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.

3 things to know about therapy for kids

Many families are reluctant to seek psychotherapy for their kids, even though their children are experiencing serious problems. I understand parents’ hesitancy to commit to a process that appears ambiguous and confusing.   3 things that are important to know about … Continue reading

What are kids really thinking?

It’s not easy to figure out what our kids are really thinking and feeling. A survey conducted by Ellen Galinsky of youth ranging from 8 through 18 years of age gives us some surprising insights into their worlds. 1. Kids’ … Continue reading

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

eGrowing Together

is a monthly e-newsletter of child health, safety and parenting tips from the pediatric experts at Dayton Children's.

Subscribe to the blog

We have created this blog as a way to communicate key childrens' health and safety issues to parents and other child advocates. It is managed by Dayton Children's department of marketing communications. Comments can be sent to