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Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: A Quick Guide to Baby Sleep Training Methods

New parents have lots of decisions to make about how to raise their children, and with so much advice out there it can be tough to know what is right. Finding the right way to help your baby to sleep is one of those tough decisions. Should he cry it out? Should she be comforted […]

Parenting Pep Talk: Balancing Academics and Extracurriculars

Parenting Pep Talk: Balancing Academics and Extracurriculars

Finding a balance between academics and extracurricular activities is challenging, but it is key to helping children succeed in school and beyond. There is a lot of pressure out there, not only to get good grades but also to be involved in sports, art, school politics, or all of the above. Academics and extracurriculars are […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Rethinking College Students’ Mental Health

Recent advances in education and treatment have made college more accessible to students with ADHD, autism, anxiety and depressive disorders, and other conditions that can make school challenging. This upward shift in enrollment is encouraging and should mean that many capable minds will have a chance at success in college. It also means that the […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Turn Off The TV? Not So Fast.

The fall is an exciting time for television fans. Just as the summer is ending a whole host of new TV programs will be popular and many children will be dying to see which ones are hits. Many parents, on the other hand, will be concerned about new and potentially graphic content. All parents have […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Explaining Therapy to Children

Children come to expect doctor’s appointments. Every few months to a year children go to the doctor to get blood taken, for shots, and to have their teeth examined. These kinds of doctor’s visits keep you healthy and are necessary, parents explain to children. Many parents have a harder time, however, if their child needs […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Should My Child Disclose His Asperger’s To Peers?

Parents often fret about disclosing an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to teachers, parents, and their children’s peers. Particularly in ASDs like Asperger’s, some parents hope their children can slide by unnoticed because they are so high functioning. This strategy is typically intended to protect children from ridicule and ostracism. Parents fear that children will become […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Why Does Sensory Processing Matter?

Do you find yourself perpetually perplexed by some of your child’s seemingly inexplicable behaviors? Does your son take excessive risks, often jumping or crashing into anything he can? Maybe your child loves shockingly strong hugs but can’t tolerate the slightest brush on the arm. When it comes to food, does your daughter crave raw lemons […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Seven Commonly Asked Questions About Toddlers

The toddler years are full of growth and amazement, but also confusion and apprehension. Parents often feel mystified by toddler behaviors and uncertain how to help during this critical period of development. The emotional skills toddlers develop influence them through adulthood. Child psychologist and director of the Barnard Center for Toddler Development, Dr. Tovah P. Klein […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: The Benefits of Handwriting for Learning

Laptops and tablets are quickly replacing old-fashioned pen and paper when it comes to note taking, but research suggests that this might not be such a good idea. It seems that writing by hand and typing on a keyboard draw on distinct brain processes. Writing by hand appears to improve processing, strengthen conceptual memory, and […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Talking to Kids about Race and Prejudice

Children tend to inherently believe that skin color has nothing to do with a person’s value. It’s 2014 and many of us would like to believe that race isn’t the issue it once was. We’ve had a black president and first lady for the past six years, and it’s almost as common to see interracial […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Get Moving!

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in America. In the past 30 years, obesity rates in children have more than doubled and adolescent rates have quadrupled. While some forms of obesity have genetic contributors, behavioral and environmental factors play a role in nearly all cases of obesity in children and adults.   In most people, consuming […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Why Willpower Is Not Enough

Whether you are trying to change your diet, exercise routine, or parenting practices, willpower is often thought to be the most important element. If willpower is all it takes then why do many of us fall into old habits so easily? Willpower alone is not enough. If you fail to reach a goal it’s not […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Talking About Death and Divorce With Kids

“It’s best to be honest with your kids, but first assess how much information they need to know.” Parents and adults are often reluctant to discuss certain topics with children. Death and divorce, for example, are challenging subjects. Do we tell children the truth, do we sugar coat it, or just flat out lie? Many […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Got Grit?

Grit is the new buzzword in education thanks to the award-winning work done by psychologist and former 7th grade math teacher Angela Duckworth. Duckworth began studying grit — defined as persistence, determination, and resilience, or the quality of being able to sustain and work hard at passions – after an interesting trend emerged while teaching […]

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Parenting Pep Talk: Why Spanking is Counterproductive

Many parents who spank their children are well intended. They believe that spanking will curb undesirable behaviors and increase desirable ones. Because their parents did it to them, they think it can’t be that bad. They turned out OK, didn’t they? The newest research, however, confirms what anti-spanking parents and professionals have long believed: spanking […]

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Parenting Pep Talk: The Price of Boredom

We all feel bored sometimes, and many experts and parents talk about the value of boredom. It’s true, children benefit from having to find ways to occupy their minds during unstructured time. In a world filled with constant stimulation and immediate gratification via smartphones, tablets, etc., it is important for children to also be self-starting […]

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Parenting Pep Talk: Top Tips For Doctor Visits

Studies show that patients get about 15 minutes face-to-face with their physicians during office visits, and a recent study found that patients in hospitals may only get an alarming eight minutes.  Parents are patient advocates, and they need to come prepared to get the most out of limited time.  Here are some tips for optimizing […]

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Parenting Pep Talk: The Value of Video Games

Over the past few decades numerous studies have investigated the negative consequences of gaming, including depression, violence, and addiction. Recently researchers have taken a closer look at past studies and are conducting new ones that indicate video games might actually improve learning, health, and social skills. Given that 97 percent of children and adolescents in […]

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Parenting Pep Talk: Are You Putting Your Toddler To Bed Too Early?

Having a consistent bedtime is good for children’s health but putting your child to bed too early could lead to a variety of health disturbances. New research conducted at the University of Colorado (CU-Boulder) linked premature bedtime to kids’ immediate and long-term sleep problems. Such sleep problems are associated with emotional and behavioral issues as […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Responding to Teasing and Bullying: Are Adults Giving Kids the Right Advice?

It is very common for adolescents to get teased. Even the most popular among them experience teasing. It’s the way a person responds to being teased that determines the frequency and severity of it. Adults often tell adolescents to ignore teasing, to walk away, or to tell a teacher or adult. But is this the […]

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Parenting Pep Talk: Living in a Material World – Affluenza and its Impact on Society

Marketers work tirelessly to convince us we will be happier when we have the newest, best, and most of practically everything. Toys, phones, and cars, for example, are remodeled each year and commercials persuade many of us to ditch our old stuff to buy the latest edition of whatever.  This is regardless of cost or […]

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Parenting Pep Talk: Are “Winter Blues” Hurting Your Family?

Many of us feel somewhat down and sluggish as daylight hours diminish and the darkness increases.  Some people, however, experience a severe decline in energy and mood and fall into a full-blown depression during the winter months. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a subtype of depression that affects an individual at a certain time each […]

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Parenting Pep Talk: 5 Tips for a Stress Free Thanksgiving

Whether you are hosting your own Thanksgiving dinner or attending someone else’s, Thanksgiving can be stressful. Traveling, guests, family dynamics, cooking and cleaning, etc. can all be nerve wracking. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are five tips for making the holiday go as smoothly as possible. Plan ahead but expect some unexpected. […]

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Parenting Pep Talk: Why Emotional Literacy Is So Important

“Studies suggest that emotionally literate characteristics like self-restraint, persistence, and self-awareness are better predictors of life outcomes than common academic measures.” Social and emotional literacy develop over time and need to be nurtured just like any other skill such as math or learning how to ride a bike. Unlike math or bike-riding, however, the teaching […]

Parenting Pep Talk: Making Halloween Fun for Your Special Needs Child

Parenting Pep Talk: Making Halloween Fun for Your Special Needs Child

Halloween is approaching, and while many children can hardly wait others are filled with dread.  Special needs children might be anxious prior to Halloween and might encounter challenging circumstances the day of.  Costumes, crowds, and changes in routine can be troublesome for many children and teens who prefer structure and predictability.  Here are some suggestions […]

Parenting Pep Talk: How Much Homework is Too Much?

Parenting Pep Talk: How Much Homework is Too Much?

Meaningful homework assignments can help children process what they learned in school, but lengthy and repetitive tasks can squash children’s spirits and turn them off of learning. Experts argue over whether homework is necessary and the science is mixed. Studies often measure time spent rather than the value of the work itself. That said, many […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Seven Tips to Balance Work and Life

Finding the right balance between work and non-work life is a challenge for many of us. People work long hours for all sorts of reasons. They might be worried about layoffs and trying to secure their jobs. They might be in a profession that requires them to be available at all hours, or they might […]

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Parenting Pep Talk: Recognizing When Love Becomes an Addiction

Romantic relationships are tied to happiness from adolescence throughout the lifespan. For most people being in a committed, reciprocal partnership leads to pleasure and enhances well-being. In some cases, however, people become so consumed with love that it significantly impairs their ability to function in day-to-day life. Work or school life suffers, relationships with family […]

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Parenting Pep Talk: “We All Go Through Something In Life.” Wisdom from Antionette Tuff

“We all go through something in life,” said Antionette Tuff, the brave and quick-thinking woman who kept up to 500 children and staff of a Georgia school from being killed or injured last week. When faced with armed Michael Hill, Tuff resisted the urge to flee and found compassion for the troubled young man. Some […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Getting The Organizationally-Challenged Student Ready for College

It’s the time of year when parents are scrambling to get their kids ready for their first year of college.  Numerous trips to Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Container Store, etc. help to ensure that your children have what they need to live on their own, away from the familiar and predictable life they […]