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Respecting Temperarments While Leaving Room for Personality

Some insights on the subtle difference between personality and temperament and how that relates to you and your loved ones.

Nagging: Our Least Glamorous Job

A humorous take on Nagging, from our Dad's Eye View author, Rick Epstein.

The Desensitized Generation - Reality or Fiction?

A look at how video games and violent movies/television effects cognitive and behavioral health of young minds... specifically with regard to "desensitizing" them to violence.

Myths of TAG (Talented and Gifted)

Debunking Talented and Gifted (TAG)

What If an Attention Problem was Really a Vision Problem?

Ted was an eight year old with the curiosity of a scientist; however, he couldn’t sit still when he tried to read. He tilted and turned his head so much that his body tipped until he fell right out of his chair. “We thought it was an attention problem but now we know it was as if he was trying to follow the words, but the words tumbled right off the page,” his father described after Ted’s successful treatment for a hidden vision problem. Ted had “perfect eyesight.” 20/20 vision in each eye, just as previous vision screenings had reported; however, he could not comfortably and accurately maintain good efficient eye teaming.

Travel Tech

This summer, as you travel, you may be able to take some technology along with you. The great thing about apps and e-books is the amount of space they save in your bags! Whether you have an Android device, an Apple device, or even a computer, there are lots of tech choices. Here are some fun apps and e-books that you may want to consider loading up on your devices before you go, or even just for summer enjoyment around home.

Making Sense of Teen Arguments

Any parent of a teen knows that the adolescent years can be bumpy, to say the least. They are filled with mood swings, hormone changes and oftentimes a lot of arguing. But don't be discouraged; it's not all bad. The good thing about arguing is that it provides teachable moments. And that's what the teen years are all about. Parents have multiple opportunities to teach, shape and mold their teen. New research suggests that having wholesome arguments with your teen may actually help them say "NO" to peer pressure. As parents, we all know that that can be a good thing.

Spice Up the Grill

If you’re tired of flipping burgers, put some sizzle on the grill with your own spiced-up fajitas and soft tacos.

Traveling Abroad with Children - Some Why’s and How-To’s

As someone who lived abroad for 18 months with two children ages 3 and 8, I bristle when I hear someone say “Travel is wasted on children,” or “Now that we have kids, our traveling days are over.” If either of those sentiments approximates your own, be forewarned that I’m going to try to change your mind. I happen to think that traveling with children is a) Incredibly valuable for both kids and their parents and b) Not difficult if you’re prepared to make some basic concessions.

Help Children Face Their Fears

<p align="left">Imagining themselves as stronger or bigger than they really are will help some children — and that's fine. This is not the time for a reality check, says Donna B. Marold, Ph.D., a psychologist and research associate at the University of Denver. For instance, when Eileen Mullen's 5-year-old son, Patrick, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, recently told her, "If a bad guy comes into the house, I'm going to go after him and kick him out," she didn't bother correcting him. Distraction can also work. For example, if you know a thunderstorm is on the horizon, pop in your child's favorite videotape or open a board game — and divert his attention with a treat, such as ice cream.</p>
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