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Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health

Blog posts focusing on mental, emotional, and behavioral health in both children and parents.

The Stats are Stacked Against Military Families During Holidays – But These 5 Tips Can Help.

By December 16, 2015 No Comments
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The holiday season is upon us – and for my military family, we’re feeling the impact this year. For our tight-knit family, the holidays mean a moment to relax, unwind, and reconnect with each other, days to dine together, and opportunities to learn family history and stories from one another. These are days in which new […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health


It’s All Just Too Awful: On the Eve of the Int’l Day of Persons with Disabilities, The IRC Shooting Takes Center Stage

By December 3, 2015 No Comments
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I’m sitting here in shock and horror that the only possible post that’s worthy of our parenting blog at this moment is one that is yet again, about senseless, horrific acts of violence. This one hits much closer to home for me, though. When I saw several alerts cross my Twitter feed on Wednesday afternoon about […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health


Santa and Elf on the Shelf: Inappropriate Lies or All in Good Fun?

By December 1, 2015 1 Comment
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As the winter holidays approach, Santa Claus and Elf on the Shelf are on the minds of many children who celebrate Christmas. Many parents’ thoughts also drift there, but for different reasons. Parents of young children wonder whether they should promote the myth of the jolly old man in the red suit or that tiny, habitually […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Faith + Beliefs, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers


In Scary Times, There are No Definitive Answers

By November 15, 2015 2 Comments
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Many of our readers noticed that we went largely silent this weekend, on the heels of the terrorist attacks across Paris, France that killed at least 130 people. We took these few days to catch our collective breath, to connect and discuss how we as a parenting-meets-science blog should address these acts of violence, incidents that […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health


Helping Kids Welcome a New Baby

By October 20, 2015 No Comments
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  Three of the people I love the most and am closest to are my brother and sisters. I’m always happy to see them and, like the best old friends, we can catch up with each other’s news in a moment. These relationships are not an accident, however. They are the result of our parents’ efforts […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Newborns + Infants, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


Potty Training Sucks. Here Are 8 Sanity Saving Tips.

By October 13, 2015 3 Comments
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  In my first post here on The Scientific Parent, I’ll be discussing one of the least scientific areas of pediatric medicine — potty training. Pediatricians have a lot of scientific evidence to guide us towards appropriate treatment of ear infections, asthma, and a lot of other problems. But when it comes to advising parents […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Toddlers + Preschoolers


It’s Official: We Can All Calm Down About Screen Time

By October 6, 2015 4 Comments
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Pediatric use of screen time is something I’m a little sensitive about. I spent six months of my life working on it and for six months of my life it was all screen time, all the time. Once my portion of the project was over I swore I would never talk about screen time again, […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Toddlers + Preschoolers