Time For New Year’s Resolutions

August 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Education, Parenting

Back to school!

Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update August 12, 2010: It’s August and a great time to be making new year’s resolutions. New school year, that is. With the school year soon upon us, the time is ripe for reflecting on the successes, as well as the trials and tribulations, of school years past. What worked? What didn’t work? In which areas did your child do well? Where... 

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Enjoy your kids while you can!

August 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Family

My awesome son Today is my son’s birthday.  At 4:05 a.m., Alex turned 23.  Wow!  How did that happen???  Surely I haven’t aged that much! It seems like only yesterday that he was  a baby!  Then, before I knew it he was going off to kindergarten.  And, I cried.  “Tomorrow he’ll be going to high school,” I lamented.  His dad laughed at me. Then, sure enough…... 

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Don’t Forget the Hugs

January 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Child Development

“Children need to know they are loved simply for existing, not because of what they do, what grades they bring home, but just because of who they are.” Vicki Panaccione, Ph.D., child psychologist Parents spend a lot of time telling kids to clean their room, do their homework, wash the dishes, stop fighting with their siblings, brush their teeth and go to bed. When it comes to raising responsible... 

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Student Obesity Screenings Create Controversy

October 14, 2008 by  
Filed under Child Development

Overweight is defined as having a body-mass index higher than 95 percent of children the same age. At-risk is defined as having a body-mass index higher than 85%. Brevard’s Health Department has decided to begin screening students, to identify at-risk children. While some schools send the (screening results) letters home with report cards or sealed in envelopes, others simply hand the students stapled... 

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Number of Overweight American Kids Skyrockets

September 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Child Development

Just as adults do, overweight children face increasing health risks not only from obesity-associated diabetes but from heart disease and some cancers. There also may be psychological problems associated with being overweight, said Vicki Panaccione, who has a doctorate in psychology and practices in Melbourne. Although in her practice, children rarely are referred solely because they’re overweight,... 

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Attack on Self: Personality Disorder Victims are Driven to Injury

Self-injury, sometimes called self mutilation, is difficult to talk about. People who do it to themselves feel ashamed. Often, they don’t know why they do it—their explanations are simply that they were feeling bad and looking for attention. Child psychologist Vicki Panaccione of Melbourne said it is not very common in her practice but she does see it. “Children who are hurting themselves…it... 

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Teen Thrill-Seeking is Growing More “Extreme”

December 7, 2002 by  
Filed under Teenagers/Tweens

Two teens jumped off the Melbourne Bridge for fun. One is dead and the other severely traumatized. Investigating the incident, officials learned that bridge jumping is popular with teens. Risky behavior or attempting thrill-seeking feats is nothing new. But the difference today is that teens are taking those behaviors to the extreme. That’s because they seek acceptance, or thrills, or believe they... 

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