Articles containing: healthy development

World Series 2016: A Metaphor For Life

November 3, 2016

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My kids roll their eyes when I tell them that being a sports fan is a lot like life.

This is probably because I say it too much.

But just look at our rhetorical metaphors.

For football: “We went the whole nine yards.” Or “I didn’t have anything to lose, so I just tossed a Hail Mary.

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How Scary Is Too Scary?

October 18, 2016

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Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Here is my most vivid memory of Halloween:

I’m 8 years old. I have, to my father’s delight, developed an affinity for the “creature-features” that appear on the old UHF stations every Saturday from 10 AM to noon.

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Who Is Qualified To Conduct My Child’s Evaluation?

October 13, 2016

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The number of professionals available to conduct evaluations of children can be quite overwhelming. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, educational consultants, counselors, and neuropsychologists are only a partial list of the professionals who can be helpful when you’re seeking more information about your child’s development.

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The Importance Of Imaginative Play In Healthy Development

July 26, 2016

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This post is not about Pokemon Go.

I thought it would be prudent to lead with that caveat. This post is about play—imaginative play, to be more specific—and, while I have no qualms with the notion that people of all ages “play” Pokemon, Go, that’s not the kind of play I want to discuss.

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Should We “Grade” Character?

May 17, 2016

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“Mom and Dad, can you help me study for my empathy final?”

This isn’t a snippet of dialogue from a dystopian novel where humans are forced to raise android children; it’s something you may very well hear from kids of your own.

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Helping Your Kids Following Yet Another Terrorist Attack

March 22, 2016

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In light of today’s attack in Brussels, Belgium, we are re-posting this blog we wrote last November (just five months ago) in response to the tragedy that befell Paris. Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost their lives in this most recent nonsensical act of violence.

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Helping Kids Fit In

December 15, 2015

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For a good part of third grade, I sat by myself in the school cafeteria during lunch.

I don’t exactly recall feeling lonely during those isolative moments with my peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, but I certainly feel sad as I look back today.

I just didn’t fit in—and that’s a truly awful feeling.

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Lord Of The Flies In The Classroom: The Complicated World of Discipline And Limits

November 5, 2015

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There is a fairly disturbing video circulating the Internet this week: a substitute teacher appears terrified as students verbally, and even physically, threaten her. One boy goes so far as to raise a chair in the air, as if preparing to strike her.

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Discovering Who I Am: The Critical Role Of Identity

October 19, 2015

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The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice.

“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar.

This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation.

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