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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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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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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In honor of my daughter’s 4th birthday, I’m republishing my adoption series. As you can probably imagine, I felt like the shoemaker’s daughter. I didn’t just work with children and families, I provided parenting tips and tactics to moms and dads around the world…all the while housing a secret that taunted and tortured me every […]

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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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After the death of Osama bin Laden, there have been many questions from parents about how to talk to children about this event.  I was thrilled to be on The Today Show with Matt Lauer and Gail Saltz this morning talking about this very topic. In Shaping Youth round up

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Teaching your children Sportsmanship in a Win-is-in World Dear Dr. Robyn, We always try to teach our kids that “winning isn’t everything.” Like most people in our area, our family loves sports and we watch them on T.V. Lately I have noticed that my son is yelling rude comments when watching some of his favorite […]

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“It’s mocking me,” Cheryl, one of my coaching clients confided in me during one of our weekly coaching calls. “What is ‘it’ saying,” I asked? She paused. “You’re the worst parent EVER.” She laughed out of frustration. “What can you do to take control?” Silence. “Gosh,” she said with a deep breath.  “I’ve let self […]

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Dear Dr. Robyn, Both my daughter, Rosie, and my son, Joe, are good kids. They love to have a good time but sometimes what they say or do (especially at the dinner table or when I’m talking on the phone) is rude or inappropriate.  What can I do to teach my children good manners? (Lucy, […]

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The Top 10 Dos and Don’ts of Talking to Teens about Sex Yesterday, I was on NBC’s LXtv,

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