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Archive for August, 2007

I received the STAR treatment today!!

Posted by Dr. Susan on August 20, 2007

I was invited to be a guest on the live, premier of Star Jones new Court TV show today. I was honored to be on the show with several smart and talented individuals including Isaish Washington and Geraldo Rivera. The topic up for discussion in my segment was the brand new upcoming reality show Kid Nation premiering on September 19th. There’s some controversy surrounding the show about how the kids were treated. I think that it’s much ado about nothing and that it’s easy to judge what you don’t know. The interviews I’ve seen from parents and kids who participated have all been positive. But let’s all watch it for ourselves when it comes out.

As for reality TV as a genre–if we weren’t watching it so much, producers wouldn’t be searching for more and more shows to thrill us. So if you’re critical of reality TV stop watching it instead of pointing fingers at those who create the shows.

I was thrilled to be a part of Star’s premier and wish her years of continued success with her show!

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The Mattel Toy Recall-Tips for Parents

Posted by Dr. Susan on August 18, 2007

•For very young children a toy can often be removed without the child knowing it.

• Don’t search for defective toys while your child is watching–it may upset your child and cause fear that all their toys are problematic.

•If you need to take away a toy, be as non-alarmist and factual as possible. Give your child the real reason in age-appropriate words. Explain that only very few toys were affected and that this is one of them.

•Don’t give in to temper tantrums, crying fits or nagging to keep the toy. Not only will you compromise your child’s safety, but you will also teach your child that this behavior will result in you giving in—even when the issue is safety!

•Say that it is your job to make sure your child is safe and this is more important than having a toy that can be harmful.

•Don’t promise to replace the toy with an exact replica–it may not exist. Decide if you’re going to replace it immediately or wait until you get a refund–waiting can be a good lesson for your child in delayed gratification!

•With older kids, you can use this as an opportunity to teach how everyone must responsible for delivering what they promise–even big companies. There can be serious consequences if you don’t. Like in school, if you don’t hand in a project that is well done, your teacher will give it back and ask you to redo it, but when you’re a big toy company the consequences are MUCH more serious!

•While you shouldn’t be alarmist, don’t ignore the recalls because you don’t believe they apply to you. They have been issued for very real reasons and it’s important to take them seriously.

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