Happy Mommy, Happy Babies

Dr. Meeker argues that a mother’s real value comes from three places: she is loved, she is needed, and she is born for a higher purpose.

Self-Esteem And Special Interests

Many important life skills are developed when a child has a special interest, and not all of them are directly related to the interest itself.

The Social Side Of Dyslexia

First, it is important to establish a diagnosis for your child. Perhaps his struggles with reading are associated with ADHD or a processing disorder.

Handwriting: What’s The Point?

Children develop at different rates – they say their first words, take their first steps, toilet train, read their first word, and lose their first tooth at different times.

Quiet As A Mouse, Yet Brave As A Lion?

In her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain relays the story of Rosa Park and the Montgomery Bus Strike during the Civil Rights Movement.

Can You Choose To Be Happy?

It’s simpler because, ultimately, it doesn’t take that much more than what you already have to be happy.

A Resounding YES For The Dream Team

Electrifying, inspirational, and uplifting are some of the words used to describe the unique concert that took place on Sunday evening, October 26, in the Rose Theater of The Jazz at Lincoln Center.

My Soul Is On Fire (Part I)

Allan is a very troubled nineteen-year-old who has been coming to see me since August. Actually, I’m never sure if Allan will make it to the next appointment. Since we first met, I have been amazed at the amount of emotional turmoil and pain he is in. Every appointment seems to bring another “cry” for help. His anguish is noted by his constant crying and threats of harm to himself and others.

Brains: Making Connections

The best thing to do is to help your child not only develop both sides of their brain, but also to connect the two sides.

How Can My Son Develop Confidence?

A child who is not assertive and accepts bullying is in danger of growing up to be an adult who is not assertive and accepts bullying.

Academic And Social Skills Insights #17

For many people, bad habits fill specific needs. For instance, nail biting relieves anxiety and procrastination simulates relaxation.

Parental Disconnect

This particular article has been on my computer for quite some time now – incomplete. What compelled me to complete it was my son's 19th birthday. Born of my first marriage and raised solely by my husband and me for the past seventeen-plus years, my son has only a few memories of time spent with his biological father. My children have made me acutely aware of Parental Disconnect issues. I hope that sharing my thoughts on it will help save others from the pain and confusion we have had to work through.

Art Before Breakfast

In it he explains that greater creativity leads to greater happiness.

Feedback And Confidence

Parents fight a daily internal battle to “attain a balance between teaching children that they must do their best, and teaching them that they are ‘the best’ regardless of what they do…

Reconnecting: The Importance of Parent-Teen Bonding

Using your successful relationship with your parents as a guide, you will be better equipped to maintain long-term relationships in the future.

Non-Verbal Learning Disorder: Bridging The Gap Between Speech And Understanding

Because the children suffering from this disorder generally have wonderful verbal skills, the disability can go unrecognized for many years.

Should We Keep Our At-Risk Child At Home?

Dear Rabbi Horowitz: We have six children ranging in age from a married daughter of 22 to a son of eight. Baruch Hashem, things are well with us regarding shalom bayis, parnassah and other areas of our lives.

The Secret Social Setback Of Learning Disabilities

Dena was the star of her nursery class. All the kids loved her and the teachers gushed to her mother, “Dena is so kind. She shares with everyone and is so inclusive. When we have circle time, she sits attentively and she is always ready with a detailed and fun answer.”

Harnessing The Power Of The Teenage Brain

The teenage years are not about surviving. They are about thriving.

Is It ADHD?

While I am not calling to question the diagnoses of medical professionals, there are many children who exhibit signs of ADHD but may be struggling with something else.

A Torah Perspective On Educating Our Children About Sexuality (Part III)

While it once may have been possible to shelter our children from inappropriate exposure to sexuality, today it seems to be an impossible goal. Even parents who have made every effort to appropriately safeguard their family may find themselves unhappily surprised at what their child's friends have exposed him to. In addition, outdoor secular media such as billboards, bus ads and newspaper covers portray disturbingly graphic images that force us to confront the fact that our children are being exposed to ideas and ways of life we may consider to be harmful to their souls and their mental health.

Youth Overcoming Challenges

A few weeks ago in these pages you were introduced to Menifa - Leverage for Life, a nonprofit organization based in Israel that works with youth at risk who have dropped out of high school.

Language Based Learning Disability: Not Just In The Classroom

Children with dyslexia or dysgraphia frequently have problems in social relationships.

More than Memorization: A Guide to Alternative Assessments

Alternative assessments are an extremely important part of understanding what students know beyond the scope of tests and quizzes.

Peer Pressure: Learning To Swim Upstream

In my office, I often deal with parents asking for advice on how to handle the difficult challenges of adolescence and the teen years.

The Past, The Present, The Future: From Generation To Generation

"Time waits for no man" is an old saying, though I'm not sure where it originated. Other such sayings like, "time flies by too quickly" or "the older you get, the faster time flies by," also contain meaningful messages. For me, I can't believe how quickly the days and years go by. When I think about it, I realize how we must make the very most of each day to accomplish what is important while we still have the opportunity.

Academic And Social Skills Insights #27

If things are falling into place in school because of remediation, what can you do at home in order to make things easier in your own household?

Academic & Social Skills Insights #38

All children, especially those with ADHD, crave routine.

Does Childhood Depression Exist?

Whatever the numbers, anxiety and depression in a person of any age are conditions too serious to ignore.

Mentoring

When the parent-teen relationship is strained or just needs improvement parents can utilize outside help to bring about a change. When necessary, one of the most effective ways of wielding indirect control is by having the teenager meet with a mentor. As a third person, uninvolved in family conflicts, a mentor is able to interact with a teenager and provide an informal means of solving problems at school, help the teen do homework or simply be a friend.

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