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Why hurried teens crack

July 30, 2015

QANDAKIDS CONSULTATION Sixteen year old Jessica is ‘hurried‘ to the point of cracking. She was originally referred to me by a general physician for an assessment and treatment of her anxiety and Oppositional Defiance Disorder. At session, her parents unwittingly described her hurriedness. They place an extremely high premium on her school achievement, her homework commitment and her success in her extracurricular pursuits. She spends every afternoon after school engaged in an activity and she completes all her homework at…

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6 things you need to know about Minion madness.

July 29, 2015

QANDAKIDS QUESTION : “My quite aggro alpha male four-year-old is obsessed with the Minions, but I worry that they aren’t a good role model for him?  QANDAKIDS REPLY: I totally get your concern. For those who don’t have young children, the photograph above is of a Minion; a popular children’s movie character. Minions are essentially impulsive pranksters. Like over-tired kids at a chaotic birthday party, their behaviour is often aggressive, rowdy, giggly, annoying and – sometimes endearing. So, they’re probably…

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Children’s temper tantrums: time-in or time-out?

July 23, 2015

QANDAKIDS QUESTION: “My 7-year-old, Zoe, is an absolute angel at school.  We know she’s smart but our jaws drop when her teacher tells us she’s an ‘absolute pleasure’. We tell her we love her all the time and we give her hugs and kisses whenever we can. We’re honestly very loving parents. But, seriously, every day, over literally nothing, she can go from zero to a hundred in a split second.  She thrashes around and throws things and tells me…

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Why some kids learn to swim faster than others.

May 28, 2015
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Is it normal that younger kids are progressing at swimming faster than my four-year-old son? Should I stop the lessons? QANDAKIDS ANSWER The good news is that your son’s probably doing just fine. And, it’s often not a good idea to compare pre-schoolers. While children follow a similar developmental path in general, they also learn different things at different rates. It’s a case of different strokes for different folks. You’re on the right track with your timing, though. One good…

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Why does my seven-year-old still wet the bed?

April 14, 2015

QANDAKIDS Question: My son is seven and still wets the bed. It is so severe that he has to wear a night time nappy each night and in the morning it is saturated. He’s getting big though and almost doesn’t fit into them. The next size up are hard to come by and are super expensive. I have tried stopping him from drinking water after dinner but that feels cruel. I also tried getting up every two hours and forcing…

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