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6 simple ways to bond with your child

Building a stronger relationship with your child may be easier than you think.

What is a good age to tell children about Santa Claus?

My 11-year-old daughter still seems to believe in Santa Claus. Should I tell her the truth or let her find out on her own?

Why do I feel depressed at Christmas?

I should feel happy at Christmas time but instead I feel depressed. Why is that and what can I do about it?

Should a child be told that they were adopted?

My sister adopted a baby girl and plans on telling her she is adopted right from the beginning. Do you think this is a good idea?

Five principles of good parenting for the New Year

What can people do to improve their parenting skills this year?

How to help an uninspired teenager

Dr. Pat explains how to help an uninspired teenager become more productive.

Enteroviruses

Learn about enteroviruses, such as EV-D68, and how they can cause colds and related illnesses.

Minding your health on World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is October 10. Find out - or rediscover - some simple steps to mind your mental health.

Summer camp: Figuring out what’s right for your child

Advice on choosing and getting ready for camp, as well as how to help your child avoid feeling homesick.

How can I tell if my daughter has an eating disorder?

I am worried that my daughter may have an eating disorder. How can I tell for sure? What can I do about it?

How to stop binge eating

Dear Dr. Pat: I think I have an eating disorder. I binge eat every day and even sometimes purge. Even though I'm really active, I've gained 18 pounds in the last four months. Please help me, I don't know what to do.

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