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My goal in writing this blog is to help parents keep their kids safe. I’m going to share what I’ve learned in the last 25 years of working with traumatized kids and what I am continuing to learn as a parent and a grandparent.

School Shootings:  What Are the Solutions?

School Shootings: What Are the Solutions?

It’s not your imagination, and it’s not media hype. School shootings stay in the news because they strike at our hearts:  killing of innocent young people in places where they should feel secure. A recent study found that when such a tragic event happens, there...

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How Food Choices Impact Teen Depression

How Food Choices Impact Teen Depression

We tell our kids that junk food isn’t good for them, but it’s not just bad for their bodies—a new study shows it’s bad for their spirits, too. A new study reports that there’s a definite link in the food choices of adolescents and symptoms of depression. The study...

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Watch Those Online Pictures of Your Kids

Watch Those Online Pictures of Your Kids

Historically, one of the sweetest portrayals of the concept of innocence was a young child. Angels were portrayed as unclothed toddlers in worshipful religious art. Even popular art for the home often showed exuberant children in bathtubs or wearing only parts of...

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“The Deodorant Challenge”

“The Deodorant Challenge”

Kids are finding more and more bizarre ways to amuse themselves. Recently there were the attempts to swallow large amounts of cinnamon, then there was eating Tide brand laundry detergent. The newest is called “the deodorant challenge,” and like the others, it’s...

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Let There Be Light—Except at Night!

Let There Be Light—Except at Night!

Some parents believe that they prepare their toddlers for “the real world” by making sure that they’re not overly quiet when their children are sleeping, reasoning that it might make kids dependent on silence for good sleep.  Similarly, some don’t worry about whether...

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Recess Improves Children’s Attention

Recess Improves Children’s Attention

It’s not just your imagination – more parents and teachers are dealing with problems with their children’s attention spans. Some blame it on electronics. Some say it’s because of immunizations, or improper diet, or other factors. Others are told it’s a chemical...

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Sexting and Online Safety

Sexting and Online Safety

Sexting is the sending of suggestive pictures, videos, and/or messages via phone or any other electronic device. Sometimes parents think that monitoring their child’s electronic devices might be showing distrust of the child and might harm their relationship. “Become...

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Volunteering Improves Teens’ Self-Esteem

Volunteering Improves Teens’ Self-Esteem

Unrelenting pressure to achieve often leaves teens feeling discouraged and even depressed when they don’t meet their goals or people disappoint them.  The discouragement and depression teens feel due to pressure to achieve often impacts teen’s self-esteem....

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Religious Faith Helps Girls Be Brave

Religious Faith Helps Girls Be Brave

Some people believe that consciously and deliberately instilling faith in their children will make them unrealistic or unable to cope with “the real world.” However, a recent study shows just the opposite. Girls Leadership, a secular, Oakland, CA-based organization...

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Since 1992, Dr. Robinson has worked in a variety counseling positions. She is also a popular author and speaker on topics ranging from childhood development and sexuality, teen issues, family dynamics including caring for elderly relatives, and church resources for families.

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