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.

Which parenting style do you use?

Which of the following best describes your approach to raising your children? Permissive - These types of parents tend to be very warm, engaging and accepting of their children. They encourage their kids to make their own decisions. They avoid using … Continue reading

4 ways for parents to handle tough times

Some families I work with are going through some of the toughest challenges of their lives. In addition to having problems with their kids, many parents report financial difficulties and marital dissatisfaction. This trifecta of issues frequently results in intense … Continue reading

Could social media be causing lonliness?

Michele’s parents were concerned about their daughter’s possible addiction to Facebook.  However, after meeting with this teen, it was clear that the parents had mistaken a symptom with an underlying problem. Michele’s use of social media was not the problem; … Continue reading

Confirmation Bias

A friend of mine remarked that he gets his news from only one network because “…they report things that support what I believe.” Psychologists call this “confirmation bias,” the tendency to selectively pay attention to information that reinforces our existing … Continue reading

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