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Potty Training: Some Kids Call For Deeper Understanding

It's only natural for parents to become jealous when they hear about potty training prodigies who make their final poop in the pants at age two. According to The New York Times, the average age that children nowadays master the art of independent toileting is between 36 and 42... more

Sensory Processing Disorder: Signs And How To Cope

  "Imagine driving a car that isn't working well. When you step on the gas the car lurches forward or doesn't respond. The horn sounds blaring. The brakes sometimes slow, but not always. The blinkers work occasionally, the steering is erratic, and the speedometer is inaccurate. You are... more

Yes Or No?: Does Adhd Stimulant Medication Suppress Growth?

  Parents with children who have ADD or ADHD often weigh the benefits of medication with the possible side effects of the stimulant drugs.  Even though research has shown that the best outcomes for children with ADHD comes from a combination of medication and behavioral therapy, many parents agonize... more

Adhd And Medication: Some Helpful Facts

Was your child diagnosed with ADHD? Here's what you need to know about medication. When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, the second reaction of many parents is to ask "now what?"  (The first may range from, "No way, not my kid!" to "Gee, all this time I... more

The Sensory Diet: What You Can Do To Help Your Child

  A neurological traffic jam. That is how A. Jean Ayres, PhD, an occupational therapist (OT) and neuroscientist describes Sensory Processing Disorders.  A more medically appropriate explanation would be this - the inability to process multiple sensory inputs from the environment in a self-regulatory and functional way.  (For a better... more

Quick Meal Ideas For Busy Moms

Tips for making fast and healthy meals for your family -- and yourself.     Mark Bittman, cookbook author and self-trained chef, wrote in the New York Times that healthier eating happens when people eat real food. And by real food, he means meals that do not come from a box... more

Parents Of The Bullied Speak Out

Maybe your child is a ringleader. Maybe he's a brute. Either way, you've just found out he's picking on other kids. The good thing is that you're concerned. You haven't shrugged it off as "kids will be kids," and you're taking the news seriously... more

(Gulp!): What To Do When Your Child Is The Bully

   No one said raising kids would be easy. But nothing cuts to the core of a parent's insecurity greater than when our mini-me's behave in a way we find reprehensible. It's incredibly hard to admit that our child might be a bully; it raises fear, anxiety, insecurity... more