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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
A Teacher's Guide to Understanding OCD
How anxiety drives a child to perform rituals, often secretly, in school, resulting in behavior that can be easily misunderstood.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
What Does OCD Look Like in the Classroom?
How to recognize the signs, which can be easily mistaken for ADHD, learning disorders or oppositional behavior.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
Advice for Moving With Kids
Moving is stressful for everyone, but it's especially hard on families because kids depend on routine. Here are tips for making your move easier.
My 12-year-old daughter acts much older than she is. How do I rein her in?
Being understanding, and talking openly about her feelings and ambitions, is the place to begin. And remember, all kids want to be older, and you can relate your own experience.- Stephanie Dowd, PsyD