Help! My preteen is super lazy and unmotivated!

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Reader writes: How do you motivate a “lazy” tween? One who shortcuts and half assess everything, even if you hover and will lie his butt off to get out of whatever it is you want from him? My son is 11/6th … Continue reading

Jimmy’s Secret: Why the Red, Yellow, Green Behavioral System Doesn’t Work.

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Dear Diary, So I’m back to school for the year. The thought of school makes me want to squish my sweaty palm into my sweaty armpit over and over. I’ve been practicing that sound all summer. On the first day … Continue reading

Help! My son has ADHD and his teacher makes him feel like a horrible kid!

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. Question:  My son has ADHD, and keeps touching other kids (not aggressively; Just little stuff that he can’t help.) He has an IEP.  The teacher puts him way in the back of the room to be away … Continue reading

Practical Tips for Parents of Kids with ADHD.

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D I’m going to make this quick and dirty, since you parents with ADHD kids don’t exactly have the time or luxury of sitting around with your feet up, enjoying quiet and leisurely reading. But the school … Continue reading

Does my unhelpful, selfish husband have ADHD?

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. I was recently reading a great article about ADHD and marriage. Basically, the article described a type of “irritable, selfish, unhelpful, sometimes useless” partner, a partner often described to me in therapy by a frustrated wife, describing her schlub … Continue reading

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Activities for Kids/teens with depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem

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Here is a great resource for parents of kids/teens with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, etc.  Basically a bunch of therapists got together and made a booklet with all of their favorite therapeutic activities, and put it on the internet as … Continue reading