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Three Steps to a Bad Day (No Matter What)…

Step #1.  Worry or get really angry about things you can't do anything about.  Really allow yourself to dwell on all the things you cannot directly influence.  This way stress hormones, like cortisol, will flood your system, and your body will start to break down.

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Cyberbullying: Emotional Survival in the Digital Age

How does electronic and social media impact children?  Specifically, how does it influence a child’s social skills and friendships?  Cyberbullying refers to bully-ish posts done electronically, typically through texting or social media.  While some of us have been bullied online, there is another side to this issue: how much do we participate in cyberbullying ourselves? 

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“On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink”: Bullying- Part II

In children, most power differentials show up through cliques or social circles.  Based on a peer-nomination process called sociometrics, psychologists can classify children into one of four categories: popular kids, wannabes, middle-status, and rejected / neglected children.  While the first blog in this series offered some suggestions for parents of children at the bottom-rung of the social ladder, what can you do if your child is in one of the other categories?

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Bullying: What is normal, what is abnormal, and what parents can do to help

“Is my child being bullied?” “What if she is the one doing the bullying?” “What can I, as a parent, do?” These are only a few of the questions I’m asked by concerned parents.  Naturally, we want to protect our children, but there is only so much we can do.  Specifically, we have the power… Continue reading Bullying: What is normal, what is abnormal, and what parents can do to help

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New Year; New Guilt: The Guilt-Prone Person’s Guide to Goal Setting

“A man in motion always devises an aim for that motion… One must have the prospect of a promised land to have the strength to move.”   (Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace)                  Tis’ the season for goal setting.  If you’re like most Americans, this morning you woke up with renewed determination to do one… Continue reading New Year; New Guilt: The Guilt-Prone Person’s Guide to Goal Setting