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Dr. Ellen Braaten is associate director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds.

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April 23, 2014

Families

I’ve Stopped Hating You

As a psychiatrist, I am always interested in how my adolescent and teen patients say goodbye to their parents after being admitted into our residential programs.

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April 23, 2014

Families

Myths About The 12-Step Program: What Science Tells Us About Effective Treatment Of Addiction

In recent years, there have been some questions raised about the effectiveness of 12-step mutual-help programs (such as Alcoholics Anonymous) and 12-step professional treatment plans, claiming that

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April 21, 2014

Grade School

The Round-Up: Hot Topics From Around The Web

In this week’s edition of The Round-Up, I wanted to share three trending topics from around the web that I think would be informative for parents of grade-schoolers and teenagers.

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April 15, 2014

Patriots' Day Project

Raising Secure Children In An Insecure World

As we reflect on the events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath, it is an appropriate time to consider how we support the resilience of our children and teens through difficult li

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April 8, 2014

Patriots' Day Project

When To Seek Help For A Child’s Anxiety

How can we best handle the stress that this year’s marathon and the upcoming memorials of last year’s events might engender? In answering this question, we first need to remember that everyone

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April 21, 2014

Grade School

The Round-Up: Hot Topics From Around The Web

In this week’s edition of The Round-Up, I wanted to share three trending topics from around the web that I think would be informative for parents of grade-schoolers and teenagers.

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February 9, 2014

Hot Topics

The Resiliency Of The Olympic Games

In 1980, on the day that the US played the Soviets in hockey, I had a junior high dance to attend. Like many of my classmates, I had heard on the radio that the US had already won the match.

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January 22, 2014

Families

3 Sites Your Kids Are Using

More than 11 million young people have fled Facebook since 2011.

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January 14, 2014

Hot Topics

3 Ideas For New Year’s Resolutions From The Boston Celtics’ Brandon Bass

If you’re looking for inspiration or ideas for how you can become a better parent in 2014, look no further.

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January 6, 2014

Families

Stress Awareness: How Parents Can Help Their Children With Stress

14-year-old Jacob seems to have it all. He lives in a wealthy suburb, attends an independent school, plays sports, and is a star member of his school’s band.

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December 31, 2013

Hot Topics

Marijuana: Facts And Myths

Many parents and teens wonder about the safety of using marijuana. While much is known about this substance, there is still considerable controversy about its potential harm to teenagers.

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April 1, 2014

Videos

Parenting In A Community Crisis: Lessons From The Boston Marathon

Boston-area parents reflect on their experiences parenting during the 2013 Boston Marathon events, and offer advice to other parents who may find themselves facing a community challenge.

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March 31, 2014

Podcasts

Patriots’ Day Project: The Importance Of Community

In this second podcast in a special two-part series with the Marjorie E.

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March 31, 2014

Podcasts

Patriots’ Day Project: Purpose And Lessons Learned

In this first podcast in a special two-part series with the Marjorie E.

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March 31, 2014

Videos

When Idols Fail

When sports stars misbehave—or worse—how do teen athletes react? What should parents do? Advice from the experts.

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March 31, 2014

Videos

Driving Dyslexia Away

Defeating Dyslexia: A young boy’s drive to triumph on the racetrack. What you can do if your child has learning differences.

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March 31, 2014

Videos

Sasha’s Story

Avoiding the worst: The parents of a champion swimmer who committed suicide, and the psychiatrist who treated her, tell you how to recognize signs of serious trouble.

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