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Emily Edlynn, Ph.D.

Divorce is messy and complicated for everyone in the family it touches. Figuring out a new normal for you and your kids is part of the process of grieving the loss of family as you knew it, and everyone sacrifices. Keeping family connections is best, but it may have to look different, and change with time.
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It is normal for teenagers to be embarrassed by their parents, but difficult feelings and behaviors need to be addressed within the context of a close relationship. Building and maintaining this closeness takes creativity and persistence, and often, our own self-awareness.
Social connection is important for a child's development. But what happens when a kid is being left out? Here's how to navigate this tricky situation and help your little one build a healthy social life.
You're not alone if you're worrying about what your kid is sharing on social media. Here's advice on how to talk to them about it.
As parents, we don't want to see our kids get hurt and sometimes that means from their social group. But should we tell them what to do when it comes to friendship? Here's the best way to approach this situation.
Any type of co-parenting takes communication and hard work, especially when one partner is the primary parent. But it can be tricky when one partner really doesn't agree with the other's way of doing things. Here's how to handle that.
Talking—even if it’s via video—is an incredibly helpful form of support for children. These are the ways I encourage parents to make virtual sessions most effective.
Children who struggle with confidence or have a passive style in social interactions can be at risk for being bullied. Parents can luckily help them through it and here's how.
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A sense of humor serves a child well—but when pranks are misplaced, humor can go awry. Here's how to help their sense of humor shine while also teaching them how to behave in weightier moments, too.
Strong emotions can be a lot for young brains to handle, so we need to help our kids by staying in control of ours. Here's how to keep our own emotions in check while helping our little ones correct their behavior.
Kids are master mimics and it can be easy for them to pick up unpleasant behaviors, especially when others have them repeat them for laughs. Here are ways to navigate that tricky situation.
Living in blended families can bring a lot of challenges, including painful feelings that children may not know how to express. Luckily, there are ways to work together when they act out.
Teenagers are infamous for "bad attitudes," when often it's an outward sign of intense emotions they don't know how to handle. You can help your teenager and here's how.
Missing family members will affect us all during a pandemic holiday season, but our kids especially need support. Here's how to help them through it.
The more calm we are as parents, the less out of control everyone feels, which helps reduce behavior problems in children. But how can we do that? Here's how to shift from being reactive to responsive when our children act out.
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Siblings are going to fight with or without your intervention. What should you do? Teach them negotiation and conflict resolution skills and then let them practice without you.
Virtual learning can be challenging for kids with ADHD. But working closely with teachers and developing a plan can help them pay attention and participate in education, as independently as possible.
What a mother needs most when a young child is misbehaving is compassion and support instead of judgment. Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D, says to consider how to help instead of looking only at how a child is misbehaving.
Another side effect of pandemic living, anxiety over activities that used to be normal is an expected response in our children and ourselves as we navigate changing rules. Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D, says we can help our children cope and get as close to "normal" life as possible.
There is no right answer, but you need to consider your comfort level with the family, your teen, and their relationship, says Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D. She shares what to consider before you let them go.
Important differences in how the pandemic affects our families means we make different decisions, explains Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D. But she says that if we can also remember what we do have in common, we can be part of the solution instead of the problem.
There is no clear age cutoff for siblings seeing each other naked, but the conversations related to deciding this are a key part of navigating puberty, explains Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D.
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Your parenting wants and needs must come first, even when relying on grandparents for help raising your children. Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., shares how to prioritize your requests to get them respected.
Aggressive behavior in young children is normal but not acceptable, says Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D. Here, she explains how to work with the daycare teachers to find what works to help this phase end soon.
Adults bullying your teen need immediate intervention by you, not your child, advises Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D. This experience can be an important part of your early teen's adolescent development.