Category Archives: Emotional Intelligence

Steps to Bully-Proof Your Child

Bullying takes the fun out of school. As a child psychologist, I’ve seen the effects on hundreds of kids. One school contacted me last week with concerns over a kid who was drawing pictures of himself jumping off a cliff. He’d been the victim, for years, of being teased for being overweight. Kids who have […]

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Helping Kids with Silly Fears and Negative Thinking

True story: Last week I saw a family from Brazil. The parents shared that their nine-year-old daughter thought she had “worms in her head.” As it turned out, they explained that this is simply an expression in Portuguese that describes a situation where you can’t get rid of bad thoughts. She was worried and couldn’t stop thinking about […]

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Tragic Effects of Bullying When Bystanders Don’t “Stand Up”

Time Magazine reported yesterday that yet another victim of bullying has killed himself. Thirteen-year-old Daniel Fitzpatrick of Staten Island, New York committed suicide after making a number of futile attempts to get his school to protect him from constant bullying by classmates. His father wrote “No parent should have to bury their child. No child […]

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The Magic of Music

Music has an almost magical capacity to touch our souls and elicit strong feelings. For adults, an old tune or two can trigger a walk down memory lane. It can be used for clients needing to grieve the loss of a loved one. For teens in therapy, asking them about their favorite songs and artists […]

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Social & Emotional Learning Improves Academics

Glance up to the upper left corner of this page and you’ll see a little orange balloon with some words that say: HAPPY KIDS LEARN BETTER! It may come as no surprise that this concept is so central a theme to my work and to this website. Happy Kids Songs and activities have been specifically designed for kids hearts and minds! […]

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Helping Kids Overcome Fears

“Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.”  –Francis Bacon Young and old, child or adult, fear is one of our constant companions in life, and we should be glad that it is. Our brains are hard-wired […]

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Talk It Out

A new article was published today about research on families and communication. In a nutshell, it emphasizes how helpful it can be for  kids to talk their problems out, and how parents benefit from seeing such interactions. “When children fight with their siblings, they learn important lessons, such as how to settle, negotiate, and compromise. They begin to […]

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Too Much Family Closeness?

Parents are bombarded with advice these days about building strong bonds of attachment with their children. It’s natural for loving parents to want to feel close to their kids, but is there such a thing as too much family closeness? Too much involvement or connection? Studies on families It turns out that an important key […]

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Tips for Teaching Kids Communication Skills

A common challenge for kids today is communicating feelings in ways that help instead of hurt. Effective techniques can be learned, and then it’s just a matter of putting these tools into practice. Whether it’s anger, hurt, fear, sadness, or guilt, research tells us that feelings want to come out. Feelings held inside often result […]

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The Gift of Giving

This is the time of year when, ideally, people think about how to help others less fortunate. It’s impossible to turn on the news without seeing the needs of others in your community or elsewhere in the world. Given the difficult parts of the holiday season—extra things to do, children out of school wanting to […]

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