Author: Dr. Ramey

  • Dr. Ramey

    Dr. Ramey is the executive director of the Dayton Children’s Hospital Center for Pediatric Mental Health Resources and writes FamilyWise, a weekly parenting column in the Dayton Daily News that is distributed through the New York Times wire service. He is also a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

The hidden dangers of high school athletics

Participation in high school sports results in significant risks to the mental health of our teens. Are the risks worth the benefits? Sports are great activities for our kids. Teens acquire skills from teammates and caring coaches that they can’t … Continue reading

Why parents should support “risky” behavior

Parents should support their kids’ “risky outdoor play opportunities as a means of promoting children’s health and active lifestyles” according to research just published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. What? That recommendation goes against the … Continue reading

3 big lessons for parents from “Inside Out”

“Inside Out” is a delightful movie focusing on the role of emotions in the life of an engaging eleven-year-old girl. The story is about how our emotions are messages to be understood and managed, rather than denied or rejected. Eleven-year-old … Continue reading

8 lessons I’ve learned from my kids

Looking at photographs of my children when they were young reminded me of the many things I’ve learned from them. 1. Be curious. Kids are persistent in trying to figure things out. Their inquisitive spirit reminds us that when we … Continue reading

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