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My daughter with ADHD can't keep friends. What can we do?
Relationships are important, particularly for a child's developing self-esteem. Extracurricular activities provide a great foundation for building friendships and making kids more confidant.- Mary Rooney, PhD
When Kids Refuse to Go to School
Everyone misses a few days, but kids with school refusal have a strong aversion to school that can cause real problems.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My sister is being bullied, but says it's not that bad. Can I help without losing her trust?
Talk to her about the specifics of what's happening at school without passing judgment on her response, and then you can give advice and practice strategies that fit the situation—whether she's upset or not.- Jamie Howard, PhD
Raising Girls With Healthy Self-Esteem
How to help our daughters overcome the challenges to developing confidence and a positive body image
13 Ways to Boost Your Daughter's Self-Esteem
What parents can do to help girls build confidence based on what they can do, not what they look like
My son may have been abused, and is now oppositional. Could it be ODD?
A disruptive behavior disorder could explain these symptoms, but so could PTSD. The key to making a correct assessment and providing the proper treatment is managing the oppositional behavior first.- Jamie Howard, PhD
What Role Do Sports Play in the Mental Health of Children?
Kids who play sports have fewer emotional and behavioral problems and are less likely to do drugs or have bad body image.
My son wants to play football, but we're worried about the risk of concussions. How can we keep him safe?
When it comes to protecting young athletes, learning about concussions and following the recommended safety guidelines is essential.- Michael Rosenthal, PhD
Extracurriculars Without Extra Stress
How to steer kids towards a diet of activities that's good for them and the family—and not just their college applications- Harry Kimball
Does Teenage Pot Use Affect IQ?
A new study of heavy, long-term use draws attention to the fact that the adolescent brain is still changing, for better or worse- Harold S. Koplewicz, MD