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Parents of a certain age will recall the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Many of us were taught to say that when others spoke to us unkindly. But name-calling by parents may do as much harm to children’s minds as any physical object might do...

“Disciplining your children is NOT easy! The most challenging part of parenting is understanding your child’s developmental stages—and then figuring out the most loving, consistent, and developmentally-appropriate way to discipline them without crossing the line into physical punishment. It’s my role as a pediatric professional to help parents along this journey, so that both children...

In observance of April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Children’s Center will partner with several local organizations and health care leaders in Clackamas County to focus attention on childhood trauma and mobilize a collective effort to end child abuse....

A growing body of research demonstrates that stress and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) alter brain chemistry, causing serious health issues down the road (obesity, heart disease, addiction, and suicide, to name a few). On the flip side, however, children bathed in affection tend to have higher self-esteem, less anxiety, and greater success in school....

Every child who comes to Children’s Center receives a stuffed animal. I’ve often heard how much those small, fuzzy creatures mean for youngsters who have suffered abuse. The modest toy becomes a tangible reminder that someone cared—and hopefully, that things began to change....

Taking a break from technology is not only a healthy goal—it’s a necessity for children. But parents and caregivers also benefit by modeling the behavior they want their children to embrace. Learning to “tune out”—and doing so regularly—can be tough. But the cost is minimal. And the potential rewards are truly priceless....