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David Petrie

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What Parents Should Know About Teenage Driving and Risky Behavior

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 3:18 PM

My oldest child wants to get behind the wheel of an automobile and I'm worried. As she bugs us for permission to take the test for a learner's permit, I can't help but think of a driving quiz my wife was once given -- by a police officer, on the...

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Talking to a Teenager About Suicide

(63) Comments | Posted February 18, 2011 | 8:02 AM

I'll always remember that late afternoon I spent sitting across from a bright and talented young man in a psychiatric hospital's group room. Half of his face was boyishly handsome. The other half was scarred from a car crash that no one called an accident. He politely answered my questions...

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Why Fathers Should Show More Affection Toward Their Kids

(43) Comments | Posted December 24, 2010 | 8:56 AM

Over forty years ago 42,000 pregnant women enrolled in a prospective study of neurologic disorders in children. The women gave birth to 55,000 babies who were continually assessed for the presence of birth defects and other conditions. When the infants were eight months old psychologists put them through a series...

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How Family Dinners with Young Children Could Help Curb Bullying

(22) Comments | Posted November 26, 2010 | 10:58 AM

If you're ever struggling to make dinner-table conversation with a young child, one question will save you every time: "So tell me, what was the favorite part of your day?"

My family has turned this question into a family dinner ritual. My younger daughter always raises her hand as...

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Distracted Driving: Are Backseat Kids Worse Than Texting?

(29) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 8:32 AM

Experts at the United States Department of Transportation say there are three types of driver distractions:

  • Visual distractions lead drivers to take their eyes off the road.
  • Manual distractions lead drivers to take their hands off the wheel.
  • Cognitive distractions lead drivers to take their minds off what they're...

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