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Parenting: Finish Strong
Ladue News: Friday, January 2, 2015
College applications are in, exams are over, and a new, maybe not-so-pleasant attitude has taken hold. As first semester ends, senioritis often begins. And in the next few months, the symptoms may increase to include hitting the snooze button six or seven times every morning, wearing the same set of sweats to school every day, and an overpowering need to rebel against the system.

Kids & Resolutions
Ladue News: Thursday, December 26, 2013
The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions dates back to the ancient Romans and the mythical god, Janus. He was a two-faced man who represented the opportunity to reflect on the past and forgive one’s enemies while, at the same time, look toward the future and create goals for the New Year. Janus was so important to this ancient culture that they named the month of January after him.

Family Arguments: Too Hot for Kids to Handle?
Ladue News: Thursday, August 1, 2013
Many children don’t listen to their parents, especially when asked to engage in some tedious task like emptying the trash or cleaning their rooms. When Mom and Dad argue; however, most kids will stop what they are doing and—for better or worse—seriously listen to their parents’ impassioned conversation. While family conflict is inevitable, many wonder if it is ever acceptable to argue in front of the kids. Read more about this in the article written by Dr. Hyken.

Time to Unplug
Ladue News: Thursday, July 4, 2013
I own a lot of things with screens—maybe too many. In addition to my work computer and laptop, I also have a TV at my office, in the bedroom, and in the bathroom as I need to watch the news while brushing my teeth. And, I own an iPhone, as well as multiple iPads. In fact, as I look around the house, it is safe to say that my old iPads never really die, they just get recycled into expensive room clocks and personal gaming devices. Read more about this in the article written by Dr. Hyken.

Options for Child Care: Who’s Watching the Kids?
Ladue News: Thursday, June 6, 2013
My wife and I are parents with tweens. As our kids straddle the line between independence and dependence, our child care needs have changed. Now, it is about efficiently maximizing our baby-sitter usage, which includes driving assistance, house management and Saturday night parental respites. When our boys were babies, however, our child care concerns were focused on social interactions, developmentally appropriate challenges and safety. Different life stages require different levels of care. Read more about this in the article written by Dr. Hyken.

Is Summer Camp Worth the Cost?

Ladue News: Thursday, May 2, 2013
The high cost of raising a child is indisputable, and my wife and I are somewhat in denial about how much we spend on our children’s extra-curricular activities. Sure, we know what it costs to sign up for hockey, and we know the fee for each tennis lesson. It is those incidentals and unexpected opportunities that are difficult to determine. Read more about this in the article written by Dr. Hyken.

Do Grades Matter?
Ladue News: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Things have really changed in modern-day education. Elementary age kids do not earn traditional grades; rather, their school uses a standards-based approach, which consists of telling students that their skills are emerging, satisfactory or exceeding expectations. Read more about this in the article written by Dr. Hyken.

When Play Dates Go Bad
Ladue News: Thursday, January 31, 2013
The headline for this column sounds like a dreadful (or possibly entertaining) reality television show. Unfortunately, it is something that every parent has experienced. Read more about this in the article written by Dr. Hyken.

Are Community Colleges the Future of Higher Ed?
Campus Explorer: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Dr. Hyken was recently interviewed for an article about how community colleges often get a bad rap, but the truth is they can offer a quality education that might just be the option for you.

Kids and Lying
Ladue News: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Kids lie. They do. And it’s actually a very normal and healthy behavior. Dr. Hyken recently talked with Ladue News about what kind of lies you may observe at different stages in your child’s development and when you should be concerned.

The Trouble with Reading Faces Thursday, November 29, 2012
Dr. Hyken was recently featured in an artilce about a new study suggesting that reading emotions on others’ faces is not as easy as you might think.

Staying Focused During the Holidays
Ladue News: Thursday, November 29, 2012
It’s the most wonderful time of the year with calendars being filled with family gatherings, holiday events and dreams of shiny new toys under the tree. But school does not slow down during the holidays; rather, it speeds up. Final exams are taken, long-term projects are due, and essential last-minute tasks are assigned as the semester comes to an end. Combine an increased work load along with many distracting festivities, and it can be difficult for anyone to stay focused. Dr. Hyken spoke with Ladue News about some tips on how to keep the joy in the season while keeping the stress at bay.

Bullying Knows No Age
Ladue News: Thursday, October 25, 2012
In this article Dr. Hyken explores bullying not being tied to any particular age. Bullying is unwanted or aggressive acts among individuals of all ages that involve a real or perceived power imbalance. These acts are continually repeated over time and may range from physical harassment to complicated emotional abuse such as exclusionary tactics and rumor-spreading.

Kids and Stress
Ladue News: Thursday, September 27, 2012
One thing that parents and kids have in common is stress. While the sources may differ and reactions may vary, everyone, at some point, experiences undue anxiety. Good stress can motivate children, but bad stress can be extremely taxing. Learn the differences between the two and how to prevent an anxious child from turning into an anxious adult.

Is TV Making Our Kids “Mean Girls?” Thursday, September 27, 2012
A new study finds that social aggression is depicted on a vast majority of children’s TV programs, and could be playing into increases in psychological bullying. The Healthline Editorial Team recently featured Dr. Hyken in an article about how this trend is affecting our children.

Separation Anxiety and the First Day of School
Ladue News – Thursday, August 2, 2012
As summer begins to wind down and we start planning for the new school year, children aren’t the only ones who may experience feelings of anxiety. Parents, too, deal with increased stress as lazy mornings are interrupted by the sound of the alarm clock and worries about sunburn are replaced by academic concerns. While it’s not unusual to experience these feelings as the kids head back to school, there are techniques parents can use to make this yearly transition healthier and easier for everyone in the family. Dr. Hyken discussed a few common concerns and what parents can do to deal with them in this recent article in the Ladue News.

How Important Are Grades?
MSM Mom’s Homeroom – Tuesday, July 17, 2012
While grades provide valuable insight into a child’s proficiency in a given subject, keeping scores in perspective is key to your child becoming a lifelong learner. Dr. Hyken recently contributed to an article by parenting and family expert Joanna Nesbitt on Mom’s Homeroom, an MSN Living site aimed at helping parents empower their children to succeed in school.

The Cost of Addiction – Friday, July 6, 2012
The financial impact of addiction is not limited to costs incurred while an addict is using. Recovery from substance abuse can carry a significant price tag as well. Personal finance authority Erica Sandberg recently featured Dr. Hyken in an article for the leading online consumer credit card news source on the cost of substance abuse rehabilitation and the options available to recovering addicts and their families.

Summer Humdrums
Ladue News – Thursday, July 5, 2012
As the excitement of the last day of school fades and the lazy days of summer wear on into July, boredom becomes a common complaint among children. Without the daily demands of a busy schedule, many of today’s youth simply don’t know what to do with unstructured free time. Parents can help their children develop the valuable ability to enjoy down time by creating a balanced summer schedule that includes both planned activities and time for free play and exploration. Dr. Hyken discusses this strategy and offers additional ideas to help parents and children enjoy their summer break in a recent article in the Ladue News.

Preparing for Your Second Child
Ladue News – Thursday, May 24, 2012
The arrival of a second child is a momentous occasion that requires numerous adjustments in the life of a family. Paying special attention to the ways this change will affect your firstborn child can ease the transition for him or her from being the sole child and prepare them for their new sibling relationship.
In a recent article in the Ladue News, Dr. Hyken discusses parenting strategies you can use to ensure the best outcome as your family grows.

When to Hire a Tutor
Ladue News – Thursday, April 4, 2012
Today’s academic standards and fast-paced curriculum can present challenges for many students. Even high achievers feel pressure to continually seek more advanced coursework and push past their academic ‘comfort zone’ to go above and beyond. Parents of both types of students are increasingly turning to private tutors to provide the extra support needed. Dr. Hyken offers answers and advice to parents trying to determine if these services are right for their children in a recent article featured in the Ladue News.

Your Child’s First Sleep Away
Ladue News – Thursday, March 1, 2012
Sending a child to sleep-away camp can be a positive, life-changing experience for the camper but can cause anxiety in parents as the departure date approaches. In the March 2012 issue of the Ladue News, Dr. Hyken offers tips for parents and children to make summer camp a success.

“How to Test Best”
Boys’ LIfe – September 2011
Test anxiety is a common problem that is often a contributing factor when students are performing poorly in school. Dr. Hyken addresses this issue and offers tips for improving study habits and test-taking skills in the September 2011 issue of Boys’ Life magazine.

“Children & Sleepovers”
Parents Magazine – January 2012
Dr. Hyken is featured in the January 2012 issue of Parents magazine, where he offers advice on co-ed sleepovers for grade schoolers. See Dr. Hyken’s responses to the difficult questions.

Kids and Gift Giving
Ladue News – Thursday, December 8, 2011
Managing holiday expectations and gift-buying decisions, especially if you have overspent in the past, may seem stressful, but it is easier than you think. In the December 2011 issue of the Ladue News, Dr.Hyken discusses how to manage your child’s expectations for the holidays and make sure your family has an enjoyable gift-giving season.

Youth Athletics – Three-Sport Wonders
Ladue News – Thursday, October 27, 2011
In the October 2011 issue of the Ladue News, Dr. Hyken comments on adolescent involvement in sports and the impact it has on their development. Whether your child plays one sport competitively or multiple sports casually, there are important things to consider to provide a positive experience.

“Are Girls More Anxious Than Boys?”
St. Louis Kids Magazine – fall/winter 2011
Dr. Russell Hyken takes on a reader’s question in the fall/winter 2011 issue of St. Louis Kids Magazine. In the article, Dr. Hyken discusses anxiety during child development and offers advice for parents dealing with an anxious teen.

“Evaluating the Usefulness of Tests and Quizzes for Depression” October 24, 2011
Most people have taken some type of personality or career test. While some are accurate, others are completely off in their results and analysis. In this article at, Dr. Hyken cautions against deep reliance on these quizzes.

“Do children ever belong on reality TV?” September 13, 2011
Should children be allowed to participate in reality TV shows? The subject has prompted extensive debate, including in this national article by, which quotes Dr. Russell Hyken on the subject.

“Back to School Anxiety”
Ladue News- August 4, 2011
Summer is over and your child’s mood has shifted. He is not the happy, carefree kid of a few short weeks ago; rather, he has become irritable, complains about headaches and is having sleep difficulties. In the August 2011 issue of the Ladue News, Dr. Hyken discusses back-to-school stress.

“Giving Teens a Safe, Sane, Productive Summer”
Ladue News- May 26, 2011
Summer is often a time of adolescent aimlessness, resulting in unnecessary irritability for the whole family. In the May 2011 issue of the Ladue News, Dr. Hyken offers advice for creating a safe, sane summer for the family.

“Why Are So Many Gay Teens Depressed?” May 25, 2011
Depression among gay teens is a persistent problem with much confusion about the causes. Dr. Russell Hyken addresses the issue in an article for Everyday Health.

“Sibling Bedroom Boundries” 2011

Bedroom boundaries for siblings is a persistent issue parents continue to face. Dr. Hyken is quoted as an expert on the subject in Charlotte Parent.


“Summer Tutoring”
Ladue News- April 7, 2011
Summer tutoring is a critical decision for teens and their parents. It may not be popular among kids, but it is often necessary. Dr. Hyken is consulted on the issue in the April 2011 Ladue News.

“Teenage Depression: Symptoms, Therapies, Support Systems”
Parkway West Pathfinder, 2011
While Dr. Russell Hyken’s work with teens has long been noted in the mainstream media, it is now being recognized in the student press. Parkway West student Eden Harir wrote an article on teenage depression for the Parkway West Pathfinder. In the article, Harir cites Dr. Hyken as an expert resource for the piece.

“Six Stories About Teens That Captured Our Attention in 2010″
St. Louis Kids Magazine, 2011

Dr. Hyken recently wrote a blog post about the “Top Teen Stories of 2011,” which caught the attention of St. Louis Kids Magazine. The publication appreciated his unique perspective in the post so much that it ran the story in a recent edition of the magazine.

“For LGBT Teens, Acceptance is Critical”
CNN, 2010

The problems that gay and lesbian teens encounter continue to be a major topic of national discussion. consults Dr. Hyken as an expert on a recent study that suggests LGBT teens are punished more often in school and criminal justice settings.

“Not All Teens Love Gift Cards, So Choose Carefully”
ABC, from a story by the Associated Press, 2010

During the holiday season, there is concern that teens are not using the gift cards they receive as presents, but instead selling them off to others. The Associated Press interviews Dr. Russell Hyken on this national story to get his insights on the issue.

“Public vs. Private School”
LA Parents, 2010

With so many options out there, the question of whether to send your child to public or private school is no simple choice. Dr. Hyken gives some expert advice about sorting through the options and finding the best fit for your family in LA Parents.

“Transitioning Children from Homeschooling to the Classroom”
MSNBC Today – September 29, 2010

Every educational setting has its own set challenges and may not be a permanent fit for a family. In this article, Dr. Hyken talks about the transition of children from homeschooling to the classroom.

“Off On The Right Foot”
Columbia Daily Tribune- August 20, 2010

Dr. Hyken gives advice to the Columbia Daily Tribune about helping children adjust to the school year during a recent visit to Columbia.

“Technology Use Up In Kids, Parents Losing Ground”
Associated Press – January 21, 2010

A new survey shows the daily use of media by children is on the rise and very few parents are setting limits. In this article, Dr. Hyken discusses the growing number of young patients with obsessive interest in gaming and computers.

Hyken is also available to speak with parents, school faculty and teens on a variety of subjects, including ADHD, Aspergers Syndrome, teen motivations and parent/teen communication. Please contact EPS for more details.


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