March 12, 2015 | Maureen Stiles

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Scared Straight

I’ve been wondering lately why I have to scare the bejeezus out of my kids to get them to do anything. I have tried every approach in the book, but good old fashioned, pee-in-your-pants fear is the one that gets ‘er done every time. For those that don’t know me, I have a news flash. […]

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November 21, 2014 | Maureen Stiles

Three Little Words

Three Little Words “Why?” The mantra of toddlers everywhere and the bane of toddler parents everywhere. Although listening to the word “why” on continuous loop can try anyone’s patience, at this innocent stage of the game, the questions were pretty easy to navigate. Crafting an answer from the front seat of the car didn’t even […]

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March 18, 2014 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Evaluating Your Child’s Academic Progress

Despite the large amount of snow days this academic year, students are about three quarters of the way done with the 2013-2014 academic year. For children attending MCPS, the marking period ends next Thursday. Thus, with essentially one quarter left, it is a good opportunity for parents to review their child’s progress this year and […]

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March 6, 2014 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

photo Carey Heller

Tackling Tough Teen Issues

Most parents dread hearing about drinking, drugs and sex. Parents often worry that their teens may get involved in situations involving these items that they disapprove of. Worse yet, parents sometimes learn that their teens are involved in things that they shouldn’t be, and don’t know what to do. While whole articles could be written […]

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February 5, 2014 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller: clinical psychologist with The Heller Psychology Group in Bethesda, Maryland.

Handling Teen Fashion Must Haves

Wanting the latest shoes, hats, jackets, and other apparel is nothing new to most parents. No matter what decades you grew up in, there was likely certain items that you wanted because they were in style and your friends had them. Two main issues in appeasing teens today is being able to afford everything they […]

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January 20, 2014 | Nancy Frieder

The Wait

One of the most predictable things each January is how busy the gym gets. Seriously. Everybody seems to have “work out more” on the list of resolutions for the New Year. This year, I decided to do something that would force me to stick with it: I hired a personal trainer. For at least sixth […]

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December 30, 2013 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

New Year Parent Resolutions

With the new year approaching, it is a great opportunity to reflect back on the past year and evaluate yourself as a parent. What things did you do well in the past year? What things can you improve on in the coming year? What services/resources can you obtain for yourself or your child in the […]

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November 25, 2013 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.


Thanksgiving is a holiday that many people really like, because it brings family and friends together. For others, it is a holiday filled with dread. Regardless of your stance on Thanksgiving, it is occurring on Thursday. Thus, here are a few thoughts to get the most out of the holiday:   1)    Thanksgiving is a […]

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November 20, 2013 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

5 Simple Rules for Increased Harmony in Life

Between work, parenting, chores, and whatever else life throws at you, life can be stressful and overwhelming at times. Here are a few basic principles that can help increase harmony in your daily life: 1)      Create a structured plan to complete chores (i.e., laundry, food shopping) and other tasks, and stick to it. 2)      Be […]

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November 12, 2013 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

When Your Child Acts Much Younger

There is obviously great variability in maturity level of children and teens (and to some degree even adults). When you have a child or teen who acts much younger, or has issues such as ADHD that contribute to increased immaturity, parents often wonder how to parent their child. Specifically, they wonder whether to treat them […]

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