Teenage Sexting

Teenage Sexting

What is Teenage Sexting? Teenage Sexting occurs when a teen takes a flirtatious, nude, semi-nude or otherwise sexually revealing picture of him or herself and sends it to others via cell phone or other means of texting device.  Commonsense.org has created a handout about this important topic.  This blog shares excerpts from that handout, “Common Sense on Talking About ‘Sexting.'” While... 

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Etiquette for Children—Top 5 Tips

May 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Family, Parenting

Etiquette for Children

I recently read a blog about teaching Etiquette for Children that I would like to share. I feel that etiquette, or manners, has dwindled over the last many years by adults and kids, alike. However, I think that being polite, greeting people appropriately and making a good first impression are all still very important to not only teach our kids, but continue to model ourselves. “5 Simple Etiquette... 

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Problems with ADHD

March 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Education, Parenting

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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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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Should Children Remember to Brush Their Teeth?

Group toothbrushing? Well, teenagers do like doing things in groups! Dear Dr. Vicki : When do kids start brushing their teeth without reminders?? Dr. Vicki’s response: This is a very common parenting question…which should tell you something.  There are some things that it seems many children needs reminders way into their teens. Here are my top 5 grooming reminders:  Brush teeth; brush hair;... 

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Parents Dealing with Teenage Behavior

How much do you like playing tug of war?         Dear Dr. Vicki:      I have a 15 yr old daughter, 12 year old son and a 9 month old little girl. My oldest daughter has always been head strong and demanding, so her teenage issues seemed like “typical” stuff. My 12 year old son who was always the laid-back/ helpful, wants to please son is now morphing into a child who is disrespectful,... 

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Parents Want to be Better Parents in 2011

January 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

Parenting Resolutions for the New Year Kids are From Krypton, Parents are from Pluto:  Radio Series Update:  January 6, 2011 With the start of the New Year, I have had many parents voice a desire to be a better parent in this New Year of 2011.  What do I say?  I tell them that they are already good parents!  If they weren’t, they wouldn’t care about doing it better! So, to help... 

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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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Children Searching the Internet

January 3, 2011 by  
Filed under Education, Parenting

Cat and Mouse   If you are like many parents, you probably have some concern about your children searching the Internet.  Well, here is an article I just read by Bo Minnow, to help you with this dilemma:  “Talk about a search engine and the first thing that will click in the minds of many is Google. Well some are fans to Yahoo and Bing but would you really recommend the use of these internet... 

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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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