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Since the birth of our third child, my eldest daughter refuses to go to bed. Please help!
Remember that all attention is reinforcing, even negative attention. Praise her when she's being good and look for ways to help her feel loved and important.- Mandi Levine, PsyD, MBA
My 8-year-old son has been dealing with the death of his best friend, and now his uncle has died. How can we tell him?
Be brief, honest, and concrete. Make it comfortable for him, now and later, to ask questions. Let him know that his feelings are okay, and don't share your own.- Jamie Howard, PhD
I'm 16 and I'm feeling like there is something wrong with me. I may be depressed, but I'm not sure. Please help.
Adolescent depression is more common than some people think. Take a look at these signs of depression, and see how many fit you.- Stephanie Dowd, PsyD
My 7-year-old seems to only hear what he wants to hear. How do I make myself clear?
How well children understand what we say often depends on how old they are.- Matthew Cruger, PhD
My daughter has been treated for depression, but it doesn't seem to be working. What can we do?
Ask her why she thinks treatment isn't working, and try to be supportive, not critical.- Stephanie Dowd, PsyD
My 7-year-old son with dyslexia is easily frustrated or angered by things outside of school. Is that common?
Kids struggling in school with learning disabilities often display frustration and anger at home, because they don't have the emotional skills to handle their stress without acting out.- Matthew Cruger, PhD
My 9-year-old won't listen to me, and I don't have much patience with her anymore. Any suggestions?
There are several variables that could be contributing to a change in your daughter's behavior. Figuring out why she's acting out is the first step towards improving your relationship.- Laura Kirmayer, MA
Relatives don't believe my daughter's diagnosis because she doesn't always 'act autistic.' What can I do?
Educating your family on what autism really looks like is important, but so is protecting your daughter from negative attitudes.- Laura Kirmayer, MA
My son lost his dad, is grieving and refusing school because of separation anxiety. How can I help him?
The first thing is to have a meeting with the school, figure out what's not working, and devise a plan to get from school refusal back to normal attendance step by step.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My 8-year-old son always feels unwell and is very emotional. I am depressed, and our interactions are difficult. Please help.
Physical symptoms are often connected to emotional difficulties. Because your son has these symptoms and a family history of depression, he may need treatment.- Janine Domingues, PhD