Posts by: Anita M. Schimizzi, Ph.D.

Yes, it is no secret how we at child-psych.org feel about spanking.  Nestor and I have both posted on it before.  Still, there remain arguments that spanking is less detrimental for children when cultural context is taken into account.  That is, if spanking is more acceptable and part of the norm within a [...]

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Have you had one of those days when there just wasn’t a good time to put your toddler down for the blessed afternoon nap?  Did his behavior and emotions look any different than they do after having a nap?  Take a moment to think about how you feel and react when you are sleep-deprived.  It [...]

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Awhile back, I posted about some research done on lying in children.  A very brief explanation of the study was that kids lied more often and more effectively when punishment was on the line.  Because so many children go through a lying phase, or more than a phase, I am writing this post [...]

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As with any childhood disorder, we want to know what can protect the child from long-term negative outcomes.  When it comes to ADHD, studies demonstrate all sorts of long-term problems that we would rather prevent, such as delinquency, depression, and anxiety. 

As I mentioned in a recent editorial, data from the Multimodal Treatment [...]

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I became intrigued by an article that I read a few weeks ago in the NY Times and I keep finding myself coming back to it as I work with parents.  The topic?  Medication may not be as magical in treating ADHD as we had all hoped.

Now before I go any further, let me [...]

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An article in the New York Times caught my eye last week.  Two first graders engaged in recess roughhousing and one classmate purportedly touched the upper thigh and/or groin of the other.  No witnesses.  The six year-old accused of the touching was promptly suspended from school for sexual assault.  “Sexual assault?!” you say?

The author [...]

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While splitting from a mate is rarely easy, it can be hugely difficult for couples that have children together. In this situation, it is most likely that you will still remain in one another’s life for a very long time in order to co-parent your children. For most couples, the stress and conflict of divorce [...]

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It makes sense if you think about it.  Mom and Dad are angry and at each other more often than they care to admit.  In comes junior.  It may not be so easy to put aside the hurt and anger caused by the marital conflict and turn toward the tot with a warm and patient [...]

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