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Kids and the Internet

The Internet is full of endless information and when used responsibly it can be a wonderful resource. I don’t think there is a day that goes by that I do not “Google” a topic to research more information. I use the Internet to research papers, communicate with other people, shop as well as many other things. We are in the computer age and computers are everywhere with access to the Internet through laptops, tablets, and phones. Easy and prolific access to the internet can also be a...



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Marriage

Recently, I celebrated my 10-year wedding anniversary. What a busy and amazing journey this has been! There have been several big events along the way from changing jobs, moving states, and creating a family with the addition of now almost four children! To celebrate our decade milestone, my husband whisked me away for a quick getaway out of town, a trip without children, pets, or work! I can’t recall the last time we had such an opportunity to be alone with each other. I had a...



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Disordered Eating

Emotional eating, binge eating, calorie counting, over-exercising, fasting to reduce food intake, overuse of laxatives…. These are all various forms of disordered eating. Many people assume that disordered eating involves starving one’s self or vomiting after eating, however; there is a broad spectrum of eating patterns that can be troublesome. Psychologists use terms like “Anorexia” and “Bulimia,” which can be misunderstood by the general population. An anorexic individual...



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Common Questions about ADHD

Does my child have ADHD? I hear this question from parents all the time in my office and from people I meet around town. I am also surprised at how often parents and teachers mistakenly misattribute the “symptoms” for ADHD when the source of the child’s learning or behavioral problems is something environmental either in the home or the learning environment. For example a child who is being bullied might have trouble paying attention in the same way that a child with ADHD misses...



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Signs of Autism

Many of us have heard of autism, perhaps in conversation with family members, through media outlets, or from our pediatricians. Though the term seems to be more prevalent today, many parents may not be aware of what autism is, including early signs of the disorder. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 88 children will be diagnosed with autism by age 8 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, March 30, 2012). Given the prevalence...