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  • Chauffeured To The Bus Stop

    To the Editor:

    Every day I drive to work and pass a neighborhood road. It’s a short dead end road and my drive time is such that I see kids waiting for the school bus at the corner. Actually, I don’t see the kids. What I see are four or five large SUV’s parked in a row, engines idling. The kids are inside the cars with their mom or dad. It gets me thinking. And what I think is that there are about four things wrong with that picture:

  • Talking It Through: Your Kids Need You This Year

    As a psychiatrist, my off-duty conversations with people can run the gamut from the mundane to the very personal.  I was talking to a friend in town who described how he feels cut off from people he knows since the horrific tragedy in December. 

    “It hurts that some people I know really well, even family, haven’t reached out to me. Do they just not care?”  We talked about how they may have no idea what to say that would be helpful and not sound empty.   Not knowing what to say, they say nothing. 

  • Study Suggests Better TV Might Improve Kids’ Behavior

    SEATTLE (AP) — Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers’ behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found.

    The results were modest and faded over time, but may hold promise for finding ways to help young children avoid aggressive, violent behavior, the study authors and other doctors said.