How to Help a Child With an Anxiety Disorder

When worrying gets in the way of a child’s functioning, parents need to get help rather than arranging the child’s life to avoid the occasions of anxiety.


How to tell your child you're getting divorced

While some kids may be lucky enough to skate through their parents' separation relatively unscathed, the majority are going to suffer at least some short-term, if not longer-term, distress.

As an adult, you've likely forgotten just how central your family was to your sense of stability and even identity.

Children have yet to develop autonomy, independence or a secure sense of self; instead, their entire frame of reference is strongly centred around their family.


Parents, stop worrying about if your kid is a happy camper

I recently eavesdropped on a table of three women I discerned had children close in age to my 11-year-old son, Thorin. They were talking about camp. I had some interest. My son attended two camps this summer and he has another two coming up.

The tone of the conversation changed quickly from lighthearted to somber when one of the moms gravely warned another not to look at the new photos on the camp's Facebook page. Her friend clutched at her neck. "Oh, no," she said. "What happened?"


Worried about whether your child is eating enough?

Feeding children can be a roller-coaster ride. Some days, children cruise along, eating most of what you serve. Then without warning, they take a dive and consume very little. This lasts just as long as you can cope, then they rise through a growth spurt to empty the refrigerator daily, only to plateau before they prepare for another dive.


What to ask when your child wants to use social media

After months of asking, you took the plunge, and now your kid has a phone. Inevitably, soon after the smartphone comes social media (insert parental scream). For most parents, social media feels scary when they think about their kids using it. Why is it such a potential pit of despair for parents?


What's the average age when kids get a social media account?

It could happen at any time: Eventually, your kids may want their own social media accounts.

"If you have a teen or tween, you should expect them to come home around the beginning of the school year and say, 'Oh, I want to download so-'n'-so,' " said Caroline Knorr, a San Francisco-based parenting expert with the nonprofit organization Common Sense Media.

Yet at what age do most children launch their own social media presence?


The Overprotected American Child

A few weeks ago I left my 9-year-old daughter home alone for the first time. It did not go as planned.


Robots: A Revolution In Child's Play

As a researcher and writer on the intersection of happiness and technology, I often talk to parents who are concerned about their children’s welfare in the digital era. “Electronics are destroying our children’s imagination,” they say. And I get it—I’m a parent of three young children, and I am also concerned about raising mindful kids who know how to handle the world of digital distraction. But I fear that we, as parents, might be throwing the baby out with the bathwater by rejecting electronics as a way to spark creativity and innovation.


This is what a Sikh child faces in America

Two decades ago, when I was in the second grade, a substitute teacher asked me to stand up in front of my class and talk about my religion: Sikhism. At 7 years old, I tried to explain it as best I could and avoid being ridiculed. I remember feeling totally unprepared and struggling afterward with the fear of being exposed like that again. At 7, I was already afraid of public speaking.


The risk of being your child's best friend

Susan Wholley bought her daughter her first drink, and she was the person her daughters turned to when they had questions about sex and marijuana.

The hospice worker, tutor and single mother to 19- and 22-year-old daughters, said she loves the open relationship she has with them, where nothing is off-limits.