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Dear Dr. Amy: My daughter is 14. I don’t understand half of what she says, and I only hear her voice when she talks to her friends! I feel totally invisible. Any advice? more

This month Dr. Amy's advice is about helping your kids learn to fail. more

Author Janet Schwan shares her tips for parents and grandparents teaming up to teach kids best behaviors. more

There are five words that cause me extreme anxiety: I am a dance mom. more

One mother's musings on growing up and letting go. more

This month, Dr. Amy takes on ... more

As a pediatric primary care provider and mother of three boys (ages 11, 11, and 13 – I know, right?), I get asked a lot of questions about healthcare and parenting. Here is a recent favorite: more

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A dozen daddy-daughter date destinations ... for Father’s Day and every day more

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Tips on how to support parents of children with special needs more

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Honoring Black History

BLACK HERITAGE MONTH 2016, IMAGE COURTESY CITY OF ROCHESTER

Two well-known Rochesterians have generously shared their perspectives on the significance of black history for all Americans. more

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Holidays have a way of resurrecting grief from difficult happenings. According to the 2011-12 National Survey of Children's Health, nearly half of America's children will have suffered at least one childhood trauma before the age of 18. more

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According to a 2012 study conducted by UCLA’s Center for Everyday Lives of Families, families are overwhelmed by our “stuff.” This clutter creates stress for both parents and children, and is a common source of household tension. more

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Cliques among children typically begin forming between the third, fourth and fifth grades and usually settle in around the sixth grade. But long before kids decide who's in and out, parents may unintentionally influence their kids' social network. more

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My ten-year-old son Brendan agonizes over his Halloween costumes for weeks in advance. This summer, after watching all six Star Wars episodes, he decided to dress up as Darth Vader for Halloween, and started assembling his costume in August. more

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As parents, we have been hearing for years about the many benefits of family dinner. Unfortunately, non-traditional work schedules, extra-curricular activities and other necessary obligations make routine family dinners all but impossible for some. more

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This year, instead of making resolutions about being a better parent, I decided to ponder a few resolutions on how to move past my imperfections and keep going on days I want to quit as a not-so-perfect parent. more

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We are living in an age of constant interruption. So when it comes to setting and accomplishing goals in the future, kids who learn how to concentrate and focus will have a distinct advantage over those who cannot. more

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Before your family goes about adopting a new, four-legged member of the family, local animal shelters say there are several steps to follow to ensure long-term happiness, both for the family and for the pet. more

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Can you let go? That parents experience separation anxiety is one of those things that is seldom talked about so that the myth of our invulnerability can be maintained. In fact, parents often get it worse than kids. more

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We’ve all suffered through it: Missing out on a party or a wedding because we couldn't find a reliable teenage babysitter. Is there a secret to locating that special someone your children enjoy, you trust, and who is also available on a Saturday... more

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