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Special Editorial: Meds, meds, meds…Do we really need them or is it all in our heads?

Okay, so the medication debate is not as black and white as the title may suggest.  It sure is worth having, however, as an article that came out this June in APA’s Monitor on Psychology about the inappropriate prescribing of psychotropic medication spells out. Before I go any further, I am completely aware that medication can be a game-changer for...

How to Tone Down Parent Conflict During Separation and Divorce to Help Your Kids Adjust

By Anita M. Schimizzi, Ph.D. Time and again, research suggests that parental conflict is a strong predictor of how children will do following parental separation and divorce.  Parents’ ability to cooperatively co-parent without exposing their children to ongoing conflict can provide a critical foundation for healthy adjustment.  Conversely, parents...

Moms, Kids Anxiety

By Anita M. Schimizzi, Ph.D. We know that maternal depression can have a profound impact on children.  But what about maternal anxiety?  A recent article in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology suggests that mom’s anxiety may tend to transfer to her young children.  Before I start, however, let me be clear that this post is in no way intended to...

Race and Spanking in the US: A Spank is a Spank is a Spank

By Anita M. Schimizzi, Ph.D. Yes, it is no secret how we at child-psych.org feel about spanking.  Nestor and I have both posted on it before.  Still, there remain arguments that spanking is less detrimental for children when cultural context is taken into account.  That is, if spanking is more acceptable and part of the norm within a certain cultural...

Special Editorial: Does your child need therapy? Thoughts on parental fears and why we need you involved

By Nestor Lopez-Duran PhD Historically, psychiatry has not been kind to mothers. Early (and mostly wrong) ideas about what ‘caused’ emotional/behavioral difficulties and psychiatric disorders made it easy for clinicians to blame parents for all childhood conditions. Autism is a classic example. In the 1940s Leo Kanner, one of the most influential...

I Need a Nap!

By Anita M. Schimizzi, Ph.D. Have you had one of those days when there just wasn’t a good time to put your toddler down for the blessed afternoon nap?  Did his behavior and emotions look any different than they do after having a nap?  Take a moment to think about how you feel and react when you are sleep-deprived.  It gets harder to think clearly...

It Wasn’t Me: How to Handle Your Child’s Dishonesty

By Anita M. Schimizzi, Ph.D. Awhile back, I posted about some research done on lying in children.  A very brief explanation of the study was that kids lied more often and more effectively when punishment was on the line.  Because so many children go through a lying phase, or more than a phase, I am writing this post to talk about ways to consider...

ADHD Outcomes: Being Rejected Can Have a Bigger Impact than Having Friends

By Anita M. Schimizzi, Ph.D. As with any childhood disorder, we want to know what can protect the child from long-term negative outcomes.  When it comes to ADHD, studies demonstrate all sorts of long-term problems that we would rather prevent, such as delinquency, depression, and anxiety.  As I mentioned in a recent editorial, data from the Multimodal...

Special Editorial: Shooting Holes in the Argument for Ritalin

By Anita M. Schimizzi, Ph.D. I became intrigued by an article that I read a few weeks ago in the NY Times and I keep finding myself coming back to it as I work with parents.  The topic?  Medication may not be as magical in treating ADHD as we had all hoped. Now before I go any further, let me make clear that I am not a medical doctor and I am in...

My pediatrician wants my toddler to be in therapy!

By Nestor Lopez-Duran PhD The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended a few years ago that all young children, including infants, be screened for possible delays in their social and emotional development. Traditionally pediatricians have been concerned primarily with the physical development of children. However, as we became more aware of the...

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