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Ask Dr. Marla: ADHD

Question: My nine-year-old son is on medication for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), after pressure from his school. He has settled down but hes not the same exuberant kid he was before. Could we be over-medicating him? Answer: I have a question for you. How were the diagnosis and treatment decisions made? The diagnosis of ADHD is...

Ask Dr. Marla: Germs

Q. Is dirt harmful? My husband wants to set up a sandbox for our two-year-old, but I am concerned that it could be full of dangerous germs, even if we cover it at night. A. How complicated such a simple question can be! To answer this I turned to my...

Ask Dr. Marla: Postpartum Depression

Q. I had a baby two months ago and I love him so much, but I’m wondering if I’m experiencing baby blues or postpartum depression. I feel sad all of a sudden and just burst into tears. I feel neglected, rejected and unloved by my husband who used to...

Raising Mary: Thoughts on Housework

Raising Mary Thoughts From a Stay at Home Mom My mother likes housework. In her retirement, she cleans the homes of my cousins for spare change and scrubs pots at my house when she isn’t playing with my 21-month-old daughter. How am I her child? But still, the housework does need to...

What Pets Can Teach Kids

It is only recently that science has caught up with Benchley and demonstrated that there are many things that children can learn from living with a pet – particularly with a dog or a cat. There seems to be a natural attraction that draws young children to pets. Companion...

An 11-year-old visits Orlando

Editor’s note: Not a word was changed from Jason’s diary. Only typing and spelling were corrected. DAY 1 - I was so, so, so excited when my Mom told me that we were going to Orlando. I just wanted to scream. And on the plane ride to Orlando, I was...

Grandma’s View: Say Thanks to Grandma

I HAVE A FEW LITTLE CONCEITS when it comes to wooing my grandchildren. I unashamedly admit that I want them to want to be with me. I want their faces to light up when they see me. I want them to occasionally phone – just to keep in touch...

Teaching Kids to Get Along

When it comes to kids’ battles, I consider those fighting words. When parents or teachers leave kids alone to figure things out, what happens is a playroom or playground version of ‘survival of the fittest’. The dominant child, the one who’s stronger in a relationship, learns that force wins....

Staying Friends with Your Ex

1. Take time to grieve the losses. Allow yourself to mourn the loss, especially if the split is recent. Even the most civilized of separations require a time of reflection. 2. Stay on the porch. Don’t go into your ex’s new home and keep him or her out of yours....

Financial Smarts for Kids

Most parents understand that teaching basic money skills means putting a certain amount of money in the kids’ hands and letting them choose what they do with it. The idea is that kids will learn how to manage money simply by having some money of their own. But if you’ve...

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