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Mar
11

Preparing for the Worst Day of the Year: Daylight Saving Spring Forward

written by Tara Haelle

The worst day of the year is upon us: this weekend, we “spring forward” for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, March 13. It’s a double whammy because we lose an hour of sleep AND still must deal with the havoc that one hour of sleep shift creates for our kids. (I regard autumn’s “fall back” […]

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Nov
3

Help “Shatter the Myths” about postpartum depression

written by Tara Haelle

When I had my first son, I and my husband were on the lookout for symptoms of postpartum depression. I have a history of depression and am therefore already at higher risk for postpartum depression than the average person. As I have already written, I did not experience the overwhelming love that so many new […]

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Aug
2

A place to share pregnancy loss… and make it a little less lonely

written by Tara Haelle

I wrote yesterday about Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that he and wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a daughter. In that announcement on Facebook, he also shared that the couple has gone through three miscarriages, a revelation that will no doubt help the many women who experience pregnancy loss every year and feel lonely and perhaps even […]

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May
6

Is your child with ADHD getting the treatment he or she needs?

written by Tara Haelle

The first comprehensive, nationally representative study on what treatments children are receiving for ADHD was published a few weeks ago. The findings are especially important because they are based on data collected in 2009-2010, the year before the AAP published its policy statement on ADHD treatment, so we have an excellent baseline to compare against […]

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Sep
28

Cyberbullying Guest Post: Know the statistics and how to help your children

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s post is from guest contributor Amy Williams, a writer and former social worker in Southern California. She previously specialized in teen behavioral issues and has created an infographic (sourced with secondary sources) below with statistics on cyberbullying. She has two children of her own and can be found at her website here or on […]

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Sep
12

How to help your children recover from a burglary

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s post is a guest post from Elli Bishop, an expert on home security who works in outreach at SafeWise. Further information on SafeWise is below. Being the victim of any crime is a disheartening and stressful experience, but a burglary is an especially traumatic one. In addition to the financial impact of property damage […]

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Sep
9

The new Scooby Doo movie really steps in it

written by Tara Haelle

For those of you in the same age demographic as me, you probably grew up hearing this tune on Saturday mornings: “Scooby Dooby Doo,Where are you? We got some work to do now. Scooby Dooby Doo,Where are you? We need some help from you now.” And oh boy, oh boy do we need some help. […]

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Sep
8

Watching for the warning signs of an eating disorder

written by Tara Haelle

Consider the following scenario: you have a preteen or teen who is a little plump. Perhaps they are just a little overweight, or they need to do some growing up to account for what’s grown out, or perhaps they are actually obese and at risk for various health conditions associated with obesity, such as type […]

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Aug
21

Everything I needed to learn about life I learned from Robin Williams

written by Tara Haelle

They say everyone grieves differently. I have never – never – cried for a celebrity’s death. I feel shock, sorrow and sadness. I feel sympathy for the family. But I did not know that person. I only knew a tiny slice of them, of who they were, of what they let us see. They were only a […]

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Jul
15

How to explain to kids the passing of a pet

written by Guest Author

Today’s post is a guest post is from Hank McKinsey, a stay-at-home-dad blogger at Home By Hank. While the research literature does not contain much on helping children process the death of a pet, Hank has pulled together what is known from research about grief and child development in general to offer some tips. Talking […]

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