Author Archives: Dr Neal Hemmelstein

Parenting, a demanding skillset, separate from, but requiring love

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Parenting, a demanding skillset separate from, but requiring love. And, however important and vital a role love plays in effective parenting, it, alone, is not enough. The absence of expectations and rules undermines our children’s sense of security. When they look to us and we do not appear to know how they are supposed to […]

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Talk to your teenagers about smartphone use right now, already!

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  “Once the talk ended, I had a few suggestions that would help her create a healthy relationship with technology. Much to my surprise, there was no pushback from my daughter when…” The talk this mother referred to pertained to use of her teenage daughter’s use of her smartphone. My previous post (Influence your children’s […]

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Influence your children’s behavior and decision-making now

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You as parents need to KNOW that everything is okay for your children. You can’t guess, hope, wonder. You must KNOW.  Towards this end, you must influence your children’s behavior. Kids (all of us, actually), when it comes right down to it, do whatever they choose to do. Our need to KNOW that everything is […]

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Our Teenagers, Interpersonal Skill Development, Smartphones

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We have a responsibility to our teenagers to equip them with skills to relate with others in a fashion that contributes to them having things the way they want. Many different skills and skill sets make up our complete repertoire of behaviors. From learning how to tie a knot, to drive a car, to shoot a […]

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Your Children, Your Values, Talking to Your Children

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I want my children to represent and also to stand up for the values they believe are important. So, that requires me to do the same. Many of my values pertain to how I treat myself, how I treat others and wish to be treated by others, and how I relate to the world around […]

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DRUGS and DRUG USE? Just say “KNOW MYSELF AND MY CHILD”

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  Below you will find an article, Just Say “Know!“ I wrote in 1987, in the midst of Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s formula for solving the drug problem, “Just Say ‘No.’” I wrote this as board president of (then) On Drugs, Inc. (now Centre Helps ), a local 24 hour drug/crisis hotline and drop-in center.   JUST […]

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Mindfulness equals self-care powered by awareness and self-love

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  Interested in mindfulness and incorporating it into your life (and lifestyle)? Mindfulness equals self-care powered by awareness and self-love. Identify mindfulness as a goal.  Identifying a goal (or goals) allows us to measure our efforts towards achieving working towards our goal(s). Goal achievement is not on/off. It’s a process. Construct some agreements with yourself that […]

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Your children are your sunshine; Vitamin D can reduce asthma in children.

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Your children are your sunshine.  “You are the sunshine of my life,” sings Stevie Wonder. Well, not as poetic:: Sunshine is life! Necessary but not sufficient, true. However, without sunshine there is no life. Video games, computers and phones, Oh my!! Like many flying insects, light draws us towards it, as well. Like these insects, […]

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Talking to your teenager and (maybe) encouraging them to talk to you

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  Allow me to direct you to an interesting and helpful article out of the New York Times about talking to your teenager. The closing sentence to the piece: “As I often do, I asked them, ‘When I meet with your parents tonight, is there anything that you want me to pass along?’ A hand shot […]

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Allow Learning while Protecting Your Children; Living with Uncertainty

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To allow learning while protecting your children presents a daunting task. As a parent you must know everything is okay for your children. You can’t guess, hope or wonder. You must know everything is okay for your children. Doing everything for your children may contribute to you knowing everything is okay for your children; contributes […]

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