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Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health

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

Do the Allegations Against Josh Duggar Constitute Sexual Crimes or “Boys Being Boys”?

By May 26, 2015 7 Comments
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*Please note – this analysis was written prior to the recent discovery that Josh Duggar was exposed in the so-called Ashley Madison hack scandal. In mid-May, news broke that the oldest of the Duggar siblings (of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting fame), Josh, had been accused of sexually assaulting five girls when he was 14 years […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health


Applauding Celebrity Blogger Perez Hilton for an Authentic Video on Anxiety Surrounding Daughter Mia’s Birth

By May 14, 2015 1 Comment
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  I’ve got a dirty little secret…I love reading celebrity gossip. My former career as a TV news producer made that an easy thing to do as part of my job, since we’d have to stack our shows with stories that were balanced between being informative and entertaining. Post news career and into graduate school […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health


Talking to Children About the Death of A Parent, or, Don’t do What Betty and Henry Francis Did

By May 13, 2015 2 Comments
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 I watched Mad Men since the first episode aired, so as the series came to an end this year, I had some thoughts on where the characters were likely to wind up in the last few episodes. The penultimate episode, which aired on May 10, confirmed one of my suspicions about the fate of Betty […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Newborns + Infants, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


Teaching Kids to Unplug – A Parenting Battle Worth Fighting

By April 27, 2015 2 Comments
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The nature of blogging here at The Scientific Parent is that we typically write and post about issues that we’re tackling in our daily lives – or hot button topics that get us really revved up about science and health policy. Here’s one that’s happening in our home and gets me rowdy! I recently posted Missy Keenan’s 10 Tips: […]

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


To Hover or Not To Hover: Helicopter Parents and the Park Battleground

By April 14, 2015 2 Comments
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  My friend’s two-and-a-half year old ran ahead of us at the park a few days ago. It was a gorgeous day, the park was full and the little girl could hardly wait to start playing in the sand.   She was maybe 10-15 feet ahead of us when it happened: “Where’s your mommy?” a woman […]

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


How to NOT Risk-Assess Yourself into a Panic: Stepmother Training 101

By April 13, 2015 1 Comment
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I’m brilliant at over-intellectualizing any challenge that comes my way. I can feel the earth shift at this very moment as my friends collectively roll their eyes in agreement on this one. As someone with a journalism undergrad, and a health policy and international health policy and development master’s degree (super quantitative, mind you), I am […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health


The Walking Dead: Sorry Rick, The Kids Aren’t Alright

By February 22, 2015 1 Comment
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On an episode of The Walking Dead the group’s leader, Rick, postulated that the zombie-filled post-apocalyptic world is easier for children to cope with because they don’t remember the world the way it used to be. That’s an interesting theory as it cuts to the heart of how child and adult brains cope with trauma and heal […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health