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Q+A: My 9-year-old grandson often feels that his younger brother gets more attention than he does. How can I help him feel that he’s getting the same amount of time and attention?

For answers to more caregiver questions about responding to kids’ big emotions in a healthy way, tune in to our “Ask Ellen” Q+A with Dr. Ellen Braaten.

My 9-year-old grandson often feels that his younger brother gets more attention than he does.

Home for The Holidays During COVID-19: Facing Empty Chairs at the Table

Through the years we all will be together,
If the fates allow…

From “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

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Here we are in the holiday season. It’s inescapable.

But this year is different, strikingly different.

How Do We Heal From Here? – Shrinking It Down

When the body is injured, it begins the healing process despite the ongoing physical injury. Our minds should be no different. Right now – amidst a pandemic, economic strain, political tension, rising mental illness, and more – we are desperately in need of emotional healing, despite the many challenges ahead.

Q+A: My kids are 8 and 5 years old. How can I teach them executive function skills?

For answers to more caregiver questions about executive function skills and kids, tune in to our “Ask Ellen” Q+A with Dr. Ellen Braaten.

My kids are 8 and 5 years old.

Managing Challenging Behavior in Kids During Stressful Times, featuring J. Stuart Ablon, PhD – Shrinking It Down

Tune in wherever you get your podcasts. Just search for “Shrinking It Down.”

These past months and weeks have put tremendous stress on families across the country, on top of the daily challenges we were already navigating.

How to Talk With Grandparents About Kids’ Mental and Emotional Health

Many parents rely on others to help care for their kids, and grandparents often play an important role in taking over for parents during the work week, on weekends, or over holidays.

Desarrollar el bienestar mental en los niños: lo que los padres pueden hacer

Los padres son los verdaderos expertos cuando se trata de conocer a sus hijos, y a menudo son los primeros en notar cualquier cambio en el comportamiento de sus hijos:

Colin era un joven feliz. Tenía amigos, le iba bien en la escuela y se llevaba bien con sus hermanos y padres en casa.

The Value of Being a Grandparent: 7 Ways to Support Your Family’s Emotional Health

I’ve reached the age of becoming a grandparent. So have many of my friends.

There’s something quite special about this experience.

Bipolar Disorder and The Arts: Mark Vonnegut’s Story

Despite our growing awareness of mental health conditions, the relationship between creativity and mental illness is often misunderstood. In this Parent Strategy Announcement (PSA), Dr.

What’s Ahead for Your Child on the Autism Spectrum?

Perhaps the most pressing concern for parents who have a child with autism or a similar developmental issue is “What does the future hold?”   

We don’t have a crystal ball. If we did, joining the circus and traveling the world telling fortunes might prove to be a more helpful career than academic medicine.