McNerney: Video Gaming Disorder? What Parents Can Do

There has been quite a bit of talk about the World Health Organization identifying a new disorder they are calling Gaming Disorder. The news of this disorder has been getting a lot of exposure recently with various mental health providers giving their opinion on whether it is a separate disorder or whether it is part of other addictive disorders.

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Vance: Future-Making History

We are making history on July 1 in Hillsboro. We are also making our future. And that is something to celebrate indeed. But more than that, as we celebrate our nation’s birth and pay tribute to our democracy on this day, we are holding high an example of good governance—when a grassroots vision for the future was perceived and embraced by politicians and officials at the federal, state, regional, county and local levels.

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Croll: Your Child’s Friend-Making Skills May Matter More Than You Think

We all know a good friend can lift our spirits when we are down, but did you know that strong social connections can also help you live longer? Studies show that feeling isolated from others not only elevates blood pressure, increases depression and disrupts sleep but new research suggests that a lack of social connections can be deadlier than smoking cigarettes. Don’t believe me? Ask Dr. Google.

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McNerney: How to Avoid Being the Detective

We, as parents, are often put in the role of being the detective. For instance, you head into your child’s room and find the evidence of candy wrappers in the sock drawer. It might be that you have a family rule that all electronic devices be left in the kitchen after nine in the evening and you notice one missing. Or possibly, while going through your teens pockets during laundry, you pull out a vape pen.

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