Media and Tween Girls: Creating a Positive Influence

11 year-olds are getting bikini waxes.  9 year-olds are weight conscious (and some, by this age, have already dieted).  According to a recent survey on Yahoo! Shine, 25% of tweens and teens consider plastic surgery based on what they see on television.  The Girl Scout Research Institute, in talking with tween and teen girls about […]

Parents vs. Grandparents: How to find balance

Grandparents are important in children’s lives, but the relationship between grandparents and the parents can sometimes be difficult. The best grandchild/grandparent relationships are those that are encouraged by the parent, who then steps back and lets them unfold. Of course, this is not always easy, especially if you don’t always agree with the things YOUR […]

Combating “Princess Syndrome”

You may not find it in a medical textbook, but many young girls suffer from Princess Syndrome daily.  What is Princess Syndrome, you ask?  A girl who suffers from PS lives life as a fairy-tale: focusing only on the pretty things, putting herself as the center of the universe, and obsessing about her looks (even […]

You Got My Child That?

The holidays are filled with so many wonderful things: family, friends, parties, religious endeavors, and, of course,  gifts. All of these things can bring us joy (along with the requisite stress), but it is the gifts that often create the greatest source of concern, especially if you have to worry about what people around you […]

Working Mothers: No Negative Impact

For a long time, working mothers have been worried that they were lacking as parents, that they were not good enough parents, and that they were negatively impacting their children.  Unfortunately, much of this belief was perpetuated in the media and in some research.  New information has come to light, however, that can reassure women […]

Is Generation X Avoiding Divorce?

Surprisingly, in today’s society, divorce is on the downswing.   Many of the news reports say that the divorce rate is about 50%.  That number is actually incorrect.  In fact, it relates to the rates of divorce in the 70s and 80s.  Current numbers indicate that the divorce rate has actually decreased.  It does lead […]

Do 7 year-olds need Shape Ups?

Skechers created a shoe, the Shape Up, for adults that’s aim is to tighten up legs, derrieres and tighten one’s core muscles. They just added children’s sizes to the line, specifically marketing them to girls 7 to 12 years of age. Is this just another example of focusing on appearance, providing the message to girls […]

TV May Be Harming Your Children

We’ve all heard about the downsides of too much television watching for children, but a recent study highlighted some of the potential medial issues that can make television watching even more concerning. I sat down with Jennifer Ashton, CBS’ Medical Correspondent and The Early Show’s Erica Hill to talk about the medical and psychological issues […]

Parenting Priorities

Making sacrifices for your kids is a core component of being a parent, but it can cross the line and actually be detrimental. Current research shows that in an effort to become the best parent that one can be, parents have tipped the scale and are now actually over-parenting. What we have come to know […]

A Mother’s Tragic Choice

I was on The Early Show speaking with Erica Hill and Kevin Ryan, the president of Covenant House, a child-care agency, about Kristin LaBrie. LaBrie is a Massachusetts mother who has been charged with attempted murder for withholding cancer medications from her autistic son, who was 9 years old when he died of leukemia in […]

Paralyzed Mom Wins Visitation

In an excellent decision by a judge, Abbie Dorn, a mother of triplets who was paralyzed during child birth, was awarded visitation with her children. Ms. Dorn delivered two of her three children without incident. When her last child was being delivered, the doctor nicked her uterine lining, causing her to bleed excessively and suffer […]

Parents and Teens: Sharing Alcohol?

A recent study revealed that many parents believe it is okay to provide alcohol to their children, mostly as a way to introduce them to it and, hopefully, de-mystify it. In fact, in 31 states, parents can legally serve alcohol to their children. There are pros and cons to the idea of giving one’s child […]

Talking to Kids about the Tsunami

Disasters occur. We have all seen it happen: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Earthquake in Haiti, and now the Tsunami in Japan. It’s often difficult to know how to speak with children about these situations. Emotional reactions to these types of situations will vary in nature and severity from child to child. These responses are impacted by […]

Discipline: When does it go too far?

Recently, there have been many reports of parents going to far with their disciplinary practices.  Not only are they publicly disciplining their children, they are then broadcasting the punishment online in some way.  One mother recently had her daughter tape her (the mother) punishing her son in a very abrasive, abusive way.  First, she had […]

When to Test for ADHD

The discussion about whether or not a child has ADHD is ongoing, and often it is difficult to determine when behavior crosses the line from “typical” childhood excitement and fun to problematic.  There are warning signs to look for, and parenting magazine put out a great article highlighting the specific things that may indicate an […]

Parenting Preschoolers: Some valuable information

In doing some research for various things, I came across two very good articles that can help parents of preschoolers.  The first article focuses on common mistakes parents make with their 3-5 year olds and ways to be more skillful and effective parents.  WebMD put together some great tips on ways to help make parenting […]

Seven Fears of Children

Children have a lot of fears, especially between the birth and 7.  Often, by 7, they have outgrown many of their fears.  Parents magazine recently had an article about many of the common fears experienced by children, finding that there are 7 common fears.  These fears include: the dark, thunderstorms, monsters, costumed characters, doctors/dentists, dogs, […]

How young is too young?

Everyone is talking about Abby Sunderland and her failed attempt to circumnavigate the globe on a solo sailing mission.  Was it too young? Was she trained enough? Were her parents exploiting the adventure to get notoriety, fame and money? The answer is maybe to all of these questions.  Certainly, there is a lot to worry […]

Preventing sibling rivalry

Preparing for the arrival of your second child is very exciting.  It’s important not only to prepare yourself and your home, but to also prepare your first born, who will soon not be the “only” but the “oldest.” As part of Maggie Rodriguez’s Early Show “Mom’s Club”, I shared some ideas as to how to […]

When is it too much?

There is a lot of interesting new data coming out about teens and living in the digital age. We are all worried that children spend too much time online watching TV, movies, using social media outlets. We worry that children won’t grow up to have positive relationships; we worry who they are coming into contact […]