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Promoting family safety & mental health





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Who We Are

We are a team of doctors and scientists who are committed to improving the mental health & safety of families.

We draw on our clinical experience, review the most current research, and present it all to parents in a simple, easy-to-understand format.

Dr. Ree Langham

Ree Langham, Ph.D.

Child and family psychologist with over a decade of experience. Dr. Langham writes about ADHD and anxiety.

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Kim Langdon, M.D.

Retired obstetrician-gynecologist with 19 years clinical experience. Dr. Langdon writes about eating disorders, pregnancy, and postpartum.

Dr. Shannon McHugh

Shannon McHugh PsyD.

Licensed clinical and forensic psychologist. Dr. McHugh writes about  behavior, social skills, childhood struggles, and trauma.

Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett MD

Pierrette Mimi Poinsett, M.D.

Board certified general pediatrician with over 25 years experience. Dr. Poinsett writes about pediatrics, autism, and nutrition.

Ana Jovanovic

Ana Jovanovic, Psychotherapist

Licensed psychotherapist and coach with over 5 years experience in working with children and adolescents. Ana writes about executive functions, attachment, and learning disabilities.

Today on Parenting Pod

When to Seek Help for my Child’s Eating Habits
We all want our children to be healthy and happy, but sometimes navigating our children’s food preferences and the time[...]
15 Ways to Help Kids Develop Empathy
Through my work as a psychologist, psychotherapist and life coach, I’ve come to appreciate that empathy is the most powerful[...]
Is My Child’s Sadness Normal? Or Is It Depression?
Depression is usually associated with adults. The thought of a child being depressed is something that seems unimaginable to parents[...]
4 Ways to Help Your Picky Eater Try New Foods
If you are the parent of a picky eater, you might find yourself thinking, “Why on earth can’t they just[...]
Is My Child’s Defiance Normal? Or Should We Get Help? A Psychologist Answers.
Does your child refuse to eat at the table? Does your teen regularly break her curfew? Our child psychologist explains what's normal and what's not, what causes defiance in kids, and how to help your child.
25 Activities to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning
Executive functions provide the necessary base for learning and development. They are the brain functions that enable us to focus,[...]
9 Ways to Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem
Did you know, as a parent, you are the main source of self-esteem for your child? [3] The significant role[...]
Separation Anxiety Disorder
It is common to see infants and toddlers upset when separated from their parent or caregiver. Separation anxiety is a[...]
Executive Function Disorder in Children
Executive function disorder is a term commonly used to describe deficits in the skills that are used to manage life’s[...]
Depression in Children and Teens
Depression is a type of mood disorder that tends to run in families. [1] When a child or teen has depression,[...]
How ADHD, Anxiety, and Other Disorders can Mask Autism Spectrum Disorder
How do we know if our son has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or maybe[...]
Is My Child’s Anger Normal?
Anger can look different for every child, but some common anger symptoms in children are irritability, yelling, crying, negotiating, and[...]
Is My Child’s Sadness Normal? Or Is It Depression?
Depression is usually associated with adults. The thought of a child being depressed is something that seems unimaginable to parents[...]

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Checklist: Autism Spectrum Disorders Symptoms and Signs
The following checklist is a tool to help parents, doctors, and mental health practitioners discuss symptoms, behaviors, and needs that might[...]
How ADHD, Anxiety, and Other Disorders can Mask Autism Spectrum Disorder
How do we know if our son has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or maybe[...]
Autism Spectrum Disorder Checklist: A Tool for Parents and Teachers
Traditional autism checklists focus on broad areas of strengths and needs. The following checklist was developed by Hannah Grieco, an[...]

ADHD

The Best Fidget Spinners and Cubes According to Our Psychologist
How These Toy-Like Gadgets Can Be Used To Improve Your Emotional Wellbeing Hi there, my name is Daniel and I’m[...]
Executive Function Disorder in Children
Executive function disorder is a term commonly used to describe deficits in the skills that are used to manage life’s[...]
25 Activities to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning
Executive functions provide the necessary base for learning and development. They are the brain functions that enable us to focus,[...]

Quality & Safety Reviews

The Best Weighted Blanket According to Our Psychologist (2019 Update)
What are the best weighted blankets? We asked our psychologist and here is what she said: As a child and[...]
Experts Pick: The Best & Safest Convertible Car Seats of 2019
Choosing and using the right convertible car seat can be a matter of life and death. Literally. Car accidents are[...]
What Are The Best & Safest Trampoline Brands of 2019?
Your list of uniquely safe, cool, and affordable trampolines (and why the net is important). Trampolines cause about 100,000 injuries[...]
How ADHD, Anxiety, and Other Disorders can Mask Autism Spectrum Disorder
How do we know if our son has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or maybe[...]
When Autism Isn’t Typical
“Your son is such a rude boy!” The assistant principal at my son’s school spoke loudly, her voice piercing through[...]
My Experience With Bulimia
Eating disorders affect people differently, but bulimia is one of the most devastating conditions for your relationship with food in[...]
How to Help Your Child Battle Bullies in the Schoolyard & in Cyberspace
As a family psychologist, I primarily treat adjustment issues, which bullying falls within. Many of my young clients have expressed[...]
6 Ways To Improve Your Confidence As a Parent
Let’s be honest. There’s no such thing as the perfect parent, and striving for perfection only sets yourself up for[...]
What Causes School Shootings and How to Stop Them
This article examines possible causes for school shootings, what evidence there is to support them, and what can be done based on the evidence.
Experts Pick: The Best & Safest Convertible Car Seats of 2019
Choosing and using the right convertible car seat can be a matter of life and death. Literally. Car accidents are[...]
What Are The Best Double Jogging Strollers of 2019?
What makes a jogging stroller, and what should you look for? Everything you need to know about double jogging strollers,[...]
What Are The Best & Safest Trampoline Brands of 2019?
Your list of uniquely safe, cool, and affordable trampolines (and why the net is important). Trampolines cause about 100,000 injuries[...]