Preventing Childhood Abductions

November 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Family, Parenting

Childhood abductions

Childhood abductions are being reported more and more on the evening news, and the terrifying prospect of abduction fills the minds of parents across the country. But it’s important to remember that the majority of children will pass through childhood safely. One of the challenges of being a parent is to teach your children to be cautious without filling them with too much fear or anxiety. Although... 

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New Gun Law in Florida Might Land Me in Jail!

Gun Law in Florida

An anticipated new Gun Law in Florida might just land me in jail!  While it is presently setting its sights on medical doctors, particularly pediatricians, it’s only a matter of time before other child specialists, like myself, will be targeted, as well. A law passed by the Florida legislature and likely to be signed by Republican Governor Rick Scott would make it a crime for doctors to counsel... 

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Latchkey Children

February 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Child Development

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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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Programs Encourage Good Decisions

February 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Teenagers/Tweens

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It happens all too often. Whether it’s a quick trip to meet friends for breakfast or a late night out at a party, what teenagers may picture as a harmless good time can become a parent’s nightmare. Regardless of the cause, two teens lost their lives, something every parent dreads. Experts say there are some actions that parents can take to keep their kids safe as they encounter peer pressure and... 

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