Is Texting Friends Socially Delaying Our Kids?

texting friends

Is texting friends a good thing? Does texting and other technology have a downside? I think that everyone would agree that there are concerns about sexting and cyber bullying. However, many parents feel that these issues don’t apply to their kids; after all, they are just texting friends! But I have become concerned about another issue regarding all this technology…the subtle changes in friendships... 

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Teenage Sexting: A Language All Its Own

Teenage sexting

 Following my blog on Teenage Sexting, I have had numerous requests from parents for acronyms to BOLO—Be On the Lookout. Your teens and tweens have a new language all their own, in the form of symbols and abbreviations that they are constantly texting to one another. As a parent, it’s important for you to become savvy to the kinds of messages that may be a cause for alarm. After searching... 

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Help! My son’s becoming an Internet Kid!

Internet kid

Internet kid is the term I give to any child who is turning to the Internet more and more for social interaction, information and entertainment.  That sums up many of the kids of today.  But what to do when this reliance on the Internet becomes a substitution for parenting?  Here’s one mom’s dilemma and my advice about her Internet kid: Dear Dr. Vicki:  I am a single mom of 2 boys... 

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Summer Jobs for Kids

June 13, 2011 by  
Filed under Education, Family, Parenting

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Summer jobs for kids are in big demand now that school is out and summer looms ahead. Sarah Cook, Founder of Raising CEO Kids, recently hosted a webinar offering over 50 ideas, tips and strategies for kids to do this summer to make money. Not only that, but Sarah has seen 100’s of children and teens turn their summer jobs for kids into their own businesses…in some cases making six-figure incomes... 

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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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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. 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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Peer Pressure Facts and Teenage Risks

peer pressure facts

There are many peer pressure facts that most parents think they know.  For instance, hanging around with the wrong crowd seems to have a negative effect on teenagers’ behaviors.  And, a positive effect can also occur when kids hang around peers with high academic, moral and religious standards.  But an effect on the brain? A recent study at Temple University revealed some interesting peer pressure... 

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Change your child’s behavior

January 18, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Family, Parenting

Having fun learning good habits

Here’s what Dr. Vicki, The Parenting Expert, has to say: 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:... 

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Teenager Talks–Will Parents Listen?


The Shine User post: Parenting — Things every parent needs to hear from a teen’s point of view by Anna, on Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:58pm PST Hello, my name is Anna, and I’m a teen. Every week I see posts on here about parenting, and how to “deal” with teens. The problem is that these posts are all written by adults. I’m not saying that they don’t know what they’re... 

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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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