All About Parenting

Parenting is the ultimate long-term investment. Be prepared to put far more into it than you get out of it, at least for some time. Given the stresses of contemporary American culture, the happiness of couples plummets the minute they become parents. And it gets worse before it gets better. In the long run, it is the most rewarding job of your life.

From talking and reading to infants to making values clear, parents exert enormous influence over their children's development. They are, however, not the only influences, especially after children enter school. It's especially important that parents give children a good start, but it's also important for parents to recognize that kids come into the world with their own temperaments, and it is the parents' job to provide an interface with the world that eventually prepares a child for complete independence. In a rapidly changing world parenting seems subject to fads and changing styles, but the needs of child development as delineated by science remain relatively stable. 

Recent Posts on Parenting

Women’s World Cup Win: Contributions to Tween Self-Esteem

Each of these players tells a unique story. What bonds them all together is their love of soccer and their desire to be the best. Role models such as the USA Women’s National Soccer team are important for our tweens and teens. Their accomplishments as individuals, and of course, their victory as a team model important lessons.

7 Things I Love About Women With Postpartum Depression

When we can harness that arousal, we can guide her toward support resources that she is unable to utilize distress is high.

What My Children Teach Me About How to Live Well

What my children have taught me is that it is better to be a human being than a human doing.

Ten Tips for Making a Family Vacation Great

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on July 05, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
Why do so many family vacations fail to live up to our expectations and what can we do about it? Read on to discover the secret to making family vacations great.

Top Teen Driving Distractions

Memorial Day through Labor Day marks the "100 deadliest days" for young drivers. What you need to know before you hand over the keys to your teen.

You Will Get Closer to Your Children By NOT Doing This.....

The best discipline you can give your child is having the self-discipline to not make this very common parenting mistake.

New York Times Best Seller Hoping to Bring More Awareness

By Judy L. Mandel on July 04, 2015 in Replacement Child
NY Times Best Seller Hoping to Bring More Awareness to Replacement Children

Raising Kids Who Love Reading & Devour Books Voraciously.

By Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., J.D. on July 04, 2015 in All Grown Up
Tips for raising kids who love reading, devour books voraciously, and practically beg for a trip to the library. Ready to ignite a lifelong love affair with books? Here are 5 questions that can help you to light the first spark:

Dads: What's Your Impact on Your Daughter's Body Image?

The bottom line is this: Dads: you make a significant difference in how your daughter will feel about her body and appearance, as well as her overall self esteem. Consider some of the following strategies to help your daughter maintain a positive body image throughout her girlhood and adolescence...

Parenting Without Punishment: A Humanist Perspective, Part 3

Tragically, since recorded history corporal punishment has been the “default” system for disciplining children. In the past century, however, evidence demonstrating its ineffectiveness has mounted to the degree that it can no longer—whether ethically or pragmatically—be justified. It’s therefore regrettable that today it's still common in the U.S.

Tips for Launching Your Young Adult

Six tips for parents of young adults who are stuck. Parents often have more power than they realize to help, and here is how.

Can You Stay Married But Have Your Independence Too?

Perhaps the institution of marriage is failing society rather than all of those unhappily marrieds or divorcing men and women being the failures. Why not explore some new alternatives?

You Are Your Child’s “First Verb”

"First Verb Parenting" sees parents as a “child’s first verb”---loving action figures giving meaning, direction, guidance, and linking---to children, their attentive subjects.

Are You A Strengths-Based Parent?

When it comes to parenting your kids do you spend most of your time pointing out what they’re doing wrong or what they’re doing right? If you’re like most time poor parents the chances are you’re quicker at identifying the things your kids need to improve upon, but is this the best way to raise kids who are resilient and able to cope with stress?

Feelings: How and What Does a Baby Understand?

The three pillars of development: Feelings (affects), language, and cognition.

The Family Values of Penelope Spheeris and Anna Fox

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Penelope Spheeris and her daughter, Anna Fox, share how The Decline of Western Civilization movies have impacted their lives.

5 Tips for the Parents of Teens Who Make Rudeness an Art

The topic of teens' social behaviors never seem to lose their popularity, but many recent reports suggest that teen rudeness is increasing. What can parents do to bring their adolescents' behavior back in line?

Do Boys Need Rough and Tumble Play?

Why do boys wrestle and play pretend fighting? Do all boys do this? Should we view it as violence or innocent fun?

5 Tips for Taming Overly Wired and Overly Rude Teens

Rude teenagers may be simply practicing the skills their parents have allowed to take root. If a child grows up interacting in a private, virtual world more often than interacting one-on-one with family, a whole slew of social skills and social learning will be missed.

Beyond the Toddler Years

We are continuing our exploration of the three pillars of human development--Affects (Feelings), Language, and Cognition. This month we wrap up the section of Language by examining the link between feelings and words, a process we call translation.

My Daughter Is Going To College And I Am Terrified

How To Handle Anxiety About College

Sentimental Journey

By Susan Hooper on June 30, 2015 in Detours and Tangents
Summer vacations in my childhood meant annual visits to my parents’ families in New England. This summer I returned to my mother’s Vermont hometown for the first time in decades. I found people and places there that reminded me happily of my mother, her family and my own youth.

Harnessing the Freedom to Choose Success

Arms folded in front of her, Jana tried to remain calm in the face of a challenge from her parents and me. Joan and Ron, successful professionals who had grown up in the drug scene of the 1970s, were stuck. They agreed that her diagnosis of abuse of alcohol ought not to be ignored, but did not want to “crimp her style” or lead her into a rebellion which might lead her to

Play Makes Children Smart, Happy and Prepared for the Future

This blog is about the myriad benefits of play for children. Too much cerebral focus and too little spontaneous thought can be damaging for creativity, intellect and overall wellbeing.

6 Tips for a Fun 4th of July for Parents of Kids With Autism

The 4th of July is a fun and exciting holiday filled with many amazing activities for your children. However, for some individuals with autism and their families, the crowded public spaces and the crack and shimmer of fireworks can be difficult and uncomfortable.

Motivation in Education, Therapy, and Parenting

Vengeful parental fantasies often take the form of protecting the child from invented or exaggerated external threats.

14 Tips for Parenting in Public

Kids don't always behave as we'd like when we're out and about. And when children are at family gatherings, they're often off their schedules and especially excited, so their behavior can be particularly challenging. Here's how to help your child become the kind of person who understands what behavior is appropriate, and who wants to behave that way!

Moms: What Will Your Body Image Legacy Be?

Here is the reality: It can be damaging to our daughters if we are critical of our own appearance. I know this is a sobering thought for all moms. One of the best predictors of whether a girl will have negative body image is if her mother has negative body image...

How Does Your Child Sleep?

Having difficulty getting your child to bed down in the evenings? Check out this new book for frazzled families.

When Adolescents Continually Lie

Continually lying to parents needs to prove counter-productive for the adolescent.