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National Prematurity Awareness Month and Day

November 14, 2013 by

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My oldest niece is the closest I ever came to having a child of my own. I do fully understand that you can never truly grasp what it’s like to have a child until you do, indeed, have one, but if all it took was a love so deep and wide that the famous Spanish […]

Raising Nice Adults: Overfunctioning for Your Already Launched Adult Children

October 28, 2013 by

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Over a year ago I posted several blogs on helping to launch your young adults who haven’t yet found work, job, insurance, or significant other.  See “Fixing We’ll Just Fix It For You: Letting Your Children be Adults: the Two Principles,” and“But What If? Adult Children with Extenuating Circumstances.”  Recently, an extended version of that […]

WHY Schizophrenics in Ibadan do better

October 21, 2013 by

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So you might remember–and if you don’t, welcome to my world–a post I recently did called “Schizophrenic? Consider life in Ibadan.”  To save pursuing the link, I’ll tell you how it turned out.  Despite the fact that ‘developed’ countries have it all over ‘developing’ ones in terms of access to psychotropic medications for schizophrenics–and the […]

Bullying’s Victims: Profile of Our Vulnerable Children

October 17, 2013 by

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A story of injustice mixed with justice hit the news yesterday. A Florida sheriff arrested 2 girls (ages 14 and 12) for cyberbullying. Their victim, 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, jumped to her death from an abandoned concrete factory.  The Facebook entry from her torturer: “Yes, IK I bullied her Rebecca and she killed herself and IDGAF” […]

What’s In A Name? Parents, It May Be Your Child’s Diagnosis

May 30, 2012 by

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If I had to pick a country to win the highly competitive ‘Unusual Connection to Its Own Ancient Language Award’ [a highly prestigious award, as I'm sure you're all aware], hands down it would be Israel. [I would have voted for the Irish, but they don't all actually speak Gaelic and use Gaelic names--the Israelis have got Hebrew, […]

My Kingdom For A. . . Marshmallow?: The Astounding Aftermath

May 8, 2012 by

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(by Myopics at flickr.com) Even four-year-olds and marshmallows, cute a combination as they are, get old after a while. So that, it seemed, was that, as sociologist Walter Mischel, lead researcher on the Stanford Marshmallow Study, got publication after publication out of his marshmallow-eating kids run, and he knew enough to be pretty pleased with himself. If you’ll remember […]

My Kingdom For A. . . Marshmallow?: The Initial Study

May 7, 2012 by

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If I had to pick my ‘top 3 favorite’ social science experiments, it’d really be no contest. [Now, if you're in awe of my mastery of the field of social science, you've forgotten an important point that I perhaps haven't repeated in nearly 2 weeks: My son is Professor Eli Finkel, social psychology professor at […]

Social Maladjustment: All Around Us–and A Risk Factor For Mental Illness

May 5, 2012 by

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My friend Evelyn has potential to be a terminally tedious grandparent. She talks about her grandkids as if we–meaning the world–are merely fortunate that these children have chosen to grace us with their presence. I try to act appropriately grateful.  I have heard about merit scholarships, acceptances to magnet schools, stellar performances on the recorder […]

Children Who Miss Social Cues–Is It Even Worse Than We Thought?

May 4, 2012 by

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Penny is in eighth grade, but quite childish. At school she uses a kleenex box to prop up the books on her desk, and it’s become something of an obsession. If someone–innocently–takes a piece of tissue, well, poor Penny crumbles. She has to leave the room to recover her equanimity and wipe her eyes, and […]

When College is A Means To No End: Financial Responsibility For a Murky Future, Finishing Up

March 22, 2012 by

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I grew up on the South Side of Chicago, a city away from all of those dedicated if deluded North Side of Chicago Cubs fans. As anyone from Chicago knows, these fans are famous their belief in “next year,” “the comeback,” and the eternal second chance. (see kslatz.blogspot.com) As far as I’m concerned, though, that sort of “it […]

When College is A Means To No End: Financial Responsibility For a Murky Future, Part II

March 21, 2012 by

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So let’s return to yesterday’s post, where I left you with a Comparative Literature Major, enthralled by the Gaelic tradition and busily writing a thesis on its impact on James Joyce, whose novels you–along with most of the literate world–never finished. And then there was the Theater Major, busily practicing for her role as the […]

When College is A Means To No End: Financial Responsibility For a Murky Future

March 20, 2012 by

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I fear that if I tell one more “in my day” story, readers will start to wonder if I’m in fact an ancient artifact, unearthed by some enterprising archeologist, dusted off, propped up in some Herman Miller chair, and taught to type (unlike any of today’s youth, who are expected to use computers without even a passing […]

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