Author Archives: Dr Neal Hemmelstein

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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Expectations, modeling, praise; other ways to say, I love you

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We have a responsibility to our children to have expectations of them.  That includes the expectation that our expectations will be met! The two most effective ways to influence another’s (e.g., our children) behavior: Praise the behavior you wish to see; and Model the behavior you wish to see. The article, “Science says parents of […]

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Stimulation, being human and caring for your children

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It is important to set limits on the amount of time and attention your child engages in video games. Our body and mind require stimulation to learn and grow. Many such stimuli provide huge rewards. These rewards (usually in some pleasurable form) encourage seeking, consciously and unconsciously, the stimuli that generate these rewards. Rewards [e.g., […]

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Know About Childline: Child Abuse Prevention Hotline

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Everyone needs to know about Childline, a child abuse hotline dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. In Pennsylvania, the ChildLine and Abuse Registry Intake Unit: 800-932-0313 (TDD: 866-872-1677). Nationally, the Childhelp National Child Abuse Holtline: 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453); both accepting calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. PA Childline website: www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/childwelfareservices/calltoreportchildabuse states: “Each […]

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