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The Skinny on BMI Report Cards

Submitted by Dr. Steffanie Sperry Sally’s mother comes home from work and finds 9 –year-old Sally withdrawn and visibly upset. Upon questioning her daughter, she discovers that Sally had been given a BMI report card at school earlier that day. Sally tells her mother that she does not want to be ”fat”, and she wants to know what is wrong with her. She just wants to be like the other girls in her class that are in the “normal” range. Sally’s mother is taken aback and does not know what to say or how to respond to her daughter. There has been...

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Talking to Kids About School Shootings and Violence

It is incomprehensible to me that there was yet another school shooting last week.  My heart goes out to all of the students, teachers and families connected to the Arapahoe school shooting. The fact that this latest tragedy was so close to Columbine (just 8 miles away in Littleton, CO) and also on the eve of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, CT, makes this all the more painful. These days, it is hard enough for teens and tweens to grow up up with the increased pressures at school to meet "Common Core Standards," to keep up with but not become addicted...

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