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October 17, 2017
The Nightmare - Before - And During - Halloween

This holiday of itchy costumes, flashing lights, strangers and candy can be a horror show, indeed, for children with autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD and other neurological conditions. Here, a mother and health advocate shares her strategies for making Halloween fun for everyone.

September 25, 2017
How To Use Incentives And Encourage Behavior You Want To See
Incentives are a powerful way to encourage certain behaviors in kids. Used correctly, they can motivate children to make change and stick with it.

August 29, 2017
Back To School Do's And Don'ts
The end of summer is in sight, and parents everywhere are feeling that inevitable anxiety over how to make the most of the upcoming school year. In my experience, anticipating the hurdles of reentry and carefully structuring the first few weeks of school goes a long way.

August 14, 2017
The Secret To No-Nag, Never-Late Mornings

Learn from this mom, who invented a morning routine with this beautiful result: “My morning nagging immediately decreased by 80 to 90 percent. Both of my kids instantly understood the process. Some mornings, they need more prodding… But, overall, our mornings are far less tiring.”

August 2, 2017
School Mornings Without The Stress
How to get your child up and out the door with the least amount of conflict.

July 15, 2017
10 Tips To Help Dads and Daughters Stay Close
Adolescence can be a difficult time for fathers and daughters. As little girls grow into young women, it can be hard for dads to figure where, and how, they fit in.

June 9, 2017
Talking To Kids About Money
Starting early helps children develop good habits like setting limits on spending and resisting impulse buys.

May 19, 2017
Heads Up, Teachers: Red Flags for Possible LD

Teachers are the first line of defense in recognizing and helping preschool students manage learning disabilities. Here’s what you should be looking for in six critical areas of development.

March 27, 2017
The Adolescent Brain: Why Executive Functioning in Teens Is a Challenge
Teenagers are convinced they are ready to take the reins, no longer wanting to be held back by overly-cautious adults who don’t really "get it," who don’t understand the urgency of whatever situation is brewing at that moment.

March 21, 2017
12 Tips for Raising Confident Kids
How to build self worth in children and help them feel they can handle what comes their way.

February 28, 2017
When Should You Get Your Kid a Phone?
It’s a rite of passage for parents of tweens: By the time your child is 10 or 12, she decides that she must have a cell phone, because if she can’t text and talk to her friends her social life will be “ruined.”

February 15, 2017
No More Bullying! Strategies for ADHD Kids

Bullies prey on kids who stand out or who struggle with social skills. Too many of our ADHD kids fall victim — and some are even guilty of bullying themselves. Learn how to help your child stop the cycle of bullying with this advice.

January 3, 2017
Is My Child's Anger Normal?
Most children have occasional tantrums or meltdowns. They may sometimes lash out if they’re frustrated or be defiant if asked to do something they don’t want to do. But when kids do these things repeatedly, or can’t control their tempers a lot of the time, it may be more than typical behavior.

November 29, 2016
Holiday Stress. Should You Cancel Christmas?
Your child’s behavior goes beyond the “naughty list” and normal consequences aren’t working. You want your child to know you mean business. Should you cancel Christmas?

November 5, 2016
Doctors Release New Screen Time Rules for Kids
According to new guidelines released this week, children of all ages should limit how much time they spend in front of the TV, iPad and other digital media.

October 12, 2016
“This Is The Worst Day Ever!” Helping Kids Through Difficult Situations
Parents can help children navigate difficult situations by responding effectively. Using my coaching experience here at Empowering Parents, I put together the four steps I applied when responding to my daughter.


September 16, 2016
School Mornings Without Stress
During the school year, a cry is heard from parents across the land: Getting kids out the door Monday through Friday is a killer.

What makes school mornings so hard? “They’re kind of like a perfect storm,” says David Anderson, PhD, senior director of the ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute.

August 09, 2016
Social Media and Self-Doubt
How parents can help kids resist the pressure created by artfully curated social feeds.

July 15, 2016
This Sample Schedule May Save Your Sanity
Children with ADHD need routine. Reliable schedules for mornings, after school, and bedtime make a tremendous difference in setting expectations, building good habits, and improving behavior. Use these recommended templates to wrangle your family's time.

June 17, 2016
New Music App Causes Concerns For Parents

One popular app with teens is causing concern for some parents and law enforcement. The smartphone app musical.ly lets you create music videos and upload them for anyone to see.

May 20, 2016
Parents' Smartphones Harming Children's Ability To Hold Conversation, Teachers Say
Parents’ immersion in smartphones has left some neglected children starting primary school unable to hold conversations, new research warns.

April 14, 2016
Three Common Parenting Traps - And How To Avoid Them
Parenting. Even though we’ve been doing it for millennia, it’s still a work in progress, despite generations of passed-down knowledge and experience.

March 23, 2016
The Pain of Hiding OCD
Many kids can suppress symptoms at school, and then explode at home

March 02, 2016
Why Do Kids Have Trouble With Transitions?
Being asked to switch gears is a common trigger for problem behavior like whining and trantrums.

February 18, 2016
Love It, Use It, or Lose It: 13 ADHD-Proof Organization Rules

This foolproof plan for avoiding clutter details 13 ADHD-friendly rules for organizing your life and your home.

February 2, 2016
“This Is The Worst Day Ever!”
Helping Kids Through Difficult Situations

January 11, 2016
Low Levels Of Face-To-Face Social Contact Can 'Double Depression Risks'

Researchers find people who meet friends and family at least three times a week far less like to have depression than those who have only 'virtual contact'






















October 17, 2017
Taking Halloween By The Horns
Tips for parents whose children aren't the happiest trick-or-treaters

September 25, 2017
Tuning Out Distractions, Zeroing In On School

Children with ADHD experience a lower level of brain arousal, which means they are easily distracted by internal and external stimuli. Use these school and home strategies to improve focus and comprehension.

August 14, 2017
Motivating Underachievers Part I: When Your Child Says “I Don’t Care”
Are you facing the new school year with dread because you have an unmotivated or underachieving teen or pre-teen? Is your child’s answer to everything, “I don’t care” or “It doesn’t matter?”

August 2, 2017
10 Things To Do BEFORE School Starts
A successful school year begins in July. An unsuccessful one begins the first day of classes. Set up your child for success by reviewing his IEP or 504 Plan, developing organization systems with him, communicating with teachers, and more during the summer months.

June 9, 2017
(DIS)CONNECTED

Psychologist’ research shows how smartphone are affecting our health and well-being, and points the way toward taking back control.

May 19, 2017
Planning Ahead To Lessen Homesickness At Camp
Receiving a tearful phone call or a sad note from your child away at camp can pull at your heart strings. Dealing with homesickness is often a source of stress for parents. It’s very common. Camps have been dealing with it for generations.

March 27, 2017
How to Stay In Control: Let Your Kid Have The Last Word

Ending a heated conversation with your child can be tricky. The next time you are in this situation, ask yourself: Have I made my point? What would happen if I ended the conversation and walked away? Kids are masters at keeping an argument going. Walking away from the discussion and letting them have the last word is hard to do!

March 21, 2017
You Can't Learn If You're Anxious, Stressed, or Scared
No child can succeed at school if he believes he is less smart or less capable than his peers. Follow these strategies to change your child's mindset and to promote his self-esteem. Together, they can unlock a lifetime of more positive learning.

February 28, 2017
Why Are Teenagers So Sleep-Deprived?
A perfect storm of biology, technology, and homework.

February 15, 2017
Is ADHD a Sign of a Creative Mind?
Is having ADHD a sign that you also have an unusually creative mind? With the rush of ideas, the overwhelming interest in new activities, and the impulsivity to try something new, some people argue that ADHD and creativity go hand in hand.

January 3, 2017
Breaking Bad Habits - 6 Ways To Outsmart Your Demons

That morning bagel with cream cheese. That Netflix binge. That lost hour on Pinterest. These bad habits are easy to form for many of us with impulsive ADHD tendencies. Use the Strategy of Convenience to break bad routines and establish healthier ones.

November 5, 2016
How to Help Kids Learn to Fail
Not learning to tolerate failure leaves kids vulnerable to anxiety. It leads to meltdowns when the inevitable failure does occur, whether it happens in preschool or college. And perhaps even more important, it can make kids give up trying—or trying new things.

October 12, 2016
Teen Creates App So Bullied Kids Never Have To Eat Alone

You're at a cafeteria, you've got your lunch ... and then you just don't know where to sit. You don't want to sit alone, but you also don't know who would be friendly and let you sit with them. Sixteen-year-old Natalie Hampton has been there. She's an 11th-grader from Sherman Oaks, Calif., and the creator of a new app called Sit With Us. Hampton recently spoke about the app with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish. A transcript of their conversation follows, edited for clarity.

September 16, 2016
Brain Building Video And Computer Games Kids Love
Got a gamer with ADHD? Here are some brain-building downloads and purchases that might help.

August 09, 2016
BACK-TO-SCHOOL-GUIDE: 14 Weeks To Success @ School
Week 9 - Make Good Friends...
Making eye contact. Not interrupting. Taking turns. Social skills do not come naturally to all kids with ADHD. Teach your child how to make friends by following these 16 expert strategies.

July 15, 2016
The Educational Benefits Of Minecraft

It’s no secret that Minecraft is wildly popular, and has been for some time. Since its creation in 2009, Minecraft has captured the minds and imaginations of more kids than we can count (and even some adults!) Merchandise, a movie, school educators, and our very own summer camps have caught the Minecraft fire, and the blaze is only spreading..

June 17, 2016
11 Summer Brain Builders For ADHD Kids
Don’t let your child lose academic ground this summer. Keep him learning while school is out by incorporating these fun, ADHD-friendly, educational tips into your daily routine.

May 20, 2016
Smart Healthy Snacks For The ADHD Brain
All moms and dads have their work cut out for them in getting their children to eat something more than Fruit Loops, sugary soda or iced tea, burgers, and their chips of choice. Moms with ADHD children have a bigger problem: getting their child to eat.

April 14, 2016
Fathers, Daughters, And Learning Self-Esteem
A healthy father-daughter relationship is key for developing a girl’s positive self-esteem.

March 23, 2016
Tips for Recognizing Learning Disorders in the Classroom
Common signs that can hide in plain sight

March 02, 2016
Kids Are Facing Criminal Charges for Using Emoji
Cops are taking postings of gun emojis as legitimate threats.

February 18, 2016
Metacognition
How Thinking About Thinking Can Help Kids. A powerful skill for building resilience.

February 2, 2016
33 Chaos-Busting Strategies for Anyone with ADHD
Get your life under control! Eliminate disorder by letting go of perfectionism, and using these organizational tips to guide your new start.

January 11, 2016
Secret Hashtags Help Teens Share Dangerous Secrets
Rule-breaking may be just as irresistible to teenagers today as it was in their parents’ day, but a new study of secret social media hashtags like #selfharmmm suggests that new technology is helping kids share dangerous behaviors more easily than ever before.



















October 17, 2017
Adorning Your Little Ghouls
From the candy to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and parents. To help make it a trick-free treat, follow these simple safety tips

September 25, 2017
How To Help Kids That Are Too Hard On Themselves
We hear kids say negative things about themselves all the time: “I’m so stupid!” “Nobody likes me.” And, of course, “I’m fat.” Or “I’m ugly.” Sometimes these things are throwaway lines, or fishing for reassurance. They may be harmless. But what experts call negative self-talk can also reflect an unhealthy tendency in kids to think the worst of themselves, and that can lead to—or be a sign of—something more serious.

August 14, 2017
Motivating Underachievers II: Get Your Unmotivated Child on Track before School Starts
In Part II of Motivating Underachievers, James explains what you can do to get your child on track before school starts—and how you can motivate them to do their school work during the year.

August 2, 2017
You Can’t Learn If You’re Anxious, Stressed, or Scared

No child can succeed at school if he believes he is less smart or less capable than his peers. Follow these strategies to change your child’s mindset and to promote his self-esteem. Together, they can unlock a lifetime of more positive learning.

July 15, 2017
5 New Brain Disorders That Were Born Out Of The Digital Age

Today, our brains are racing to adapt to the digital age. Cognitive neuroscientists say all that time we now spend in front of screens has changed the way we read and comprehend. Internet browsing has shortened both our attention spans and our patience. And it's doing a number on our memories.

June 9, 2017
Coach Advice: Explain Yourself Once And Move On
You can’t solve an argument – or make a child do something – by trying to make them understand and agree with you.

May 19, 2017
10 Things You Can Do This Summer to Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten
The summer is the perfect time to help prepare your child for the transition to kindergarten. Here are some things you can do at home to get them ready.


March 27, 2017
3 Parenting Reminders for Managing Negative Thoughts

Parenting is tough. We speak to many people every day who are struggling with challenging parenting issues. It’s easy and normal to get caught up in negative thoughts about yourself and your family.

March 21, 2017
Why Can't My Child See the Big Picture?
Has your son ever lost points on a test or assignment because he did not follow all the directions? Does your daughter highlight everything when she reads and as a result can’t figure out what to study?  

February 28, 2017
When Your Daughter's Worry Is Something More

"Young girls often cannot identify their feelings. Anxiety might be felt as jitteriness, a sick stomach, excessive worry, headaches, insomnia, nightmares, or general feelings of not being well." What to look for in your daughter.

February 15, 2017
How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior
Kids who seem oppositional are often severely anxious.

January 3, 2017
These 3 Apps Can Help You Monitor Your Teens' Activity Online
Typical teens live on their phones nowadays — and often their parents don't have a clue what they're doing on them, who they're talking to, or what they're typing.

November 29, 2016
When To Push Your Children
We all want what’s best for our children. But our idea of what is best for them might not always jive with theirs. Often parents will give a nudge towards the decision they think is correct, trying to find that delicate balance between encouraging and pushing too hard.

November 5, 2016
How Nutrition Harmonizes the ADHD Brain
Complex carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, lean protein, and certain vitamins all help our brain cells carry out their functions efficiently and effectively. In an ADHD brain, these foods and nutrients can be particularly powerful.

October 12, 2016
7 Things to Tell the Teacher About Your Child
What can you tell a teacher that will help him do his job better? You might be surprised. While your child’s teacher is the expert in education, no one knows more about your child than you do. It’s just as important for parents to tell teachers about issues at home that may affect school performance as it is for teachers to report how children are doing in the classroom.

September 16, 2016
School Mornings Without Stress
During the school year, a cry is heard from parents across the land: Getting kids out the door Monday through Friday is a killer.

What makes school mornings so hard? “They’re kind of like a perfect storm,” says David Anderson, PhD, senior director of the ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute.

August 09, 2016
Your Child's 7 Executive Functions - And How To Boost Them

One hallmark of ADHD is executive function trouble — problems planning, organizing, or self-regulating. And that can get very frustrating very quickly. Parents, follow these 10 tips to boost all 7 executive functions — and help your child gain more independence.

July 15, 2016
10 Things To Do Before School Starts
A successful school year begins in July. An unsuccessful one begins the first day of classes. Set your child up for success by reviewing his IEP or 504 Plan, developing organization systems with him, communicating with teachers, and more during the summer months.

June 17, 2016
How Old Is Old Enough For Your Kids To Be Home Alone?
This is the time of year where many working parents are faced with this challenge: school is out, day camp only covers so much, and you just don’t have enough hours in the day to cover all your bases.

April 14, 2016
How To Cope With An Emotionally Distant Child
Do you ever wonder what happened to your sweet, affectionate, “glad to be part of this family” younger child?

March 23, 2016
9 Ways Dads Can Contribute to Raising Strong, Confident Girls.

Protect and provide for your daughter in a way that will help her reach her highest potential

March 02, 2016
How Can We Help Kids With Transitions?
With the right support, children can learn to change gears more effectively.

February 18, 2016
Calm Voices, Calmer Kids
Sometimes it’s hard to keep your cool, but less yelling means better communication.

February 2, 2016
What Should You Look for in a Diagnosis? Signs a clinician is evaluating your child with care
When a child is experiencing emotional or behavioral problems, there are no blood tests or scans that will tell you what's wrong. Add to that the fact that children are often not able to tell you clearly what's bothering them.

January 11, 2016
The Science Of Teens
I speak a lot about the science of teens; What research says about why teens behave the way they do.