Talking to Kids About Dating in a Non-Dating World

Can we still give our kids dating advice if none of our kids are dating?

April (and May, and Probably June) Is the Cruelest Month

Depression and even suicidal behavior increase in spring. But why?

"Send the Senators to the Principal's Office!"

Our politicians sound like schoolchildren in the absence of the principal’s office.

Halloween Parenting: Keeping the Scarefest Safe

How scary is too scary during the Halloween fright season?

Five Questions for Season Five of The Walking Dead

Five Questions for Season Five of The Walking Dead

The Personification of Ebola - Fighting the True Infection

The disease, which we have personified, becomes the person himself, and the person therefore loses his personhood.

Time to Withdraw the FDA Black Box for Antidepressants

Maybe the Black Box Warning for Antidepressants Needs a Black Box Warning

Mother's Day Through The Eyes of Your Child

Her job, after all, was to be my mom. It didn't make sense to me for there to be day where we rewarded her for being good at what she already was supposed to be good at.

Divergent Ain't So Divergent

Divergent diverges little from the trials of adolescence. And that's why it works.

Binge-Watching TV With the Kids On Vacation

Lots of Good Stuff to Watch with the Kids

Short Days, Bad Moods; Coping with S.A.D.

This time of year, the days are short, the nights are long, the sunlight is fleeting, and for many of us, our moods plummet.

The Pain of Losing a Pet

A pet is such a gift, and the chance to experience the range of emotions that a pet allows is unique and special.

Ethics and Zombies and Brains (Oh My)

Deciding what to do with a zombie is harder than you think...and neuroscience makes things even more confusing

Dr. Seuss and School House Rock Visit Washington's Quagmire

Maybe talking to Congress like children will help them to behave like adults...

Good-Bye, Breaking Bad. Really...I'll Be Fine.

Saying goodbye can be painful...especially to a television show.

There's a Brain in the Patella at Zombie Summer Camp

Let kids chase their passions like zombies chases their food.

The Best Marriage on TV: Discovering Friday Night Lights

Ask yourself: “What would the Taylors do?”

Guns, Butterflies, and the Developing Brain

I learned first to fire a gun at summer camp. Mostly we shot targets, but on occasion a butterfly was the recipient of our bullets. I can't seem to forget those butterflies...

Will The Walking Dead Jump the Shark?

Can the Walking Dead return to the existential pain that made it great?

Remaining Rational in the Wake of Connecticut

The answer to all of the horrible questions we're currently asking is not to lock up people with psychiatric illness. That answer is repulsive.

Explaining Politics to Your Little Ones

How do you explain all the yelling in politics to your 7 year-old daughter?

What Role for the Poet in the Zombie End?

We cannot survive a zombie apocalypse—let alone our current real-life crises—if we write off the humanities as not worth the investment. Every culture, no matter how battered, must have its poets and its scribes.

"The Hole" of Fear and Nostalgia

Joe Dante's Movie "The Hole" reminds me of the best of 1980's horror. Funny, scary, and a just enough of a mirror to make me look a bit more closely at myself.

What I Learned in High School About This Year's Election

My 12th grade history teacher taught us the importance of civil disagreement. It's the thing I remember most from high school, and perhaps the thing I find most often missing in America today.

Cheating: Are We Having the Right Discussion?

I’m not excusing cheating. I’m arguing that we may, during this time of grand technological transition, need to be very, very specific in our warnings.

Educating the 21st Century Physician: What Do We Risk Losing?

What might be missing in medical education?

Loving Mike on Breaking Bad

"Hi, my name is Steve and I like Mike on Breaking Bad..."

There Are no Zombie Contagions

What is the neurobiology of mass belief?

They Cuss in E.T.? WTF!

Have we flipped in where we're comfortable? We let kids see maiming as long as no one swears. Hmmm.

The Prom: 10 Easy-to-Follow Steps for Parents

I have yet to hear anyone tell me that the prom was perfect, and it is almost never an experience that one expects.