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Feb 27, 2015

Topic - Senioritis.  In America’s schools, the senior year has been based on the 19th century premise that 80% of students would return to the farm.  Obviously, that’s no longer the case.  

By the time kids reach their senior year, they’ve had it with school.  Their lack of focus and difficulties making decisions...


Feb 26, 2015

Topic - Shyness.  In a world that doesn’t seem to be able to stop talking, introverts have power.  

Introversion is not shyness.  Introversion is innate, but shyness is influenced by the environment.  

30% of people are introverted.  Shyness is a form of anxiety and shy people avoid social situations.  

Introverts...


Feb 25, 2015

Topic - Thyroid Issues.  When I diagnose a child or teen with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or a mood disorder such as anxiety or depression, I ask parents to see a pediatric endocrinologist to make certain there are no thyroid issues.

Even mild levels of hypo- or hyper-thyroidism can cause behavior that...


Feb 24, 2015

Topic - Naps.  Children nap because “sleep pressure" develops quickly in their brains. 

The need for sleep builds up so fast during waking hours that a nap becomes a physical necessity.  

The intense activity that goes on in kids’ brains makes it hard for them to stay awake for long periods.  

After the first year,...


Feb 23, 2015

Topic - Ride Share For Kids.  Communications get mixed, plans go wrong and there’s Henry, standing at the soccer field and it’s getting dark.  

No one’s answering their phones.  Susie’s at a party and things are getting wild. She’s scared.  

If Henry and Susie had a rideshare app, they could get themselves...