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Helping Children in Split Households Cope with Separation

Dr. Wendy Rice was interviewed on The Miguel Show with Holly & Mandy about children in situations with split households and how to help them cope with separation.       ...

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When to Seek Marital Help

With the divorce rate at 3.6 per 1,000 population, according to this CDC report, a lot of couples are asking when is the best time to seek marital help? When is it necessary or when is it too late? The easy answer is that you don’t have to be on the edge of divorce to seek some counseling. When your level of unhappiness is pretty pervasive, and it has been going on for more days than not, and if you are just feeling angry or frustrated, you don’t have to wait for things to go south to talk to somebody. “But what...

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Father’s Day Observations

By Mary Ann Pickard Is Father’s Day a time to just buy another greeting card or a time to think about what Dad means to you? I have observed Fathers for close to 60 years.  From my own father, to those of my cousins, classmates, students, friends, and especially the one who helped me raise my own kids.  I am pretty sure I have personally seen the full range of the worst (those who deny, abuse or abandon) to the absolute best fathers (those who love, respect and protect).The one thing they all have in common is the power to impact their...

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Do you fight fair?

The occasional dispute can be healthy for a relationship, but do you fight with a sense of fairness? It is healthy to discuss. It is healthy to have disagreements. It is healthy to have opinions. But it is important to fight fair. There are some people who get ugly and abusive when they argue, and there are others who can discuss and argue and be productive. Below are some evaluation questions to consider the next time you have an argument with your significant other: Do you communicate well? A lot of arguments stem from one or both parties not effectively communicating. Are you voicing...

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Preventing Financial Fights: Tips on Financially Planning for Your Marriage’s Future

Every married couple has their spats (from scheduling, housework, in-laws, and pretty much everything under the sun), but fighting about certain things could spell trouble. According to a recent Kansas State University study, the arguments that are most likely to lead to divorce are centered around finances. And while disagreements about other topics can slowly chip away at a marriage’s foundation and lead to bigger issues down the road, fights involving money tend to do the most damage because they involve harsher language, last longer, and are more difficult to get over. Get your relationship started off on the right foot from...

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Psychology and Confidentiality

Dr. Wendy Rice was interviewed on The Stinchfield Report with host, Grant Stinchfield, on 570 KLIF in Dallas/Ft. Worth about psychology and confidentiality around the shootings at UC Santa Barbara in May of 2014.     ...

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Summer Sanity

By Wendy Rice, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist     Ahhhh…the last day of school!  What a magical thing that is. I have memories of streamers flowing out of school bus windows, and throwing overflowing notebooks into the trashcan.  When you are little, summer seems like an endless open opportunity for fun, play, and relaxation. I distinctly remember the day in middle school when I figured out that summer was only eight weeks long.  I was shocked.  It had always seemed to take up at least 50% of my year. Now, as a parent, I have the joy of watching my children experience the building excitement of the...

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Problematic Behavior in Children Linked to Soda Consumption?

In a very timely study released in the Journal of Pediatrics this month, researchers from Columbia University, the University of Vermont and Harvard studied behavior in approximately 3,000 young children and found that problematic behavior was linked to soda consumption.  They used a very well accepted child behavior rating scale, one that I have personally used in my practice for over ten years, to obtain parents perspectives on their children’s behavior over the past two months. They found that 40% of kids had at least one soda per day and 4% drank as many as four or more. They found that aggression, withdrawn behavior and attention problems were highly associated with soda drinking and the behaviors were incrementally worse...

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Self-Centered Generation

  Over recent years our self-centeredness and narcissism as a generation has skyrocketed. There are more self-help books, business books, and ‘how to get what you want’ books out there than there used to be. How do we get less self-focused: Mental shift View physical and tangible things as privileges and not as a birthright. Kids seem to think that iPads, smart phones and the internet are their birthright to have access to, but in reality it is a privilege. To withhold such electronic or other privileges is not depriving your child, it is setting realistic expectations. Get rid of the sense of entitlement Give your child...

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Stop School Year Anxiety and Struggles

By Wendy Rice, Psy.D. Licensed PsychologistDid your school year fly by or did you and your family trudge through it like a three-toed sloth? Do you have a loved one who struggled this year, either for the first time or yet again? If you are looking for help so that next year isn’t a repeat with the same struggles and roadblocks, perhaps it is time to consider a learning evaluation. Rice Psychology Group tests for learning problems in reading, writing, math, oral language, attention/focus and memory (this is not an exhaustive list) right here in our Tampa offices. Here is a video describing our...

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