Archive for 2018

The value of free play: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  Free play constitutes any time when kids can use their imagination without constraints. Yet, when kids play on their own, parents often have a hard time not commenting. Though it may be difficult at first, try to simply notice what your kids do and refrain from making comments, even if … Read More

On screen: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  When it comes to kids and screens, today’s parents are entering uncharted territory. The very devices we use for education and productivity are the same ones we use for gaming, socializing and fretting about the latest news. Children and adults alike are more exposed to electronic devices now than ever … Read More

Dealing with anxiety: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  Would it surprise you to learn that anxiety disorders affect 25 percent of American teenagers? “Occasional anxiety and worry is normal; it helps us notice our environment and adjust our behavior,” says Dr. Kyle Johnson, child psychiatrist at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. “But when that worry causes distress or impairment and … Read More

Body image: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  When it comes to confidence, children and teens have a particularly difficult time overcoming issues with their bodies: acne, weight gain, developing later or earlier than peers, etc. “Adolescents experience dramatic physical changes at a time when their emotions are elevated and they’re extremely relationship-focused. It’s a lot to … Read More

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