Child Development and Behavior

This could easily be a satirical blog post where the author writes “250 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Family’s Morning Routine!” Because, let’s be honest, the morning struggle is real. Getting your family out of the house on time, without any › Continue Reading

When you see your child all-of-a-sudden struggling to get words out, it can be concerning.  This is especially true if your child, who previously had no difficulty speaking, is now stuttering out of the blue.  Fortunately, about 75% of children › Continue Reading

Let’s face it. We’re all stressed, and our teenagers are no exception. They have higher expectations to perform better in school, excel in extracurricular activities and community service, and respond to social media. It’s no surprise that teen stress levels › Continue Reading

The benefits of eating family meals together are well documented – better grades, healthier eating habits, and stronger parent/child relationships. As parents, we envision that our meals will be happy, social times with our families. But the reality is often › Continue Reading

Children in some neighborhoods of Cincinnati can expect to live nearly 20 years less than children in other neighborhoods. Let me restate that. Children in some neighborhoods of Cincinnati can expect to live nearly 20 years less than children in › Continue Reading

Preschool temper tantrums. Every parent has been through it, some of us more than others. Having a preschooler of my own gave me new perspective on this topic, as a psychologist specializing in preschool behavior and development. It was apparent › Continue Reading

Over the past couple of years there have been some trailblazers in the transgender community, helping to build awareness for this group of people. Transgender is an umbrella term for people who experience their gender differently from their gender at › Continue Reading

It might seem counter-intuitive to have perfectionism and failure in the same sentence. But if your children have perfectionistic tendencies, balancing the relationship between the two can help them cope better with the challenges that most certainly lie ahead. There › Continue Reading

Every time I hear about another account of school violence, my heart sinks and I think about how I can speed up my current research efforts so that we could potentially have a better system in place for preventing these › Continue Reading

As every parent can attest, the bedtime struggle is real! In fact, I don’t know a single parent, whether through my practice or via personal relationships, that hasn’t struggled with bedtime throughout their kid’s childhood. The sleep conversation is important › Continue Reading

Susan B. Anthony once said this.  “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I › Continue Reading

Kids will be heading back to school before we know it! Whether your child is excited about the new year or dreading it, this period of time is always an adjustment. So how can parents help their children get mentally prepared › Continue Reading

Kids are jumping for joy because summertime is almost here. While your son or daughter is likely counting down to the last day of school now, it won’t be long before he or she is complaining of boredom later. If your child › Continue Reading

Resiliency. It’s a word that’s spoken about frequently with psychologists working with youth – and with good reason. Adversity is an inevitable part of the human experience. Whether due to potentially life-changing situations (e.g., having a major illness, experiencing loss, › Continue Reading

The past nine months have been a whirlwind. They have been both the most rewarding and challenging months of my life. Madeline, my daughter who was introduced in a blog post back in November, has taught me so many things › Continue Reading

Studies suggest that the majority of people who die from suicide give warning signs beforehand. And while teen suicides tend to peak around certain times and events of the year, the reality is that it can occur at any time. › Continue Reading

David Cheung walks onto the inpatient unit in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (CBDI) just before 11 on a Monday morning, carrying a bag filled with school supplies marked “Braxton.” He finds Braxton’s room, peaks through the blinds to › Continue Reading

Pediatricians dole out plenty of parenting advice every day. But what happens when a doctor becomes a parent herself? Denise Warrick, MD, a pediatrician in our Division of General and Community Pediatrics, has been learning to take her own advice › Continue Reading

Now that school is back in session and students have had a chance to settle in, a lot of parents share the same worries over their child’s progress. Perhaps these sound familiar: How well is my child getting along with his/her › Continue Reading

Country music is like medicine to my 9-year-old son. Sometimes when he’s having a bad day or if he’s been bullied, he’ll come home and listen to the music on his tablet all afternoon just to feel better. Connor was › Continue Reading

Parents of school-age children who have behavioral difficulties in school often wonder: “Does my child have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?” Determining if a child has one (or both) of the conditions is important › Continue Reading

My daughter, Jordan, is 18 years old and will be attending a post-secondary program in the fall. While this might sound like a typical path some students take, it is an achievement I wasn’t sure she would be able to › Continue Reading

We planned our family vacation like most parents do. We scheduled days off work, booked flights, made reservations, bought amusement park tickets, and packed our bags. Unlike most parents, we also planned two practices with the help of CVG Airport, › Continue Reading

All kids deserve great childhoods and all #greatchildhoods begin with great parenting. While no method of parenting is perfect, taking a positive and loving approach from birth is a step in the right direction. Positive parenting helps foster the healthy › Continue Reading

If your child or teen has been struggling with depression, you may be understandably worried. I mention “child” because it is not uncommon for a child to be depressed. While it does not happen as often in children as it › Continue Reading