Dr. Robyn Silverman on The Today Show Talking about Body Image & Her New Book!

Dr. Robyn sat down with Meredith Vieira on The Today Show to talk about body image, her book

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The Problem with Labels: Confining, Constricting and Compressing Our Children’s Potential

August 13, 2013 Parenting

We don’t mean to do it.  But so many of us do it anyway. “This is my shy one.” “She’s my tom boy.” “He’s my clown.” “She’s my reader.” “He’s my little athlete.” “She’s great in spelling.” “He’s great in math.” “She doesn’t like sports.” “He can’t sit still for a minute.” When we label […]

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When A Group of Great Girls Goes Bad: Basic Drama or Cultural Breakdown?

July 31, 2013 Character Education

Girls rock.  Put a bunch together and it can be a great deal of fun, laughs and heart to heart conversations. Except when it isn’t. Sometimes groups of girls have problems getting along.  They fight, gossip and hurt each other’s feelings.  At times it feels like a uphill battle while at the same time a […]

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Bad Parenting Day: 10 Tips for Making Tomorrow Better

June 25, 2013 Parenting

Yesterday was one of my worst parenting days.  You ever have one of those? Coming off a night of tossing and turning I just shouldn’t have gotten out of bed.  But with a 3 and a 4 year old, you really don’t have that option.  So groggy with a bit of cotton-head I got up […]

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Parents; How to Talk to Your Children about The Oklahoma Tornado

May 21, 2013 Parenting tips

“Hi Robyn; We’re fine. It missed us by 2 street blocks.  We’re fine, our houses are fine. So sorry we weren’t able to call or text during the storm.  We love you guys.” In the recent past, I’ve written articles about how to talk to children about horrifying events such as the SandyHook, Connecticut shooting […]

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Mind Your Manners! 5 Ways to Tame Rude & Crude Behavior in Your Children

April 30, 2013 Parenting tips

Dr. Robyn Silverman answers one parent’s question about how to instill manners in her children– especially when they haven’t been overtly enforced in the past. When children are very young, making people laugh or getting a look of shock is easy encouragement for someone looking for a little extra attention.  While it may not be […]

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Mom & Dad; Are we safe? Talking to your children about scary things presented in the news

April 16, 2013 Dr. Robyn Silverman

As we now all know, yesterday’s tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon resulted in at least 176 people injured.  Nine of them are children—at least 8 of whom are being treated in hospitals.  One child, 8-year-old Martin Richard, was killed during the Boston Marathon explosion while enjoying ice cream with his family. His 6 year […]

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Ask Dr. Robyn: Teaching Children to Keep a Positive Attitude In New Situations

April 9, 2013 Parenting tips

Dear Dr. Robyn, My daughter will be going to a new school next school year. She didn’t have a positive experience this year since her friends got into a fight, asked her to choose sides, and she refused to do so.  They wound up both turning on her.  She now wonders if it’s her and […]

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Boy Toys, Girl Toys and What Kids Learn When We Allow Them To Choose

April 2, 2013 Dr. Robyn Silverman

As a parent, I often wonder about how the toys and role models in my children’s lives translate to behavior.  I tend to be the kind of mother who encourages a wide range of toys, games and books.  I am less about banning (unless it is truly counter to our family’s core character-based values) and […]

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Picture Day, Hot Pink Socks and Raising an Assertive Daughter: When Values Can’t Be Conditional

February 25, 2013 Parenting tips

“I want to wear the pink socks.” “Honey, you have a blue and white dress on.  Please just wear the white socks.” “But I want to wear the pink socks!” “Tallie, I’m exhausted.  Please stop arguing with me.” “I want to wear the pink socks!” “Fine! Wear the pink socks!” My 4 year old daughter […]

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Pregnancy By Proxy: The Out Of Body Experience of Open Adoption

February 21, 2013 Dr. Robyn Silverman

In honor of our daughter’s 4th birthday, I am republishing some of my adoption articles. This is the third article in the series. Happy Birthday to our sweet baby girl. Believe me.  This was not what I had envisioned when I thought about pregnancy for myself.  I was more of a traditional gal—thinking that the […]

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