Category Archives: Raising Children

IN DEALING WITH IRAQ, WHAT CAN OUR GOVERNMENT LEARN FROM A BASIC CHILD REARING TECHNIQUE? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Children are often willful, out of control and want what they want when they want it. Trying to reason with a two-year-old is pointless. Firm, reasonable limits need to be set. Naturally, the child is enraged, but soon he understands … Continue reading

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OMG IS CAPTAIN CORPORATE AMERICA ABOUT TO SAVE US AND OUR CHILDREN? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

General Mills recently had 2 Cheerios ads, one on the Super Bowl, that featured a mixed-race little girl, a white mom and a black dad. When bigots and the religious right attacked General Mills because the ad polluted family values, … Continue reading

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OF COURSE I CRIED, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Jason, a smiley, playful, 6-year-old boy recently had an appointment with his pediatrician. “The doctor had to give me two needles,” he said. “Wow. Did they hurt?” “Yes!” “Did you cry?” “Of course I cried!” he said, looking like the … Continue reading

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TODDLERS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

I’ve voted for both Republicans and Democrats. It’s safe to say that my mind is steeped in bipartisanship. But now, without a doubt, I am horrified by the immaturity of the Republican Party, by the twisted baby thinking of men … Continue reading

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WHY HATE FRANK SINATRA? By Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

I just finished reading an article, Remembering Michael Kelly, by Bret Stephens, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal. Michael Kelly was a grown-up version of Holden Caulfield, a man who despised phonies, but unlike Holden, he was courageous enough … Continue reading

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BACK STORY — THE ENGINE OF THE UNCONSCIOUS, By Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Remember how tasty and comforting it was to be breast fed? How you fought and yelled when you had to stop pooping in your diaper and had to use the potty? You don’t remember? No worries. 99.99 percent of us … Continue reading

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THE FISCAL CLIFF, DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES, AND SUCCESS? by Art Smukler, author and psychiatrist

Traveling through Hong Kong and Thailand has been an enlightening experience. Fellow travelers from Australia, England, Germany and New Zealand all made the same comment, “What’s the matter? Why can’t your elected officials make a decision and compromise?” A good … Continue reading

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WHAT DOES A PSYCHIATRIST SAY TO PENN STATE PLACE KICKER SAM FICKEN, WHO MISSED 4 FIELD GOALS? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Sam Ficken missed 4 field goal attempts and had an extra-point kick blocked in Penn State’s game against Virginia. What would I say to this young  freshman? There’s another game next week! Really, Sam, it’s just a game. Think of all the … Continue reading

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WHY IS BEATING YOUR BROTHER SO MUCH FUN? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

“There’s enough love for both of you, Tommy,” mommy said, sometime around the time you already knew how to walk, run, talk, and understand that TV was really cool. “Yeah, right,” Tommy thought, staring down at Larry, his 5-day-old brother, … Continue reading

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I’M GOING TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION, BUT IF YOU TELL ANYONE I’LL DENY IT — a reprise, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Ten years ago, a 14 y/o boy (I’ll call him Brian) began treatment for depression and insecurity. Brian was an attractive, soft-spoken young man who was aware of feeling depressed, but had trouble articulating exactly why, except for the fact … Continue reading

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