When today’s adults were growing up mom and dad’s biggest
concern may have been doling out television time.Today, there are a myriad of electronic
distractions that can challenge your kid.Cell phones and their usage rank right at the top.One of the big questions today is…at what age
should parents buy their child (children) a cell phone?
The short answer is…it is up to you mom and dad!Sure, age is a factor, but your child’s
maturity level should be the primary consideration.When you hand your kid his or her first cell
phone you are giving them a powerful communication device.Now they can create texts, photos, and videos
to be widely distribute.
This can be a very slippery slope and the decision must be
carefully weighed including the issue of security and safety.How to manage cell phone usage in your
adolescents is today’s “television time”.Let Dr. Steven Sussman help you with this issue and many others.He is a child psychologist with offices in
Mountainside NJ and Staten Island.Please call him for an appointment at either office at (908) 217-8106.
It is a discussion that has gone on for more than 60 years
and several generations.What is the
effect of television on adolescents?Television (and screen time in general) plays a major role in the lives
of our children.It can entertain and
inform, of course.It can also influence
our kids in many undesirable ways.
On screen characters are often exaggerated stereotypes that
distorts the every day lives of the common person.Women, the elderly, and kids in general do
not appear as often as they do in real life.The more hours that our youngsters spend looking at a screen the less
time they will spend on homework, exercise, family interaction, and social
The discussion is as old as the “boob tube” itself.How do you handle the delicate balance of
real life and sitting in front of a screen for hours every day?New York/New Jersey child psychologist has
some very specific thoughts about this topic and others.Why not arrange a consultation at his Staten
Island or Mountainside NJ office by calling (908) 217- 8106.
Wow, there’s the $64 question!They just seem to keep moving that bar, don’t
they?Certain issues with your child’s
development remain static.Have they
been struggling with issues of friendship?Are they anxious most of the time?Do they often lose their temper?Are they having trouble adjusting to a changing family situation?
Here are some questions to ask a child psychologist –
1.How would you
typically deal with the problem I just described to you?
2.Are the parents
involved in the therapy?
3.What would you say
to my child to put them at ease?
4.When should I
5.Where do we begin?
Dr. Steven Sussman a noted child psychologist in New York
and New Jersey checks all of the boxes.You should have a great sense of comfort and confidence when you leave
his office.To arrange a consultation
with Dr. Sussman in his Mountainside NJ or Staten Island office just call (908)
217-8106.Finally…answers to your tough
This year Hanukkah arrives a bit early at sundown on Sunday December 2nd and lasts until sundown on Monday December 10th. Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for dedication and is often known as “the festival of lights”. The miracle that fellow Jews are celebrating is the temple lamp burning for eight days when there was only enough oil for one.
The Jewish community around New York City and throughout the world will celebrate these special days by lighting the Menorah. Each night one additional candle is lit. In addition, many play the game of dreidel and eat special foods that are unique to the holiday. Many sing songs and exchange gifts.
We have a large, thriving Jewish population in the NYC Metro and if you are one of its members as I am I would like to wish you and yours a very Happy Hanukkah and to my Christian friends a Merry Christmas. To you and yours, the best of the holiday season from New York City area child psychologist Dr. Steven Sussman.