avatar Ways to Reduce Screen Time – Part 1 Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
May 25, 2015

I previously blogged about some of the dangers of screen time – some of the specific concerns and then what is likely the greatest harm of screen time. As parents, we want to keep our kids’ screen time from getting out of control. When we thinking about ways to reduce screen time, there are a number  …Read More


avatar Combating Test Anxiety Part II Posted by Dr. Lindsay Evans
May 15, 2015

As I discussed in my last blog, the experience of test anxiety is unfortunately quite common. Although some anxiety before a test is normal and can even help performance (as illustrated by the Yerkes-Dodson curve) when anxiety becomes too high it begins to negatively impact our performance. Last time, I described some strategies for combating  …Read More


avatar The Greatest Harm of Screen Time Posted by admin
May 14, 2015

In my previous blog, I covered some concerns that parents have about kids’ technology use. As parents, we all want our kids to grow up to be successful. By “successful,” we ultimately mean things like happy, healthy, loved, loving, financially independent, with strong social relationships, and so on. While most parents share concerns about the dangers technology  …Read More


avatar Combating Test Anxiety Posted by Dr. Lindsay Evans
Apr 27, 2015

You may know (or remember) the feeling – you have a big exam coming up, you’ve studied for hours, but when you finally sit down to take the test, your mind goes blank. This experience, called test anxiety, is unfortunately quite common. And, with state standardized tests, SAT/ACTs, and end of the year exams fast  …Read More


avatar Concerns about Kids’ Technology Use Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Apr 20, 2015

Technology isn’t good nor bad – it just is. In that way, it is like books. Books aren’t inherently better than computers or other technologies. For instance, Adolf Hitler wrote Mein Kampf….not the most wholesome book! Just as there are countless benefits to technology, there are countless ways that it can be harmful as well. As parents,  …Read More


avatar Be a Positive Influence Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Apr 9, 2015

Another typical day at the Miller residence. Meghan has been critical of her 10-year-old son, Jackson, all morning. He was slow to get ready for school, left his pajamas on the floor, barely caught the bus, left his cereal bowl on the kitchen table, and left his partially completed homework that was due that day  …Read More


avatar Trying to Control Our Kids Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Apr 3, 2015

You’ve probably heard this said countless times already, but it is true: Raising children can be one of the most rewarding and challenging endeavors we can ever undertake. Perhaps a slight asterisk here would be to clarify that raising kids to be happy, well-adjusted, productive adults is challenging. I guess one could say that it  …Read More


avatar Modeling Balanced Screen Time as Parents Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Mar 31, 2015

By now, we’ve all probably seen the Gandhi quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world” on a bumper sticker or heard it elsewhere. When it comes to parenting, a slight twist that can work well as a mantra is, “Be the change you want to see in your kids.” Perhaps no where is  …Read More


avatar Life Lessons from Mr. Spock Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Mar 6, 2015

It’s been a week since Leonard Nimoy passed away, and my heart is still heavy. Although he has a body of work beyond playing Mr. Spock in Star Trek, he definitely will be most remembered from playing that iconic role. I’m certain that Mr. Nimoy was a wonderful man in his own right, but I  …Read More


avatar Motivation and Organization for Adolescents Posted by Dr. Lindsay Evans
Mar 4, 2015

Motivation and Organization for Adolescents! In my last post, I discussed the difficulties parents and children often experience with staying organized and managing a hectic schedule. I described some tips to help your elementary and middle school children stay motivated and avoid that mid-year slump. Here are some tips geared toward older children and adolescents!  …Read More