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Child Behavior Problems
Homework Hell? Part I: How to Turn It AroundBy James Lehman, MSW

Has homework time become the seventh circle of hell in your house, with you nagging your kids to do their assignments and fighting with them over each math problem? If you and your child are battling nightly over schoolwork, read on to hear the real solutions James Lehman offers to this frustrating problem, in Part... Read more »

Child Behavior Problems
Homework Hell? Part II: 7 Real Techniques That WorkBy James Lehman, MSW

Many parents write in to EP about homework battles with their kids. They want to know what to do about a child who procrastinates or who just can’t seem to stay focused on the task at hand. This week James Lehman shares tried and true methods to get kids to sit down and do the... Read more »

Child Behavior Problems
7 Ways to Stop the Parent-Child Power Struggle Over HomeworkBy Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

Do you find yourself in full-on homework battles most nights of the week? It’s no surprise that most children and teens will dig in their heels when it comes to doing schoolwork. Think of it this way: How many kids want to do something that isn’t particularly exciting or pleasant? Most would prefer to be playing video... Read more »

Child Behavior Problems
My Child Is Using Drugs or Drinking Alcohol—What Should I Do?By Kim Abraham, LMSW & Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW

You thought your son was just “experimenting” with drugs, but had stopped. Now he’s failed a drug test for his work–study program at school, and you know: this is serious. Your teen daughter is hanging around with kids who are notorious for drinking and partying on the weekends. She’s come home drunk twice this month.... Read more »

The "Cool Kids": How to Help Your Child or Teen Deal with Peer Pressure, Exclusion and CliquesBy Sara Bean, M.Ed.

When we think of peer pressure, we typically have a picture in our minds of a kid handing your child a cigarette, a joint, or a beer and saying something like, “Come on, just try it.” But at times peer pressure can be felt without a single word being spoken, like when a clique excludes... Read more »

Adolescent & Teen Behavior
Parenting Teens: Parental Authority vs. Peer PressureBy James Lehman, MSW

It’s one of the hardest things parents deal with: even if you’re trying to raise your child the right way, as soon as he walks out the door, you know he’s going to be exposed to all sorts of negative—even dangerous—influences. From dress to attitude to a popular culture that says it’s cool to drink... Read more »

Anxiety & Depression
Is Your Child Depressed? 6 Ways to Help Them Cope Kids and Depression Part IIBy James Lehman, MSW

In Part II of James Lehman, MSW’s series on episodic childhood depression, he’ll discuss concrete ways you can teach your child coping skills. If your child seems distressed, despondent or sad for a prolonged period of time, have them seen by someone with diagnostic skills. Be sure to have a pediatrician rule out any underlying... Read more »

Anxiety & Depression
When Your Child’s World Collapses: Kids & Depression Part IBy James Lehman, MSW

Part one of a two part series by James Lehman, MSW, on kids and episodic depression. Note from James: In our culture, sadness and depression have become almost interchangeable terms. In this article, we’re going to use the term “episodic depression” when referring to a level of sadness that children experience that interferes with their functioning. Almost... Read more »

Anxiety & Depression
Teen Moodiness: Is It Normal or Is It Depression?By Dr. Joan Simeo Munson

Your teen prefers to sleep till 11:00am, is crabby when she wakes up, would rather talk to the dog than you, and isolates herself for hours at a time in her room, glued to her laptop. Is she depressed? Or just being a normal teenager? It’s perfectly normal for teens to be moody, irritable, overly sensitive... Read more »

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