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122017Jan

How Exercise Can Help Depression in Kids

Physical activity improves young children’s mental health Alice Park @aliceparkny Jan. 9, 2017 Exercise isn’t a cure for depression, but being active has been shown to alleviate some symptoms of depression in both teens and adults. Depending on the severity of the mood disorder, it could go a long way toward helping problems like negativity…

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62017Jan

You’re an Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much.

An MRI scan highlighting the frontal lobe. As people mature, reshaping of the brain slows, but in the frontal lobe new links are still forming at age 30. Credit Living Art Enterprises/Science Source Leah H. Somerville, a Harvard neuroscientist, sometimes finds herself in front of an audience of judges. They come to hear her speak…

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32017Jan

Being Mom To A Middle Schooler Can Be The Toughest Gig Of All

Being Mom To A Middle Schooler Can Be The Toughest Gig Of All December 29, 20165:00 AM ET Juli Fraga Although her oldest child, Ben, is 10 years old, Andrea Scher, 44, feels like a new mom again. Scher suffered from maternal depression after Ben was born, eventually recovering with the help of antidepressants and…

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212016Nov

How To Help Kids With Post-Election Anxiety

November 10, 2016 By Gene Beresin, M.D. and Steven Schlozman, M.D. Posted in: Families, Hot Topics Elections are, above all, political moments; but, each one offers parenting moments as well. That is certainly the case with this one. Last Wednesday, one Boston-area mother told our friend Carey Goldberg, the co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog: “My son…

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262016Oct

Teaching Your Child Emotional Agility

By KJ DELL’ANTONIA OCT. 4, 2016 The ability to recognize and manage emotions, known as emotional intelligence, is critical to lifelong success, psychologists say. Credit Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times It’s hard to see a child unhappy. Whether a child is crying over the death of a pet or the popping of a…

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212016Oct

Which Came First? The Behavior Problems, or the Poor Sleep?

Credit Getty Images It’s a classic which-came-first question: Is the child not getting enough sleep because of problem behaviors, especially at bedtime, or is the child behaving problematically because of not getting enough sleep? The answers are most likely yes and yes, and the back-and-forth currents can drag a child down developmentally. In an editorial…

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142016Oct

5 Ways to Teach a Child to be Mindful During an Ordinary Day

5 Ways to Teach a Child to be Mindful During an Ordinary Day By GoZen! on October 13, 2016 in GoZen! Anxiety Relief, Mindfulness Meditation Want to teach your child the art of mindfulness? Even one minute of mindfulness can create a shift during your day. It doesn’t take a particular posture or formal training…

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32016Aug

8 Ways to Beat Back to School Anxiety

By Dr. Susanna Quasem Starting something new is hard. For kids, starting school for the first time – or going back to school – is both exciting and scary. For parents, it likely brings relief (finally they’re going back to school!) and some anxiety too. Particularly if you have an anxious child. Here are some…

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242016Jun

Parenting in the Digital Age: How to Raise Safe and Responsible Online Citizens

By: Dr. Dana Verner – Mobile devices and the internet are powerful tools that can provide our children many benefits and opportunities.  In the palm of the hand, they allow vast growth and exploration for our children’s curious, developing minds.  Yet, at the same time, there are significant risks, particularly if our children don’t have…

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