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

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

DBT and “Mindfulness” (so you don’t chuck any remotes into any TV screens.)

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“Dialectical Behavioral Therapy” (DBT) is a type of therapy developed by Marsha Linehan which helps people manage and tolerate distressing situations and feelings.  DBT is similar to “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” (CBT) in that it challenges ways of thinking that end up making you feel … Continue reading

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Challenging the Epidemic of Disconnection: Awareness and Acceptance

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. As a mom of three little boys, I desperately want this world to be better. I want my boys to someday live in a world where people with a certain skin color aren’t more likely to … Continue reading