Jon & Kate Plus 8 still=DIVORCE

August 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Family

The Gosselin family Over the past few weeks, I have received a number of calls from Life & Style, Star and People magazines all wanting expert advice, mostly about Jon & Kate Gosselin (the famous parents of 8-year-old-twins and 5-year-old sextuplets,) their very public divorce, and how it affects the kids. Though more public than most, their divorce brings up basic issues not only applying... 

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Latchkey Children

Dear Dr. Vicki, I have two children, ages 9 and 12. I have to work and I don’t have anyone to watch them, so they come home after school and stay in until I get home. My friends think they are too young. What do you think? Dr. Vicki’s response: Latchkey decisions are tough calls. However, you are certainly not alone in your dilemma. Nearly 7 million children ages 5 to 14 were regularly... 

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What’s In a Name?

October 27, 2008 by  
Filed under Child Development

These days, more parents are choosing—or at least considering—the nontraditional route when it comes to picking names for their children. “Every parent wants their child to be unique, special or distinctive,” said Vicki Panaccione, a licensed psychologist in Melbourne. “One way to do that is with a name.” Because our nation has become more diverse and is a huge melting pot,... 

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Summer Learning

July 19, 2008 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Education

Dear Dr. Vicki, My friends say they need to keep their kids doing worksheets over the summer so they start the new school year on a good foot. My son cries and yells through the whole thing. He could really use the review but is it worth the torment? We all have to do things in life we don’t want to do, but is this one of them? What is the best thing a parent can do to prepare their child for... 

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