How to Help a Special Needs Teen Fly Solo
What we've learned from setting up our son to go it alone, get important time with his extended family, and gain independent living skillsREAD MORE
How to Help Kids Learn to Fail
Parents naturally want to protect kids from failure, but only through trial and error can children become resilient adultsREAD MORE
Ideas for Getting Your Kids into Nature
How to make being outdoors fun and rewarding for kids inclined to stick to their screensREAD MORE
Why Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature
If you ask them, most kids would say they prefer spending time indoors. But the benefits (and pleasure) kids get from being outside are worth the push.READ MORE
I have a child who is very good but won’t follow directions. What should I do?
- Kristin Carothers, PhD
The way parents phrase requests can make kids more (or less) likely to follow through. Giving kids the right kind of praise helps, too.READ MORE
My anxious son is 16, home-schooled, and prefers ‘cyber friends’ to real ones. We want him back in school, but can he cope?
- Stephanie Dowd, PsyD
It is very possible, if they help him overcome his anxiety in a structured way with the help of professionals. Avoiding it isn't the answer, and it doesn't have to be.READ MORE
4 Small Ways to Build Confidence in Kids
From play to chores, it's mastering skills and succeeding at tasks that help kids feel competent and believe in themselves.READ MORE
10 Ways to Teach Your Child the Skills to Prevent Sexual Abuse
Clear language and rules about private parts of the body and a no-secrets policy can help protect young kids without scaring them.READ MORE
When Should You Get Your Kid a Phone?
How to decide if your kid is ready to handle a phone well, and rules to consider before the phone is purchased.READ MORE
Is it normal to have 'waves' of bad behavior? Our son is good for a week, then starts again.
- Matthew Rouse, PhD, MSW
The family is on the right track doing positive reinforcement for good behaviors, but consistency and patience is also necessary to break the 'habit' of acting out.READ MORE