Mommy, I’m Scared

March 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Child Development

Every parent has awakened to this lament. It’s important for parents to realize that a child’s fears are real and shouldn’t be discounted, said Vicki Panaccione, a Melbourne psychologist who works with children. “For younger children, they are in the room by themselves with nothing to occupy them but their own thoughts, which can be very scary,” Panaccione said. “It’s legitimate... 

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Reading To Your Child

March 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Education

Dear Dr. Vicki, I have a nine year old son and ten year old daughter, who I still read to before bed every night. My husband thinks they are too old for this because they can now read books themselves. Who’s right? Dr. Vicki’s advice: Actually, you both are. It is wonderful that your children have learned to read and hopefully enjoy reading by themselves for pleasure. That should certainly... 

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