Is Shaming Children ‘Superior’ Parenting?

January 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Child Development, Family, Parenting

                                                        The Wall Street Journal printed a book excerpt from the Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother this weekend, suggesting that Chinese mothers are “superior” to Western mothers because Chinese mothers’ solution to “substandard performance” is “always to excoriate,... 

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Family Bed Hurts Child Development

More than two is a crowd! Dear Dr. Vicki: We share a bed with our kids. We have a 7 yrs. old girl, a 3 yrs. old boy and a 1 yr. old boy. What bothers me is that our 3 yrs. old boy exhibits some sexual acts. Is it alright? We make love as discrete as possible but we are not sure if they had seen what we’ve done. Are the scenes such as love making seen by babies will register to their mind unconsciously?... 

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Ways to Change Your Children’s Behavior

January 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

This YouTube video has some great points, and I am frustrated that they call these suggestions “sneaky strategies.”  I don’t think they are sneaky at all…but rather good, effective ways of interacting and parenting your children!  However, as a child psychologist, I am totally opposed to one of their suggestions: the use of ‘reverse psychology.’ Basically, when... 

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Fill Your Time with Kids and Family

December 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

KIDS ARE FROM KRYPTON, PARENTS ARE FROM PLUTO:  Radio update Dec. 30, 2010:   A new year means a blank calendar.  WOW!  Just think of all the possibilities.  Look at all the blank days! You have the power, at this very moment, to determine what your new year will look like! As you think about filling in your calendar, do you have a feeling of enthusiasm and excitement?  Or of dread and resignation? ... 

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Happy New Year to You and Your Family

December 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Child Development, Family, Parenting

Welcome 2011 HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!  Good-bye 20010—Hello 2011 Now is the time to reflect on the lessons of the past year, and yet put the past in the past.  The past is over.  There is nothing you can do about it.  But today, and every day, is a chance to write in your book called Opportunity, and fill in the blank pages with your own words—of ideas, dreams, goals and emotions. ... 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL…

November 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

‘TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING ‘Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t sleep. I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep. The leftovers beckoned–the dark meat and white, but I fought the temptation with all of my might. Tossing and turning with anticipation, the thought of a snack became infatuation. So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door and gazed... 

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Teaching Gratitude

November 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

Kids are from Krypton, Parents are from Pluto  Radio Show update:  Nov. 18, 2010:  Teaching Gratitude.    There is a Buddhist saying that I reflect on around Thanksgiving time. He said, “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at lease we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t... 

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Effects of cyberbullying–a real threat to your children!

November 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Parenting, Teenagers/Tweens

  Is your child falling prey to cyberbullying? KIDS ARE FROM KRYPTON, PARENTS ARE FROM PLUTO: Radio update Nov. 11: Today we turned to a more serious topic than in the past several shows. The effects of cyberbullying was the topic…and stressing the insidiousness of this kind of bullying was the main message. The “effects of cyberbullying” are not just about namecalling and teaching... 

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Snooping around in your kids’ stuff

October 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Parenting

Dear Dr. Vicki: I had a question: I hear it’s bad to snoop. But if snooping is not the way to get information from or about your children, what is the acceptable way to get information from or about them? Cell phones, book bags, bedrooms? Dr. Vicki’s response:  Snooping is an invasion of privacy, and conveys a total lack of trust in your child. If, in fact, she has given you REASON to be distrustful... 

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How many teens does it take to change a light bulb??

October 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Parenting, Teenagers/Tweens

That was the question I posted on Facebook and Twitter. And what started out as a joke, turned into a very interesting set of responses and conversation. Belinda’s response: One, he holds the light bulb and expects the world to revolve around him. That was what I was going to say. So, then I offered these two: 12—they always travel in groups; and, “Huh?” Levi’s idea: None they know if they... 

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