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‘Kids can handle hard truths’: teachers and their students reckon with capitol attack

January 15, 2021

“For children, it’s important to check in on what they’re feeling and offer reassurance. ‘I know what you’re seeing is scary, but we’re safe right now,’” Janine Domingues said. Children of color and those from marginalized communities may feel particularly vulnerable and targeted in the wake of racialized events, she added.

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The science behind all that ‘create a routine’ advice

January 11, 2021

Researchers are still working to understand just how all of these brain parts work together in pursuit of healthy routine creation. But according to Daryaneh Badaly, a clinical neuropsychologist with the Learning and Development Center of the Child Mind Institute, it’s likely all about learning and remembering patterns as well as feeding reward centers.

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How to Talk to your Kids with Dr. Rachel Busman

January 8, 2021

First COVID-19 altered their daily life. No more playdates with friends and in-person learning five days a week. And now, what do you tell your kids about the recent riots on Capitol Hill? Dr. Rachel Busman, senior director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and director of the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute, joins Joan Hamburg to tell us how to navigate tough talks with our children and when it’s time to get them professional help.

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How To Talk To Kids About Scary News

January 8, 2021

“In our efforts to understand what is happening in the world, we might not realize how much the television or other news outlets are on,” noted Rachel Busman, senior director of the Child Mind Institute’s Anxiety Disorders Center. “With the kids home as much as they are, it’s important to limit constant media exposure.”

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Don’t shy away from talking to kids about the Capitol riot. They know more than you think.

January 7, 2021

Dave Anderson, a clinical psychologist with the Child Mind Institute, says we need to assume our kids are internalizing their emotions after learning of the events at the Capitol. “We are delusional if we’re thinking they don’t already have stress. … It’s affecting them and making them think about, ‘What does this mean about the world we live in?’ ” he says.

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How to talk to your kids about the chaos at the Capitol

January 6, 2021

Janine Domingues, a clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety and mood disorders at the Child Mind Institute, says you can start off by asking kids what they know and what they’ve heard, because they’re absorbing it in the background.

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It’s OK if you’ve used your phone too much this year

December 23, 2020

"While we are in a Covid world, we need to be kind and patient with ourselves with how we're using technology," Alexandra Hamlet, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute in New York City, told CNN Business. "We may not have preferred to be online as much as we are but that may be the reality we have to accept to get through each day."

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‘It’s really hard because of COVID-19’: Letters to Santa reveal toll pandemic is taking on kids

December 21, 2020

"You don't lie to Santa, so it's almost like writing in your diary," said Dr. Natalie Weder, with the Child Mind Institute. "Sometimes we as parents we want to fix things, want our kids to feel OK, can't tolerate their pain. It is very important we listen to them and take their concerns seriously. If we don't, they feel like we don't understand them and keep things inside, and they can feel more isolated."

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Mom warns parents after son charges $16K on in-app game purchases

December 18, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Samar, a clinical psychologist at the Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute, said parents should ask themselves what lessons they want their child to learn.

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How to Motivate Teens Struggling With Remote School

December 8, 2020

Dr. Matthew Cruger is interviewed. We’re nine months into the pandemic and remote school is wearing on students. Boys, who are at greater risk of falling behind academically than girls, are having an especially tough time with all the hours spent behind screens. The challenges of staying focused and motivated in remote school carry even higher stakes for adolescent and teenage boys, who face more academic pressure than younger ones.

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