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.

Should you “redshirt” your eighth grader?

After a presentation to a group of parents, I was asked about the practice of “redshirting” eighth graders. This refers to retaining kids in grade school so as to give them a competitive advantage in high school athletics. I was … Continue reading

5 tips on talking to kids about mental illness

Discussing our own mental illness may be among the most difficult conversations we have with our children. About 20% of adults have a mental disorder, including such conditions as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and substance abuse. Some of these conditions … Continue reading

Does your child have a close friend?

Our happiness as adults is largely dependent upon the quality of our relationships with others. The same is true for our kids. Close friendships typically develop by the preteen years, and they are critically important for our children. The close … Continue reading

4 tips to manage the pains of parenting

Parenting can be painful. How you navigate the tough times will affect your relationships with your children and spouse, as well as your happiness as a parent. Before having children, most of us had unrealistic expectations about what raising children … Continue reading

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