Lack of Friends

March 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Family

Hello Dr. Vicki: I am concerned about my son, who is 8. He does not have any friends that he plays with on a daily basis. Where we live there are only 2 boys his age (but) they are never home and do not attend the same school. He tells me that there aren’t any kids that he plays with at school. (But) I know he is well liked because when I pick him up, there are a lot of kids saying, “Hi”.... 

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Gaining a Poor Self-Image

September 3, 2008 by  
Filed under Teenagers/Tweens

Today’s busy parents need to be aware of whether their child is overly concerned about her body, and if so, get professional help. Dr. Vicki Panaccione, a Melbourne child psychologist, said she sees a “good many” young people—mostly girls—who think they’re fat or that something is wrong with their bodies, although they don’t have diagnosable eating disorders. “Generally... 

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