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When is praise positive or negative?

Dr. Paul
Dad talking with son.

Spring sports are in high gear. Parents are lining soccer and baseball fields watching their kids practice and play competitive sports. It’s fun for everyone, except when you’re watching your kids play soccer in the pouring rain!  It’s great to see kids running up and down the field, instead of sitting in front of an electronic screen playing video games. Team sports can teach children a wide range of skills and abilities that are very useful in adult life. Read more about When is praise positive or negative?

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Everyday courage

Dr. Paul
Female hiker with arms raised.

I’ve never thought of myself as a particularly courageous person. And, fortunately my bravery has never been tested under any extreme circumstances—war, fire, or in some situation that required heroism.  And for that, I’m grateful. I’m fundamentally a cautious person. Of course, like most adolescents, I did some risky things—but they didn’t involve courage, just an undeveloped teenage brain! Read more about Everyday courage

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A tsunami of depression and anxiety

Dr. Paul
Powerful ocean swell.

In the last year, many of my medical colleagues have asked me— “Do you think that there is an increase in depression and anxiety”? I hadn’t thought much about it, but in the first three months of this year, our Behavioral Health department at The Everett Clinic was hit by a tsunami wave of adults and children coming in with these conditions. In January through March alone, we saw over 1500 new patients asking for help. This is unprecedented in the 25 years I have run our department. What’s going on? Read more about A tsunami of depression and anxiety

Present Parenting

Dr. Paul
Father and daughter playing basketball.

Full-time working parents have little time! Being present in parenting means connecting as a family and having opportunities to connect with each child individually. Read more about Present Parenting

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How to help children succeed

Dr. Paul
Young boy determined to finish a task.

How do we help children develop strong life virtues and encourage success? First, we need to lead by example. Read more about How to help children succeed

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The value of friendship

Dr. Paul
Childhood friends doing handshake.

I remember my childhood chum, Dennis. We did everything together. We played ping pong until we fell from exhaustion. A brief snack later, we played Monopoly until his parents sent me home. I returned after dinner to play basketball into the night. Who needed to see the hoop? We were best friends. All we needed was each other.

Ultimately, I moved away, and our friendship faded. But childhood friendships stay alive in adult minds. They bring forth warm memories of innocence, loyalty, and love. Read more about The value of friendship

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