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Is SpongeBob Bad for Kids?

By Elisabeth Wilkins


A new study in the Journal of Pediatrics says that cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants have a detrimental effect on 4-year-old kids. Researchers divided kids into three groups: one group of children watch Caillou, a slower-themed show on public television, the second group was given crayons and paper to draw with, while the third watched SpongeBob.... Read more »

Navigating the Terrible Twos with Patience and Humor

By The Warrior Mom


Now that I am embarking upon my fifth round of "terrible twos," I think I've (finally) got it. Over the past couple of weeks, I have spent time with several two-year-olds and have observed the respective interactions with their parents, other children and related adults. Interestingly, there is a common complaint most first time (and second... Read more »

Is Your Child Lying or Just Being Creative?

By Megan Devine, LCPC


Dear parent coaching: I have a five year old who tells stories all the time. Last week, he went to school and told the kids his dad was an astronaut. (He's really a cell phone salesman.) My son also has an 8 foot tall friend who follows him around named Woody. We've told him that... Read more »

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Giving Consequences to Young Kids and Toddlers

By Carole Banks, MSW


Ever get stuck trying to give the right consequences to your young child or toddler? Know that whether they're 18 months or five years old, you should always try to do the following three things when giving consequences: Instruct your child appropriately Work to understand their temperament Help your child learn from their inappropriate behavior Remember, teaching accountability by... Read more »

Third Graders Plot to Kill Teacher Uncovered: What Next?

By James Lehman, MSW


A group of third-graders—kids ages 8-10—were caught plotting to attack and kill their elementary school teacher. They even had assigned roles—one child was going to blacken the windows of the classroom, and another was going to clean up afterward. The nine boys and girls in the learning disabilities class (kids in the class have ADHD,... Read more »