Creating Special Memories

February 11, 2005 by  
Filed under Communication

Well, it’s the middle of February, and I’m finally getting around to unloading the boxes so hastily packed before evacuating from the hurricane—OK, make that three hurricanes. Anyway, as I unpacked box after box, it struck me: the only things I thought to take were my most precious possessions…my memories. I’m sure you did the same. I packed scrapbooks, piles and piles of pictures I keep... 

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Win or lose…just get over it

November 4, 2004 by  
Filed under Teenagers/Tweens

Is it safe? Can we come out and play now? Are the grownups still mad at each other? Dr. Vicki Panaccione says the immediate aftermath of an election as polarizing as this one, with the nation at war, can be a fearful moment for the losers. “People have been more passionate about this election than any I’ve seen, and no matter which side you’re on, I think that anger can turn to fear,”... 

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Repeated Storms Buffet the Psyche

September 4, 2004 by  
Filed under Child Development

A little anxiety about Hurricane Frances is a good thing. However, too much will only make you obsess. “We’re not as secure because our boat has gotten rocked so many times, with the weather and terrorists,” said Dr. Vicki Panaccione, a Melbourne licensed psychologist. “So, I think that when a hurricane is reported, you have that sense of anxiety, but it’s heightened because there’s... 

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“Latchkey” Decision Always Tough for Parents

August 26, 2003 by  
Filed under Child Development

Nearly 7 million children 5 to 14 were regularly left unsupervised in 1995 while their parents were at work or away for other reasons, according to a 2000 Census report, the most comprehensive report done on latchkey kids. If it’s a last resort, children who stay home alone must be mature enough to handle the responsibility, said Dr. Vicki Panaccione, a licensed child psychologist. And parents must... 

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Conflict with Iraq: When Kids Want Answers

March 20, 2003 by  
Filed under Child Development

War can be difficult to explain to children. To help parents handle questions and fears, (Dr. Vicki Panaccione) offers the following suggestions: For children ages 6-12: 1) Ask what they are hearing and discuss their concerns. It’s best not to fill them with fears they don’t have, but also realize you can’t ignore (the ones they do.) 2) Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Avoid saying, “Everything... 

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Teen Thrill-Seeking is Growing More “Extreme”

December 7, 2002 by  
Filed under Teenagers/Tweens

Two teens jumped off the Melbourne Bridge for fun. One is dead and the other severely traumatized. Investigating the incident, officials learned that bridge jumping is popular with teens. Risky behavior or attempting thrill-seeking feats is nothing new. But the difference today is that teens are taking those behaviors to the extreme. That’s because they seek acceptance, or thrills, or believe they... 

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Fashion Changes Shape – Model Embraces Full Figure

March 15, 2001 by  
Filed under Teenagers/Tweens

Mode magazine’s inclusion of full figure models tries to show that beauty, style and fashion come in all sizes, shapes and colors. While that may be true for adult audiences, Melbourne (child) psychologist Dr. Vicki Panaccione who writes child development articles, says Mode’s real challenge may be to counteract the psychological damage inflicted on consumers whose idealized versions of themselves... 

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Got Election Rage?

December 17, 2000 by  
Filed under Teenagers/Tweens

Just get over it. The bumper-sticker solution for deep-seated resentments might play well in a sitcom dialogue, but in the polarized aftermath of the most divisive presidential election in modern history, those could be fightin’ words. Melbourne child psychologist Dr. Vicki Panaccione says the divide is so visceral, there’s no way to “just get over it” until people comprehend... 

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Parents Want Sex Ed to Teach More Topics Than Abstinence

September 27, 2000 by  
Filed under Teenagers/Tweens

Parents want schools to teach their children about birth control, abortion and sexual orientation but continue to emphasize abstinence, a national report released Tuesday indicates. Brevard licensed psychologist Dr. Vicki Panaccione agrees abstinence is the only way teens are sure to steer clear of pregnancy and diseases, but said it is silly to believe that alone will work. “I think it’s unrealistic... 

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Communication is key to prevention

April 22, 2000 by  
Filed under Communication

A day after a massacre left at least 15 people dead in Littleton, CO, behavior experts once again resorted to The List—the litany of red flags that can signal teen violence. “Unless we turn schools into airports and prisons with monitors, we can’t help but leave ourselves open to risk,” says Melbourne psychologist, Dr. Vicki Panaccione. “But the risk to kids with drastic measures... 

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