Four Common Parenting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Four most common parenting mistakes and how to avoid them. Too many people think of parental discipline in terms of punishment.  We “discipline” our kids when they do something wrong.  That’s a major mistake.  Instead, think of discipline as simply...

What to do about Cyberbullying

Bullying used to be fairly easy to spot: it was the use of force (or the threat of force) to make someone do something. For my generation being bullied meant some kid bigger than you was going to hit you if you didn’t hand over your lunch money. Bill Watterson,...

Flexible Parenting

A refrain heard frequently in my office is: “We don’t know what to do with (our child).” Some parents come to my office looking for the perfect formula for parenting their children. I wish I could give it to them. Unfortunately, that formula...

When Did Shy Become A Problem?

When did shy become a problem? There is an old joke among mental health professionals (old; not necessarily funny): if a patient is early for his appointment, he’s anxious; if he’s late, he’s passive-aggressive; and if the patient is precisely on...

School Refusal

Most kids like to go to school; if nothing else, they enjoy seeing their friends. Some kids get themselves so worked up at the thought of going to school they manifest symptoms of anxiety. A few children may simply be manipulative; others may be fearful of a specific...

OCD in Childhood…

…what it’s not. I am amazed at the parents who either over-react or under-react to their childs struggles in life. It seems like I am constantly trying to convince some parents their child really does have problems. Some behaviors just aren’t normal...

Children and Depression

About 11 percent of adolescents have experienced depression by their 18th birthday.  Girls are more likely to have gone through depression than boys. When it comes to children and depression the risk for depression increases the older a child becomes. According to the...

Bipolar Disorder in Children

The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s treatment guidelines (or practice parameters) for children with bipolar disorder can be found here: (guidelines). I do have some problems with what I’ve read so far: to begin with,...