Teaching Kids the Difference Between Prejudice & Respect

A twelve-year old girl tells me she does not want to start her new middle school next week. This is because she fears being teased for being Latina-American. I believe her… she has been struggling with name-calling and rejection for the past six months in elementary school, as have been many other children. As children… Read more »


Help The Kid Witnesses of the Alexandria Attack

Our heartfelt sympathies and thoughts are with the families who survived and witnessed the Alexandria attack last week. As we know, children were playing in the playground nearby when the attack occurred. We can help the kid witnesses of the Alexandria attack in many ways. Parents, teachers, counselors and other caretakers can talk to the… Read more »


The Manchester & London Bridge Attacks: Helping Kids Cope

We express our deepest sympathies to the families and communities who have lost loved ones in the recent Manchester and London Bridge attacks. In the wake of these attacks, and the increase in global terrorism and violence, it is imperative that we utilize positive tools in helping kids cope with a traumatic death, as they process,… Read more »


Help Support Kids Coping With a Traumatic Death

Today is the fourth anniversary of the Sandy Hook School shooting. It is with much sadness that we remember this day and event, and we offer our heartfelt sympathies to the families and the community who lost their loved children and family members. Since the Sandy Hook shooting, 160 schools have experienced a school shooting…. Read more »


How to Explain to Our Kids What Happened in Orlando

How are we explaining to young kids what just happened in Orlando?  Another senseless tragedy has occurred, this time in Orlando, and our deepest sympathies go out to all the families who have lost loved ones and the Orlando community. As I watch the news and read the papers, I keep asking myself, what about… Read more »


Dr. Maker Reviews a Book About Separation-Anxiety & Divorce

Separation-anxiety and divorce in young children is not uncommon, as a stressful life changing event can trigger anxiety and worries in children. I have reviewed a helpful children’s book, The Kissing Hand, on Littlest Bookshelf that could serve as an effective tool for adults to use with children struggling with separation anxiety during and after a… Read more »


About Children’s Fears of Racism & Terrorism Interview

Chicago Tribune interviewed Dr. Maker about children’s fears of racism and terrorism in today’s world. Children are growing up in a very different environment today, as they are surrounded by incidents, news, and conversations related to racism and terrorism. It is difficult for parents and adults to have honest and reassuring conversations with children and teenagers… Read more »