As images of violence escalate, how do we talk to our children? Column

As images of violence escalate, how do we talk to our children? Column Police-involved and mass shootings can negatively influence kids. Turn their attention to other things. The recent spate of police-involved shootings in Chicago, Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota have put everyone on high alert. Mass shootings such as the ones that happened this year in Germany and Florida continue to feed our fears. It is almost impossible not to feel growing anxiety as the incessant reports roll into our news feeds. While the debate rages about whether we need more or less gun

What to Do About Bullying: Published in Goop!

What to Do About Bullying Click Here: Every parent hopes never to have a reason to broach the topic of bullying with their children. But the reality is that most children experience some form of bullying, whether they are being bullied, bullying others, or seeing others engage in bullying behavior (online or face-to-face)—all scenarios that can have devastating effects on a child’s well-being. Which makes it so important for parents to understand what bullying looks like today, what we can do to prevent it, and how we can help children on each side of the bullying equation. Below, two members of AHA! (an educational program that specializes in peace

Why Bother with Empathy? As seen in

emŸpaŸthy (n.) the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Click Here: When very young children watch videos of people getting hurt, pain-related neurons are activated in their brains. Other brain studies find that children between seven and 12 naturally feel empathy for others in pain. Barring brain disease or damage, we all have some variation of the hardware required to connect with others around tough emotions. All brains are not created equally, so some people have less original capacity for empathy than others; luckily, however, empathy is something that can be learned. The scientific cons

Keep “The One” with You Forever

One goal of dating is to find “the one”, get married and live happily ever after. But there can’t be a “happily ever after” if the relationship is not healthy. According to marriage and family therapist, Dr. Jennifer Freed, a healthy relationship is one where both people don’t take each other for granted and prioritize the health of the relationship: (Dr. Freed) “An unhealthy relationship is one in which people expect the relationship to take care of them instead of taking care of the relationship and when things don’t go well they seek to blame one another instead of taking responsibility.” Freed says the most important qualities of a healthy relationship are humor, honesty and vulnerabilit

411 Teen: Bullying behavior On 88.9 WFSU-FM

Dr. Jennifer Freed, author and parenting / behavior specialist, shares her observations and recommendations concerning parenting and development. Host: Dr. Liz Holifield Original airdate: July 17, 2016 RELATED PROGRAM: 411 TEEN ON 88.9 WFSU-FM

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