parenting

Blog: Parents as role models: Talking with Kids about Frightening Events

It is impossible to completely shield children from learning about horrific events which occur: terrorist attacks, police shootings, and police being killed. The pervasive and repetitive news coverage of these frightening events, particularly on cable news programs, news flashes on our iPads and cell phones, and on social media makes them impossible to completely avoid. In general, children, especially young children, should be shielded by insuring as much as possible that they avoid watching these events on TV and mobile screens.

Blog: Does My Child Have a Disorder?

Our current health care and education systems put diagnosis front and center. The focus, both for parent and clinician, is on the “what” rather than the “why”. This drive to name the problem leaves us with an inaccurate and potentially harmful choice between “normal” and “disorder.” In contrast, when we protect time for listening with curiosity, we can learn how a child’s behavior, from his perspective, might make sense.