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Dr. Susan Bartell

Dr. Susan Bartell is America’s No. 1 family psychologist. Having earned her PsyD. from Brandeis University, she is a media expert, frequently seen on CBS, ABC, FOX, and CNN. Dr. Bartell is the author of seven books, including the highly-acclaimed The Top 50 Questions Kids Ask. She also founded two websites, girlsonlyweightloss.com and Havinganotherbaby.com. You can learn more about her at drsusanbartell.com.

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How to Help Your Child Make Tough Choices
by Dr. Susan Bartell - February 27, 2015

When your child is faced with a tough choice, remember that his ability to reason out his decision is part of growing up. Here, advice from a child psychologist on how to help your kids make difficult decisions in their lives.

The Truth Behind Your Child's Constant Boredom
by Dr. Susan Bartell - January 30, 2015

When a child can frequently be described as lazy or bored it means that the child is not fully engaged in his work or play environment. The lazy or bored behavior is a symptom of an underlying concern—a red flag to look deeper.

April Showers Bring May Flowers
by Dr. Susan Bartell - April 01, 2014

Dr. Susan Bartell examines the ups and downs of parenting with the analogy, April showers bring May flowers.

Younger Siblings Get Lost in the College Rush
by Dr. Susan Bartell - March 20, 2014

The college application process is a hectic journey for your child. While your oldest is taking standardized testing, filling out applications, and interviewing with their top colleges, it's important to consider how younger siblings feel during this time. From having their older sibling leave home for the first time, to picking up on the general stress of the application process, here are some tips on making sure younger siblings don't get lost in the college rush.

Teaching Kids to Manage Valentine's Day Expectations
by Dr. Susan Bartell - January 28, 2014

For some kids, Valentine's Day can be more of a disappointment than a sweet celebration. Help your kids put things into perspective and deal with their V-day heartaches with these five tips for managing expectations.

Five Signs You've Got Post-Holiday Blues
by Dr. Susan Bartell - January 02, 2014

The post-holiday blues are fairly common as the holiday magic wanes and you and your family shift back into your routines. But if feelings of sadness seem so linger or get worse it may be a sign of Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression.

The Company We Keep
by Dr. Susan Bartell - November 20, 2013

Think twice before skipping over Uncle Charlie or your occasionally annoying neighbor when doling out party invites. Dr. Susan Bartell, a noted child psychologist, reminds us that this holiday season, we should give our children and ourselves the gift of really forgiving others their faults.

Raising Our Kids: 'I'm Bored'
by Dr. Susan Bartell - October 28, 2013

The back-to-school hype has died down, the holidays aren’t yet here, and your kid is hardly enthused. What’s a parent to do? An award-winning child psychologist weighs in on between-seasons boredom.

Maybe Just a Treat
by Dr. Susan Bartell - September 26, 2013

Halloween tricks can be fun for adults, but unless parents teach appreciation and empathy, their kids might not understand the spirit of the season’s trickery. Dr. Susan Bartell provides tips to remind children how to be gracious and focus on the holiday's treats.

Best Friends Forever
by Dr. Susan Bartell - August 27, 2013

How is it possible your child could have developed such an intense friendship so quickly, you wonder—and will it even last? A child psychologist and award-winning author addresses the keys to a best friendship and how to talk to your kids when their friendships dwindle.

How to Help Your Child's Anxiety About the New School Year
by Dr. Susan Bartell - July 26, 2013

Another school year is around the corner and many kids, even the popular ones who seem secure, begin to feel anxious about a new beginning, entering a new grade, meeting new teachers, and even reuniting with old friends.

The Importance of Letting Your Kids Indulge in a Sweet Treat
by Dr. Susan Bartell - June 19, 2013

A child psychologist explains why letting your children indulge in a sweet snack is better than depriving them of it altogether.

4 Ways to Make Dad Feel Extra-Special on Father's Day
by Dr. Susan Bartell - May 15, 2013

This Father's Day, teach the kids to show just how special dad is to the family with these four tips that will help dad feel extra-special.

Thank Your Child's Educator During Teacher Appreciation Week
by Dr. Susan Bartell - April 22, 2013

During Teacher Appreciation Week in May, show your child's educator he or she is appreciated and also teach your child the importance of showing gratitude and appreciation to people who care about them.

The Importance of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
by Dr. Susan Bartell - March 28, 2013

The annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day presents an opportunity for more than just schmoozing by the water cooler—it can help expand your child’s horizons.

In a Winter Slump? Here's How to Get Your Kids to Be Active This Season
by Dr. Susan Bartell - January 10, 2013

Encourage your kids to participate in winter activities like skiing,snowboarding, sledding, and snow-shoeing, and figure out how to manage the demands of these winter sports.

Are You Superstitious?
by Dr. Susan Bartell - December 17, 2012

Though superstitions can be fun, remember to teach your child that a lucky charm will not be a quick solution to everything.

Resolutions Revisited
by Dr. Susan Bartell - November 20, 2012

Set realistic New Year's resolutions this year keeping in mind your role as a parent and a wife or husband.

In the Spirit: A Month of Reflection and Appreciation
by Dr. Susan Bartell - October 25, 2012

November—the beginning of the holiday season and the almost-end of the year—is, for one Long Island mom, a month of appreciation, and a time to reflect on what she has learned from her family and children.

How to Find the Right Kind of Help for Your Struggling Child
by Dr. Susan Bartell - September 24, 2012

When you see your child struggling socially or academically in school, it is important to seek out the right kind of guidance. A local child psychologist offers how to find plan road map to success for your child.

Shopping for Independence
by Dr. Susan Bartell - August 21, 2012

When Dr. Susan Bartell's daughter went shopping for a graduation dress with a school friend and purchased a dress for the occasion, it wouldn't have been one of Dr. Bartell's first choices for a graduation dress. She takes this life experience to teach her daughter an important lesson on becoming more independent.

Stress-Free Back-to-School Shopping
by Dr. Susan Bartell - July 27, 2012

It's back-to-school season again, which means it is time to go shopping for school supplies. You bought your kids new crayons last year and they're perfectly fine to use again this year, but does your child try to bargain with you? Make shopping for school supplies easier for you both with five quick tips.

Whose Summer Is It, Anyway?
by Dr. Susan Bartell - June 19, 2012

With the kids out of school for the summer, parents may find it difficult to find ways to fill their free time while also remembering that summer days are for parents too. Here are five tips to help parents reclaim the summer and enjoy it as much as the kids do.

3 Tips to Make Sure Kids Don't Waste Away the Summer
by Dr. Susan Bartell - May 17, 2012

With long summer days ahead, there are loads of hours to fill with your kids. Here are three tips to ensure your kids relax, but also maintain a well-balanced and structured schedule for a healthy lifestyle.

Graduation Can Mean Goodbye
by Dr. Susan Bartell - April 17, 2012

A local expert—and mom of two who are moving up in school this year—shares her wisdom on how to make this milestone an easier transition for your own child.

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