Problems with ADHD

March 6, 2011 by  
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Problems with ADHD

Kids experience a lot of problems with ADHD…some inadvertently caused by their parents. Now, don’t get me wrong…these are well-meaning parents. These are the ones who come into my office and immediately let me know in no uncertain terms, “I’m not putting my kid on drugs.” Well, that’s actually OK—because I don’t prescribe medication. But what I will do is thoroughly evaluate... 

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Teach Kids to Read

March 5, 2011 by  
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In order to motivate and teach kids to read, the National Education Association has designated March 2, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, as “Read Across America Day.” So, I thought it would be only fitting that I wrote my own little Seuss-like poem to illustrate my on-going support to all parents and teachers dedicated to teach kids to read: Want to teach kids to read… Whose books do you use? Try the... 

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Life’s Most Embarrassing Moments

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Do you remember your most embarrassing moments? I’m sure you do. Funny thing about embarrassing moments…they aren’t usually funny for the person experiencing them. And, they stay with you… not necessarily for the good. Upon recalling an embarrassing moment, many people will immediately get red in the face and feel as though they are reliving it all over again. Most of us remember our most embarrassing... 

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Tired of your kids texting and gaming?

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Are your kids texting, gaming and listening to music all the time? Well, a NY mom finally said, “Enough!” and actually unplugged her 3 teenagers for not a day, a week or a month…but for six months! She not only stopped her kids texting, video gaming and iPod listening, but also all Internet, TV and cell phones! Amazing thing started to happen. They started eating meals together, playing cards,... 

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Peer Pressure Facts and Teenage Risks

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There are many peer pressure facts that most parents think they know.  For instance, hanging around with the wrong crowd seems to have a negative effect on teenagers’ behaviors.  And, a positive effect can also occur when kids hang around peers with high academic, moral and religious standards.  But an effect on the brain? A recent study at Temple University revealed some interesting peer pressure... 

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Talking with Kids–Are They Children or Goats?

February 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Parenting

I was on the radio in Trinidad, talking about “talking with kids,” when an indignant listener called in. “I keep hearing you talking about kids…they are not goats, they are children. If you call them kids, you are thinking of them as animals. If you call them children, maybe they will act like children and not animals,” he stated. Now, I’m paraphrasing, and yet his words brought up a very... 

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Everyone is Special

February 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Family, Parenting

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I believe that everyone is special in his or her own unique way. Unfortunately, while I may see the specialness in each person, I find that many adults don’t see themselves as being special at all. Here’s a case in point: I was singing in the aisle again. It’s something that I do wherever I am; I move and groove to good music whenever I hear it. This happened to be in the home improvement department... 

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Styles of Parenting: Life&Style: Too Severe

February 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Discipline, Family, Parenting

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This week on newsstands everywhere, Life&Style Weekly enlisted Dr. Vicki as their parenting expert to comment on the styles of parenting of several celeb parents. Styles of Parenting:  Which one do they choose? Madonna Life&Style synopsis: Madonna’s kids aren’t allowed to watch TV or eat ice cream.  And if Lourdes, 14, leaves clothes on the floor, “we put [them] in a bag,... 

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Styles of Parenting: Life&Style: Very Proper

This week on newsstands everywhere, Life&Style Weekly enlisted Dr. Vicki as their parenting expert to comment on the styles of parenting of several celeb parents. Styles of Parenting:  Which one do they choose? Victoria and David Beckham Life&Style synopsis: “I’ve never had to punish them physically,” Victoria Beckham says of sons Brooklyn 11, Cruz 6 and Romeo 8.  “Besides,... 

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Styles of Parenting: Life&Style: Relaxed

February 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Discipline, Family, Parenting

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This week on newsstands everywhere, Life&Style Weekly enlisted Dr. Vicki as their parenting expert to comment on the styles of parenting of several celeb parents. Styles of Parenting:  Which one do they choose? Brad and Angelina Life&Style synopsis: Brad Pitt and Angelina Joile let the kids gorge on jund food, from Cheetos to McDonald’s. Parenting Style: Relaxed.  “There isn’t... 

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