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I like to use the example of a small boat crossing the Gulf of Siam. In Vietnam, there are many people, called boat people, who leave the country in small boats. Often the boats are caught in rough seas or storms, the people may panic, and boats may sink.But if…


Most of us parents are scrambling around family routines and schoolwork wherever schools have closed. One fundamental starting point for staying grounded is this: Children will all get caught up when this crisis passes. They’ll adapt, we’ll adapt, and the school system will too.

Individuals have had to miss months…


In the middle of these intensely unsettling and challenging times, what can we do for our families to stay healthy and emotionally resilient? Our regular routines are disrupted. We may be at home for the foreseeable future. Global news hammers on without relent. And as parents, we have the additional…


A new study shows benefit to children as young as seven years old with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when they practice mindfulness. Perhaps surprisingly, the study is not really about attention. Instead, the researchers measured improvements around behavior and emotion. That’s because neither ADHD nor mindfulness specifically has to…


By Mark Bertin MD

Happy summer. Enjoy. Let go wherever you are able of excessive thinking and ongoing planning and any striving. Come back to whatever feels best for your family. Relax, recharge, and reset your priorities.

As parents, letting go does not have to mean ignoring reality. We can…


Your child has ADHD. He impulsively acts out; he struggles in school; he seemingly won’t settle down for even one second after you walk in the door to let you catch your breath. A visceral hook grabs hold, and you do the same old thing you’ve always done: you yell…


By Mark Bertin MD

The day ends and you pull into your driveway. You open the mailbox and, groaning, take out a two-inch pile of mail, 90 percent junk, but needing to be sorted. Riffling through it as you walk, there are, of course, several bills, one of which says…


When academics come easily, high marks may not reflect a child’s ADHD.

ADHD affects the ability to manage life — particularly when situations require sustained effort, consistency, and planning. ADHD can undermine health, social relations, self-esteem, efficiency, and far more. Because of that broad impact, grades are not the bottom line for evaluating ADHD even in school.


By Mark Bertin

Kids and screen time cause considerable parental angst these days — and for good reason. Research shows children spend on average seven hours a day glued to computer, tablet, smart phone, or television screens. …

Mark Bertin, MD

Developmental Pediatrician, blogger, author of Mindful Parenting for ADHD and How Children Thrive

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