A Moving Experience

July 13, 2008 by  
Filed under Child Development

Relocation creates major stress for some. Mental health experts say uprooting your family and moving to another city is one of the most stressful experiences you’ll endure—right under death and divorce, but ahead of taking out a mortgage or having trouble with your boss. “Relocation creates major stress,” said child psychologist Vicki Panaccione. “It changes many other things... 

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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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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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