Child Development

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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We have all heard the horrific news by now. At 9:40 this morning, a masked gunman named Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook elementary school and fired a gun around 100 times. He killed 26 people, 6 adults and 20 children under the age of 8 before killing himself. Since then it’s been hard to concentrate […]

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My Facebook page is hopping today after I posted about the little girl, Brittney Baxter, age 7, who fought her way out of getting kidnapped from Walmart yesterday, when a man grabbed her, covered her mouth and tried to subdue her.  The girl is safe and the alleged kidnapper in custody, but these stories of […]

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Bullying. There is no magic bullet to deal with it or prevent it. As you may recall, NJ has implemented more stringent laws to deal with those who bully and to rally those in the schools to be more vigilant and proactive (I spoke about this on Fox news

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“My child goes back to school next week.  He’s really nervous.  What can I do to help him?” Questions about back to school fears are some of the most common questions I get at this time of year.  Take a look at some of the segments I’ve done for

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Ask Dr. Robyn: Teaching Children to be Fair

by DrRobyn on February 17, 2011

Dear Dr. Robyn, My kids have gotten to an age where they always seem to be arguing about something. Every time I turn around I hear “That’s not fair!” and “You took my ____” or “Give it back!” The older one hates always having to share with my younger one and the younger one thinks […]

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As a father to a 20-month-old girl, this just may be the most important book I’ve read since becoming a parent. Do something special for the girls in your life and read this book. — Chris Singer, Book Dads, reviewing

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People often ask me the type of comments that could impact a developing child’s body image…here’s an example. So anyway, yes, I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them […]

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Are Extreme Sports Too Extreme for Teens?

by DrRobyn on August 31, 2010

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Brave, Powerful Boy Donates Hair to Locks of Love

by DrRobyn on December 8, 2009

At a time when most 6th graders would rather crawl up and die than to be seen as “different,” it’s an anomaly that one boy would endure taunts, teasing, bullying and rude comments to grow his hair out “and look like a girl” for a good cause. David Stearns of Appleton, ME,  (

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