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How to Talk to Your Teenager About Substance Use and Abuse
Research shows that setting clear rules about alcohol and drugs, even if they're sometimes broken, helps keep kids safe
My son needs extra time on the SAT. Does anyone test high schoolers?
Older kids can absolutely get tested, but getting a teenager accommodations for standardized tests can be tricky.- Dominick Auciello, PsyD
How to Make Time Outs Work
If time outs aren't working for your child, it may be time to revisit how you're doing them.
How to Give Kids Effective Instructions
The first step to harmony at home is making sure kids understand what they're being told to do.
After being home sick for 4 days, my daughter, who loved school, now cries when I leave her. What can I do?
It's not unusual after an absence, and you can help her by encouraging her coping skills.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
Liza Long on Mental Illness, Diagnosis, and Hope
The author of "I am Adam Lanza's Mother" and the new book "The Price of Silence"now sees a future for her son. And she wants every family who struggles with mental illness to have access to care.
How to Know if Your Child Is Being Bullied
We want to support kids who are being bullied, but we don't want to raise the alarm every time a child has a bad experience. When does teasing become torment?- Jamie Howard, PhD
My 13-year-old daughter is so anxious about her sexual orientation she is self-harming. What should we do?
Intrusive thoughts about sexuality and compulsions to reduce the anxiety are classic OCD. But she also sounds depressed. Behavioral therapy can address both.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
Helping Kids Back Into the School Routine
With praise, understanding, and some structure, parents can smooth out back-to-school jitters. The first step is letting him know he isn't alone.
My 5-year-old has trouble following instructions. He just doesn't listen. I do time outs and it's still the same. His teachers do too. I'm at a loss.
We suggest 'labeled praise,' or specifically rewarding desired behaviors and 'actively ignoring' others. And since the boy's father has ADHD an evaluation isn't a bad idea.- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA