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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Competitive Youth Sports


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Competitive Youth Sports As a psychologist, I frequently work with children and teens involved in competitive team sports, and while there are certainly advantages to being a great athlete at a young age, there can also be a number of challenges. The Good. The positives of youth sports are manifold.  Research studies have shown that highly athletic children and teens do better academically, socially and emotionally and are more physically fit when compared to those who do not participate in competitive organized sports.  According to Niko Eckart, Founder and Technical Director of [...]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Competitive Youth Sports2021-05-01T15:37:53+00:00

Ask Dr. Mike: Correlation Between Kids, Toy Guns and Potential Violence Later?


Dr. Mike, Our son is 7 years old and he and his friends love their Nerf guns and they especially love having Nerf gun battles in the neighborhood.  This past Sunday one of the mom’s in our son’s friend group emailed the entire neighborhood listserv to ask that neighborhood children no longer be allowed to play with Nerf guns at the main public area or playground because she said “it promotes violence” and it’s “insensitive in the wake of the Florida school shooting.”  I emailed her back to nicely let her know that I didn’t see a problem with Nerf gun [...]

Ask Dr. Mike: Correlation Between Kids, Toy Guns and Potential Violence Later?2018-05-06T23:07:23+00:00

Dr. Jerome Featured in Article About Bullying


Clinical Psychologist Dr. Albert Jerome was featured in a recent article published by Elizabeth Coe in the Loudoun Times Mirror. Ms. Coe wrote that bullying among school-aged children is a widespread and serious issue.  According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, studies show that between 15 and 25 percent of American students are bullied.   Several examples of specific cases of bullying were described in the article. Dr. Jerome was cited as a local expert on bullying, who has both knowledge of the relevant research literature and clinical experience working with youngsters and families that are dealing with bullying.   [...]

Dr. Jerome Featured in Article About Bullying2010-07-15T17:21:30+00:00

The “Perfect” Coach For Your Boy*


As each Fall athletic season begins and boys are recruited into (or placed onto) various school and county leagues, my voicemail and e-mail Inbox receive an inevitable bombardment of concerns from pare nts about the “best coach.” Parents often have the same concern season-upon-season: “My sons’ coach is mean and I don’t think he can succeed with someone mean;” “His self-esteem is being harmed;” and of course, “What should we do?” I rarely hear from the parents who love their sons’ coaches: obviously, they have no complaints. In an effort to address the question of what makes a “perfect” coach, I turned to parents who love their sons’ coaches, talked with coaches, looked at the recent research on the effects of athletic coaching styles on boys, and sought the advice of a life coach (*I should note that while there are many similarities about coaching boys and girls, the differences illustrated in research literature are strong enough to separate the topics, and focus on only coaching boys in this article.)

The “Perfect” Coach For Your Boy*2009-09-20T18:41:06+00:00
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