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Candy, Costumes and Caution – Managing the impact of Sugar, Halloween and Safety

By Wendy Rice, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist Halloween. Ahhhh. A smile just takes over my face as I say the word. I remember walking around Great Neck, New York with my friend Amy and sometimes other kids as well, filling up my plastic pumpkin and then coming home to sort through my loot. Halloween is the time of year when I discovered that Clark Bars, Bit-O-Honey and what used to be called $100,000 Bars (now called 100 Grand Bar) were oh so delicious. And the costumes? Childhood memories of the elephant costume made out of a hooded gray sweat suit (stuffed trunk and all),...

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Do Today’s Children Need a Media Diet?

By Wendy Rice, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist How much is too much? According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, today's children spend more than 7.5 hours a day with media. That's more than many of them spend in school and it leads me to wonder...

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Parent Report Card Preparation Tips

Find out how you can support your child and not freak out when it's time to read their report cards. If you are a parent, four times a year, pretty much without fail, the envelope arrives in the mail for you. As a child in New York, my parent’s got theirs in a thin, white envelope with green edges and a black dot-matrix print.  You would fold the end and pull at the tab for the big reveal. Butterflies would ravage my stomach as my mother pulled that tab. For some families, report card time is as ominous as another winter or summer storm. ...

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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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Halloween Costumes

Dr. Wendy Rice of Rice Psychology in Tampa was interviewed in October of 2013 on the Jim Bohannon Show from www.jimbotalk.net about Halloween costumes for kids and adults. Click Play below to listen to the interview. ...

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