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Welcome to MyChildPsychologist.com’s original articles. Dr. Dawn Koontz and Dr. Catherine Judkins write commentaries and summaries on anything child-related, most often issues related to child psychology. Please browse our entries! Dr. Dawn Koontz and Dr. Catherine Judkins are licensed clinical psychologists who received their graduate and clinical training in child and adolescent psychology.

Parents – Small, But Meaningful Gestures

Yesterday, our initial responses as parents were to cry, hold our children just a little closer, feel the gut-wrenching empathy for parents in Connecticut, and begin to pose the questions about how to prevent this senseless horror from happening again.  In the last 24 hours, we have just started to see the initial calls for MORE…


Parents: Preparing Your Child to See the ‘Bully’ Movie

As parents, we know that there is a fine line between wanting to protect your child and wanting them to be exposed to and understand the realities of the world they live in.  Because of the controversial nature of the film ‘Bully,’ some parents are choosing to see the movie twice — once as a preview MORE…


Parents: Should My Child See the ‘Bully’ Movie?

Bully was released nationwide this weekend and now is available in many theatres, especially in larger markets.  We have to admit that we walked out of the movie with a pretty strong conviction that all middle-school children should see the movie, but as the film continues to permeate our hearts we’ve changed our views just MORE…


19 Really Cheap Activities for Summer Fun with the Kids

Looking for something to do with your kids over the summer that won’t break the bank?  Check out these ideas: 1. Visit Your Local Library: Libraries are a treasure trove of free and fun activities for all ages.  There is story time for the preschool kids, reading programs for the school-age kids, DVD and CD check-out MORE…


Bedtime and Sleep Problems

Anyone who has children has experienced them having sleep problems at one point in time.  There are children who have persistent and severe sleep problems.  The following are some examples of sleep issues that indicate parents should seek advice: 1. Parents lying with their child nearly every night to help him fall asleep. 2. Child coming into MORE…


Give Me a Break! School Work Over the Summer?

As summer quickly approaches, many parents start to debate the merits of having their children continue to do some amount of academic work over the summer.  Certainly, parents don’t want their children to lose any academic gains that were made over the school year.  Yet, many parents want their children to “just be kids” over MORE…


Treatment for Tics and Tourette Syndrome

Tic disorder and Tourette syndrome (TS) are broadly defined as rapid, repetitive, involuntary motor or vocal movements.  A fairly high percentage of school-age children (up to 25%) have tics, but we know that some tics are normal in childhood and should not be considered a problem unless they persist beyond approximately 6 months or unless MORE…


Summer Volunteering for Children and Adolescents

As you decide on summer activities for your children and teenagers, consider scheduling in some volunteer time for your children.  Most people typically think that volunteering is just for teenagers.  It is also good for middle-schoolers to get involved in, too. Volunteer Choices Volunteer opportunities extend beyond just being a hospital volunteer.  Encourage your child MORE…


10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Summer Babysitter

Now that summer is quickly approaching, many working parents are in a desperate scramble to find babysitting services for their children.  Below are some tips to consider so that you can find the babysitter that is best for your family. 1. Experience Level.  It is critical to find a babysitter that can handle the needs MORE…


Helping Your Teenager Find a Job

Even with cold temperatures, now is the time for teens to start looking for a summer job.  You might find that motivating your teen can be frustrating as they do not see the urgency of starting the job search so early.  We find that helping teens understand the process that employers go through can be MORE…


Friday Funnies – Managing Increased Independence in Toddlers

Welcome to MyChildPsychologist.com’s Friday Funnies!  We wanted to have an outlet on MyChildPsychologist.com to share some funny stories about children we know, some personal stories and experiences about our own children, and sharing some funny (or not so funny) stories about our own parenting experiences.  While most of our blog is devoted to research findings MORE…


Summer Day Camps

The kids are still in school and frost is on the ground.  But, can you believe it’s already time to start planning for summer?  That’s right.  Now is the time to start thinking and planning about what activities your child will be engaging in this summer. There are now summer camps for everything from swimming MORE…


Sparking Change in Light of Penn State Atrocities

We are shocked and saddened by the Penn State allegations like everyone else. As the week has progressed, we have found ourselves experiencing a wide variety of emotions—anger, shock, sadness, fear, and just pure devastation. We all wonder, how could so many people have known about the alleged abuse and yet did nothing? We ask MORE…


Dr. Dawn on Becoming a Child Psychologist

Every once in a while, someone asks, “Did you always want to be a child psychologist?” or “What made you decide to become a child psychologist?”  To the first question I can easily answer, “No.” When I went off to college, I was dead-set on being a corporate attorney.  I liked the title.  The money MORE…


Dr. Cathy on Becoming a Child Psychologist

When I’m asked what made me decide to become a child psychologist, the answer is very simple. I really have always enjoyed helping others, especially children. Like Dr. Dawn, I did not have any life-changing experiencing that led me to this career choice. Actually, my initial career aspiration was to be a pediatrician. After a MORE…


How to Talk to Children about September 11th

The 10-year anniversary of 9/11 is this weekend. As a country we are mindful of the great loss of so many lives that day and the way that our country was forever changed. As adults, we can remember where we were and what we were doing when we saw the first images of planes flying MORE…


Welcome to MyChildPsychologist.com!

It is our great pleasure to introduce you to MyChildPsychologist.com!  As you might imagine, psychologists are not generally tech-savvy people, so this website has been a true labor of love and we hope that you will enjoy all that our site has to offer. The idea for our site came about as Dr. Cathy and MORE…