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  • 8/31/2014 Auditory Processing Disorder: Should Your Child Be Tested? Auditory Processing Disorder: it’s what the experts call it when your child’s hearing is just fine, but she doesn’t always understand what is said. Does your child say, “What?” no matter how loud or slow you say things? Is she agitated in noisy public spaces? Does she greet most questions with a blank stare? She […] more>
  • 8/28/2014 Food for Thought Why do we eat the foods we do? And why are some foods elevated to the status of “comfort food?” Have you ever wondered why some of your parent’s and grandparents customs surrounding food live on? In his essay, “From the Land,” Max Brooks explored his own connection to home-grown food and gave credit to his […] more>
  • 8/26/2014 Predicting Coparenting Ability and Why it Doesn’t Matter One Bit Predicting coparenting ability shouldn’t be rocket science. And it isn’t. Yet someone found a way to make it so. Coparenting is the way in which parents relate to each other in their roles as functioning parents. For instance, let’s say you, as the mother of your children, go out to see a movie with a […] more>
  • 8/24/2014 Summer Parenting Goals: How Close Are You? Summer parenting goals are like New Years’ resolutions. It’s better to keep the list short and sweet, or you’re liable to find them too difficult to pursue. In any event, with summer vacation winding down to its inexorable end, it’s good to think back to where you were at the start. What had you intended […] more>
  • 8/21/2014 Without Hugs, What Else Have We Lost? Kids need hugs and comfort to form healthy attachments in life and a sense of security to explore. It’s especially true when kids are distressed or frightened or when they’re separated from mom, dad, the primary caregiver, or a secure environment. In the 1930s, John Bowlby, a psychiatrist, made this observation while treating emotionally disturbed children […] more>
  • 8/19/2014 Kars4Kids Backpack Giveaway UPDATE: In addition to backpacks, Kars4Kids will be giving out a limited number of quality uniform shirts, vests, and sweaters at the Friday event. These aren’t just ANY old shirts, vests, and sweaters. They are from the awesome children’s fashion king, French Toast, and come in white, yellow, and light blue.  And just to top it […] more>
  • 8/14/2014 School Anxiety: Fear of Failure To many, I present as a calm, composed individual. There are times when I can be a bundle of nerves. I’ve been through child birth six times and two combat deployments as an army wife. Yet, there are two things that send me into a full-blown panic attack–the sound of the dentist’s drill and heights. So when […] more>
  • 8/8/2014 Parenting With a Chronically Ill Spouse You and your spouse have plans, big plans for your retirement, for your children, and for your family. You have expectations. Suddenly, everything changes. Your spouse develops some mysterious symptoms that evolve into full-blown illness. It’s a persistent, chronic illness that leaves him weak and in pain, irritable, and emotionally unavailable. While his doctors play […] more>
  • 8/1/2014 How Do You Deal With Campsickness? The summer is at its midpoint and at many camps, first session is over. If your child returned home a little mopey, you may have to unpack some emotional baggage in addition to his moldy duffle bag. You may also notice some odd behaviors that require a little more patience. Your child might listen to the camp’s […] more>
  • 7/30/2014 Maternal Fears: Your Child Smells it On You Maternal fears are primal, instinctual; ready to be unleashed at the first sign of danger, either real or perceived. Imagine this scenario: a door opens as a child’s pudgy fingers linger much too close to the door hinge. Her mother is nearby. Mom’s heart beats faster. She gasps and cries, “Watch out!” quickly moving the […] more>