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Guidance for the New Kid and Their Parents

Guidance for the New Kid and Their Parents

Back to School Guidance for the New Kid As schools around the US start a new year, many kids are going through the experience of being the new kid. Almost every person has been in this position, whether it is a new school due to relocation or simply due to advancing grades. I have been...

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Fake Health News: How to Be a Smart Consumer

Fake Health News: How to Be a Smart Consumer

Fake Health News Is Everywhere… As a health psychologist, I absorb information about health like a massive sponge. I live to watch documentaries and read articles about innovations in healthcare and treatment. It can be hard to know where to turn with health information, yet it is possible to tease information apart. In a recent...

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My Child Says They Are Transgender, Now What?

My Child Says They Are Transgender, Now What?

Your Child Says They Are Transgender. Now What? In many families, parents may be engaged with their child’s “coming out.” This process may be gradual or fast and can come in many different aspects of identity. For some, the coming out process involves sharing their sexual orientation, and for others, it can be sharing gender...

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Why It’s So Hard to Follow Medical Instructions

Why It’s So Hard to Follow Medical Instructions

A friend recently contacted me for some guidance in encouraging her relative to wear continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat his sleep apnea. Having worked in the sleep world for 20 years now, I am very familiar with this struggle. In a 2008 study, Wolklove et al found that 31% of study participants never...

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Good Boundaries: When to Hold Your Tongue or Time

Good Boundaries: When to Hold Your Tongue or Time

It can often be really hard to say “no” to someone in your life, and it can be even more difficult to know when you should or shouldn’t get involved with someone else’s struggle. When it comes to making decisions about whether to get involved or not, it can be important to weigh a couple...

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The Dude’s Summer Travel Guide with Kids

The Dude’s Summer Travel Guide with Kids

We do a family beach trip every year, and I have noticed that there are a lot of differences in how fathers and mothers do beach travel. One of the conclusions that I have drawn is that dad’s approach is so much better than mom’s and dads seem to end up with a little more...

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Are You Struggling With Negative Thoughts About Your Body?

Are You Struggling With Negative Thoughts About Your Body?

There has been a lot of buzz about body positivity over the past several years. From the “Embrace” documentary to Jessamyn Stanley’s Curvy Yoga, there has been a strong movement in media toward creating images that make room for all types of bodies to develop positive body image. For many people, these approaches can seem...

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Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping Apart

Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping Apart

Check out the first part of this series: Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping With a Partner Some couples are destined for failure in the bedroom… No, not THAT kind of failure, but failure to sleep well in a common space. There are gender differences in sleep need (women typically need slightly more...

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Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping With a Partner

Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping With a Partner

Check out the second part of this series: Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping Apart People who struggle with insomnia face many challenges, and one of the biggest can be adapting their sleep issues when they sleep with a bed partner. A 2017 German study evaluated whether or not sleeping location affected sleep...

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Self-Control Games For Children

Self-Control Games For Children

I will never forget the first day when I picked my son up from daycare. He was just over 5 months old, and they had him sitting in a wooden box that was covered in carpet. I was totally confused by this set-up when the daycare teacher informed me that they were having him practice...