Checkup Newsroom (Lisa Elliott)

2018
October
03,
2018
I know a lot of you are putting on your favorite pink shirt to watch Mean Girls for the umpteenth time. After all, this is a modern classic. So much so that October 3 has become #MeanGirlsDay. From Heathers to Mean Girls, these ‘rites of passag...
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2017
September
20,
2017
Teen suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds, and the sixth leading cause of dath for 5-14-year-olds. Lisa Elliott, a licensed psychologist and clinic manager of Cook Children’s Behavioral Health in Denton, says some chi...
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August
18,
2017
Every child’s greatest advocate should be the parent. After all no one knows your child, better than you. So as the school year begins, I thought I would offer some tips for talking to your child’s teacher and hopefully making the school year as comf...
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2016
November
02,
2016
Stay at home moms report feeling guilty because they are not contributing to the family’s income, while working moms feel guilty because they are not at home with their children. Both can be a self-destructive losing battle. Guilt is a negative...
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May
11,
2016
The days of the schoolyard tough guy taking your lunch money may seem old-fashioned compared to the complex and often non-stop form of bullying that kids have to deal with today. A report released this week by the National Academies of Sciences, E...
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2015
September
29,
2015
A study published in Pediatrics shows an increase of kids in the U.S. going to the ER for treatment of self-inflicted injuries, such as cutting. From 2009 to 2012, self-injuries increased from 1.1 percent to 1.6 percent of all visits. While the in...
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July
31,
2015
Studies show that 90 percent of boys have looked at porn. No surprise, right? But it’s the age when children began to look at pornography that may shock and concern you. Years ago, the accessibility to pornography was only on the home desktop comp...
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March
23,
2015
ESPN’s recent 30 for 30 special, “I Hate Christian Laettner,” looks at the subject’s controversial time as a standout basketball player for the Duke Blue Devils. Laettner was despised by many basketball fans because of the way he played the game, inc...
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February
02,
2015
Shy, isolated and weak - is this how you would describe the typical bullying victim? Not so fast. A new study suggests that bullying affects kids at every position on the social ladder, and even the popular kids at the top encounter this emotional an...
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January
19,
2015
Each day we encounter people with a variety of accents, skin tones, physical and mental abilities, religious traditions, and a multitude of other characteristics different than our own. How can we teach our children to accept and understand divers...
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2014
October
03,
2014
Ebola virus. Enterovirus 68. Chikungunya. The return of the measles, whooping cough and soon the flu.We’ve spent a lot of time recently talking to you grownups out there about all of these conditions in an effort to inform you, but also hopefully to ...
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September
21,
2014
It’s that time of year again. Everyone’s favorite shows are back on television for another new season, plus a whole crop of new shows with potential. Your kids are also a year older and might be eager to watch “big kid” shows before they are ready. I...
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August
20,
2014
Every time your children score a point, gain lives, beat a level or win a prize on a video game or gadget, they arereceiving one of many frequent intermittent rewards that keep them hooked and focused. And parents wonder whytheir child is struggling ...
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July
01,
2014
Sooner or later that sweet child in your home will become the moody teenager. Maybe, it’s already happened. Usually, it’s just a phase that he or she will outgrow. But what if it goes beyond moody and is actually depression? Depression is a biologica...
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