How Much Should Children Sleep?

Here are the guidelines used by Psychologists and Pediatricians: Ages 4-12 months: 12-16 hours (including naps) Ages 1-2 years: 11-14 hours (including naps) Ages 3-5 years: 10-13 hours (including naps) Age 6-12 years: 9-12 hours Age 13-18 years: 8-10 hours (Source: The American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016) I also recommend putting toddlers to sleep between [...]

The Problem With 13 Reasons Why

Mental health professionals have become increasingly concerned about the new hit Netflix show and its portrayal of the main character, Hannah’s, suicide. While I am very glad that the show can start conversations about bullying, sexual assaults in high schools, and teen suicides, I am also very concerned about how the show incorrectly portrays some [...]

School Anxiety

Helping Your Child Cope With Anxiety In Middle School/High School Most children will have anxiety about starting Middle School or High School. They worry about being good enough for sports or other electives, being smart enough for their preAP or AP classes, and fitting in with peers who all seem taller, prettier, smarter, more socially [...]

On Bullying and Cyberbullying

My Child Is Being Bullied. What Should I Do? There are more and more stories from children and media about bullying in the schools. Finding out that your child is being bullied is frightening and you may wonder how much to worry and what to do to help your child. Here are some basic tips [...]

Courageous Parents, Smart Kids — Psychology Today

How much does your parenting really matter? New research shows that just believing in the importance of your parenting can make your child smarter. The connection explained. via Courageous Parents, Smart Kids — Psychology Today

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10 Tips For Coping With A Surprise Pregnancy

It's 2017, so why do we still get surprised about pregnancies?  Many of Us Still Lack Access to Birth Control According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, in 2017, over 19 million women of childbearing age lived in areas of US where they lacked access to a public clinic where they [...]

This Calculator Shows You How Much Sleep You’ve Lost Since Becoming A Parent — Scary Mommy

Like we really needed confirmation of all our lost sleep It’s no secret that when we have a baby there will inevitably be many sleepless nights. And even when we do “sleep,” it is never, ever as soundly as we did pre-baby because we are constantly interrupted when our kid can’t reach their pacifier or [...]

Focused Distractions? How We Adapt to Multi-Tasking — Psychology Today

“Don’t distract me, I am multitasking”: Distractions can be damaging, but even when multi-tasking, we learn how to focus on what is important. via Focused Distractions? How We Adapt to Multi-Tasking — Psychology Today

Here Are The AAP’s New Car Seat Guidelines — Scary Mommy

They’re providing concise info on seats for every age group The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated its guidelines on car seat usage and safety. The concise information is helping parents breathe a sigh of relief, because let’s be real — what parenting choice is more confusing and full of conflicting information than car seat… via [...]

Scientist Says Dirt Is Good For Kids, Moms Everywhere Rejoice — Scary Mommy

Baby’s pacifier fell on the floor? Go ahead and lick it, guilt-free Sanitizing and sterilizing your little one’s environment is just one of any parent’s most natural instincts. We don’t want our precious little angels exposed to dirt and bacteria, especially when they’re babies. Who among us hasn’t instantly washed off a pacifier that fell… via [...]