Category: Children's Mental Health, Mental Health and Wellness, Parenting

Two studies last week in Pediatrics gave us more knowledge about  mental health and wellness in young children. The first study in Pediatrics found that the heavy kids were up to 20 percent more likely at age eight or nine to be described by their parents as having social difficulties and by teachers as having […]

Talking about 9/11

As the anniversary of 9/11 approaches we are bound to see many images of that day on television and to hear people speaking of the events of that time.  For many of us, it feels like a not so distant memory.  For many children, it can be confusing or scary to see such graphic images […]

Last week a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that “the official child poverty rate, which is a conservative measure of economic hardship, increased 18 percent between 2000 and 2009.” Similarly, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, the number of children facing food insecurity in 2009 skyrocketed to one-in-four. These facts […]

The first time I saw the video of Jessica Beagley I was shocked.  But as an attorney and psychologist, I knew immediately there was a deeper story here.  I watched several attorneys that morning on the talk show circuit, talking about what a “terrible” mom Beagley was and how “abusive” her behavior was towards the child.  There […]