Your Child

April 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Discipline

Anger Issues with children

Dear Dr. Vicki, I have an 11 year old daughter and am trying to help her with “anger management”. So far we have been doing better with talking about it, and (she’s) counting to 10, taking deep breathes, walking away. . . .and I have tried to be calm in responding and then I “ignore” any junk behavior. Then I go on to a “normal” question and she seems to fall... 

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My Child Spends Too Much Time On the Computer

April 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Family

Child & Computer

Dear Dr. Vicki: My daughter and all of her friends spend hours chatting/blogging on the computer and she doesn’t spend any time with me. That is all we argue about. She feels I am always harassing her about it. I HATE computers. How can I change me/it? What’s a reasonable amount of time to be on the computer? I’ve been told it’s the “teenagers” way of communicating?????... 

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Coping With Death of Loved Ones


Dear Dr. Vicki, We recently had 2 deaths in the family, my aunt and a family friend, which my (7 year old) daughter was close to. I told her about my aunt but I have not told her about the family friend because the deaths were within a week of each other. Did I make the right decision about not telling her right away? If so, when do I tell her? If not, how do I handle it? Dear Caring Parent: I am... 

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