Teasing: When To Draw the Line

July 30, 2008 by  
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Until recently, boys teasing girls in school was something that girls usually had to chalk up to experience. Complain and they often got a “boys will be boys” response. But these days, as young girls become more attuned to their rights, chronic name calling, hair pulling, pinching and other forms of taunting are being perceived as sexual harassment. Dr. Vicki Panaccione is a licensed psychologist... 

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Creating Special Memories

February 11, 2005 by  
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Well, it’s the middle of February, and I’m finally getting around to unloading the boxes so hastily packed before evacuating from the hurricane—OK, make that three hurricanes. Anyway, as I unpacked box after box, it struck me: the only things I thought to take were my most precious possessions…my memories. I’m sure you did the same. I packed scrapbooks, piles and piles of pictures I keep... 

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Communication is key to prevention

April 22, 2000 by  
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A day after a massacre left at least 15 people dead in Littleton, CO, behavior experts once again resorted to The List—the litany of red flags that can signal teen violence. “Unless we turn schools into airports and prisons with monitors, we can’t help but leave ourselves open to risk,” says Melbourne psychologist, Dr. Vicki Panaccione. “But the risk to kids with drastic measures... 

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