Articles containing: parenting

Parenting In A Community Crisis: Lessons From The Boston Marathon

April 14, 2017

In reflection of the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, The Clay Center is re-posting this special video.

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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How to Talk With Your Kids About President Trump’s Behavior

March 31, 2017


When parents ask their kids what they want to be when they grow up, it’s very common to hear, “the President of the United States.” And this is for good reason. Our President is the consummate role model – a world leader, powerful, admired, respected, and holds the highest position in our nation.

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10 Go-To Parenting Books For National Reading Month

March 20, 2017

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March is National Reading Month and a good time to reflect on the books that have made an impact on my work as a child psychologist.  I’ve compiled a list of my “go to” books that I frequently recommend to parents on some of the more common problems I’ve observed in kids.

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Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up

March 10, 2017

We profile two smart young men with slow processing, a learning difference that affects their ability to manage daily tasks in a timely fashion. Dr. Ellen Braaten has expert advice for both parents and children coping with this issue.

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How To Talk To Kids About The Executive Order On Immigration

February 6, 2017


In child psychiatry, providing guidance on controversial issues is nothing new. There’s the routine stuff: screen time, and birth control, and curfews, and how much homework is maybe too much. There are also the tough ones. The Twin Towers came down. The Boston Marathon was bombed.

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Talking To Kids About 2016 Politics: A Parent’s Duty In Our Volatile Political Climate

November 1, 2016


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

I’m not that old, but I’m old enough to remember when it was routine to hear in grade school that, if you’re willing to work hard, you might get to one day become President of the United States.

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Making The Most Of Summer Vacation

July 7, 2016


Summer vacation might not seem like the most likely topic for a blog that focuses on demystifying psychiatric challenges in kids. Sure, we write about families, children, and parenting, but what in the world could we have to say about that blessed time off that is integral in American tradition?

We might start by asking where it went.

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What If My Child Talks Back: Part 1

June 28, 2016


“He’s just too fresh.”

That’s a phrase you hear often if you work with kids in Boston. Since I didn’t grow up here (I still include the “r” in “car” for example), I didn’t understand at first that this is a Northeast phrase. Essentially, being “fresh” is the same as:

Giving too much lip.

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Father’s Day And The Evolving Role of Dad

June 16, 2016


There is a quiet revolution occurring before us in the U.S.—it’s hiding in plain sight. We are told that the YMCA in Spokane, Washington, was the site of the first Father’s Day celebration in 1910; that Lyndon B.

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Parents’ Untreated Mental Illnesses Affect Their Children

May 26, 2016


We wrote earlier this month about the growing acceptance of psychiatric illness among the general population. A number of studies demonstrate that more and more Americans are accepting psychiatric illnesses as equal to other illnesses, and therefore actively seeking treatment.

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