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My 4-year-old with a behavior disorder attends therapy but she can't compose sentences or express feelings. Am I doing enough for her?
Recognizing your emotions and expressing them requires higher order processing. This is one reason why some young children are oppositional.- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA
7 Things to Tell the Teacher About Your Child
Communicating key information can help educators and students forge a lasting connection which can really pay off for young people. And the start of the school year is the best time to open up.
My 2-year-old daughter has a lot of fears and they are getting worse. Should I be worried?
Fears are typical at this age, but some kids are a little too reactive. To help your daughter, try to model distress tolerance and flexibility.- Laura Kirmayer, MA
Finding the Balance With After-School Activities
How to steer kids towards a diet of extracurriculars that's good for them and the family—and not just their college applications- Harry Kimball
Tips for Helping Kids With Selective Mutism Go Back to School
If you have a child with selective mutism, it's important to give her as much support as you can as she encounters a new teacher, in an unfamiliar classroom.
How to Help Teenagers Get More Sleep
59% of teens get six or fewer hours of sleep a night, with pretty serious consequences. But parents can help, even if it seems impossible.- Juliann Garey
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 Silverman, PsyD, MBA
What Are the Symptoms of Depression in Teenagers?
Signs you child might be more than moody start with losing interest in things she usually enjoys. Here's what to look for.- Ron J. Steingard, MD
When Should You Come Between a Teenager and Her Phone?
Now that kids' kids lives are structured more than ever, social media offer an important place to hang out without adult supervision. Why kids need to learn to manage their own technology.
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