Michael J. Weiss, PhD.

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Bullying is bad. Teasing? Maybe not.

No one wants their kids’ feelings to get hurt, but teasing is one of the ways kids communicate social cues. I got a phone call from a mom who was really upset about her child being bullied at school. Her son is in Grade 5 in a nice...

Battle Fatigue

“Dad?” “Mom?” “Is anyone there?” Ah, the sound of my youngest calling to us at – what time is it – two in the morning? My wife is always faster on her feet than I am when our girls call. She swiftly, if exhaustedly passes out in bed with...

How Strict is Too Strict?

The new Tiger mom approach has us all wondering if we need to be tougher on our kids. Georgie is an adorable eight-year-old who is about to have her first piano recital. She is no virtuoso, but plays very well for her young age. Her mother, Evelyn, is quite pleased...

Teaching Children to Listen

We all think children should automatically know how to listen, but that’s like thinking they should know algebra too. We need to teach them before we can expect them to do it. Cheryl is cleaning up the house before some friends come over with their kids for a group playdate....