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August 01, 2020

Smart Start: Savvy tips to kick off a new school year

(Family FeaturesReturning to learning may bring more new experiences this fall than anyone ever imagined....more»

July 01, 2019

Dr. Kirk: The Art of Zen Parenting

I frequently have parents come up to me when they see me in public and ask me, "…Just how can we make our children be more polite? They are always interrupting us and causing trouble at home....more»

June 01, 2019

Dr. Kirk's Advice: "Don't make me repeat myself!"

Your child is misbehaving…again! You decide to use the same "effective" method you have always utilized and you start talking…again! Your child looks at you like you have lobsters coming out of your ears and your child keeps right on doing what she was doing BEFORE you even said anything....more»

May 01, 2019

Dr. Kirk: Play Time!

As a parent, have you ever had a teacher complain that your child "can't sit still" or "he doesn't play nice with the other kids," as well as "he can't wait his turn?" Our children have all heard such messages, and these messages contribute heavily to how your child feels about himself....more»

April 01, 2019

Dr. Kirk: Stop the Insanity!

All day long, my kids hit each other. One will come crying to me that he got hit, and then, the other will complain to me....more»
March 01, 2019

Dr. Kirk: They're Learning From You-Pay Attention!

We all have children for whom we care. Each of these children comes with particular personality traits, quirks, attitudes, and abilities....more»
February 01, 2019

Dr. Kirk: When Should Children Apologize?

Susan smacks her brother hard on the head as she walks into the kitchen. Mother says,” Susan, you apologize to your brother this instant....more»
January 01, 2019

Dr. Kirk: Measuring Up

You are not as good at math as your brother,” mother reports, eyeing her younger son with a firm look.
December 01, 2018

Dr. Kirk: Engaging the Whole Family for the Holidays

Surprisingly, the holidays are upon us once again. What is it that your family does throughout the holidays that will continue as a legacy for your children? What plans will you be making and who will be involved with making these plans? Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve and Day each offer every family an opportunity for joyous get-togethers, relaxing moments with significant others, surprises, opportunities for creative and imaginative gift-giving, a time to consider the less fortunate, and time for showing love to your children....more»
November 01, 2018

Dr. Kirk: Who's the Boss?

Shirley beseechingly asks her daughter, “What do I need to do for you to get you to do just one thing for me?” Her daughter, Robin, smirks and says to her mother, “Why SHOULD I do anything? All you do is yell at me and complain about my room and my grades! Just stop it,” as she rolls her eyes to no one....more»
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