How to Teach Your Child to Live a Disciplined Life

By Shefali Tsabary, PhD

It’s been said that the only things we really learn are the things we learn for ourselves. That’s because only when we learn it for ourselves does it become intrinsic to us. We just naturally do it, without having to be coaxed or disciplined. The key to raising a self-disciplined child is for them to learn for themselves—a process we undercut when we impose the lesson on them.

As a clinical psychologist working with families, I’ve found that children learn best from consequences, whereas punishment generates resentment. A child who is punished may fall in line, but their heart isn’t in it. They don’t learn to be self-disciplined—which is why so many of our kids have a traumatic time in their teens.
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What is High Blood Pressure and What Should You Know?

You’ve probably heard your doctor, or a member of your family, tell you that it’s a good idea to monitor your blood pressure. Since May is National High Blood Pressure Education month, here are some reasons why it’s important that you pay attention to this number.

First, let’s start off with the basics: [Read more...]

What You Need to Know About: Diverticular Disease

It is estimated that about 50% of people over the age of 60 are living with diverticular disease.  Many people have heard the name, but many more are unsure of what it is, seeing as a large percentage of those who have diverticulosis do not suffer from any symptoms.  Diverticulosis is characterized by pouches forming in the colon, usually caused by a low fiber diet.   Individuals on low-fiber diets are more prone to constipation, which can cause increased colon pressure during a bowel movement and may lead to weakening of the colon wall and eventually diverticula.  Food can back up into the diverticula, or pouches in the colon, and bacteria can begin to thrive there leading to infection.   [Read more...]

De-stress yourself and stay away from asthma

Asthma has long been considered as a situation in which the psychological factors play a very important role. Stress is a very well known asthma trigger. Anxiety too is considered to be very harmful for the people with asthma. These are the two factors that may cause your asthma symptoms to become poorer. [Read more...]

Food-borne Illnesses: Staying Healthy

Although most are preventable, foodborne illnesses continue to be a big problem in the United States. It seems as if every few months we hear about another food-borne illness outbreak, whether it is caused by the well-known culprits Salmonella and E. coli, or less familiar organisms like Listeria, or Vibrio. The CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that there are almost 50 million illnesses linked to foodborne illness annually.  Why are these outbreaks so common and how can you stay safe? [Read more...]

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

With May rapidly approaching, and warmer weather giving way to more time spent outdoors – protecting our skin becomes a top priority.  Skin cancer, the abnormal growth of skin cells, affects people of all ages and races and most often develops on those areas most exposed to the sun.  It is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the U.S. with more than 3.5 million diagnoses annually – more than the new diagnoses of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined.  In 2014 it is estimated that there will be over 140,000 new cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. 1 [Read more...]