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Is your teenager depressed? The symptoms may be harder to spot than obvious blues. The following are some of the signs of teenage depression, and are most significant when they occur in combination and over a period lasting more than two weeks. • First, sadness, anxiety and hopelessness. • Second, lack of interest in food or compulsive overeating with resulting […]

Adults often ask me, “What question do you hear most from teens?” The most frequent concern that teens have, and the one most often voiced by patients, and in letters from readers of our books is, “Am I normal?” This question can be asked in many different ways. One teen might say, “I’m fourteen, but I look about ten, and […]

So your child has expressed an interest in riding a bike. Now what do you do? Well first you need to find a suitable bicycle. If you do buy a bike, take your son with you to the bicycle shop and get expert advice to be sure the bike fits him. Don’t get a bike that is too big so […]

Has this happened in your house? You ask your kids to do something and they say “in a minute” and you go off like a fire cracker. And if they do something wrong, you don’t just tell them, you yell? If you answered yes then here are some ideas: Physically, try leaving the room immediately, saying nothing, (that alone will […]

Eating properly is not only a matter of health, but a life skill that includes social skills which your children must be taught. You can only turn bad eating habits around by making it clear that they must STOP, and by insisting that everyone agree to a consistent plan. Put the plan in writing like a prescription or contract, have […]

What’s happened? Your sweet little baby just turned two and all of a sudden you hear yourself saying it…No, No, NO. Well, it probably seems like you are “always” saying no because you rarely had to say it before. Now that she is two, it’s a whole new ball game. Your child is mobile, curious, exploratory, and also constantly testing […]

If you are going through a divorce in your family the best advice is to be honest with your children, share your feelings, and keep explanations very simple. Do not do any blaming! Reassure them though some things in their daily lives will change, many things will remain just the same, such as your love for them. Children pick up […]

A wonderful book that will answer all your travel questions, help you pre plan and pack, and make you feel secure is Vicki Lansky`s book, “Trouble Free Travel with Children,“ (Book Peddlers, 6.95) Try your book store, or call Book Peddlers at 1-800-255-3379 and explain why you need it post haste. This book covers all types of travel, gives an […]

A mother in the northeast wrote to me recently lamenting the fact that she and her son were growing apart due to his involvement in football and her genuine lack of knowledge about the sport. She was seeking advice on regaining the level of closeness that she and her son had once enjoyed. Learn more about the game so you […]

Don’t ask why–but if a child’s not interested in dinosaurs, you should consider calling the emergency room. Among the new books with dinosaurs, look at the low price Dinosaur Travel: A Guide for Families on the Go, by the skilled writer and artist team Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (Little Brown, paperback, $5.95, ages 6 to 8.). In full […]