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When words become weapons: Suicide prevention and kids’ online behavior

By  Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP   On July 12, 2014, 17-year-old Michelle Carter repeatedly encouraged her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to kill himself.   He was in his truck in a K-Mart parking lot, pumping the cab full of carbon monoxide gas. When he stepped out of the truck, she ordered him by [...]

Gamblers more likely to have suffered childhood traumas, research shows

Source: University of Lincoln   Men with problem and pathological gambling addictions are more likely to have suffered childhood traumas including physical abuse or witnessing violence in the home, according to new research. Psychologists examined responses in a survey of more than 3,000 men on a variety of life factors, and found that just over [...]

Parents, Talk to Your Children About Racism

A song in the musical "South Pacific" makes a powerful statement about racism, "You've Got to Be Taught." The overall message is that children are not born with racial hatred or even bias, it is something that is taught by parents and elders. In my opinion, this is absolutely true. Growing up as a white [...]

The Genius of Montessori Practical Life Activities!

The Genius of Montessori Practical Life Activities! By Paula-Elizabeth Jordan   Montessori Practical Life is Genius! – So it’s no surprise that I was keen to write an article about it to share and explain why. I’m going to start by putting forward the purpose of Montessori Practical Life. The reason Maria Montessori initially introduced Practical [...]

Can parents’ tech obsessions contribute to a child’s bad behavior?

Can parents' tech obsessions contribute to a child's bad behavior? Source: Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan   Fatigue. Hunger. Boredom. Those are often on the list of reasons parents mention if their child whines, has tantrums or acts out.   Researchers are now asking if such negative behaviors could be related to something else: parents [...]

Golden Tips for Retiring in 2017

For some people the idea of retirement is all about sitting and watching TV with your feet on the table. For others, however, retirement is a new beginning and the greatest journey of life. In order for you to have a good retirement plan, you need a solid financial plan that will enable you to [...]

Why parents are the new ‘heroes’ in policing young drivers

Why parents are the new 'heroes' in policing young drivers By Queensland University of Technology   Parents are vital in encouraging their children to obey the road rules and young drivers are keen to show their parents they can be trusted, which means they may hold greater power in enforcing driver restrictions compared with traditional policing, [...]

How your parenting tactics influence your teen’s problem behaviors

How your parenting tactics influence your teen's problem behaviors Source: University of California - Riverside   Yelling. Screaming. Slamming of doors. Sneaking out.   Sound familiar? Perhaps you're a parent with a teenager at home who partakes in "problem behaviors." Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, may be able to help.   In a new [...]

Coping In The Wake of a Kid’s Suicide

By  Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP     Before you do anything else, save the following numbers in your and your kids' smart phones. You will likely not need them, but it's better to have them ready just in case: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 Crisis Text Line     Any kid's death is a shock. [...]